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Grammar Rant: Memes

By on November 10, 2016

Memes are everywhere. They are a cultural phenomenon. Webster’s dictionary describes a meme as “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from one person to another in a culture” or an amusing or interesting picture, video, etc., that is spread widely through the Internet.” You cannot escape the…

Sudden Crush


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Audiobook Review & Author Interview: A Sudden Crush

By on August 8, 2016

One thing I enjoy about my reading life (and my viewing habits) is that I fall in love with a wide range of texts. I love Charles Dickens and Sophie Kinsella, Masterpiece Theater and The Bachelor, The New Yorker and US Weekly. My latest audiobook pick, A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley, lies…

Four Books


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4 Books to Jumpstart Your Novel

By on July 6, 2016

I’m writing a book.  Can you even believe that?

It’s been my lifelong dream to be a novelist, and I’ve finally decided to take action.  According to one of the guides I’ll describe below, I’m supposed to have a ten-word sentence that tells readers everything they need to know about the story. The…

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Starting a Reading Journal: The How & Why, and My Experience

By on April 1, 2016

Although I’m relatively new to book blogging, I have a degree in English, so I’m no stranger to writing about books. However, I’ll admit, blog-style book reviews are much different from the papers I wrote for class!

For my first couple reviews on Literary Quicksand, I didn’t have a reading journal. When…

The Apostrophe - Episode 1


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Grammar Rant: The Apostrophe (Episode 1)

By on March 30, 2016

Today’s rant features the apostrophe. That little mark that unlocks a world of possibilities when we throw it into contractions, abbreviations, and possessive phrases. It can also induce grammar migraines in no time flat, even for the most nerdy grammar nerd.

First up, the contraction. Best known for saving time…

Book Review Ideas


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10 Questions to Ask Yourself to Get Your Book Review Ideas Flowing

By on March 26, 2016

Sometimes, when I sit down to write a book review post, it takes me some time to gather my thoughts. How the heck did I actually feel about this book? Did I even really have feelings about it while I was reading it? Come on brain, remember!

Keeping a reading…

Grammar Rant (1)


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Grammar Rant: It’s Totes Perf, Bae

By on March 3, 2016

In today’s world of instant gratification and limited characters (also known as a limited attention span), it is no surprise that a pop culture version of shorthand has been created. What started off as a few innocent abbreviations like “lol” and “btw” (those stand for “laughing out loud” and…

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Grammar Rant: Super Bowl Edition

By on February 10, 2016

In loving memory of the 2015 NFL football season, this Grammar Rant focuses on the epic battle of America’s biggest game. No, I don’t mean the defensive showcase that happened on Sunday in Santa Clara. This Panthers fan isn’t ready to discuss that yet. I mean the name of…

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