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Own Voices Global Reading Challenge

South America: Wrap-up!

Dear reader, it seems strange to write this today, with the world as it is. Reeling in the wake of another full month of social distancing and death from the coronavirus, we also this week were faced with another senseless death of an innocent Black man, George Floyd, at the hands of the police. This […]

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Reviews

The House of the Spirits: Review

For some writers, their stories are about helping the reader escape into a different world. Sometimes, they want to draw light to some social or political topic in the real world by illuminating it in the brilliance and strangeness of fantasy, and sometimes they just want to tell a story about a ghost. Some writers […]

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Get to Know Me

A Case of the Re-Reads: Get to Know Me Series

Welcome back to another episode of Get to Know Me, a series no one asked for but I provide with selfish glee each Tuesday. Come on in, dear reader, and let’s talk books. Q: What was the last book you re-read? A: I’m currently re-reading the Hunger Games series! I finished the first book at […]

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May: Gifts of the Garden

Garden Spells: How the Garden Stirs the Soul

In honor of Gifts of the Garden Month, each week in May I will be highlighting the gifts of books and gardens. My two favorite worlds collide! Join me each Thursday to celebrate the wonders of pages and flowers. I grew up watching Practical Magic. I wanted to be Sally, to dress like her in […]

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She Wrote

She Wrote: The Queen of Mystery

Welcome back, dear reader, to my newest series! SHE WROTE is a series about women writers that have influenced me with their lives and works. Each week, I’ll profile a female author and share my personal experience with them, my favorite of their works, some links for further reading about them, and a checklist so […]

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Get to Know Me

A Case of the TBRs: Get to Know Me Series

Welcome back to another episode of Get to Know Me, a series no one asked for but I provide with selfish glee each Tuesday. Come on in, dear reader, and let’s talk books. Q: What book are you planning to read next? A: Once I finish the three books I am currently in the middle […]

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Reading Skills

How to Read Faster: Reading Skill #1

Being a reader is hard, dear reader. I think it’s probably always been hard, but it seems increasingly fraught now that we have Bookstagram to compare and compete, not to mention Goodreads and their challenges! Don’t get me wrong, I love Bookstagram. I use Goodreads like the app is functioning. I set myself a challenge […]

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May: Gifts of the Garden Special Series

Gardener’s Magic: Five Practical (Magic) Tips for Bookish Gardeners

In honor of Gifts of the Garden Month, each week in May I will be highlighting the gifts of books and gardens. My two favorite worlds collide! Join me each Thursday to celebrate the wonders of pages and flowers. Books make me grateful for far off worlds. Gardens make me grateful for the one I […]

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Challenges

Quarantine Reading Challenge

Do feel wildly unproductive during quarantine? Are you beating yourself up for not having read twenty nine books already while you’ve been social distancing? Do you find yourself feeling guilty for “wasting” the whole day on puzzles or Netflix or video games? Do you, dear reader, like the illusion of productivity? Well, do I have […]

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She Wrote

She Wrote: Mary Shelley

Welcome, dear reader, to my newest series! SHE WROTE is a series about women writers that have influenced me with their lives and works. Each week, I’ll profile a female author and share my personal experience with them, my favorite of their works, some links for further reading about them, and a checklist so you […]