Friday, December 18, 2015

I have returned! // Snippets from "A Murder of Crows"

Hello my lovelies!
I missed you guys sooooo much!!!
There is so much I could tell you all about right now as I've been gone from the blogosphere for an eternity, and so much has happened since last we spoke, but I'll stick to one topic: Writing.
Yeah, I've actually been doing my job as a writer and getting some work done!  I'm currently working on a novel called A Murder of Crows.  Here's a very basic blurb I threw together to give you a general idea of what is going on:

    The Corvus family has been the victim of several assumed kidnappings, murders and other un-nerving events for as long as Rachel can remember.  Now, her father has been murdered, and she suspects these events are all connected.  Not only that, her life, and those of her family members are in danger.  She sets out to settle the matter and becomes entangled in a war between two families and other strange happenings that will change her life, for better or for worse.

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      For a while Rachel just sat and listened to the sound of the stairs creaking under her Grandmother's feet and the drizzle of rain pelting the tin roof.  Then she curled up and fell asleep still clutching the pillow to her chest.  Poe hopped across the bed and pulled a quilt over her curled up body and up too her chin  Her black tangle of hair formed a dark halo around her pale face.  The crow ruffled her feathers and rested against the girl's shoulder.
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Caleb would look something like this, just a few years younger...:
Caleb, he's just a few years younger though.
.... He laughed, "Miss Rachel, what've I done to make you dislike me so much?"
               "What makes you think that I dislike you?"
               "Well you've been glaring at me contemptuously ever since I stepped through the front door of your house."  Caleb put his hands in his pockets and leaned against the barn door.  "You seemed perfectly civil when we first met, and I'm not entirely sure what has changed to make you think so ill of me."
               Rachel shrugged, "You wouldn't be able to understand,"  Thing is, she thought, I'm not entirely sure why I dislike you so much myself.  
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This is what Rachel and Grandmother's house looks like.:
Whenever she closed her eyes, Rachel saw the four lumberyard workers carrying a stretcher up the road, covered in a white cloth.  A cloth the same color as her father's lifeless face.  There had been a red stain on the cloth where the blood had leaked through.  He'd been found on the side of the road, they'd said.  His team had run down the road with his wagon full of grain, probably scared by the gunshots. the sheriff had inspected the body for evidence and left grim and wordless...
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Rachel    ...vintage.... by canismaioris.deviantart.com on @deviantART:
My MC, Rachel
She shivered, and felt Caleb’s arm around her.               “She’ll do just fine, Rachel, don’t worry too much.  I’m there for farm work every day. I’ll check in on her.”         
      Rachel nodded against his shoulder.  “I’ve never been more than thirty miles away from my home.  I know it’s only a day’s train ride away, but I feel almost guilty for leaving Grandmother behind.  And to be honest, I’m a little afraid of moving from the country to one of the biggest cities in the world.”
Caleb turned to her, “Don’t be afraid.  You are one of the most capable people I have ever met.  If anyone should be scared, it should be New York City.”   Rachel rolled her eyes.        
        “But in all seriousness, always watch your wallet, don’t ever go down dark alleys without someone, and avoid talking to strangers as much as possible...  Now that I think about it, it’s really easy to get lost there, even if you’ve lived there for years, so you should probably shouldn't go out alone at all.”        
       “Sorry, but that’s not helping any.”

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 1920 Buick  Caleb's car:
He pulled the car over to the side of the road.     
         “Really, you’ll let me drive?” Rachel’s face lit up.      
          “Sure thing.” He opened her door for her. “But a few basic things before we start. One, always remember where the brake is.  Hitting the gas pedal will only maximize the likelihood of death…”And so Rachel received her first driving lesson from Caleb, and a very fortunate thing it was indeed.
~
Here are a few sneak peaks in the form of photographs. The action doesn't start until a bit later, but I'm not sharing that with you yet because
From the archives of the Timelords,Whovians,BBC and Tumblr fans

WARNING: I've recently gotten obsessed with Doctor Who, so I'll probably be using a lot of these gifs in the future... 

new york 1920's.  Oh my gosh!!! The holy grail photo I've been searching for. Times Square 1920s:
1920's NYC
                           1928: Another stylish duo that prove collegiate sweaters and pleated skirts didn't debut last fall — they were around in the '20s!:

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20's inspired makeup look:
Wow, Rachel's style just changed a ton!

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celtic wolf design | Wolf Head And Celtic Crow Tattoo Design:

Well, I'd better pop off now and try to finish this book.  I've never written an entire novel before, so I'm determined to finish this one.
Are you working on any writing projects right now? I'd love to hear about them(-: Also, who's your favorite Doctor? And just one more question, is there any particular topic you'd like me to post about or any kind of post you'd like to see on my blog? I'm always open to new ideas and suggestions. 
xoxo
     Lizzy

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

*drumroll* Cover Release for RESIST!!!

Hello Lovlies!
Today is a wonderful day, because the fabulous author, Emily Ann Putzke is releasing the cover for her new book, Resist.  The last book that she co-wrote, Ain't We Got Fun, was absolutely fantastic, so I am more that excited for her new novel. Voila!

Isn't it beautiful?  I've watched a movie based on the life of his sister, and I just know this book is going to be just as fabulous as the cover. And quite possibly a tearjerker... But I'm not going to say any more because possible spoilers! If this gorgeous cover doesn't already intrigue you, here's the synopsis.

Synopsis:

Munich, Germany 1942—Hans Scholl never intended to get his younger sister involved in an underground resistance. When Sophie Scholl finds out, she insists on joining Hans and his close friends in writing and distributing anti-Nazi leaflets entitled, The White Rose. The young university students call out to the German people, begging them to not allow their consciences to become dormant, but to resist their tyrannical leader and corrupt government. Hans knows the consequences for their actions—execution for committing high treason—but firm in his convictions, he’s prepared to lose his life for a righteous cause. Based on a true story, Hans, Sophie and all the members of The White Rose resistance group will forever inspire and challenge us to do what is right in the midst of overwhelming evil.
Available in paperback and ebook on February 22nd, 2016

Pre-order the ebook on Amazon

Add to Goodreads

                                   About The Author:
Emily Ann Putzke is a young novelist, historical reenactor, and history lover. You can learn more about Emily and her books atwww.authoremilyannputzke.com
 and www.facebook.com/authoremilyannputzke

Also, go check out her blog.  She does some really amazing posts about writing, historical reenacting, and all kinds of cool stuff!
xoxo
   Lizzy

Thursday, November 26, 2015

to everything there is a season

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...
~Ecclesiastes 3:1

Sometimes I think that there must be seasons...
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...to remind us that life is short...
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...and there are countless little things...
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...in that short time...
"At night, make me one with darkness. In the morning, make me one with the light." ~ Wendell Berry:

...to be grateful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I'm grateful for a ton of things, but especially my amazing family, being able to get involved in theater at my school this year, my bookshelf, my fantastic friends, my writing schedule, BBC and chocolate. Oh, let's not forget about how grateful I am for YOU my readers! You guys are fabulous. <3 <3 <3 What are you grateful for this year?

Friday, October 30, 2015

pieces of october

Anne of Green Gables was one of my favorite book series growing up, and I'd have to agree with Anne about Octobers.:

there's nothing like it.
  the rain drizzling down the car windows as you sip hot chocolate on the way home from school.
walking through campus in a sweater and still feeling the chilly wind.
stepping on the first crunchy leaves.
decorating the dinning rooms with pumpkins.
listening to your family make thanksgiving plans.
that rush of overdue homework that sort of melts away when you stop to breath in the scent of the dying year.
and people seem a little bit friendlier, a little more approachable.
as the air grows colder, people gather closer for warmth.
tea becomes an absolute necessity.
and you can finally wear those striped wool socks and boots for the first time.
sweaters, sweaters, sweaters.

and the birds are migrating again.
and there's a sort of melancholy drenching nature as it dies away into russet and brown.
a melancholy that is so beautiful it hurts, and somehow, it feels so peaceful and full of joy.
maybe because the trees know that their dying leaves won't turn into dust for nothing, but will continue to nourish the next generation of leaves.
the world is full of a hushed magic that makes itself apparent to those that stop and notice the little things.
all of this, and more, is October.

Tell me what you love about October in the comments below,
lots of love,
~Lizzy

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise...


beautiful font "Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise":
I think Victor Hugo puts it perfectly
 

Recently my life has been insanely busy. Last night I was rushing to finish a paper two hours before it was due because I didn't get home until after 8.  And that's not unusual for me to be finishing assignments minutes before they're due, or getting up before five to get things done.  This morning I didn't want to get out of bed, or wake up at all, because I knew that the next few weeks would be insane, and things probably wouldn't calm down until December. But I'm not here to complain about how busy I am, because I already did that this morning. (-;  I'm writing to tell you, you can make it, through whatever you're going through, and you will.  Sometimes my brain hurts from trying to keep on top of everything.  I have an huge fear of failing and looking stupid, and ironically, it makes me want to give up and disappear into thin air sometimes.




   And then I remember what I know to be true.  If something comes to a bad end, it is not truly the end, because there is a reason for everything.  I think that sometimes because I don't have enough trust, I end up thinking that everything depends on me, and that makes me tremble and break.  Here's the secret I've learned:
 
Nothing depends on me besides what I decide to do in the situations I am put into. 

 
  By no means do I always remember that.  In fact, I forget it more often than not, but deep down, I know it to be true. And after I rant and complain and freak out, once I actually sit down and think, I know it to be true, and it comforts me. I guess the moral of this story is, even when it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, the only weight is that of your own decisions, and even then, you are Loved and Cared For.  It's a comforting thought, isn't it? So don't give up, and neither will I. 
Sending out lots of love to all of my lovely readers,
xoxo
     Lizzy
P.S. It's finally starting to be fall here! It's like sixty-five degrees and it rained today. Beautiful! What's the weather like for you?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

where i've been wandering...on the web

Wow, guys! It's been forever, I think. School has been amazing and I'm going to do a post about everything exciting that's been happening, hopefully, next week. It seems I've been wandering all over the internet lately.
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  • This week I did a guest post over on Evie's blog about why there needs to be a Les Mis web series.  So go and check that out if you're a Les Miserables fan.
It wasn't photoshop! This pic is apparently actually from a Vogue spread. HOW HAVE I NOT SEEN IT BEFORE. << IT IS BEAUTIFUL:
  • I got Tumblr.  Yes, I know it's a huge black hole, but I couldn't resist.  If you have Tumblr, tell me your username in the comments below so I can follow you. My blog is called Idlewilde because I'm so not creative and have to steal stuff from  Anne of Green Gables...
  • I'm now officially a Tweeter. (Is that even a term?!) Yes, I used to swear I'd never get Twitter, but I can't seem to resist sharing all of my weird and random thoughts with the entire world.  If you're interested in all the crazy stuff going on in my brain, my twitter handle is @LizzyDbrink And tell me what your twitter handle is so I can follow you too.


So go forth, peoples and follow me on the internet, because who doesn't want to listen to all of the random stuff I have to say?

xoxo,
     Lizzy

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

and the winner is...

Ladies and Gentlemen, the winner for my first ever blog giveaway is... *drumroll*... Sandy S.! Congratulations Sandy! And to all of you, thank you for entering and most especially for being such supportive and amazing followers in my first year of blogging. (-:
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*blows confetti at y'all*
   xoxo, 
        Lizzy

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Blogaversary Giveaway: my first giveaway ever!

And I'm back... with my first giveaway ever! As a small thank you I will be doing a giveaway for one of PaperFuryInk's book necklaces.  

Mini Book Necklace

The rules are very simple. 
1 )Since I am too lazy busy to do a rafflecopter, all you have to do is follow my blog with either google friend connect or Bloglovin' and leave a comment below telling me where you follow, and under what name.  
2) Tell me which book necklace you would like if you were to win. (Warning: It's kind of impossible to chose.) 
3) In a separate comment, leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win. I will not publish this comment on my blog.

Bonus: If you follow me on google friend connect and Bloglovin, just tell me and I'll enter you twice. (-:

I will post results on Monday, so comment soon!

Again, I just want to say thank you guys for being such awesome and fabulous followers.  I love you guys so much, and I wish I could give you all cake and personalized leather bound copies of The Lord of the Rings.  Maybe when I'm a New York Best Selling author... XD But for now, virtual hugs and confetti for everybody!

   xoxo,
        Lizzy

Sunday, August 30, 2015

My Baby Blog Turns One!

   School starts, and the blistering hot days are growing slightly more mild.  The world seems to be spinning quickly beneath our feet, turning day into night and then into day again in an endless cycle.  At this time of year, sometimes we just need to stop, take slow breaths, and look around. And that's what my blog has been for me.  A breath of fresh air.  A place where I can rant and chatter on about the things I love.  A place where I can relax, and be myself.  I've learned that the right people will accept me for who I am, and I don't have to hide that I'm a fangirl or a nerd.  Because people like me for those things. Today is my first Blogaversary, and I want to thank all of you, my followers and friend, for so supportive and friendly.
This image reflects my friendships, I have had toxic friendships before and recently I have decided that it isn't worth being friends with people who don't encourage and support you so I now surround myself with people who have a positive influence on me.

   Guys, I know this may sound cheesy, but each one of you taking your time to follow, read my blog and comment on my posts has made my year so much better and so much more beautiful than it would have been without you guys.  If I had time, I would write something special for each of you, but since I don't, consider this a personal message to you

   Writing this blog has changed my life.

Firstly, I've made more blogging and writing friends than I've made friends in my life, and we've had some really great conversations and fangirling moments together.  I may never have met any of you in person, but I know from talking to you and from your kind and supportive comments that you are all beautiful, uplifting, and amazing souls. I love you guys!
But for now, sending them this will do. | 21 Ways Your Life Changes When Your Best Friend Is Away
I've learned that there are other people out there that are just as big fangirls and nerds as I am. (surprise, surprise!)

I've grown to be okay with sharing my writing, even when it's kinda' lame. 

I've learned that it's okay to be a fangirl and proud of it, because it only makes your life more exciting and wonderful and full of warmth.
And they feel like this: | Community Post: 30 Ways Interns Are Just Like Minions

I've gotten to be myself. I'm still learning, but slowly but surely I'm letting people see the real me, not just the face I put on for the world.

My writing has begun to get better. I've gotten so much encouragement and help.

I've been drawn into soooo many new fandoms that I'd never have heard of if it weren't for blogging. Let's see if I can even name them all:
Sherlock
Merlin
The Percy Jackson Series
The Lunar Chronicles
All the MARVEL movies
K-Drama + K-pop
Robin Hood (BBC)
Once Upon a Time
Les Miserables
The Phantom of the Opera
The Scarlet Pimpernel (The One and Only movie version. You know what I'm talking about.)
ALL the webseries! 
Gosh, that's a lot... But I can't wait to be drawn into even more!

Dan describes it perfectly...
And I've found out about countless amazing books and movies.

I think I can truly say that writing this blog has had an impact on my life.

To all of my readers, thank you again. Thank you for being there for me. For fangirling with me.  For introducing me to cool fandoms and other amazing and random stuff.  For being supportive and kind from the beginning.  For letting me be myself and not judging me.  Basically, thank you for being my friends, and amazing ones at that. It has been an honor and a pleasure to get to know all of you.

I'm posting this kind of last minute, so I haven't had much time to plan, but expect a 1 year blogaversary giveaway of some sort in the next week or so. (-:

What is something you love most about blogging?
   xoxo,
      Lizzy

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Savoring the Last of Summer

   Summer, it's almost over for me.  On Monday I go back to school.  I'm excited, I really am, but there's a little bit of bittersweetness in these last days of sunbaked freedom.  It's probably because I know that this is more than likely my last summer of being carefree and just hanging out doing whatever I want.  Next summer I'll be getting ready to transfer to a University.  I'll probably have at least one job and a million more responsibilities.  So, this is basically my last summer of really getting to be a 'kid'. (Well, I'll always be a kid, but you know what I mean.) I guess I didn't realize that until now. Not that it's a bad thing.  I'm excited for what life will bring. I'm starting a tutoring job at the local middle school this week, and I'm looking into some really cool universities on the West Coast. I'm just trying to savor the last few days of summer; my last few days of complete freedom.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.
I'm going to drown myself in books.

I'm going to fangirl over my new favorite Korean dramas and Sherlock.

Funnily enough, the love theme from Faith is "Carry On."

I'm going to blast my KPOP playlist (Yes, I'm into all things Korean right now) and my showtunes.

I'm going to write like a madwoman.

I'm going to take sunset bike rides.
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I'm going to play with my little siblings more.

I'm going to redecorate my room.

I'm not going to apply for any more scholarships until it's officially school time. (-;

I'm going to soak up summer.

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How are you spending your last few days of summer? 

xoxo,
     Lizzy

Monday, August 10, 2015

The 7-7-7 Blog Challenge

Emily Ann tagged me for the 7-7-7 Blog Challenge. Thank you, Emily! And you guys, go check out her blog, it's seriously amazing. The rules are as follows: Go to page 7 in your book, share the first 7 lines, then tag 7 people. I will sharing my writing from my WIP, A Murder of Crows.

Crannville felt even smaller on the inside.  The streets were mostly bare, and except for a few women chatting on their doorsteps and some stray dogs running down the main road, the town felt abandoned.  The sheriff’s office was a low building at the end of the road with only two rooms and a couple of jail cells.  The front porch sagged slightly, seemingly due to the weight of Sheriff O’Brien who sat on the middle of it drinking coffee and perusing the street over the top of his spectacles. He exhaled a curl of smoke through his nose and took a puff at the cigarette in his left hand. Sheriff Wilson was the direct opposite of O’Brien. He had tilted his chair onto its back two legs and his two legs dangled over the porch railing. His hat was tilted over his eyes and a snore rattled his slight frame.  At the sight of Rachel climbing the steps Sheriff O’Brien elbowed Sheriff Wilson in the ribs. Wilson inhaled sharply, let his chair drop with a slam, and scurried to regain a respectable appearance.  Rachel snickered.
Rachel    ...vintage.... by canismaioris.deviantart.com on @deviantART
Rachel, the MC
Yes, I know that was more than seven lines, but I felt it would sound incomplete if I didn't include the entire paragraph. 
 I TAG:

Have a beautiful day,
Lizzy

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The British Invade My Bookshelf // my monthly reading list and results from last month

Hello lovely followers! I can't believe that it's ALREADY August! Didn't July just start? Yeah, time passes too quickly, and I didn't manage to complete all of the books on my TBR this month (I was procrastinating by watching my first ever Korean Drama, shhh, don't tell! It was awesome btw...) but I was pretty satisfied with most of the books that I did get around to.  So without further ado, I will rate and give mini reviews of the books I did read and then proudly present this month's reading list.
Books I Finished:
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
This book was well done in that it was simply written so that it actually felt like it was from a child's perspective.  It's about a young German boy during WWII who befriends a Jewish boy in a prison camp. He doesn't understand everything going on and is rather bewildered by it all. The one thing that bugged me about this was that Bruno (the MC) seemed way too clueless even for a nine year old. I don't think the author understood a nine-year-old's brain and intelligence very well. Warning: The ending might make you cry.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
This book is the sequel to The Winter Prince. I think the reason I didn't give it five stars was because it wasn't quite as good as the first book.  It's loosely based on Arthurian legend in the 5th or 6th century. I think. It's about Arthur (aka Artos's) daughter, Goewin, who escapes to Ethiopia after her father is conquered in battle. It's really cool to see legend put into more historically correct context and to learn more about lesser known cultures through literature. 

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
I really hate to give something a 3 star rating, but I'll be honest; I was a bit bored and felt disconnected from the characters while reading this book. It's basically about this Afghan girl and an Islamic American woman who meet during the war. The idea was great. I learned a lot about Afghan culture, and the writing was pretty good, but I just didn't connect with the characters. It was like, "Oh, that character just died. Too bad. I think I'll go make a sandwich now, I'm kind of hungry." And that's what really bothered me about this story because I really wanted to like it. The food descriptions were mouthwatering, though.


My Rating: 3 out of 5.
This story is about three poor kids who are evacuated from London to the countryside during WWII.  It was a sweet story, and I might have enjoyed it a bit more if I'd read it five years ago, but it was a lot like Under the Persimmon Tree in that I wasn't emotionally invested in the characters. And it was a little bland to be honest.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I felt a little distant from the main character, but I felt like Nathanial was a lot more alive because it's basically a biography which I didn't realize until quite a few chapters in.  I think that's why I liked it so much.  Also the fact that this character had such bad luck at the beginning of the book, but he worked his way up to being one of the greatest navigators of his time was really fascinating. I don't know about you, but I love learning incredibly accurate history in a way that feels like you know the people you're learning about.


My Rating: 4 + (1/2) out of 5 stars.
This book was a surprise! It wasn't on my list, but my bestie loaned it to me and I couldn't wait to read it. It totally counts as historical fiction. Guys, I really, really liked this book. It didn't quite live up to To Kill a Mockingbird, because that book is absolutely AMAZING, but that doesn't mean that I didn't really like Go Set a Watchman. I'm sure you've heard about it, right? It's set in the mid-50's when Scout is 26.  It's basically about her seeing her town, her family, and everything around her through more critical eyes and discovering things about them that rock her world. It was sad, hilarious, thought provoking, and just wonderful. Really, you should read it!


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars so far.
I still haven't finished this one yet, but it's quite interesting, so I intend to do so quite soon. It's set in Britain directly after the Romans are forced to leave. The main character, Aquila, is a soldier who deserts the army so that he can stay with his family in Britain. His family's estate is attacked just days later, and he is captured by Jutish warriors and made a slave. I'm still only half way through, so I can't tell you my full opinion of this book, but like Rosemary Sutcliff's other works, it's great!

My July TBR List:
I've decided this month to try and read a lot of the unread books on my bookshelf. I noticed that I have a lot of classics by British authors, so I thought "Why not focus on British Classics?" My list is a lot shorter than last months because A) I only read about half of my list last month, and B) classics seem to take a lot longer to get into and finish than other books. So without further ado or boringness, here is my August book list.
1) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
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Did you know that this was Dickens's favorite of all his own books?

2) North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
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No, this book doesn't have anything to do with the Civil War.

3) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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Because I still haven't read the story of Dr. Frankenstein's monster.

4) Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
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This has been on my TBR list for waaaay to long. And it's about pirates. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

5) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
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Jane Austen: The Gothic One

6) The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Fun Fact: Chaucer invented more words in the English language than Shakespeare did!

Let's hope I do better completing my TBR list than I did last month! What are you reading right now? Have you read any of these books?


xoxo,
   Lizzy
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