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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

Readathon 2016

Updated: I will be Thankfully Reading this weekend

Thankfully Reading – the readathon hosted by Jenn’s Bookshelves over the holiday weekend – wrapped up yesterday. And you know what that means: It’s stock-taking time. Between family time and the Gilmore Girls revival, reading had some competition this weekend. I loved having the incentive to carve out pockets of time to read. My final book tally: I finished… Continue reading Updated: I will be Thankfully Reading this weekend

Reading Challenge 2016

2016 Reading Challenges: The Quarterly Report

Reading challenges make me nervous. They can create a competitive dynamic where it’s unnecessary and unproductive. They can set expectations that, if not met, cultivate feelings of failure that drain the pleasure from reading. Who needs that kind of negativity, especially from an activity that one engages in by choice, presumably for pleasure and enrichment?… Continue reading 2016 Reading Challenges: The Quarterly Report

The Reading Life

For National Book Lovers Day, 5 Reasons to Read

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

Reading Challenge 2016

Wednesday reading roundup: August 3

My sincere thanks, as ever, to Taking on a World of Words for the weekly inspiration of WWW Wednesday and to Coffee and Cats for introducing me to it. They have been so successful at inspiring me to read that I’m sticking with it despite just having written a monthly recap! What are your currently reading? I have… Continue reading Wednesday reading roundup: August 3

The Reading Life

My overstuffed shelfies are driving me mad

Recently, I was looking for a book I knew, with absolute certainty, lived somewhere on my shelfies. The *real* ones. The ones that hold my paper books. Though I am a devoted e-reader (and devoted to my e-reader), I love paper books, especially hardcover paper books. Hardcovers have weight and heft. They have physical presence.… Continue reading My overstuffed shelfies are driving me mad

Readathon 2016

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Gameplan

The Readathon concept isn’t entirely new to me. It’s what I call “therapy time,” or “Saturday” (ha). This is to say, submersing myself into a long uninterrupted reading stretch is how I relax, unwind, de-stress, refresh. Books are my personal decompression chambers. However, what I’ve not done before is participate in a Readathon as a social… Continue reading Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Gameplan

The Reading Life

Do some books make better listens than reads?

My journey to embrace audiobooks has been a rousing success so far this year. Granted, we’re not quite three months in, but I’m hopeful. I’ve been thinking about the degree to which this may be a case of necessity being the mother of invention: My committed desire to really, really find an audiobook I could… Continue reading Do some books make better listens than reads?