Author Archives: Lizzie Ross

About Lizzie Ross

in no particular order: author, teacher, cyclist, world traveler, single parent. oh, and i read. a lot.

#WitchWeek2020 Day 2: A Gothic Reading of The Betrothed

Today’s guest blogger, e-Tinkerbell, lives in Italy, so it’s no surprise that she brings this classic Italian novel from the 19th century to our attention. e-Tinkerbell is a high school English teacher who loves literature, history… and shoes. She blogs … Continue reading

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#WitchWeek2020 Day 1: Gothick Dreams

Happy Halloween to all! My first guest blogger is my co-host, Chris, who blogs as Calmgrove on WordPress, where for eight years he’s been exploring the world of ideas through books by way of reviews and discussions. Today Chris has taken … Continue reading

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#WitchWeek2020: Master Post

Diana Wynne Jones’ Witch Week (1983) is a fantasy set between Halloween and November 5th — Bonfire Night — marking the day in 1604 when Guy Fawkes was caught preparing to blow up Parliament. Six years ago, Lory of Emerald City Book Review used this … Continue reading

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Countdown to Witch Week 2020: One week to go

Actual Halloween may be cancelled this year, but you can celebrate it virtually with us, during Witch Week! Don’t miss out on the fun: Apply your Gothic makeup, put on your best costumes, and settle down for a close reading … Continue reading

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Stress Reading

This month, as three crucial dates slouch nearer (31 October, 01 November, 03 November¹), my reading has been all about trying to keep calm. True, only one of these dates will have world-wide significance, its consequences possibly repeating and repeating … Continue reading

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Cooking up some scary fun

There’s still time to prep for Witch Week 2020. If you haven’t yet read Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, find a copy and get started. You have two weeks starting … now! For the second musical inspiration, here’s one from … Continue reading

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Are you ready for Witch Week 2020?

Leaves are turning, winds from the north are cooling down the nights, pumpkins and apples are making appearances at local farm stands.* Which can mean only one thing: WITCH WEEK 2020 approaches! Anyone still unsure what that is can check … Continue reading

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Witch Week 2020

Not long now! Witch Week, the annual celebration of fantasy fiction, begins in under 2 months. Lory @ EmeraldCityBookReview created it to honor Diana Wynne Jones, author of the Dalemark and Chrestomanci series, along with dozens of other fantasy novels and short … Continue reading

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Hashtag Jane Austen

Twitter has misinformed me. There I was, getting all excited about #AustenInAugust, and it turns out not to be a thing. It was a thing in 2019, but apparently not this year.* Do I care? Not a fig, for that tiny … Continue reading

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Getting over the Don’t-Wants

Maybe you’ve never heard the term, but you know the feeling: Low energy, little interest in doing anything that isn’t absolutely essential (cleaning, eating, sleeping), general listlessness. But stop right there — I don’t deserve anyone’s sympathy. I know I … Continue reading

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