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    Of Bookshops and Long-Lost Cousins

    When I grow up I want to be a writer. More specifically, a novelist. I really do. I know I’ve been saying that for awhile but I’m still working on it. I haven’t always wanted to be a writer, though. When I was younger my big dream was to own a bookstore. I never had the capital for that, and…

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    Louisa May Alcott

    It’s been years since I’ve read Little Women. To be perfectly honest, it never was one of my favorite novels, though I really wanted to like it. I mean, Jo doesn’t end up with Laurie… and Beth dies… what kind of happily-ever-after romance story is that? The Musical Three years ago, while we lived in Colorado, my friend Heather invited…

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    10 Favorite Book Series for Girls

    I learned to read independently when I was 7 years old and I’ve pretty much had my nose in a book ever since. This week when a friend asked for some series book recommendations for girls ages 8 and 10, my mind went back to my family’s weekly library visits in the 1970s. I can’t remember if our public library…

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    Upcoming Book Reviews

    I am so excited about all the books I have piled up to review in the next few weeks! I hadn’t realized there were quite so many until I sat down to compile this list, but once I broke the books down into genres I can see that it’s totally doable. I mostly post my reviews on Amazon and GoodReads,…

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    The Shepherd of the Hills

    Last summer I scored a stack of somewhat battered vintage books at a thrift store. Do you remember the lovely copy of Tennyson? Here’s another treasure I found that same day. This 1907 copy of The Shepherd of the Hills still has the original dust jacket. It’s tattered and fragile, but it’s amazing to me that it has been loosely wrapped around…

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    Reading Goals

    I guess I don’t need to tell you that reading is a lot easier than writing, do I? For me, reading is somewhat like breathing. I don’t “make time for it.” I don’t “discipline myself to read.” It just happens. Writing, on the other hand, does take discipline. And time. And thought. At this season of my life time seems to…

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    Readopoly

    Yesterday, on our weekly visit to the library, Rebecca and I discovered that they are sponsoring an Adult Winter Reading Program. They’re calling it Readopoly. Based, of course, on the Monopoly board game. How fun is that? These days I mostly read library books on my Kindle, but Marilla of Green Gables isn’t currently available to check out digitally, so…

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    Coventry Carol

    Several of the Christmas books I’ve read this month have been as hokey and predictable as a Hallmark movie, but that’s okay. I’ve also been inspired, encouraged… and educated, I guess you’d call it. For example, I learned about a very old carol that I don’t remember hearing of before: “Coventry Carol.” Do you know it? From The Christmas Quilt by…

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    24+ Free Christmas Books for Your Kindle

    It’s that time of year when I open the “Christmas Books” folder on my Kindle to select a few festive stories to read throughout the holiday season. And of course, I always end up adding a few as well. Here are some Christmas titles that are currently available for FREE! I haven’t read them all, but thought I’d give them…