Book reviews

New book review up!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! My apologies for not posting on Monday. So many tasks — so little time! But I’m thrilled to be able to share a new book review with you. Today I share the review of a memoir by acclaimed author Gary Paulsen, who wrote Hatchet and other incredible works for young people. Here’s the opening to my post on his new book Gone to the Woods.

After writing dozens of novels for young people, acclaimed author Gary Paulsen turns his literary talents to examine his own life. Through the course of a difficult childhood and teen years, he discovers a key trait—the ability to survive, no matter the circumstances—as evidenced in the adventure books he wrote later. While readers get many answers, they’re also left with questions. Paulsen shares in exquisite prose some of his most painful memories but doesn’t do them full justice in his memoir Gone to the Woods.

Read the full review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Happy Inauguration Day, by the way! And don’t forget to wear a mask, stay socially distant, wash your hands, and bundle up out there.

Have a great rest of the week!


Book review up!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my latest book review for you today. I’m sharing my thoughts on You Have A Match by YA author Emma Lord. Check out the opening to my post:

A teen makes a startling discovery after signing up to get her DNA sequenced. As she grapples with the results, a number of other secrets come to light. Through it all, the teen will need to decide what family and friendship really mean to her. Author Emma Lord brings to life her complicated characters with minor hiccups in the endearing novel You Have a Match.

Read the whole review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Wear a mask, stay socially distant, wash your hands, and bundle up out there. Have a lovely day, readers!


Second week of January…

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A very good (late) evening to you, Write Edge readers! Whew, I wasn’t sure if I would get to post this evening, but here I am. It’s been a good day; just a busy one.

As I do every day, I spent quite a bit of time thinking about writing and my life’s passion to express myself with this craft. Sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes it takes a lot of courage. This week’s motivational quote speaks to both ideas:

“In order to achieve anything, you must be brave enough to fail.”—Kirk Douglas

It’s Monday, which means a new piece. This week, I elected to write a micro nonfiction piece, so I won’t share an excerpt. But it’s definitely a direct reflection of what’s on everyone’s minds these days. Check it out now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop.

On Wednesday, I’ll share a new book review with you. Come back to find out what I thought of the YA book You Have a Match by Emma Lord. You can find that review on The Write Edge Bookshelf.

Then, at the end of the week, I go back to Instagram. Check out old posts with my handle, @EktaRGarg. Come back for new ones on Friday!

I normally tell everyone here at the end to mask up, stay socially distant, and wash your hands. Today I’ll add, “Listen to one another — really.” Maybe, if we did more listening, we’d have less reason to be so wary.

Thinking of you, readers.