Author: Jennifer Derrick

Books, Reading, & Libraries, Writing Tips & Career Advice

How Writing Changes Your Reading

writing changes your reading

One of the things no one tells you about becoming a writer is this: Writing changes your reading. It changes the way you read, how much you read, and your enjoyment of what you read. For someone like me, who has always loved to read, some of the changes have been shocking. And a little …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Re-reading Books: The Good & Bad

Re-reading

I’m going through a phase of re-reading a few of my favorite books/series. This seems to happen about every other year. Nothing on the new shelves at the library looks appealing, so I go back to my old loves. Either that or I just need the comfort of an old friend; something to keep me …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Authors Are Giving Up: Why, How to Keep Going, How to Help

Authors are giving up

More and more authors are giving up and it’s a tough thing to watch. Lately it seems like every time I open my social media feed or visit the blogs of my author friends I see another post that goes something like this: “Dear friends, this post is incredibly difficult to write, but the time …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Guilty Pleasure Books: No Shame, No Blame, All Joy

Guilty Pleasure

A friend and I were talking about the upcoming summer the other day. I mentioned that I was excited for a few movies and books and she said, “I know. Summer’s the one time when I can read all those fun books and no one cares.” Of course, I was thinking, “Who cares the rest …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Let Them Read Books: Don’t Squash a Kid’s Love of Reading

Don't Squash a Kid's Love of Reading

I was in the library the other day, browsing through the adult fiction section. This little kid, about six years old, comes running up to her mother, a stack of books in her arms. I smiled because this kid looked like me when I was that age. I was always struggling under a pile of …