Build Your Habit Series aka Yes You Can

If you're like most people, there are activities you want to be doing more often---running? writing? relaxing? cleaning?---but you're unsure how to get yourself to do them consistently. Maybe you feel undisciplined or wish you were "the kind of person" who could be good at habits or routines. Well, as it turns out, it isn't … Continue reading Build Your Habit Series aka Yes You Can

More on the topic of Teen Poetry

  Back in April, as part of the excitement surrounded the annual Literary Festival, Karen Hayes and I taught a handful of teen poetry classes at various library branches. It was a lot of fun, and there was a lot of talent in those rooms. Once the celebration took place, I didn't think too much … Continue reading More on the topic of Teen Poetry

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

With the end of June our 2017 reading year is officially half over! I’ve read 18 books so far, with piles stacking up everywhere for the TBR. PopSugar #popsugarreadingchallenge Full List No. 4 An audiobook Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt No. 10 cat on cover Abarat by Clive Barker No. 11 pseudonym The […]

SRC 2017!

You guys you guys you guys!!! For locals in the Little Rock (or Perryville or Wrightsville) area, Summer Reading Club 2017 is going on RIGHT NOW from end of May to end of July. Rock! You get badges for books you read, reviews you write, events you attend! This is too awesome not to take … Continue reading SRC 2017!

Ash by Malinda Lo

Ash by Malinda Lo This book was really good, really fast, and surprisingly all-ages appropriate! (I just figured there'd be a sex scene somewhere in there, but no!) The great thing about reading a re-telling (like Cinder, Ash was a re-telling of the Cinderella story) is seeing how the individual author breathes new life into … Continue reading Ash by Malinda Lo

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

Reading Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan is going to be tiring and distracting—because you won’t be able to put it down, and when you do, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it!! This book is absolutely fantastic. It’s a fast read, but that doesn’t detract at all from the … Continue reading Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

A book that’s been mentioned in another book

My latest read was Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan (review to follow soon). If I set out to record every author or author's characters mentioned in these pages, I'd be at it a long while. The main character is a bookseller and a librarian's daughter, after all. There's even a character named … Continue reading A book that’s been mentioned in another book

Inspiring

This was too utterly beautiful to not make its very own post. Below are three versions of the same image, created by artist Wendy MacNaughton and Ted-talker Courtney E. Martin, made known to me by the amazing and singular newsletter that is Brainpickings (which referred to the below as "an illustrated manifesto for creative resilience in dark times.") … Continue reading Inspiring

When a book is so bad…

You forget half the point of the post, which would be updating your crew on the read challenges! OOPS! Let's try this again. (If you missed my book review of this gem, check it out here.) The Destroyer #46: Next of Kin by Warren Murphy Reading Challenges Here we go for reading challenge updates: PopSugar 2017 reading … Continue reading When a book is so bad…