Book Reviews 2021

#1 of 200 Books a Year

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Photo by Lubo Minar on Unsplash

This is year three in my quest to read 200 books a year. You can read about that adventure here.

In past years, I just published a list without making too much of a fuss over reporting on the book. I do have a Goodreads account, but I gave up on that system early on — too archaic, cumbersome and not entirely useful.

Then I encountered Ruchi Das’s piece on book reviews, which I link to below. …


No One’s Talking About This on Medium — Yet

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Thanks Awesome Screen Shot for being awesome. Screen shot from Susan’s computer, from the BYC group on facebook. The owner encourages you to join! It’s cheep therapy.

Y’all know I love a good writers’ prompt. So here’s something casual — the first of 2021.

Sometimes, things pop up in front of me that seem so hilarious, that I can’t even imagine what the initiators were thinking. And then I can’t seem to get them out of my head.

I belong to a huge variety of Facebook groups. Among some of my favorites are the Harry Nilsson group, The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Group, and The Backyard Chickens (BYC) group.

My interests are eclectic.

Over the past several days, I’d seen the photos from the #targetdresschallenge drift by on my feed from the Backyard Chickens group. …

How To-Torials

For The Very First Time

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A screen shot of Susan’s computer, thanks to Awesome Screen Shot

It’s that funny question that every publication owner and editor wonders about.

Did I really just recruit someone who is so new to Medium that they’ve never submitted a piece to any publication on Medium, anywhere?

And then comes much rejoicing.

Because it means we must be doing something right over here. We managed to attract you! The new writer, comedian, or graphic artist! You love us enough that you want to share your work with us.

We are honored to have you join us here. Welcome aboard!

Here’s how to do it. Watch this fun video I made just for you. Okay, it’s not all that fun, it was just fun for me to make. …

Holiday Blunderwear

Stimulus Checks Won’t Go Far

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Photo by James Barr on Unsplash

Underwear has evolved.

For the first time in two decades, I announced to my son last month that we were going to celebrate a “traditional Christmas.” With presents and a home cooked meal.

You see, my little business, Elf Works Lane ( for the curious) was my life line to paying the bills for just about that length of time. Our claim to fame? A custom made, custom designed, first gift of Christmas, elf made authentic polar express non-Hallmark bell and packaging.


Susan Brearley

20X Medium top writer. Writing comedy since Age 3. Founder — Garden of Neuro. Edited once by Ev Wiliams. He found a typo.

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