Category: Miscellaneous

The Night My Mother Saved Me from Danny Glick

The Night My Mother Saved Me from Danny Glick

I read Stephen King’s second novel, ‘Salem’s Lot, last week, and I was reminded of one of my favorite stories that my mother likes to tell. She has told me the story a bunch of times, but I still love to hear it. Even after all these years, she says the memory of that night is still very vivid. I asked her for permission to tell the story here on the blog, and when she agreed I asked her if […]

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A Quick (But Important) Note About YoRWtFIW

Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a nice weekend and read lots of good books. Let me start by saying that this post is in NO WAY meant to make anyone feel bad. I just feel like there might have been some confusion concerning my post about YoRWtFIW (which I take full responsibility for), and I’d like to fix that. As I said in my original post about YoRWtFIW, my very good friend sj came up with the idea […]

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you…the Year of Reading Whatever the F*ck I Want!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you…the Year of Reading Whatever the F*ck I Want!

Click here to see the YoRWtFIW book list. That’s right, folks! 2013 is officially the Year of Reading Whatever the F*ck I Want! No challenges (with just a few small exceptions)! No heartache! No failure! JUST READING…whatever I want…whenever I want. SJ and I decided a few months ago that we are done with reading challenges, at least for this year. So she came up with this most catchy title for our 2013 endeavor, which boils down to the best […]

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Armchair BEA Blogging Tip: Be Yourself.

Armchair BEA Blogging Tip: Be Yourself.

(Banner design: Nina of Nina Reads; Feature image design: Sarah of Puss Reboots) “If you build it, [they] will come.” Remember that line from Field of Dreams? It can be applied to book blogging, as well. If you build a blog, readers will come. I’ve only been blogging for about a year and a half, so I’m not claiming to be an expert, but I have a good group of people who are regulars here and whom I appreciate very […]

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Armchair BEA: Networking in “real life”? Not so much.

Armchair BEA: Networking in “real life”? Not so much.

(Banner design: Nina of Nina Reads; Feature image design: Sarah of Puss Reboots) Today’s Armchair BEA topic asks us to talk about the kinds of bookish networking we do outside of blogging and the internet–blogger meet-ups, book signings, local bookstore or library events, etc. To be honest, I’m not sure I have a whole lot to say on this subject. I live in a relatively small suburb of a relatively small city in Pennsylvania, and we don’t get much excitement. […]

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Armchair BEA: My “Best of 2012” Featuring Books From Barbara Kingsolver and Zadie Smith

Armchair BEA: My “Best of 2012” Featuring Books From Barbara Kingsolver and Zadie Smith

Banner design: Nina of Nina Reads; Featured image design: Sarah of Puss Reboots Well, due to some pretty p*ss-poor planning on my part (and some awesome alliteration), I already listed my favorite books of 2012 in yesterday’s introduction post. Womp. However, I can tell you that the book I’m most looking forward to–and one of many being featured at BEA this year–is Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior. A new novel from Barbara Kingsolver? Yes, please! I called my mother as soon […]

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Armchair BEA 2012: An Introduction

Armchair BEA 2012: An Introduction

BookExpo America (BEA) starts today, and unfortunately, I can’t be there. I will make the trip one of these years. For those of us who can’t be there, though, there is Armchair BEA! To kick off this year’s from-the-comfort-of-our-own-homes conference, we have been asked to tell everyone a little bit about ourselves by answering five questions. 1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? For […]

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A New Look and Many Thanks

Last week, as I was working on my blog, I realized that I wasn’t really happy with the way it looked. I know, I know, I just changed its look relatively recently (maybe six months ago or so?), but I’m a perfectionist and there were things about it that were rubbing me the wrong way. It was too dark, and it looked like it weighed a ton. It was kind of depressing, in a sense. So I started looking for […]

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Every Book Needs a Home

Every Book Needs a Home

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”  –Anna Quindlen NEW BOOKCASE! Eric was on vacation last week, and I did a lot of tweeting about the new bookcase we were building. You see, the huge bookcase we built last summer is already full, and I was starting to pile books up under the window in our living room. They were piled neatly […]

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