An Update on the Book I Attempted to Pants

I’ve been writing novels for many years now, and over time, I’ve discovered what works well for me. At the same time, I also know that as a person who really likes systems and schedules, sometimes I need to be flexible and try new things. My usual system for drafting is to create an outline…

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Dear 1995 Michelle

For the month of September, I participated in daily prompts on Instagram and Twitter with other members of of my debut group, the21ders, to introduce ourselves–and books, of course!–to the world. (You can also visit our website, www.the21ders.com, for info on all the amazing books coming out next year!) The final prompt of the month…

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MOST LIKELY and A Few Other Books You Should Read

For the second year in a row, I completed author Jessica Brody’s 30 Books in 3 Months summer reading challenge on Instagram. You can see all of the books I read over the summer in the image below, and I already posted mini-reviews on a few of them. Keep reading for a few more, but…

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My New Website Is Live!

My new website is live at www.michelleimason.com! The website was designed by Jenny Medford at Websy Daisy, and I’m so excited to share it with all of you! She took a list of random things I like and created a fantastic design that fits me perfectly. I hope you’ll visit the site and explore a…

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Battling A Review Slump

I’ve been reviewing books here on my blog since its inception in 2012. When I started out, I was writing middle grade books, and I made a point of reviewing a middle grade book every week. Over time, my review priorities have changed. I shifted to reviewing more young adult books than middle grade–although I’ve…

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OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS and A Few Other Books You Should Read

I have quite a mix of books in today’s review roundup–YA time travel, adult dual timeline, contemporary middle grade, YA historical fiction, and YA contemporary. So that should offer a little bit of something for everyone! As soon as I finished OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS by Justin A. Reynolds, I knew it would be one of…

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10 Story Elements That Always Hook Me

As I was going through all the old posts on my blog to clean up the categories, I noticed it had been quite a while since I did a general reading post that wasn’t a review. I also noticed a number of my reviews included statements like “any book that includes _____ has my immediate…

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Coming Soon: A New Website!

Since 2021 and the release of my book is rapidly approaching–let’s all be honest, we’d all like to time travel at least six months ahead, right?–I’ve hired a web designer to create a new website for me! Many authors are much more talented than I am and are able to create something on their own,…

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TRULY MADLY ROYALLY and a Few Other Books You Should Read

It’s time for another roundup of mini-reviews! In light of recent events, I took a hard look at my reading habits and realized that while I certainly wasn’t reading all white authors, I wasn’t making a concerted effort to read and support Black authors–or to bring those books to my kids’ attention. So as a…

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MMGM: THE UNWANTEDS by Lisa McMann (a middle schooler review)

While my son has read the entire Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann–including the spin-off books–several times, today he decided to focus on the first book for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday. The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann was a great story. It’s so good that I’ve read this series four times. There are seven books in the…

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