Goal Accomplished 2018

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When I first met the Beckner half, nearly 10 years ago, she told me she had a goal of reading 52 books in a year – a book for each week of the year. I remember thinking how lofty of a goal that sounded and made it a point to someday accomplish it. I’ve always been a reader, from a … Read More

Books Read 2018

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As you may remember, I (Layne) have a goal of reading 52 books a year. I’ve been attempting this since I graduated university, but it isn’t as easy to find time to read in adult life and most years I would only read around 38 books. It’s not like when I was a kid when I easily read more like … Read More

An Advent of Books

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So the punchline is: some of our friends collaborated to compile an “Advent of Books” for our Bèbè this year. What?! Yes, you read that correctly, they coordinated, conspired, and compiled a collection of books so he can open one every day between December 1 and Christmas Eve. Opening a book every single day? Yes, please. He’s basically living my … Read More

Books Read//First Half of 2018

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For those of you who don’t know, my goal is to read 52 books a year. I rarely accomplish this, but still I adore having goals. Between grad school, working full-time, and trying to get our book launched (publication date is January 22, 2019 – mark your calendars!), reading has often taken a back burner in life this year. That … Read More

Under the Influence

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In photography there is a thing known has “finding your voice.“ It means finding your own unique photo style, the way you want to tell stories to the world with your camera. Many times photographers simply imitate someone else’s style and photography. (In fact, most photographers I see today look like a dozen other photographers out there.) Finding your own voice … Read More

The Heart’s Invisible Furies I Book Review

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The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne has been getting rave reviews everywhere I’ve seen it posted, so I was stoked to finally get my hands on a copy. (Thank you, library.) The whole time I was reading this book (all 850 pages of it), I was thinking, “Wow, I can’t wait to review this!” It opens with a bang:  … Read More

Rooted

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We asked our followers on Instagram if anyone was interested in being a guest blogger on Blake & Beckner. Cassandra submitted her poem, Rooted, and we had to share this young talent with you all. Cass is 17-years-old and loves to read and write. She started her blog as a form of self expression and a way to talk about anything … Read More

Letter to an Author

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In 1980, a 17-year-old student named Jay Williams wrote to Roald Dahl for some writing advice. Dahl, who is one of history’s best-selling fiction authors, with over 250 million copies sold worldwide responded: Dear Jay, You are asking too much of me. You must realise that I get an awful lot of these letters and you can’t expect me to write … Read More

Note to Self: to Be Read Once We Get a Publisher

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[Because this should be embarrassing to admit but sometimes – often? – I write myself notes.] June 9, 2017 Dear Layne, Congratulations! You’ve come so far, baby girl – you and Lindsay have a publisher. That’s a Huge Freaking Deal. We’re so incredibly proud of you and know how hard you’ve worked to get to this place. We think it … Read More

Carry On | Book Review

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Let me (Lindsay) cut to the case, Carry On was a difficult read at the beginning and the end. When I first read about Simon Snow in Fangirl, his inspiration was obvious – it consisted of 8 books revolving around a boy wizard chosen to defeat…something.” Insert eye rolls here, but I overlooked it in Fangirl. After all it wasn’t the … Read More