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Welcome to the New Broke by Books

In this, my fifth year of blogging, I’ve decided to refocus my goals for the blog. To date, I’ve successfully achieved my main objective of creating original bookish content on a variety of topics. I’m proud of the 133 articles I’ve published here on Broke by Books. I’ve treated my writing here much the same… Keep Reading

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An Essential List of the 90 Best Quotes about Books

Even though I’m a book blogger and an author, I am frequently stumped for words that express how much I love books. That’s why I’m so grateful that many of the wisest and wittiest thinkers across time have managed to put what we love about books into words. This past summer, I finally decided to… Keep Reading

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10 Terrific Short Story Collections for Kids

I fell in love with short stories during my MFA program. Writing short fiction requires a love for the tight formula and the big surprise at the end. I especially think short stories are great ways for kids to connect to reading. Without the intimidating length of a novel, kids can feel like they’ve accomplished… Keep Reading

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The 25 Best New Thriller Books of 2019

I think if I could only read one category of fiction for the rest of my life, it would be mystery and thrillers, which are often combined under the umbrella term “crime fiction.” I love stories that pull me in, make me think, and keep me flipping pages. Those kinds of reading experiences are the… Keep Reading

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Book Review of PUMPKINHEADS by Rainbow Rowell

Fall is definitely my favorite season. I live for the crisp, cool days. I love the gorgeous firebird spectrum of leaf colors. From my office window, I can see them dazzling the trees in the woods behind my house. I savor pumpkin spice coffee and cinnamon apple tea. And, of course, with a cozy blanket,… Keep Reading

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10 Essential Mystery Short Story Anthologies

Who doesn’t love a good mystery short story? Like many, I was hooked into the mystery genre by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. Each one was a bite-sized package of suspense laced with danger and tied up with a tidy, cerebral conclusion. Since reading the Holmes tales, I’ve become a huge fan of… Keep Reading

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The 25 Best Quotes from THE GOLDFINCH

I often tell people that Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Goldfinch (2013) is my favorite bookโ€”and it’s true. The connection I felt when I read The Goldfinch in 2014 radically changed my life. In the most perfect way, the novel made me acutely aware of the possibilities of literature. By that I mean… Keep Reading

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Reflections: My Second Semester in a Kid Lit MFA Program

It’s been six months since my recap of my first semester in my MFA program, so I thought I’d do an update on the second semester, which I just finished. I am a student in Vermont College of Fine Arts’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults low-residency program. I started last July (read… Keep Reading

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Best New Historical Fiction of Summer 2019

Ah, summer reading. Arguably, the summer is the season of books, with all-star authors releasing their latest fighting it out against highly anticipated debuts for who will be the blockbuster, bestselling beach read. If you want my guess, any of these 15 best new historical fiction books for 2019’s summer reading could be the next… Keep Reading

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