Category Archives: ramblings & miscellanea

Anybody out there? Thoughts from the isolated bubble…

This is not the same world that it once was. We are ALL feeling the effects of the terrifying Covid-19 pandemic. Once thought to be the subject of science fiction, our reality proves once again that what was once a … Continue reading

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

With the world in turmoil, many St. Patrick’s Day festivities have been cancelled or postponed. Every year, on March 17th, I confess that I’m a little bit Irish.  My solution?  Curl up with a green beer or green tea and … Continue reading

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Books that I think will be future classics

Definition of a classic book: A classic is a book accepted as being exemplary or noteworthy, for example through an imprimatur such as being listed in a list of great books, or through a reader’s personal opinion. … A “canon” refers to a list of books considered … Continue reading

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Finding your Christmas spirit – some thoughts for the season

Everyone I know is experiencing some holiday stress. With the big day only just over two weeks away, there is just SO much to do over a short time. Even though I’m retired, I still feel it a little bit. … Continue reading

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Twitter #hashtags for #Bookbloggers revisited

A while back I composed a post which gave some suggestions on which Twitter hashtags were the most useful for bookbloggers. What is a hashtag, and what are they used for? A hashtag is a label for content. It helps … Continue reading

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It’s all in the stars… Ratings on different sites

Yes, I’m bringing it up again. Although I may be beating a dead horse here I think that we as book bloggers need to be more cognizant of the star ratings we use. Personally, I have my own take on … Continue reading

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Discussion Post: Author’s reactions to reviews

I’ve been blogging about books for quite some time now. For the most part things have gone smoothly. I seldom get any reaction to my reviews from authors, but for the most part the feedback I have gotten has been … Continue reading

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Yes – these are REAL #words

While perusing the internet, I came across an article about words. So, of course I had to then stop and check it out. Reader’s Digest has compiled a list of 15 words that many folk argue aren’t words at all. … Continue reading

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Great books I haven’t read yet… #bookblogger stress

All of the novels in the above graphic are on my TBR.  I do NOT have review commitments for any of them. But these are the ones I really, really, really want to read. Sometimes I wish I could live … Continue reading

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English pronunciation poem

Saw this poem on Pinterest and just had to share it with you. Once again, it has made me fully appreciate how very difficult it must be to learn English as a second language. My love of my native language … Continue reading

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Hello May 2019 – Fictionophile updates

April was a busy and interesting month for me. We had a baby shower for my daughter-in-law who is expecting in June. She is having a baby boy, and we are more than delighted at the prospect of becoming first-time … Continue reading

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WordPress upgrade or not?

For years now I have hosted my blog on WordPress. I have a free plan which displays annoying advertising to my followers. I was thinking of upgrading to a paid plan and wondered if any of you have done this. … Continue reading

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WordPress weirdness…

Hi folks. I hope everyone had a great weekend. Just in case you were wondering…  WordPress has been acting strange lately. Blogs that I have followed for YEARS are now starting to show that I’m not following them at all! … Continue reading

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The A-Z of Me @Fictionophile

A = ALBERT (the love of my life and my husband for the past 41 years) B = BOOKS (DUH!); Blogging; Bev (an old friend); Bread (I could live on bread and wine alone); Beaches; Boats; Barbecued ribs; Brussel sprouts … Continue reading

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#FF Friday Finds – a few gems I found on the Internet this week

A poem called “I like old things“.   A few graphics from Pinterest that I particularly enjoyed   A free site that checks your site for broken links. It took a while to run, but seeing as my blog has … Continue reading

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