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The Summer Reading List Recap

Back in June, I announced my summer reading list. It was the first time I’d ever committed to reading a specific list of books within a set time frame, and I wasn’t sure if it would go well. I generally prefer to read according to whim and mood, sometimes bingeing on a particular genre, or re-reading old classics. The idea of committing to 23 books in a season seemed contrary to my usual... read more

Why You Should Get On Goodreads, Now

While talking to a fellow reader today, I mentioned my Goodreads summer reading list. I expected her response to be something like, “Which books are on the list?” Instead, she said, “What IS Goodreads?” I was flabbergasted. To me, that’s like asking, “What is Amazon?” or “What is Twitter?” But it made me realize that some of you, my readers, might not... read more

7 Reasons To Abandon A Book

It’s the struggle of every reader. We’ve started a book, and for whatever reason, we’re just not feeling it. But we’ve already invested time and money in the book, and it feels like we need our own permission to abandon it. What Does It Mean To “Abandon” A Book? You’re mid-read, and you decide to stop. Abandoning doesn’t mean skimming through the book at the... read more

What It Means To Call Yourself A Reader

Once upon a time, being a reader meant that you read books. But the internet and smartphones are blurring that distinction. Are you a reader if you look at ten or more articles a day, even if they’re just via Facebook? Are you a reader if you subscribe to several blogs? Are you a reader if you keep an e-book loaded on your Kindle app, but haven’t been to a brick-and-mortar library in years? In... read more

9 Amazing Books About American History

Happy 4th of July! In honor of this patriotic holiday, I’d like to share 9 books in my favorite category: American history in fiction and narrative nonfiction. All of these books capture the American spirit and prevailing attitudes of their time. They are great reads for people who love history, for those who love studying human behavior, and for people who just love a great story. From top left of... read more

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