Blogging A to Z: Day 19 – Sherlock Holmes: The influence of Sherlock Holmes on cozy mysteries

A humorous exploration of how Sherlock Holmes has influenced the cozy mystery genre, from plot elements to characters and settings.

Freedom of Thought: The Case Against Banning Books

Banning books limits our intellectual freedom and stifles our growth as individuals. In this blog post, we explore the harmful effects of book banning, from the slippery slope of censorship to the impact on education and the creative freedom of authors and artists. We also discuss the power of literature, the need for dialogue and understanding, and the importance of historical context. Join us in the fight against book banning and for the right to read whatever we choose.

Cozy Mysteries – The Good, The Bad, and the “Too-Stupid-to-Live” Protagonist

In this blog post, we take a look at the most hated tropes in cozy mysteries and why they can be frustrating for readers. From the "too-stupid-to-live" protagonist to the overused love triangle and the "magical" pet, we explore the tropes that readers generally dislike. However, when done well, these tropes can add depth and charm to a cozy mystery. Join us as we dive into the world of cozy mysteries and discover what makes them great, and not so great.

Fierce Females: Celebrating the Badass Women Writers Who Rocked the Literary World

In honor of International Women's Day, we're celebrating the fierce females who have made their mark on the literary world. From Jane Austen to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, these women writers have tackled themes of identity, gender, race, and more with powerful voices that continue to inspire and challenge us today. Join us as we highlight some of the most popular women writers who have rocked the literary world with their badassery!

December TBR

It's December. Christmas is barreling down on us faster than my husband on homemade fudge. (OK, me too.) This week has been a little crazy in the Baldwin homestead. I've been working from home to help my mother in law who hurt her back. Like unable to walk without assistance kind of hurt. It's also invoicing week for work and two major projects were given to me with the highest priority. Very little reading has occurred even in audiobook. But never fear. I'm going to pull out one of my favorite tricks to get some books in this month.

27 Bookish Fall Activities

How many enjoyable book-related activities did you participate in this summer? With the sun sinking around 4 p.m., I couldn't help but think about how the autumn is a great time to expand one's reading horizons. Fall is one of my favorite seasons. It's that wonderful time of year when everything is crisp, ripe, and tasty.

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