Bookmarking With Style

As a reader, I love a bookish things (of course, books best of all). But there are bookshelves to love and fuss over, which must be the right height, carry all the books we like, and have room enough...

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Library Sales – Find Great Books, Support Local Causes

If you’re looking for budget books, keep tabs on your city libraries’ events. This last month, the Mesa Public Library hosted their semiannual used book sale. As it was only two days – Friday and Saturday – the enthusiasm...

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What a Teacher Wants: Reading Recommendations from a 2nd Grade Teacher

Teachers make fabulous friends, especially for a reader. A friend of mine teaches 2nd grade at a public school, though she started with 4th, then moved to 3rd, and has come to rest in 2nd grade. There she has all...

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A Bit of Bookstore Tourism

On a recent writing-related trip, I decided to spice things up by visiting bookstores in the area I would be visiting. This little bit of bookstore tourism made me realize a couple of things. First, I want to do...

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Bookish Buddies – Making and Keeping Book-loving Friends

Reading, as any hobby, often improves with companionship. Though sitting down with a good book only requires a seat, a book, and you, a love of reading brings people together in a unique way. Finding friends who like to read...

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A Passion for Green Things

Passion shapes our lives, especially when we pursue it. I would have minored in botany, if I’d had the chance. Plants, especially strong ecosystems of them in a friendly climate, fascinate me. The desert landscape (like the one I see every...

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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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