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We Got Back to Our Poetic Roots, Hit Some Milestones, and Spring-boarded New Ideas with New Friends in Our Best of April Monthly Recap

Welcome to April’s monthly recap. We’ve hit some milestones, made some new friends, spring-boarded new ideas, and walked down memory lane! When updating my LinkedIn profile yesterday, I realized I forgot to mark an occasion. Not only did I celebrate my birthday this month, but Writing in the Fast Lane is 5 years and 1…… Continue reading We Got Back to Our Poetic Roots, Hit Some Milestones, and Spring-boarded New Ideas with New Friends in Our Best of April Monthly Recap

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Swept Into Another World (Not Another Book Review)-Book Review Week Musings

There’s one more book on my “to be read” list. Death Returns by Joan Peck. You’ll see that review next month. But the reason I mention her now is that when she sent me the Advanced Reader Copy (ARC), she included a note expounding on the benefits of reviews.  Which you and I know well,…… Continue reading Swept Into Another World (Not Another Book Review)-Book Review Week Musings

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A**holes: A theory by Aaron James (Guest Review by Armando Rios)

Being able to develop self-awareness has slowly become a must in today’s society. We’ve developed a disconnect from ourselves and our peers to the point where we don’t become conscious of how do we put ourselves towards the world. In this book, the author examines the tendency of a**holes, what makes a person become one…… Continue reading A**holes: A theory by Aaron James (Guest Review by Armando Rios)

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My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen (translated from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman) – a Finnish detective murder mystery

My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen was my first dive into a Finnish author’s work and I am hooked. It’s not quite a cozy mystery, a step above to my mind, not the least of which is because Maria Kallio is no amateur sleuth. She’s a young police detective on her first real murder case.…… Continue reading My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen (translated from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman) – a Finnish detective murder mystery

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East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Book Review)

Confession: I am not a Steinbeck fan. Or at least, I wasn’t. Maybe it was too many years at too young an age reading Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. I’ve often wondered what I might think of both those books now versus on the English teacher’s “must be read” list of junior…… Continue reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Book Review)

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My Life in Advertising by Claude Hopkins (Guest Reviewer Oana Pauna)

Since I am a lucky book contest participant, I won this 50 RON gift card to one library in my country, Romania. Now I have become a full-time freelancer in less than two months, I decided I should simultaneously work and read to get some new knowledge. I am working as a copywriter both in…… Continue reading My Life in Advertising by Claude Hopkins (Guest Reviewer Oana Pauna)

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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – Final book in All Souls Trilogy (Audiobook Review)

Happy Easter! I know it may seem strange to write this review of the third book of the All Souls Trilogy today, but it occurred to me, it’s not so out of place as I at first thought. This trilogy has been about preconceived notions, misconceptions, love, duty to family, acceptance, tolerance, and faith. When…… Continue reading The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – Final book in All Souls Trilogy (Audiobook Review)

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I’m Gonna Live to Be 102

When I was in my late twenties, I attempted to get a life insurance policy. They said I was too much of a risk. This is my answer to that agent and anyone who wonders just how long this life may go on. I’m gonna live to be 102 How do I know? How do…… Continue reading I’m Gonna Live to Be 102

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A Promise Kept

If you missed yesterday’s post, here’s a quick recap. In 1984, I sat at the bottom of the Spanish Steps in Rome, and wept. Why? I was too exhausted to take another step. My second heart surgery awaited me, and I was sure this would be my one chance to ‘see the world’. But, it…… Continue reading A Promise Kept

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I Made a Promise to Myself

It was the summer of 1984, not long after my eleventh birthday, and my first trip across the Atlantic would shape my world in ways I never thought possible. We’d been riding in a motorcoach, walked miles all over Rome, and at the base of the Spanish Steps, I stopped. I was exhausted and needed…… Continue reading I Made a Promise to Myself