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All because of Aaron Sorkin: how the West Wing changed me

The internet is aflutter with excitement about Aaron Sorkin’s new television show, The Newsroom. All kinds of questions are being asked: how will Sorkin write a Republican protagonist? Where’s Bradley Whitford? Will The Newsroom air anywhere besides the US? Here’s what I’m asking: will it change lives? Because The West Wing changed mine. For a… Continue reading All because of Aaron Sorkin: how the West Wing changed me

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In Praise of the Backlist: On (maybe) Reading More Not-Brand-New Books in 2017

I love new books. Shiny new books. Buzzy new books. I love going to author events and having new books signed. I love walking into bookstores and browsing the New Fiction tables. I love being the person in my friendship circle who’s read the new books, who knows what’s out and what’s worth picking up.… Continue reading In Praise of the Backlist: On (maybe) Reading More Not-Brand-New Books in 2017

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The British Books Challenge 2017

I’ve recently realised that for a while now the overwhelming majority of my reading has been American. It’s not hugely surprising — I am deeply immersed in the American publishing world and have been for years now. I live in DC, studied for my MFA here, and love being a part of the US-based Book… Continue reading The British Books Challenge 2017

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8 British YA Novels To Smuggle Across the Pond in 2017

Okay, everybody relax. When I say smuggle, I mean it in the completely legal sense. It does feel like a bit of an underground mission to find British books in the US sometimes, particularly if you’re fussy about the original covers and the authentic spellings and idioms that get changed for an American market. And that’s… Continue reading 8 British YA Novels To Smuggle Across the Pond in 2017

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Claire’s Week in Books, 1st to 8th Jan 2017

Happy New Year, fellow book nerds! Here’s what’s been happening in my reading life this week. Inbox I couldn’t choose between these two books from this month’s Book of the Month club. Girls in the Moon has similar themes to my NaNoWriMo 2016 novel, in which a teenage girl also struggles with what it means to… Continue reading Claire’s Week in Books, 1st to 8th Jan 2017

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Books to Get You Writing

Is 2017 finally going to be the year when you start that novel, finish your memoir, or journal with more regularity? When I started writing seriously, I found books of prompts invaluable in getting both my pen and my ideas flowing. Maybe you will too. Head over to Book Riot to find my recommendations to… Continue reading Books to Get You Writing

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My New Year’s Reading Resolutions

Happy 2017! New year, same me, but there’s always something in my reading life I want to improve on. How about you?   Read as much as I can. Usually, that’s somewhere around fifty books a year, and that’s the target I’ve set myself on Goodreads. But I would, of course, love it to be… Continue reading My New Year’s Reading Resolutions

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Claire’s Top 10 Books of 2016

I didn’t mean to read quite as much “front list” as I have this year. 23 of the 45 books I will have finished were published in 2016. It’s probably inevitable, since being part of the Book Riot contributor community means that I tend to have my finger on the pulse of what’s coming out, and… Continue reading Claire’s Top 10 Books of 2016