NaNoWriMo Success Stories

"NaNoWriMo is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing" says the group's website, encouraging people worldwide to set aside the month of November to write the first draft of a novel. Every year, people do! In 2017, more than 400,000 writers reported success in reaching the 50,000-word goal.  Many of these efforts are just for practice.  Some…
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What would Eleven read?

So far in this series of reading recommendations for fictional characters, I've made booklists for Walt Longmire, Katniss Everdeen, Bilbo Baggins, and even Bigfoot.  Now it's Eleven's turn.  (WARNING: SOME SPOILERS AHEAD. If you haven't watched to the end of Season 2, you might want to stop reading here for now!) Eleven, played by actress…
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What would Bigfoot read?

In this ongoing series of posts, I've made reading recommendations for all kinds of fictional characters, from Walt Longmire to Bilbo Baggins.  Today, a library patron asked what I would recommend for extremely fictional characters like Bigfoot. Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is a cryptid--an animal that is generally regarded as imaginary.  Since Bigfoot probably doesn't exist…
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What Would Bilbo Baggins Read?

Bilbo Baggins, the lead character in J.R.R. Tolkien's classic book may hate broken plates, but he definitely loves books. Here's what I would recommend if Bilbo ever came to my library looking for a stack. The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again Hobbits are famous for their love of meals--plenty and often--so Bilbo would definitely…
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What would Katniss Everdeen Read?

Katniss, lead character in the book (and movie) series The Hunger Games, is totally focused on surviving the "games" and outwitting corrupt public officials like President Snow in the dystopic future society of Panem. She's so busy trying to save herself and her family that she doesn't have a lot of time for books and reading. However, if Katniss…
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What Would Walt Longmire Read?

Walt, the lead character in Craig Johnson's book (and television) series about murder and justice in Absaroka County, Wyoming, has definite likes and dislikes in literature. He quotes Shakespeare, Donne, and Faulkner, and knows his way around the works of Steinbeck.  He thinks about issues like fairness and decency, he isn't averse to violence applied…
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