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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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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 book—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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15 Best Advanced Tarot Books for Experienced Readers

Last year, I wrote an article that listed my 15 best tarot books for beginning to advanced readers. I was pleasantly surprised to see this post get so much traffic. Apparently there are a bunch of people like me who love tarot books! This list of the 15 best advanced tarot books for experienced readers… Keep Reading

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The Word Count of 175 Favorite Novels

I’m writing a novel. You’re writing a novel. We’re all writing or reading novels. But how long is too long? How short is too short? If you’re obsessing over how many words your novel should be, it’s a good idea to consult the word counts of popular novels as a frame of reference. In this… Keep Reading

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