Books lead to snuggling

We are a family of readers. And, although my son has reached an age in which he usually wants to read by himself at night, he does sometimes ask that I read to him. And I am always happy to oblige....more

A Reader's Favorite Things: 12 Gifts for Readers

A Reader’s Favorite Things: 12 Gifts for Readers “A book is a gift you can open again and again.”-Garrison KeillerReader friends, ain’t that the truth?...more

Day 3: How Many Books Have You Read This Year?

I Love reading. I can't be called a prolific reader - definitely not after I found some people on Twitter who have already finished 200 books this year! Having been a literature student for 5 years, I have had my fill of Shakespeare and Shelley, Dante and Dickens. I have also loved reading my share of awesome fiction like Gone with the wind and Shantaram. Or non-fiction books like Emotional Intelligence by Goleman or the Malcolm Gladwell books. Such books give a unique insight into the working of human mind and I find them quite insightful....more

Enough with the Half-Naked Men, Already! Readers Want Diversity in Their Books…and Their Covers.

  When perusing the Romance section on Kindle, you’d think that a cover with a half-naked man, glistening in a sheen of sexy sweat, would definitely be the one to catch your eye. Who doesn’t love a tasty morsel of man torso? But what if all the covers had shirtless, rippling muscles? How do you choose? How does a single cover stand out to you?...more

The chain letter that finally paid off

One of my neighbors posted something on Facebook a few weeks ago that caught my eye. It was, it said, a “social experiment” in which you send one of your favorite books to someone and then, eventually, you get a bunch of books in the mail from other folks. It was a good old-fashioned chain letter, but with books. After being disappointed time and again as a youth, I finally grew wise to the chain letter and stopped sending them along. But I’m a sucker for a good book — and sometimes even for a bad book, as evidenced by the fact that I read a tome called “Saint Dale” in its entirety....more

Burned by Books

I lead a very busy life that involves a fairly lengthy commute to my job. To minimize the chances of me getting out of my car and assaulting another motorist (no really, my commute is that bad) I picked up the habit of listening to podcasts and audiobooks. The podcasts have been overall pretty engaging, but sometimes I just don’t feel like hearing people talk to each other. It’s at those moments I turn to audiobooks and, thanks to my local library, I have access to tons of them via Hoopla Digital or Overdrive. ...more

Mommy says yes to books

Earlier this week, I wrote about my struggle to incorporate math into the bedtime story routine. (Still working/not working on that one.) Part of that struggle comes from the fact that I have always enjoyed reading more than math. So, I am always on the lookout for a good book deal....more

Mom, can you read me a bedtime word problem?

I know we've talked about math before, but we are going to talk about it again. When my son goes to bed at night, we read books together. We used to have this deal where he would read to me and then I would read to him, but he reads now as part of his homework time after school, so he gets to relax and listen to me read at bedtime....more

Banned Book Week starts today: choose the freadom to read!

It's Banned Book Week! You know I love to talk about banned books, right? As a certified librarian I believe information wants to be free so I want to make sure people have all the information they need to make informed choices. It's up to parents to decide what's right for their own children, not for someone else's....more

Turning the pages on books

When we moved into our new home, I swapped all the shelves in the house around, giving my son a few extra sets. The result is that he has a full wall of books. Sometimes I hang out in the doorway of his room without him noticing me, and I watch him select a book from one of his shelves and snuggle up with it. (That's not weird, right?)...more