Category: Books, Reading, & Libraries

Books, Reading, & Libraries

How to Read the Classics

How to Read the Classics

Many of us have a bucket list of books we want to read (or that we feel we should read). Some of these are classics. The only trouble is, the classics don’t always come easily. They’re hard to read and understand. Archaic language, convoluted plots, and unfamiliar situations/time periods sometimes combine to make a classic …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

The Bibliography: The Original Linky Rabbit Hole


One of my biggest time management problems these days is the “linky rabbit hole.” This is when you go to a website for one quick thing and end up following links to many more things that sound interesting. Your one quick research question consumes two hours of useless surfing. (Although you likely did learn a …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

How to Encourage Kids to Read

Encourage Kids to Read

It’s that time again: I’m seeing lots of questions about how parents can encourage kids to read. Either they’re facing the looming summer and wondering how to avoid the trap of endless video games and TV, or the report cards have come in and they’re wondering how to prepare a child for the next academic …

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 …