First/Opening Lines of Fiction Novels

A Repost from 2016. The significance of first opening lines is crucial for fiction novels. As Stephen King has stated, “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this…It's a quick introduction to the writer's style, another thing good first [...]

Top 5 Book Recommendations Before You Develop Cataracts

I was a late bloomer when it came to reading; my first serious bout with it began in my late teens. Sidney Sheldon, Sandra Brown, Victoria Holt, and Mary Higgins Clark were the leaders of the pack for me. After that, I slowly sprouted out toward other authors and genres. This past year has taken [...]

Banned Books Week

From September 23 to 29, it’s Banned Books Week, which raises public awareness of challenged and banned books—in support of freedom to seek and express ideas. Challenges to books are mainly in schools, bookstores, and libraries. I actually forgot about this week, until a blogger, Jeri Walker, posted about it on her blog. U.S. Book [...]