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5 Fictional Characters with Dirty Jobs

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5 Fictional Characters with Dirty Jobs

If you’re like me, and wouldn’t want to go a single day without reading, you turn to books for all kinds of reasons. You read because...
7 Amazing Female Friendships in Fiction

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7 Amazing Female Friendships in Fiction

Besties! BFFs! #SquadGoals! Whether it’s Taylor Swift and her parade of friends onstage, or adorable groups of puppies on Twitter, best friendship,...
Let’s Celebrate the Best Morons in Literature

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Let’s Celebrate the Best Morons in Literature

It’s easy to celebrate smart people—detectives who figure out mysteries just by observing clues, evil geniuses who devise horrific ways of ending...
5 Times a Bestselling Author Put Themselves in the Book and Nailed It

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5 Times a Bestselling Author Put Themselves in the Book and Nailed It

We all know the old adage that writers should write what they know, so it’s no surprise to anyone that many novels are based on personal experience...
5 of the Strongest Single Mothers in Fiction

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5 of the Strongest Single Mothers in Fiction

Writing a novel with a compelling plot requires putting characters in trouble, constantly presenting them with obstacles that make the reader turn the...
Historical Fiction About Real People

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Historical Fiction About Real People

Sometimes a biography just doesn’t cut it. When it comes to a gripping story about a real person, a just-the-facts approach can be utterly...
The Amazing Arden and 5 More Fabulous Lady Magicians

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The Amazing Arden and 5 More Fabulous Lady Magicians

I love stories about magic and magicians. (My bio offers a clue why…) One of my favorite novels is Susanna Clarke’s  Jonathan Strange & Mr....
7 of the Unluckiest Archetypes in Fiction

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7 of the Unluckiest Archetypes in Fiction

When certain characters appear in books, you can almost smell the bad luck oozing off them. No matter what they do, no matter where they go, they’re...
Haters to the Left: 5 Things to Say to Someone who Mocks Your Excitement about Grey

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Haters to the Left: 5 Things to Say to Someone who Mocks Your Excitement about Grey

One of the strangest phenomenons of the modern literary environment is Automatic Hate Syndrome. AHS is serious business, and it describes the baffling...

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5 Fictional Romantic Leads Who Deserve the Grey Treatment

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5 Fictional Romantic Leads Who Deserve the Grey Treatment

It’s no shock that demand for more tales from E.L. James’ Fifty Shades universe remains high. What is a delightful surprise is James’s...
Literary Astrology: Sagittarius

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Literary Astrology: Sagittarius

We come full circle on the Literary Zodiac this month with Sagittarius. Represented by the archer, more specifically a mythical half-horse humanoid archer,...
9 Characters We Resolve to Be More Like in 2015

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9 Characters We Resolve to Be More Like in 2015

Considering the sheer quantity of baked goods that has traveled coast to coast this holiday season, it would be easy to peg weight loss or fitness as a New...

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