When I was in college trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I dabbled in writing. I wanted to be a writer, but I was afraid to be a writer. Afraid to make mistakes, afraid to show my work, afraid to put anything down on paper that might expose too much of who I was.
Then I read the mystery novel Reflex, by Dick Francis.
For many people February 14 is just Valentine's Day. For book bloggers it's something else altogether -- it's the day the Cybils winners are announced! What are the Cybils? They just happen to be one of the best book awards out there.
I’m reading Brideshead Revisited, a book from my own bookshelf, bought years ago after studying and enjoying Evelyn Waugh in a literature class. I’m charmed by the author’s language and humour. I get to a passage in which Charles is walking out on a Sunday morning, heading f...more
So, what do you do with an advanced reader?My oldest is eight, and I recently realized that he reads at about a high school level. While I'm delighted on one level, I'm realizing that this creates a new problem. How much should I monitor his reading?...more
You can't stop thinking about them. You know how they talk and how they walk. You can even read their thoughts. It's L-O-V-E. There's just one teeny, tiny problem. They aren't real. You are crushing on a literary character.
In 1941, J.D. Salinger had seven stories rejected by The New Yorker. Apparently undaunted, he submitted an eighth the same year, "Slight Rebellion off Madison," which was accepted. BUT, it was about a disaffected teenager (can you guess his name?) nervous about the war, and in the wake of Pearl Harbor was deemed unpublishable - so did not see print for another five years....more
When the 2010 Printz Award was announced in January, I was surprised that Libba Bray's Going Bovine had won. The Printz Award, for excellence in young adult literature, rarely goes to a book that you'd expect -- but, for me at least, Going Bovine was a particularly unusual choice.
Reclusive author J.D. Salinger, best known for his 1951 disaffected-youth novel, Catcher in the Rye, has died at age 91, according to the Associated Press.
Did you love the book? Hate it? Share your favorite Salinger moment or memory in the comments.
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I fell in love with Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series four years ago and I haven't shut up about it since. The latest release, The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, did certainly not disappoint me. I wouldn't have put it down at all if not for the temptation of a Friday night Thai dinner out, and I promptly picked it back up the minute I walked back in the door. Blood Lily may even be one of the best in the series so far.
Find out what the new generation of makers, creators and mold-breakers thought of Goldieblox and the American Express #PassionProject, and enter to win a game for the young girl in your life. Read more
We asked 15 bloggers how PAM Cooking Spray helps them spend less time in the kitchen, and more time eating and celebrating with loved ones. Read their tips, tricks and recipes for great holiday cooking with PAM Cooking Spray, and enter to win a $100 Visa gift card. Read more