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5 bookish expressions of ardent affection, or love

On love day a few years ago, I got a hearty chuckle reading an article in which Hugh Grant pronounces the prepackaged romance of Valentine’s Day “repugnant.” I mean, that’s a bit hyperbolic, isn’t it? I would have gone with “revolting,” personally. Oh, I kid. I kid … sort of. We have a day to celebrate… Continue reading 5 bookish expressions of ardent affection, or love

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Happy birthday, Charles Dickens!

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812. That makes today the 205th anniversary of his birth. (Impressive math skills, eh?) Twenty-four years later, Dickens would write The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist, at the same time. At the same time! He’s estimated to have created over 13,000 characters. Basically, that would populate a medium-sized town!

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7 Classic Christmas Stories You Can Read from Your Phone

I’m not saying I make a habit of reading on my phone. But it can be convenient. With my Nook app, I cue up my current read wherever I am. No spare moment is wasted. Standing on an eternally long line at CVS/the DMV/the coffee shop? I may just find it within myself my phone… Continue reading 7 Classic Christmas Stories You Can Read from Your Phone

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9 Short Seasonal Stories to Read in One Sitting

Finding time to read during the holidays can be challenging. It’s not just carving out quiet time to spend with a book. The distraction of so much to do can make it hard to focus even when I do make the time. So…maybe this isn’t the week to push myself to get through the last 100… Continue reading 9 Short Seasonal Stories to Read in One Sitting

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For Jane Austen’s birthday, 8 books inspired by the iconic author

December 16 is Jane Austen’s birthday, and yet … her life and works are the gifts that keep on giving. They have been adapted, interpreted, and expanded every which way: for stage and screen, in fiction and nonfiction, in memoir and scholarly works, through blogs, memes, and GIFs. The breadth may seem exhaustive, but Austen and her… Continue reading For Jane Austen’s birthday, 8 books inspired by the iconic author

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The American Idea in 10 Great American Novels

How do we define Great American Novels? As we celebrate the 240th anniversary of the United States of America, it’s a question I’ve been pondering. Since I like to think on my own but not alone, I turned to The American Idea: The Best of the Atlantic Monthly—150 Years of Writers and Thinkers Who Shaped Our… Continue reading The American Idea in 10 Great American Novels

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15 (more) short books for #TBYSReadathon

I love reading excellent short books. I love reading big books too. But when it comes to Readathons, excellent short books take the win. As a slow reader, I can read them straight through and still read them well. Plus, I love that feeling of reading a whole book in a single day. Putting it… Continue reading 15 (more) short books for #TBYSReadathon

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15 short books for National Readathon Day

Saturday, May 21 is the second annual National Readathon Day, a nation-wide marathon reading session to promote and raise funds for literacy initiatives. You can click here find out more about it and how to participate. In the meantime, for readers planning to participate, I thought I’d start a list of excellent reads suitable for reading… Continue reading 15 short books for National Readathon Day