Mary Daniels Brown

Celebrate National Science Fiction Day!

Today is National Science Fiction Day here in the United States. Science fiction touches so many different areas of literature that most people can find one area that they love. Science fiction can include stories based in space with aliens like E.T. or space battles like Star Wars. The genre also can include time travel, …

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Happy New Year! Welcome to the first blog post of the year! NaJoWriMo Journal Writing Challenge Starts January 1st I know a lot of book bloggers are also writers. Many participate in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, every November. Since I don’t write fiction, I’ve always been a little jealous. But, if you write in …

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A stack of three closed books. Next to them lies an open notebook and a pen. Title: 2022: A Literary Review

2022: A Literary Review

‘Expressive times’: Publishing industry an open book in 2022 “In 2022, the story of book publishing was often the industry itself,” writes Hillel Italie for AP News. A Novelist’s Review of the State of 2022 Literary Fiction Mateo Askaripour is a Brooklyn-based writer whose first novel, Black Buck—which Colson Whitehead calls a “mesmerizing novel, executing …

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Screenshot: Text: 2022 My Year in Books. 15,609 pages read; 44 books read.

2022: My Year in Reading

Thanks to Goodreads, here are my reading statistics for 2022: I’m gratified to see that, despite treating 2022 as a year of unplanned reading, these statistics are nearly the same as those for the previous 10 years. In that January post I also listed some general goals for 2022: Did I meet those goals? 1. to …

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A layout of book covers: 1989 by Val McDermid; Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie; Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh; The Hero of This Book by Elizabeth McCracken; Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara; Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr; The Last Chairlift by John Irving; Lessons by Ian McEwan; Ely by David Berenbaum; We Spread by Iain Reid; Trust by Herman Diaz; Babel by R.F. Kuang

Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection 

Here are the newest additions to my book collection, nine that I got as presents this holiday season, followed by three I bought. Links are to Goodreads, as I haven’t read any of these yet. 1989 by Val McDermid Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh The Hero of This Book by …

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Last Week's Links

Literary Links

The dawn of AI has come, and its implications for education couldn’t be more significant The anxiety and questions about AI-generated writing continue: “t’s safe to say we can expect some challenging years ahead.” Vitomir Kovanovic, Senior Lecturer in Learning Analytics at the University of South Australia, speculates. Category: Writing Women Talking Embraces the Drama …

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A stack of three closed books. Next to them lies an open notebook and a pen. Title: 15 years of blogging with WordPress.

15 Years of Blogging with WordPress!

Look what I found in my WordPress notifications today! I did not remember exactly when I switched Notes in the Margin to WordPress, so I was glad of the reminder. The site has been self-hosted on Dreamhost since 1999, and existed elsewhere for a couple of years before that. Notes in the Margin has been …

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A group of black silhouettes of people standing in front of a large open book. The word "lists" is on the left-hand page. The phrase "Best Books of 2022" is on the right-hand page.

More Best Books of 2022 Lists

Related Post: Our Favorite Books of the Year From the editors of Oprah Daily, “its list of 45 Favorite Books of 2022, spanning fiction genres, including romance and suspense, to nonfiction standouts in memoir, science, and biography.” The Ten Best History Books of 2022 From Smithsonian magazine. Award Winning Nonfiction Books of 2022 “Five Books …

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