New at DIY MFA: A Case Study on Courage as a Literary Theme

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Courage, bravery, heroism, gutsiness – no matter what we call it, this trait is one that many people admire. It’s also an idea that’s explored frequently in literature, sometimes without us noticing.

Today’s Theme: A Story’s Soul post at DIY MFA takes a deeper look at courage as a literary theme with the help of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale. How do these two very different books examine the same theme in strikingly similar ways? You’ll have to read to find out.

Click here to read “A Case Study on Courage as a Literary Theme.”

Got any questions or suggestions for Theme: A Story’s Soul? Feel free to comment below or tweet me at @SaraL_Writer with the hashtag #AStorysSoul.

Favorite Reads of 2015, Part 2: Books Published in 2015 + Reading Statistics

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On Tuesday I shared my 10 favorite non-2015 books I read last year. Today, I share the other Top 10 list: the one for my favorite new books of 2015! 🙂

Like Tuesday’s list, this one will go in ascending order (suspense is the key, remember? *winks*) and will feature a brief explanation of why I included it on this list, as well as links to each review. I’ll also post my reading statistics for 2015, including how many books I read, which genres I read most, and a few random yet interesting bits I discovered along the way. Shall we begin?

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Recent Reads: September 2015

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Recent Reads is a monthly reading wrap-up, with mini-reviews of all the books I finished in the past month. I’ll also share what I’m currently reading and any other books that are in the pipeline. Want to share your bookish happenings, too? Feel free to do so in the Comments section at the end!

Great news: I’m out of my reading slump! 😀 September turned out to be an awesome month of reading, with some of the best books I’ve read all year. In fact, two books almost tied for Read of the Month. But one eeked out over the other just enough because… well, when you read my review, you’ll understand why. So, let’s get to it!
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Stacking The Shelves, Vol. 16: Oh Chatham, How I Love Your Indie Bookstores

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga’s Reviews that shares the books (both physical and virtual) that you recently purchased, borrowed from a fellow reader or the library, won from a giveaway, or received as gifts. Stacking The Shelves will post on Saturdays as new books are added to my shelves.

Located on the “elbow” of Cape Cod, Chatham feels like a second home to me. If I don’t go there once each year, my soul throws a tantrum. 😉 And whenever I’m in Chatham, I always visit the two indie bookstores in the center of town: Yellow Umbrella Books, which highlights used books and Cape Cod-centric novels alongside bestsellers and new releases; and Where The Sidewalk Ends, a two-floor “barn-style” shop with a children’s annex that also hosts a Literary Luncheon series during the summer at the Wequassett Resort. If you’re ever on Cape Cod, make sure you visit both of these gems!

As for the books I bought between both stores… Ohhhhhhhhh am I psyched to share this batch with you!

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