Book Review: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

*Please note that this is a copyrighted book review. If you plan to use any part of this content in a school assignment, please reference Nicole Basaraba as the author and this blog from where you retrieved it. Thank you and enjoy!* The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a classic children’s tale that I think adults can enjoy too. As part of my “Books We Should Have Read”…

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Book Review: 1984 by George Orwell

*Please note that this is a copyrighted book review. If you plan to use any part of this content in a school assignment, please reference Nicole Basaraba as the author and this blog from where you retrieved it. Thank you and enjoy!* Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell is by far the most disturbing book I’ve ever read. Near the top of my disturbing reading list was Lord of the…

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Book Clubs and ROW80 check in

So I was chatting with a friend over dinner and we got onto the topic of what the other was reading. We both said how we would love to be in a book club or to start a book club. I like to be in book clubs where I would read stories that I normally wouldn’t pick myself and maybe some difficult books that I’d love to read in conjunction…

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Book Review: The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

The Red Queen by Phillipa Gregory was a book that I did not want to put down and I was sad when I reached the end. The Red Queen, is the second book in a series Gregory wrote on The Cousin’s War focusing on the period between 1453 to 1485 is from the point of view of Margaret Beaufort born from the House of Lancaster (a red rose). Synopsis: Heiress…

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All reading and no writing makes Nicole feel unproductive

I’m currently in between writing projects at the moment. I finished the first draft of my novel and I decided to take a short break from writing fiction. I’m currently reading “Writing the Breakout Novel” by Donald Mass and I’m starting to write down some ideas for my next novel. Progress this week: I think I’ve chosen one of my three ideas to start working on for novel #2. This…

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