Book recommendation: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert

A copy of Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert, beside a notebook and pen

With the number of books I have waiting to be read on my shelf, it’s rare that I borrow a book from someone else. Once in a while, though, there’s one that a friend will tell me I need to read, one that they say I’ll love, and they’ll insist that I take it home with me.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear was one such case. A friend of mine told me she was planning on reading it a while back. A couple of months ago, when she finished it, she told me how much she adored it and that she was sure I would feel the same. The next time we planned on seeing each other, she brought the book so that I could borrow it from her.

She wasn’t wrong. I’m incredibly glad she brought the book with her that day, and that she insisted I read it. While I was definitely expecting to enjoy the book, I wasn’t expecting to get quite as much from it as I did.

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Favourite five: Books I read for the first time in 2017

I talk about books a lot on this blog, and that isn’t likely to change any time soon. So why not kick off my new Favourite Five series with a book list?

According to Goodreads, I read 12 new books in 2017. Which doesn’t seem like very many, but they were well complemented by all of the books that I re-read. I don’t know about you, but re-reading books is something I simply can’t give up. There are some books that I love too much to only read once.

Today’s post, though, isn’t about those re-read books. As much as I love them, I’m always looking for new books to add to my read list. I’m happy to say that in 2017, I found quite a few that I’m likely to go back and re-read later on.

So here, in no particular order, are the five books I most enjoyed reading for the first time in 2017.

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My highlights from the Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild Annual Conference

The Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild held it’s annual conference in mid-October and, as always, there was a lot to take in and a lot to learn. While I can’t possibly share everything, I do want to highlight some of the more memorable lessons I took away from each presentation I attended.

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Wednesday links: Perfectionism, and agents & your genre

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Book recommendation: Reflections, by Diana Wynne Jones

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There are a lot of books I haven’t recommended here yet, but that I eventually want to get to. One that holds a special place in my heart is Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones. That said, I’m not here today to recommend Howl’s Moving Castle; instead, I want to introduce you to another of Jones’ books.

While most of Jones’ books were written primarily for children, she did also publish in the adult realm. One such book, and I believe on of her last, was Reflections. The book contains, as the title implies, reflections on her life and on her writing.

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