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Reader, Know Thyself

As readers, we enjoy all sorts of stories and often take great pleasure in examining the plot or characters or structure. We’re not...

Why We Love Ghost Stories

While a real-life bump in the middle of the night would terrify many of us, reading about ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural...

Why I Read Banned Books

(and Why You Should, Too) We're right in the middle of Banned Books Week (Sept. 26 to Oct. 2), an annual celebration not of actually...

Your Second Childhood in Books

Even Better the Second Time Around. I loved to read as soon as I learned how to read. I remember the pride and excitement I felt after...

6 Tips for Successful Summer Reading

Help your family enjoy reading all summer long with these strategies! Summer is a wonderful season for soaking up the sun, enjoying some...

How We Read

Think Beyond Your Book Choices When it comes to reading, we could fill a book (pun intended) with our favorite titles, favorite genres,...

Library Love

While I rarely need an extra nudge to pick up a book, April provides plenty of motivation for some good reading. The month is littered...

The Best Kind of Book

What makes a book good? Like, really good? What takes a story from OK to outstanding? The answer may vary from person to person. Some...

4 Ways to Get Out of a Reading Slump

It can happen to even the most avid reader. One month you're flying through one page turner after another, and then something just...

Books I Haven't Read

I love books. I love reading books. I love talking about books that I'm going to read. I love talking about the books I'm currently...

Read Aloud to Grow Together

It's one of the best reading days of the year! Get your whole family involved in the literary action by celebrating World Read Aloud Day,...

Reading Goals: More Than a Number

It's as seasonal as rain showers in the spring and pumpkin spice in the fall; a new year ushers in a rush of resolutions and goals for...

The Best Gift You'll Get This Christmas

Christmas Day is almost here! We're entering the final countdown in a holiday season celebrated in the midst of a strange and sometimes...

If These Shelves Could Talk...

Many readers will tell you that some books seem to speak directly to them, appearing in their lives at just the right moment to help them...

Giving Thanks for Books And for You!

With Thanksgiving in the United States later this week, I wanted to write just a short blog post to mark the occasion before turning my...

A Little Less to Have More (Kid Books)

Just about any parent who has tried to declutter a room crowded with kid toys knows there's no fury greater than a child who's been asked...

How Books Turn Your Brain

"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain." -- Louisa May Alcott in Work: A Story of Experience The beloved author of...

Weeding the Book Garden

Decluttering may be good for your home and your state of mind, but for me the idea of purging books leads to stress and fear. I love my...

Lost Chapters...

Let's acknowledge that it's been a minute, actually many minutes, since I lasted posted. The pandemic-induced interruption of spring...

Nowhere to Go But Everywhere

Like nearly everyone, I've been spending more time at home lately. As in, all my time at home. I haven't left my house in more than a...

 

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