Writing through Rose Tinted Glasses

The blog of Rose Summers – A bright-eyed realist who shares her random musings in 500 words or less (most of the time) and/or videos.

Review: Arilla Sun Down by Virginia Hamilton

Quick review for a somewhat quick read. I first started reading Virginia Hamilton’s books over 20 years ago, and if the author were still living today, I’d send her my gratitude on being a gateway for my love of reading (and I appreciated the brief bio and photo montage provided at the end of this book). My childhood library had several of her books, notably with the covers that were designed in the 70s and 80s (maybe a few that were a part of the 90s reissues). My first book from her was “The House of Dies Drear” and then I binge read the Justice and her Brothers series, among several of her works. So when I heard that Open Road Media had several of her books reissued, I jumped at the chance to peruse them. “Arilla Sun Down” was one of the books of Hamilton’s that I didn’t read when I was younger, so this experience was completely new to me. The book was based on Hamilton noting her own family’s multiracial background and using it as inspiration to write Arilla’s story.

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Review: The Miracle Morning for Writers: How to Build a Writing Ritual That Increases Your Impact and Your Income (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod, Steve Scott and Honoree Corder

Quick review for a brief read between reads. I’m on the fence about “The Miracle Morning for Writers” on the whole, though I liked a good portion of it and will likely return to those pieces for reference. It’s a very good overview of several aspects of writing, especially for beginning writers, and the most helpful parts of the book for me came in the first 40% (or thereabout) of the book about building the concept of the “Miracle Morning” and developing solid affirmations in your writing habits. But then the book became slightly redundant and dragged into very long sections when it came to the framework and process of writing. I feel like the reference materials for writing guides included in the book (like Rachel Aaron’s “2k to 10K”) did a better job of providing orientations and productivity strategies. A good reference guide for actionable inspirations, but I think it was too general in several sections, particularly when it came to writing craft.

Overall score: 3/5 stars.

Review: Has to Be Love by Jolene Perry

Quick review for a quick read. My thoughts on “Has to Be Love” in retrospect are a streamline of “Nope, nope, noppity, nope, nope, nope” to just about everything in this book. I tried to have so much patience for the events and narration, but after a certain point, I couldn’t do it anymore. I don’t think it had a clear focus of what it wanted to be as a story, which is interesting because Clara’s very scatterbrained for narrative voice and that’s precisely how the story comes across – meandering and repetitive. I’m really surprised how a book with a premise that potentially has a great deal of emotional impact could come across so shallow and just…wrong. It went on far longer than it should have and by the time I was finished, made me glad it was over. I felt emotionally detached by the events and it had much to do with the way it was presented alongside the unraveling of events.

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Review: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Getting What You Want: How to be assertive with wit, style and grace by Mary Hartley

Quick review for a quick read. “The Smart Girl’s Guide to Getting What You Want” is an accessible self-improvement read that focuses its message on how to be a “smart girl” or how to be more assertive and successful as a woman in the working world and in life.

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Review: Storm at SEA by Skyler White

Quick review for a quick read. So this is my second (or it might be third, I can’t remember which) foray into choose your own adventure type style adult themed reads.

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