The Reader in Transition – Changing Tastes

I’m happily in love with The Readers’ Book Based Banter podcast. It’s wonderful to find some bookish material hitting all the notes I’ve been missing with other book-related podcasts I listen to. Just straight-up book talk crossing over dozens...

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Supernatural Fiction – October 2016

This really should be subtitled "Light on the Horror, No Romance Please". I’ve never thought of myself as a reader who is particular about their book choices. That’s complete crap. I’m very picky, especially when it comes to fiction dealing...

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Scarred in the School Library

In elementary school, we had certain reading lists and recommendations for our grade levels. This was a public school, so they made incentives for reading, especially non-assigned reading. There was a list of books with “Accelerated Reading” points assigned to...

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Magic Studies – September 2016

In mid-August a book caught my eye from a Mental Floss post making another round of the internet: 9 Spooky Spells from an Icelandic Book of Sorcery  I had to have a copy of Sorcerer’s Screed. And, if I planned to read...

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My Modern Librarians

If you readers haven’t been to visit your local libraries in a while (assuming they’re still there; sadly they’re becoming more rare), I highly recommend taking a seat near the librarian’s desk and eavesdropping a bit. Obviously not all places...

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Meeting Steampunk – August 2016

This last month’s reading was pretty spotty. I picked steampunk, a genre I don’t have much experience with, and every time that happens there’s some real risk of books getting “lemmed”. I learned that term this month, not that it’s...

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What We Check Out: Divorce for Dummies

I thoroughly enjoy my public library. Because I live in one of the largest cities in Arizona, I get to enjoy access to a fine public library network. My neighborhood branch is just around the corner from my workplace, so...

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A Book in the Hand is Worth Two on the Shelf

Why do we keep books? What does a physical book mean? I was recently watching an episode of Hoarding: Buried Alive, and this particular woman had - as part of her hoard - books. This woman (Kay) had a more...

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When a Book Bites You

Do you know who you're listening to? Every word you read, show you watch, and speech you hear has been composed by someone. A person made up those words to say something, and it's not always for the purposes...

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So Much to Read, So Little Time

Life is busy. We will never have all the time we need to read every book we want. Not only does that mean I won’t get to adventure in every fiction that appeals to me, it also means I...

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