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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

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

What’s Making Me Happy In June: Pizza, Parenthood, Patio Furniture

I’m linking up with writer/blogger friend Sara Letourneau for “What’s Making Me Happy” this month– hop over to her blog to see her picks!  I’m binge-watching… Parenthood It took me awhile to get into Parenthood, but I’m completely hooked now. It’s the kind of show I’d want to write: about a big family who loves each other but has plenty of... read more

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