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What’s Making Me Happy In July: a Farm Share and Stephen Colbert

I’m a little late linking up to my writer/blogger friend Sara Letourneau this month for What’s Making Me Happy (WMMH). I wish I could say this post is late because I was busy doing the things that make me happy, but that wouldn’t be the whole truth. Partly, I’ve been spending quality time with family and friends, celebrating my birthday, relaxing. But I’ve also been painting... 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

What A Writer Does Over Summer Vacation

I went on vacation this past week, and for the first time in years, I didn’t plan to write anything. That in itself is a personal triumph: I’ve finally understood that I need to stop working occasionally, and I need my own permission to do so. I’m an all-or-nothing kind of girl, and sometimes I require a total reboot. But just as one is still a mother when her children aren’t... 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

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