The bookish interwebs are buzzing today with fun and funny tributes to National Book Lovers Day, celebrated on Aug. 9 each year. For some of us (like me!), every day is book lovers day. But I feel the spirit of setting aside one day a year to acknowledge and celebrate what you treasure. I mean,… Continue reading For National Book Lovers Day, 5 Reasons to Read
Growing up a voracious reader, I was drawn to books both for the beauty of the stories and language and for their power to transport and change me. I mean “transport” in two ways. Books transport me to different times and places, and they transport me out of my self. While reading, I enter another’s… Continue reading How does reading change us?
I’ve mentioned before that I first discovered the Harry Potter series when I was looking for a children’s book to read in Greek. This is because reading children’s books is one way I maintain my language skills (or try to, anyway). The book engaged me so much that I ended up consuming it in one… Continue reading Why I’m rereading Harry Potter, again
I’m afraid I traumatized the first group of students to whom I told, “There are no new ideas.” Actually, I meant it to be comforting. But here in the US, we are in a committed relationship with the idea of originality, which is perhaps a by-product of having a short history.
Today I feel inspired by The Estella Society’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week, going on Feb. 15 – 19. The day one challenge: “Introduce yourself by telling us about five books that represent you as a person or your interests/lifestyle.” I love this because it feels so impossible. At first, I couldn’t think of any books and… Continue reading #BBAW: 5 books that inspired me to do and be better