Books Will Survive...Again

True confession: in the debate over print books and electronic readers, I am as wishy-washy as an Oklahoma snowstorm. Head south instead of north? Turn to rain or sleet? Punctuate the skies with thunder snow?...more

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Today is Read Across America Day because it is Dr. Seuss’ birthday! It is also National Reading Month. Because reading is one of my hobbies (or was when I had time to do it), I want to share why you should read to your kids – at any age:...more

Happy Birthday to You

CYBILS Award review: While We Run

OMG I've never read anything like While We Run before! The cover is so breathtaking I can't stand it! The superimposed images of a white girl and a black boy are amazing. I couldn't wait to dig into it.Abdi Taalib thought he was moving to Australia for a music scholarship. But after meeting the beautiful and brazen Tegan Oglietti, his world was turned upside down. Tegan's no ordinary girl - she died in 2027, only to be frozen and brought back to life in Abdi's time, 100 years later....more
I'm glad you wrote this. I have this book on my shelf now and I don't think I've read the first ...more

Reflection on Reading

Having just finished The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller, and how 50 Books changed his life as a person and as a writer, I considered the books I have read recently and their influence on me. If as Stephen King says, in reading books we find the tools for writing, then I should be a better writer the more I read.Here are the books I've read since I started blogging in September, have they taught me anything?...more

We Are Our Bookshelves

Reading to Write...more

The Must Read Book of February: My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

The Must Read book of February: My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh...more

Library Advocacy: Why Libraries Are Important

When I was five years old, my father took me to the Escondido Public Library to get my very first library card. I remember walking in, my small hand enveloped in his, and feeling my breath catch. That moment when the doors slide open, the smell of the books, and the laughter of the librarians created a sense of reverence in me that was not unlike what a religious person feels when entering into a place of worship. Actually, it was exactly the same. This was my temple, my church. I’m twenty-five now, but my breath still catches when those doors slide open....more

Book Review: #GIRLBOSS

The January book for the Paper & Glam book club was #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. Before joining the book club, I had heard about this book and was mildly intrigued due to its unique hashtag/empowering word title....more

Sensational Selections for Your Book Club

Howdy Bookworms!You know that feeling when it's your turn to choose a book for book club and you're freaking out because you don't know what to pick? I've got you covered! I've made a list of fool proof choices for your next meeting, thanks to a prompt from The Broke and the Bookish. It's Top Ten Tuesday time, y'all!...more