Curated reading recommendations for Brilliant Writers

The following books are real door stoppers. I mean that physically and metaphorically.

For this month’s “5 Best” booklist, I chose books that not only plumb the profound depths of our human experience, but do it brilliantly — with page-turning storylines that make the thousand-or-so-page-long experience feel like a too-short stroll in the neighborhood park.

Not to mention, if you own any of these books (especially the hardcover editions), you’ll have an extra weapon in your bag if you should ever be accosted in a dark alley somewhere.

God forbid such a thing but just in case you do meet…


“Come And See!”

About The Chosen

The Chosen is a multi-season “binge-able” TV series based on the life of Christ and his disciples. It’s the biggest crowdfunded project in the history of TV crowdfunding, not just for faith-based projects, but ever.

Pre-show disclaimer

(Brief episode summaries below are taken from The Chosen’s free app. Download it from the app store to watch the show for free!)

Click on the underlined episode title to see the corresponding summary & review!

The Chosen Resources

A list of resources that I use to dig deeper into all things Chosen;)

Index of Episode Summaries & Reviews

Season 1, Episode 1: I Have Called You By Name

Two brothers struggle with their tax debts to Rome while a woman in the…


[Scylighter Book Reviews] For Readers Who Write

“I was the very lowest ranked member of the crew. I would only be ‘in command’ of the mission if I were the only remaining person.
What do you know? I’m in command.”
— The Martian

In an indeterminate future, when mankind’s figured out a way to travel to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney has been chosen to be a member of the fourth mission to the Red Planet. Mainly because he is a botanist and engineer (and something of a clown).

This turns out to be excellent news for Watney, when a freak sandstorm causes the rest of his teammates…


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But Are You FOLLOWING Them? (Especially #2)

Do you want to be a Creative Genius?

To create works of art that will make your friends envious of your skills?

To leave an imprint on this world that you, and only you, can leave?

To create a portfolio of projects that you can be proud of?

Maybe you aren’t sure you have it in you to become a creative genius. Or even much of a creative anything.

Maybe you think you’re too ordinary, even if, deep inside, you’re secretly longing to tell stories like JRR Tolkein, or paint pictures like Norman Rockwell.

Maybe you’re afraid that making creative…


TBR Reading Wrap-Up

July turned out to be more fiction-heavy than usual, but I still got in a few interesting nonfiction reads.

Fiction, particularly fantasy fiction, rarely catches or hold my attention nowadays, but this month I discovered a trilogy that had me binging the entire 3-book set in one day.

Interestingly, it wasn’t even the best story or most well-written series I’ve ever read. In many ways, it fell short of that, and yet something about the books made them mysteriously binge-able.

What that factor is, I’ll talk about more below. …


As soon as they came into the world, you were a goner.

Looking at the precious bundle in your arms, you suddenly understood why children are called “a gift from God.”

But this is one gift that comes with heavy strings.

Your kids’ health and success depends on you, and though you love them to pieces, sometimes the weight of responsibility feels crushing.

Unfortunately, your children didn’t come with a handbook, so what you do as a parent comes from:

  • Parenting styles you’ve absorbed from society,
  • What your parents did with you,
  • And sheer experimentation.

But how do you know…


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On an ordinary summer day in 2018, a relatively new online writer submitted this article to a writing publication on Medium, and then promptly forgot all about it:

Nearly two years later, to my surprise, this article has earned me hundreds of thousands of views, some four-thousand-plus fans, and over $2,144 in cold, hard cash (and counting!)


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“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” — Charlemagne

What do you need to know to learn a foreign language?

Grammar? Vocabulary? Sentence structure?

Obviously, the answer is all of the above. But not all at once.

Beginners need to start with basics like the language’s alphabet system and some foundational words and phrases. More advanced learners need to master more difficult words, grammar concepts, and the like.

But no matter what level you are at, vocabulary learning is a constant must.

For people without a natural bent for sheer memorization, this can be a sad realization. But even the most memorization-weak learners can not only learn, but FOREVER…


Curated reading recommendations for Brilliant Writers

Let’s face it: No one these days has a 50-year career in just one job/position/company anymore.

Technology is changing rapidly and work positions, industries, entire fields of work are appearing and disappearing faster than ever.

Which means if you want to not just survive but THRIVE in the new economy(economies?), you want to turn yourself into the consummate learner.

That way, no matter where you go or what life throws at you, you have the ability to adjust, regroup, and ultimately succeed.

And lucky for us, there are STRATEGIES & PRINCIPLES to learning and memorization that have been honed over…


The Chosen, Season 1, Ep 4: “The Rock on Which it is Built”

In this episode, Matthew is sent to spy on Simon, who’s desperately trying to save his family from the Romans. And just when all seems lost, a certain rabbi shows up to turn everything upside-down…

Everything the writers have been setting up in the previous three episodes pays off in this one! And it is so. satisfying. Seriously. Those who are familiar with the Bible stories probably already know what I’m talking about. But if not, keep reading~

About The Chosen

The Chosen is a multi-season “binge-able” TV series based on the life of Christ and his disciples. It’s the biggest crowdfunded…

Sarah Cy

(aka The Scylighter). Writer, musician, reader, daughter. Join our Merry Band, become a Brilliant Writer, and dazzle your readers! BeABrilliantWriter.com

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