Suddenly, it’s September, and we’ve got just a few weeks before the annual writer fest that is NaNoWriMo begins. Having done this crazy challenge of writing a 50,000-word first draft of a novel a few times myself, I’ve got some advice as you look ahead.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown, the first of the Brown sisters trilogy by British romcom writer Talia Hibbert, was named a Best Book of 2019 by countless outlets, and is beloved by countless readers. But what if you want to read books like Get a Life, Chloe Brown with some comparable themes, like representation for fat characters, nerds, socially awkward characters, disability, or people struggling with anxiety? We’ve got you.
If you like your books raw and a little experimental, you might have to dig beyond the bestseller displays in bookstores and the trending pictures on Instagram. But never fear, I have recommendations!
It’s appropriate for a city that prides itself on its quirkiness — “Keep Portland Weird!” — that many of the novels set there are not the standard fare, but rather offer something off the beaten path — whether that’s magical realism, myth retelling, or unusual themes that are underexplored in American fiction. But in Portland as elsewhere, people fall in and out of love, fit in or don’t with their families, figure out their identities. These six novels give a great flavour of what’s available when it comes to novels set in Portland.
Happy Bastille Day to all French people and Francophiles out there! France has opened its borders back up to travelers from the US, but it’s still not the easiest thing in the world to go there right now. But if you’re hankering after a little bit of France, and wine and cheese won’t quite scratch the itch, maybe these new books will, all of them out in the US in 2021.
One of the best ways to improve your language learning and widen your vocabulary is to read. But not reading just any way.
If you’re the super-diligent type, you might well be tempted to stop at every word you don’t understand and look it up. I applaud your enthusiasm, but I’d advise you not to do that. Firstly, because it will take a long time, and you will quickly become discouraged when reading one article or a couple of pages of a book takes the best part of an hour. Secondly, because it’s often unnecessary.
When you read in your…
Ask yourself why you want to learn. Are you drawn to the literature of a particular place? Is there somewhere you can go on holiday, where you can put into practice what you have learned? Are you simply wanting to give it a go to see if you can — in which case a less complex language might be a good place to start — or are you wanting to challenge yourself by learning something renowned to be difficult?
Or maybe you’re learning for professional reasons. If your company does a lot of business with one particular place, the language…
It’s always fun to read books set where you live — and this is doubly true when you live in a city full of ambitious types and political shenanigans. Here are 9 great newly or about-to-be published books set in DC to look for this year.
If you’re learning a language, at some point you’ll need to learn the technical terms for the elements of grammar, so that you can better understand, analyse, and process how it is put together. As children, we do this instinctively — linguist Noam Chomsky theorised that we do this through an innate Language Aquisition Device. Once we are adults, however, the process is more laboured. These building blocks will help.
A verb is usually an action word. Something that you can do or be: I am is from the verb to be. I walk is from the verb to walk.
The past is a rich and varied place, and there are all kinds of fascinating stories to be found there. If you love historical fiction, but you need a break from the World War II setting which has been popular over the last few weeks, dip your toe into one of these books.