Getting Back to Reading for Fun

I’ve heard adults from all walks of life say “I’d like to get back to reading, but…” Their reasons for wanting to read again (and for not reading now) vary, but here are a few common ones: Time; not enough time! I...

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The Devil to Pay in a Book About Trees

This month, a book about trees took me to the high seas and the origin of a couple of phrases I’ve heard and, honestly, never wondered about until I was offered explanations. If you’re coming up short on a job,...

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Writing Ghost Stories for Young Audiences

I came on this monthly theme by an accident of breaking my book budget in March. And let me just say, March feels like two years ago. But I covered this in a previous post, so you can hop...

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Bookish Pet Peeves

Pictures of full bookshelves make me happy. I think that’s generally true of most book lovers. I’ve been hearing some opinionated book people on social media looking to validate their bookish pet peeves. Here are a few examples, though I don't...

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Is Your Book Budget in the Red?

There are few things I like more than an indie bookstore. I love their character, the atmosphere, usually I love the staff, and it’s always fun to browse the not-book things there too. For the privilege of having such a...

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Nature, Reading, and Tax Season

March means a number of things. March includes the first day of spring. It “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”. March was the chance for me to read a number of books I’d had on my...

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Unlimited Free Reading – Consider Fanfiction

Fanfiction is the ultimate readers’ buffet. Social media is teaming with fan works that get liked, shared, and lauded in comments for months even years after they’re created, recirculating among lovers of the original franchises and enchanting new fans...

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The Name of the Wind and strange couches

Coming back to reading fiction after nonfiction feels a bit like hitting Friday night and picking your favorite poison. Some people throw themselves into it, drown in a glorious oblivion, and suffer their hangover while counting down to Friday...

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Can’t afford the book you want? Wait a week.

Book shopping is serious business. … Actually, scratch that, book shopping is generally a party. Book selling is serious business. Book pricing is my problem. I want a new paperback of this book. This book, its sequel, and the next one…...

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Examining the Dinner Party

Food and Entertaining - January 2017 Face to face friendships and food go hand in hand, at least in my mind. Put them together and they produce one particularly daunting concept: Modern Entertaining. Is it actually an oxymoron? Surely we’re...

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