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Current Reads | December 2017

Hey friends! This month, I picked up two books from the local bookstore. One was a suggestion from a Booktuber who I love (Mollie Reads) and the other is a continuation of a beloved series. The first book, Strange the Dreamer, is by Laini Taylor, and this is honestly the first time I’ve heard of her. But honestly, Mollie’s description of her book in a recent video peaked my interest and had me headed to my nearest bookstore as soon as I could. From what I can gather, Strange the Dreamer is a story about a boy named Lazlo, who joins a band of heroic warriors to cross the world in hope of finding the long lost city, Weep. Lazlo has a host of questions that need to be answered, the most pressing involving the appearance of a blue-skinned goddess in his dreams. I thought this book sounded so interesting, because the synopsis makes it sound like the main character, Lazlo, is more passive compared to a lot of mainstream protagonists. Not passive in a bad way, …

The Power of Story: How to Strengthen Your Novel Writing

Story doesn’t grab power. Story creates power. -Annette Simmons, The Story Factor   What is it that draws us to storytelling? It’s one of the oldest forms of communication in society and is used as a way to enchant and educate. From fables, to folktales, to novels, to lyrics, to poetry, and through many other forms, the written and spoken word has become the easiest way to understand your life and yourself. Storytelling fulfills three basic principles: It helps you better understand the world around you. It aids your sense of perception and judgment. It timelessly applies to different stages of life and frames of thinking. We grew up learning morals through Peter Rabbit and Dr. Seuss and have moseyed our way into more mature stories that help us figure our way through adulthood. Storytelling explains without demanding and teaches without telling. The most basic representation of the power of story can be seen in the tale about Scheherazade, the main female character in One Thousand and One Nights. She manages to delay her imminent …