Friday, December 29, 2017

9 Tips for Dealing With Writer's Burnout

My entire life is build around words.

I'm an indie author who's also seeking traditional publication. I write a blog post every Friday...and also (if I remember) a newsletter once a month. I'm a Youtuber, the Phoenix Fiction Writers Multimedia manager, the Live Events Coordinator for WriteOnCon, a reviewer at Constant Collectible, and a writing consultant at my college.

What does that mean? It means I'm writing and reading all. the. time. Query letters, searching for literary agents, editing, drafting, formatting, marketing, blogging, outlining videos and podcasts, sending business emails, reading blog posts, reading books, talking about books, helping other people read and write and edit.

I'm drowning in words. And, occasionally, it gets to the point that I'm so sick of the things that I think maybe I'd be better off switching jobs and becoming a Master Underwater Basketweaver.

It's not that I have writer's block. I can (and do) continue to write. After all, I have deadlines to meet. But the words don't feel the same: They annoy me. They feel cramped and not quite right. And my fingers, brain, and soul all want a break.

Do you know the feeling? Probably. Otherwise you wouldn't have clicked to read this article. So how can we, as creators of words, keep writing without suffering from the horrible Writer's Burnout?
9 Tips for Dealing With Writer's Burnout
1. Know there's no avoiding it. Notice I didn't title this post "Tips To Keep You From Ever Experiencing Writer's Burnout." Which may have been a good idea because that type of clickbait would greatly increase my views, but no. I didn't because Writer's Burnout isn't something you can avoid. If you are writing as a career choice, then you're going to get sick of words every so often just like you'd get sick of any other job you have. Writer's Burnout isn't a monster. It's just something you have to learn to handle in a healthy way. It's normal and not something to be afraid of. So when you come up against it: Don't stop writing. You like writing. You really do. Just keep going and remember that it'll get better.

2. Take daily breaks. No, not a once-every-so-often-right-after-I-finish-this-sentence break. Daily. Breaks. Eat lunch. Go for a walk. Drink some water. Get out of that chair and go do something for just a few minutes. Your writing will still be there when you get back. I promise. Unless you have an old, unreliable computer or a paper manuscript and a dog. In which case: I can't guarantee anything.

3. Change your view. Stop writing in the same place every day. Switch from your desk to your bed to your couch to your dining room table. Switch from your house to a coffee shop to a library. Redecorate your desk. Try listening to a new type of music or no music at all. Reschedule your writing time from the morning to the night. Make some changes so you aren't doing the same exact thing over and over and over. That may work for the people in the LEGO movie, but it doesn't work for you.

4. Engage in a non-writing hobby. And by non-writing I mean one that doesn't involve the written world. No writing. No reading. Take up cooking or knitting or painting or surfing or volunteering or martial art-ing (yes, that's a thing). Engage in an activity that uses a completely different part of your brain.

5. Unplug. Get away from your screen. No laptop. No computer. No phone. No TV. No, not even your Kindle. Take at least ten minutes each day where you're doing something that doesn't involve a glowing electronic device. And no, eating and showering do not count. Nice try, though.

6. Diversify your writing. Do you write fiction? Try writing blog posts. You write books? Short stories are cool. So maybe you write sci-fi, but what about horror? Or historical fiction? You could do that, couldn't you? Of course you can. Try writing something new on the side of your big project to keep you from going completely insane.

7. Organize. I keep telling you that it's important to schedule your writing time, but do you listen? No. Well, listen now: You need to get organized. One of the issues that leads to Writer's Burnout is because you have deadlines and projects you're trying to finish, but you can't quite complete any of them because you're too busy wasting time on being un-organized. And then you get frustrated. It's your own fault. Look at your writing desk. Organize it. Look at your schedule. Organize it. I know it's not considered "cool" for us creatives to be all rigid, but you'll get over it.

8. Have a conversation. When was the last time you Beyond complaining about your writing? How do you expect to get new ideas or find the encouragement to keep going if you don't go talk to other humans? Not on social media, but in real-life. Use your mouth and not your keyboard.

9. Be healthy. Exercise. Stop eating so much sugar and consume something green. Hey! Put down that green Jello! That's not what I mean. Also: I know writers are supposed to be fueled by caffeine, but you're taking that a bit too far. It's not good for you. Bring it down a notch.

If you follow all of these steps, will you never again have writer's burnout? Sadly, no. You'll still get burnt out. But now you'll be able to handle it. And it will happen less.

What have you found helpful when dealing with writer's burnout? I'd love to hear your tips!

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Episode 4 of #ChatWithIndieAuthor: E.B. Dawson

E.B. Dawson writes speculative fiction and is the author of the insanely creative and moving series Creation of Jack and Lost Empire. She is also the creator of Phoenix Fiction Writers. Yep. She’s got a lot going on and all of it is brilliant. Today she talks about writing nonlinear narratives, working themes into novels, naming characters, and more!

Remember: You can listen to this chat on iTunes!

Are you following E.B. Dawson online? No? What is wrong with you? Go fix this grave misjudgment:
Find her books here:
Oh, and let’s not forget about Phoenix Fiction Writers:

When is the next #ChatWithIndieAuthor episode? Excellent question! Wednesday January 25th will bring us a chat with J.E. Purrazzi. Have questions for her? Leave a comment below or on social media using the hashtag!

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Announcing The Terebinth Tree Chronicles Publication Date of 02/02/2018

Nope, this is not the usual Writings Tips blog post. It is an Announcement blog post which, to my knowledge, hasn't been posted on my blog on a Friday for about a year. History in the making.

This is an announcement I released via my newsletter during the beginning of this month. And then again this Wednesday with my Youtube video. But there are still some slackers out there who have never heard of The Terebinth Tree Chronicles, so I'm reposting the announcement here for all to see.

This post is also a total cop-out because I'm visiting family for Christmas and forgot to write an article for today. Just deal with it. Don't be a Grinch.

Are you sad you won't be getting a regular post from me? Don't be. Instead, go check out Phoenix Fiction Writers and spend time meeting all of us on our website and Youtube...and then swing by and enter our giveaway for a chance to win some amazing Speculative Fiction ebooks. Phoenix Fiction Writers is like me, only awesomer and multiplied by 6, so you won't be disappointed.

Okay. On with the show.


*dramatic pause*

Announcing The Terebinth Tree Chronicles Publication Date of 02/02/2018
I am launching a new series of indie-published short stories coming to Amazon beginning 02/02/2018. I picked that date because it's pretty and easy to remember. Aren't I clever?

Yep. For those of you who keep asking me, "When is your next publication?" You can stop asking. The date is Friday, 02/02/2018. Go mark the day on your calendar with glitter...or Batman stickers. Or both (if you choose this option: Please send me pictures).

So, what exactly is this series of short stories?

They are a collection of YA Christian Fantasy stories under the umbrella title of The Terebinth Tree Chronicles. They share the same universe and characters as my novel, The Stump of the Terebinth Tree, which is a tale of four assassins banding together to kill a demonic sorcerer and have faith in something beyond their own swords. These short stories will be set before the events of The Stump of the Terebinth Tree and will explore what led each character to become assassins in the fight to overthrow the sorcerer.

Like an origin story. But the type that's actually relevant and not boring.

The first short story will be released on 02/02/2018 and will tell Wanderer's story. The main character of The Stump of the Terebinth Tree, Wanderer is a desert elf who hungers to travel far outside of his oasis, but is tethered to his home by family duties, lack of training, and more than a little bit of fear.

The synopsis, story title, and cover will all be released at a later date, so keep an eye out.

These short stories can be read as stand-alones from each other as well as The Stump of the Terebinth Tree. However, there will be Easter Eggs connecting them all, so you'll want to read them as a whole to try to catch all of the references. It'll be like PokemonGo, except without the potential for walking into fountains. Or off of cliffs. Or into other people. So, basically: Safer.

You're welcome.

Stay tuned for more information. Subscribe to my newsletter. Follow my Youtube channel. Stalk my social media. Send me a barrage of emails asking me for updates. Okay, maybe (definitely) not that last one, but you get the point.

Until then, if you have questions or comments, please leave them below! Who here is interested in reading this series? I'd love to hear from you!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

#ChatWithHannah Ep 6: Taking Writing Advice, Blogging Tips, and More

Today we talk about fantasy world building, writing Christian characters, keeping your story from being boring, showing character’s emotions without going overboard, how to decide when to take or leave writing advice, tips for starting a blog, and favorite C.S. Lewis books. Yep. Lots of topics. Let's get to it:
As for my announcements, you need to go check out the Phoenix Fiction Writers. We're super cool. Not to brag or anything. Website and Youtube.

Oh, and here's information about The Terebinth Tree Chronicles releasing on 02/02/2018. Awesome, right?

Blog posts mentioned:
Recommended classic fiction novels:
The next #ChatWithHannah video is coming out on January 17th, so leave a question below or use the hashtag on social media to get answers.

The #ChatWithIndieAuthor interview with E.B. Dawson will be up on December 27th, so start getting excited for that video because it rocks.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

10 Tips for Writing Christian Fantasy

Christian fantasy is a mess, isn't it? It's okay. You can be honest. I'm a Christian who writes Christian fantasy and I have problems with the genre, so I won't judge.

Christian fantasy can be horrendous. It's true. But, like every badly-done genre, it doesn't have to be.

To all of my Christian writers: Sit down and take notes. You all (and when I say 'you all,' I mean writers and readers of Christian fantasy alike) have really been messing up what could be an excellent genre and I'm annoyed. As in, Rocket Raccoon you're-making-me-beat-up-grass annoyed. So pay attention and get ready to make things right.

To all my non-Christian followers: Stick around. A lot of this post is actually applicable to regular fantasy, too. That's right. You didn't honestly think it was only Christian fantasy that has issues, did you?
Hannah Heath: 10 Tips for Writing Christian Fantasy
1. Christian fantasy world-building is identical to good fantasy world-building. This means that you can't rely on Christianity to make your world interesting. Slap a Christian religion and origin-story onto a land mass and call it a day? NO. You need to take this seriously. Go deeper. Keep these 10 points in mind. And don't forget about this:

2. Your story needs more than two religions. Having just a Christian religion and a demonic religion isn't going to cut it. Not only is it lazy, over-simplified, and not reflective of real-life, but it closes so many doors that could lead to some really cool places. Think of how much depth you can add to your story and world and characters by having multiple religions. Think about how it would change and deepen dynamics if your characters were faced with belief systems that weren't clearly demonic, but still not Christian. Don't pass up something this important. Also: Don't forget that every religion has an insane amount of diversity. Realistically, your Christian characters won't all believe the exact same thing and act the exact same way

3. Consider the Jesus figure. I'm going to say something that is going to make a lot of Christian writers very angry: Your fantasy story doesn't always need a Jesus figure. *gasps* "Heresy!" you scream. "Shush," I say. Let me explain:

This is a fictional story. Should it be reflective of real life? Yes. Should it be an exact copy? No. Ripping off our salvation story and plopping it into your own world-building isn't necessary. Are you free to do so? Yeah, sure, as long as you're still creative and intentional with it. Do you have to? No. Here's why:

Yes, Jesus is key to our salvation. But who says that a fantasy (you realize fantasy means made-up, right?) world needs to have that exact key? Nobody. As long as your Creator figure teaches the same truths that Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit teach, then you're not committing blasphemy.

"But how can you separate Jesus from the truth," you ask? I'm not saying that you have to separate Jesus out of anything. I'm just saying that his story of coming to earth and dying in a sacrificial way doesn't need to be exactly mirrored in your world. Ultimately, the point of Jesus' coming was that God loved us so much that he provided eternal life with him through faith. So does your story have a Creator who mirrors God in that he gives your characters a new life (both before and after death) if they have faith in him? Yes? Then you're good.

Aaaand here's where you may argue that, without a clear Jesus figure, your religion may not be identifiable as Christianity. And to this I say: If that's the case, then you've gotten lazy with your representation of Christianity. Do better.

*wipes sweat from forehead* To be clear: I'm not saying you shouldn't have a Jesus figure. I'm just saying that it shouldn't be your go-to because you haven't taken the time to consider other options. You're a writer. Act like one. Be creative and think outside of the box.

And that's my two-cents. Can we be done with this topic now?

4. Don't preach. Seriously. Don't. EVER. Read point 8 in this post if you need convincing.

5. Do develop your themes. I have a whole post about how to do that here. You can thank me in the comments.

6. Go easy on the demons. Please. Can demons and demon hordes make for good antagonists or conflicts? Sure. But demon hordes, just like any other type of horde, can easily swing into the cliche, faceless, not-scary-or-deep, ready-made-and-super-lazy conflict. So if you're going to do a horde, you'll need to have at least one face-antagonist. Can that antagonist be a demon or the devil? Yeah, but...maybe don't. This has the potential to feel formulaic and boring. The problem with the devil/a demon as an antagonist is that they're all the same. So either make a massive effort to make it incredibly different than the others or create a villain that isn't demonic. This makes things way more intimidating because here's a force of evil that wasn't born that way. They chose it or were shaped into it and that's interesting, deep, and scary.

7. Avoid the Easy Fix. The "Oh, look, an angel has come to save the main character moments from death" scene. The "how convenient, the protagonist now has insane powers simply for having a bit of faith" moment. The "I know nobody's going to get hurt because clearly bad things never happen to Christians" feeling. Stop. STOP. This is so wrong on so many levels. Let's list a few:
  1. It takes away conflict. 
  2. It reduces character struggle.  
  3. It's lazy. 
  4. It's overdone. 
  5. It's a lie. Yep. A lie. Have you read the Bible? Have you seen all of the horrible things the disciples and prophets and literally every Bible character went through? You realize that many of them led difficult lives all the way up until dying horrible deaths, right? Christianity doesn't fix all of our problems. It gives us the strength to push forward and a hope in things to come, yes. But it doesn't mean that we don't suffer and hurt and have doubts. Be honest. 
8. Don't be afraid of magic. Look. I know a lot of people are wanting to throw Bible scriptures at me right now. Please refrain. I know all of the scriptures you're going to cite and my answer to them is universal: This is a fantasy realm. FANTASY. No, that doesn't mean that you're excused to write all kinds of messed up things. It simply means this: Do you have Christian themes? Yes? Do you have a good and an evil? Yes? Do you make it clear that evil is bad? Yes? Okay then. You're doing well. 

Because this is a made up world, magic doesn't have to be the witch-craft condemned in the Bible. It can be a tool just like a sword: Used for good or evil depending on whether a good or evil person is wielding it. Or it can have dark and light magic where the dark comes from the devil and the light comes from God (though you'll want to be careful with this, since it can easily fall into the cliche and Easy Fix zone). Or you can do what I'm doing and create a brand new and elaborate magic system. The sky's the limit. Why do you think you were given a brain full of creativity and a heart full of Jesus? Use it to create something beautiful and unique. Don't let yourself be stifled. 

9. Grey is okay. A lot of Christian fantasy has a clear good and a clear evil. That's fine. But remember: That's not always true or helpful. There are grey areas all over the place, so go for the big, scary questions and plunge into them. Show the struggling believer. The antagonist with a conscience. The kind unbeliever. Jump in. 

10. Don't pander. Look. Just because your story is Christian doesn't mean you're allowed to type up a half-baked story. Preaching to the choir is a terrible idea. Christian fantasy, when done well, should be accessible to people of any or no religion. Why? Because Christian fantasy is still fantasy and it's still a story. Thus, it should be entertaining and otherworldly and interesting and cool.

Bonus tip: Check out this helpful thread on twitter for more thoughts about writing Christian fiction/fantasy.

Okay. Go ahead and leave your comments now. Have tips to add? Tips you disagree with? Let's hear 'em! And yeah, you're allowed to comment even if you don't write Christian fantasy. All I ask is that you all be kind, thoughtful, and respectful of each other down there. Have fun!

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Friday, December 8, 2017

How to Keep Your Book From Being Boring

Stories should be many things.

They should be creative. They should provoke thought, inspire beautiful actions, create a bond between the reader, writer, and characters. 

And they should always, always be entertaining. 

And yet we've all read books that are either flat-out snooze fests or have paragraphs that are not interesting enough to deserve more than a quick skim. 

I'm tired of it, people. Tired. If I wanted to be bored I'd go watch a documentary about how to watch paint dry.

Can we all just decide to stop writing boring books or paragraphs? Yes? Okay, then. Thank you. 

What? Why are you still here? Don't you know how to not be boring? Fiiine. Here are some ways to keep your book from putting people to sleep: 
How to Keep Your Book From Being Boring
Ask: Is this boring? No, seriously. Every time you sit down to write a scene, ask: Is this boring? Every. Time. Get in the habit of constantly checking for boring scenes. Not sure if it's boring? Ask yourself this: 
  • Will I be bored writing this scene? If you are dreading writing a scene because nothing interesting happens, that is a bad sign. How do you expect your readers to be invested if you aren't? 
  • Would I care if I was reading this? Try to put yourself in your readers shoes. If you had to read this section, would you be fascinated? Mildly interested? Bored? Bored and annoyed in a way that would rival even Alexander Dane's constant emotional state?
    If it's any of those last three options, you have work to do. 
Now that you've established that this section is likely boring, how do you avert the disaster? 

1. Ask: Is it necessary? What would happen if I cut it out? Why are you writing this section? Does it have key information? A pivotal piece of character development? If not: Don't write it. Nothing in your books should be there without purpose. If the scene does have some key point to it, try these: 

2. Change the information flow. If there's something pivotal (character development, world building information, foreshadowing, etc) that needs to take place, try spacing it out. Does it really need to happen all in one, boring scene? Can you sprinkle the information throughout other less-boring scenes? Hint: The answer is yes. 

3. Keep things moving. Literally. Are your characters sitting down? Have them walking. Running. Fighting dragons. Gardening. Washing laundry. Anything that gets them up and about and doing something other than just behaving as a vehicle for whatever information you're trying to convey. Think about how this scene would be done in a movie (like, a good one...not one of those terrible 80s movies with the weird pacing). Mimic that. 

4. Be intentional with the words you use. Language is key. Use interesting words. Vary your sentences (short sentences can often be more eye-catching than longer ones) and paragraphs (don't have any of them too long, but don't feel the need to keep them all the same size). Don't be afraid to get a little bit artistic with your sentences and paragraphs. If your writing style is good, it will help keep the story up and running. No, you shouldn't rely solely on this to keep your book from being boring, but it is helpful when combined with the above (and below) tips. 

5. Don't be afraid to jump over details or scenes. So, maybe your character needs to get from A to B. Does it matter how they get there? No? Then skip the travel sequence. Your character is undergoing training? Do you need to show the actual training lessons? No? Splice information together into a montage and only show the key lesson(s). Go watch the Rocky movie for examples of this. It may feel brutal to jump over parts of the story, but you'll be proud of yourself in the end. 
Gotta love this scene. And the movie in general.
6. Remember that you're not Tolkien. You know who can describe a blade of grass for two pages and still sell books? Tolkien. You know who can't? You. So stop with the insane amounts of description. If it's not relevant, don't talk about it. If you're trying to describe the setting because it helps set the mood or explain context, describe details as you go. Or in a very, very short paragraph. Actually, just read this post. 

7. Take notes on entertainment that is well-paced. Most good movies/TV shows have no boring scenes. Think Jason Bourne, The Thin Man, Stranger Things, Murder on the Orient Express (yes, I'm talking about the new one) The Winter Soldier, I Love Lucy, The Dark Knight. Comic books and manga are also notoriously good at avoiding the Boring Zone (click here for a list of good ones). Many of the Harry Potter books are thoroughly entertaining. Watch/read some of these and notice: How often do they omit scenes? How do they convey information? In scenes that could have been boring, how do they keep you invested? Take notes and apply them to your writing. 

Do you have any tips to add? Please leave them below! Why/when do you think you struggle with keeping your writing from being boring? Let's chat.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

The Writer's Book Tag: Books I Love, Hate, and Couldn't Care Less About

It's been a long time since I've participated in a blog tag. I usually pass a lot of them by because I feel like they're cheating you, my lovely followers, out of your usual writing tips post. But this one piqued my interest because 1) I'm super busy right now and don't currently have any ideas for an original post (just being honest). 2) This tag is about one of my favorite things and your favorite things: Books.

Many thanks to S.M. Metzler from Tea with Tumnus (and possibly some other people at some point or another? Sorry. I'm bad at keeping track of these things) for tagging me to join in on the fun.

So let's get to it.
The Writer's Book Tag: Books I Love, Hate, and Couldn't Care Less About
First Draft: A book or and series that you’ve never read before. 

Yes, I'm editing these prompts a bit so that I can talk about more than one book per post. I know that's breaking the rules, but what are you going to do? Throw me in blogger jail? Pffft. That's not an actual thing, right? .... Right?!

Book: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. As an avid reader of classic novels, it's actually very odd that I've never read this. But, while we're on the subject, I may as well confess: I have no idea what this book is about. A slaughterhouse? Is it for animals or people? Or maybe it's a metaphor? For what, though? I have no idea. I'll find out at some point, as I do intend to read it.

Series: The Divergent series by Veronica Roth. You can't make me. I'd rather read Bella Swan's diary, which we all know would be boring and depressing and aggravating beyond belief.

Second Draft: A book or series you didn’t like as much the second time you read it.

The Tamarack Tree by Patricia Clapp. I own this book and I honestly don't know where it came from because I'm certain I didn't buy it for myself. I sometimes read it when I'm sick and in bed. Again...I have no idea why...except that it has something to do with the fact that I can never remember what it's about or how it ends. 

The second time I read it I remember thinking, "Why do you like this, again?" I still don't have an answer. It's not a bad book, but apparently not a particularly good one considering I've read it at least five times and still can't remember the plot. But maybe it is good given that I somehow brought myself to re-read it four times? I don't know. Unless...
Yeah. That's gotta be it.

Final Draft: A book or and series that you’ve liked for a really long time.

Book: Island of Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. I loved Scott O'Dell as a child and this one is still an age-old favorite. It's beautiful and heartrending and I just...I really, really like it. It's been a while since I've read it, though, so now I'm feeling the urge to re-read it, which is unfortunate because my 'to-be-read' list already has approximately 12989043783 books on it.

Series: The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. This is the best. Absolute best. I love it. It never ceases to make me smile and it's one of the first book series that made me fall in love with fantasy. 

Killing Off Your Characters: A book or series that made you cry.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This book ripped my heart out and made me cry several different times. You should read it. It's excellent. 

Plot Holes: A book or and series that disappointed you.

So many. So many. In case you hadn't noticed from reading my blog: I'm a very critical person. Thus, I'm constantly finding myself frustrated. Narrowing down my list was hard, but here were the first two that came to mind:

Book: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. "Disappointed" is a very weak and slightly inaccurate description of my feelings towards this book. "Angry" and "upset" are a bit better. I wrote a whole review about it, in case anybody cares. And if you are about to leave me a long comment down below about how this book is actually really good and helpful: Please don't. I am armed with logic and an unparalleled hatred for this book and I will destroy you. It's cute that you think you can win, but seriously. No. 

Series: The Maze Runner series by James Dashner. I really enjoyed the first. The second one annoyed me. The third one made me lose hope in the series. I was so disappointed because I really did want to like this series due to the fascinating concept and neat characters....But there were so many issues. SO many. Why did all the female characters end up being unlikable? And what was with that ending? Did the author really have to kill off all of the good characters? And what was the point of any of it, anyway? *sigh* 

Writer’s Block: A book or series you’ve never finished.

*whispers* I never actually finished the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books by Rick Riordan. Partly because I disliked pretty much all of the characters and partly because I find Riordan's writing style very grating (nothing personal, seem like a cool person). 

Yeah. I know I just alienated about half of my readership. *shrugs* You should also know that I'm not a huge fan of The Hunger Games or Shakespeare. You can go ahead and start throwing things at me now. 

Feedback: A book or and series you’d recommed to anyone and everyone.

This is actually really hard because I don't know of many books that I think are suitable to be recommended to everybody of varying reading tastes and age ranges, but I'll do my best: 

Book: Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne. Seriously. Laugh if you want to, but everybody should read this book. It's phenomenal: Clever, heartfelt, sweet, thought-provoking. I don't care how old you are: You need to read this book. 

Series: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. I think this one is charming and enjoyable even for people who don't like fantasy. But maybe I'm blinded by my love for this universe. 

Now my brain is cramming full of all of the other books I want to tell you all about. Maybe I should do a Youtube live stream where we just all chat about books? Does anybody want that? Maybe I'll put something together over Christmas break. Maybe. Don't get too excited. 

What are some books that you loved, hate, or couldn't care less about? Were there any books I listed that surprised you? I'd love to hear your thoughts! And, of course: If you'd like to join in on this tag, just jump! You have my permission to say that I tagged you.

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