Novels On Abortion: A Spark Of Light by Jodi Picoult

Content Warning: The entire premise of A Spark Of Light is about abortion.  There is also a clinic shooting, hostage situation, and fatalities. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult is a brand new 2018 debut (October 2nd) and one of many novels addressing abortion. Although not unbiased, Picoult offers different pro-choice versus anti-abortion perspectives through her diverse array of characters.  Characters range in age, sexuality, and circumstance. Beginning with a terrifying hostage situation at a southern abortion clinic, time rewinds back to the beginning of the tragic event as each character’s story unfolds—some more surprising than others. Can the hostage negotiator, whose daughter is trapped in the crossfire, save the remaining hostages? And, at what cost? Picoult examines questions of when life truly starts, legal repercussions from abortion laws, and how abortion affects women. Although not my favorite Picoult novel for its predictability and somewhat confusing timeline, A Spark of Light…

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Blogging For Fun: How Not To Be A Tool On Social Media

Did you know that I am a nonprofit board member, wish I lived in a different time period, and taught older woman how to cheat at book club? The Uncorked Librarian has been pretty serious these days with posts focused around marketability and resources for others. In that spirit, I promise I will end with some fun blogging and IG caption ideas. However, blogging for fun seems to be a dying beast when we all want to become our own damn bosses and monetize. It is no secret, my blog is my business, but I also want to just write and enjoy.  I want to incorporate and share more about myself. Blogging and Social Media’ing For Fun Instagram At Its Worst If you follow The Uncorked Librarian on other channels, you know that I have a love-hate relationship with Instagram. This past week, an IGer brought home the shallowness and…

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Where To Promote Your Blog and Network: Facebook and Pinterest

I once read that as a blogger, you should spend 20% of your time writing and the other 80% promoting your work. Leery, especially since I spend hours upon hours writing posts, I debated this advice. However, you can create the best content and still receive little blog traffic. You need to be your number one cheerleader and get yourself out there, especially if you want people to read your brilliant posts. Plus, I am a huge advocate for working smarter versus harder—a practice that I am improving upon as a now intermediate level blogger. So where should you promote your blog and network with others to get the most out of your hard work? While I have a presence on every platform—Google Plus, IG, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, you name it—two platforms have significantly helped boost my blog traffic: Facebook blogger support groups and Pinterest group boards.  These social media gems are…

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Get Your Witch On! 10 Wickedly Witchy Books

Are you looking for witchy books this season? From witches grounded in a deep Wiccan past to whimsical beasties with powers, witches take on many roles in modern day literature. I always wondered what was borderline cultural appropriation as soon as authors bring in the Wiccan religion. I’d love to know your thoughts. Then, we watch steamy episodes of HBO’s True Blood with a different type of perverted witchy cult juxtaposed with naïve and endearing teenage witch coming of age stories.  Plus, have you started the Chilling Adventures of New Sabrina yet? Below are titles—all of which I have read and recommend—for adults and teens looking for books about witches. In some of these titles, witches are upfront and center, Hocus Pocus style.  In others, these powerful cacklers play minor but necessary background roles. Here are TUL’s top 10 wickedly witchy books to get you in the wickedly witchy spirit any time…

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Seriously Spooky Books For Adults

Stinky farting unicorns, zombie teenagers, true-life crime mysteries, murderous obsessions, and folktales gone grim. From graphic novels to teen fantasy and adult nonfiction, these are just a few of the themes that await the daring and brave reader from this uncorked and terrifying ‘Seriously Spooky Books For Adults‘ book list. Some of my favorite bloggers, bookstagrammers, and new authors have come together to create 11 of their top recommendations filled with spooky books for adults and teens. I dare you to read one of these titles late at night, alone in the house with lights dimmed, and not be terrified out of your mind. Heck, I need a glass of wine just thinking about the horror and suspense. This eclectic Halloween and fall book list, perfect for any time of year, will have something for every type of reader. 11 Seriously Spooky Books For Adults 1. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter…

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5 Habits To Stay Healthy & Sane As A Blogger

The Romanticized Version of a Digital Life What do you think of when someone tells you that they are a digital nomad, blogger, or remote entrepreneur? In my mind, I see women in beautiful dresses gallivanting off to exotic places for pictures with pigs on white sand beaches or wearing their coolest workout gear as they zip line through the howler monkeys of Costa Rica. I picture remote professionals snacking on giant plates of free fruits and running from one task to the next, rarely taking a minute to sit. This is my dream version of influencers, freelancers, digital nomads, and bloggers. The reality is that maintaining a healthy lifestyle with an online job is rough and not as romanticized or active as imagined. The Reality for Part- and Full-Time Bloggers Don’t get me wrong. At times, many bloggers are caught in the action listed above. What you don’t see…

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