Category: Books, Reading, & Libraries

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 …

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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 …

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Avoiding a Book Hangover

Avoiding a Book Hangover

You’ve probably heard people talk about their “book hangovers.” A book hangover arises when the book you just finished reading was so amazing that nothing else can even come close. There’s a fear of starting a new book and not giving it a reasonable chance to shine on its own. Some people wander around in a …

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Egads! She Doesn’t Have a Favorite Author

Favorite Author

One question that readers love to ask authors is, “Who is your favorite author?” Or the similar but different, “Which author has influenced you the most?” These two questions always make me clam up because I don’t have an answer. At least not one that’s likely to be as true tomorrow as it is today. …

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There’s No Shame in a DNF

DNF

The best reading advice I ever received came from my seventh grade English teacher. He said, “If you’re not into a book by page fifty, put it aside and read something else. The chances are good that if the author hasn’t captured your attention by then, he never will.” My teacher was way ahead of …