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Exclusive Interview with Author Christie Cote

This past April, I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo, an online writing challenge to set and meet a monthly writing word count goal with the support and encouragement of some fellow “campers.” My group — or “cabin” — of writers included several fascinating people and talented writers I’m now happy to call my friends. One of my…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #29 The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply flawed novel. The central high school romance, between a gawky freshman guy and a popular senior girl, is implausible wish-fulfillment. Its conflicts are often short and choppy, and the plot is driven by a laundry list of hot-button adolescence issues: suicide, abuse, drugs, closeted homosexuality, etc.…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #33 Newbery Winners

Shortly after we got married, Katy and I were reading a whole lot and started a “book blog” called Readers by Night. It’s been inactive for about a year now, but we’ll bring it back some day. Promise. Anyways, one of my dreams has always been to own and read all of the Newbery Winners,…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #36 His Dark Materials

“I stopped believing there was a power of good and a power of evil that were outside us. And I came to believe that good and evil are names for what people do, not for what they are.” – Dr. Mary Malone Well, this one snuck up on me. From September 2012 through September 2013, I…

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10 Things Brian Likes – #3: Books

We here at EarnThis are no strangers to the power of books. Of all the media we consume, books rely most heavily on our creative faculties: Each reader is charged with conjuring the sights and sounds suggested by the written words. The book serves as our blueprint as we construct a story’s world in our…

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Dan’s BOTTOM Everything: Twilight

Every 25 entries, I’m going to take a break listing my favorite things to talk about something I don’t like: Wow, way to pick a low-hanging fruit, right? Still, I feel that I am qualified to comment on the badness Twilight. Not only have I read the first book and watched the first movie, but…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #80 Blankets

Blankets. This book, guys. I barely remember this book. I’ve intentionally shoved it aside. What they hell am I supposed to write here? When I finished reading Blankets the first time, I put it down and said aloud to my family (we were on a road trip) “This book was great, but I’m not sure…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #84 Never Let Me Go

This is on here more for the book than for the movie, even though I liked both. Never Let Me Go is a great example of a book that slowly sucked me but then never let me go (ha) once it did. It’s part coming-of-age story, part character drama, and part horror novel. Author Kazuo…