Blogger Anna Whiston-Donaldson Turns Grief for Her Son Into Humble Magic

Writer, blogger and mother Anna Whiston-Donaldson—whom I first knew as Anna See, from her blog An Inch of Gray—landed herself the kind of internet fame we've all come to fear. She lost her son, Jack, when he was just 12 years old, in 2011. ...more
I love this review! Anna and her writing - truly treasures.more

New Releases to Read Right Now Based On Your Favorite Books From Last Year

What can last year's favorite books tell you about what you should read this year? Let's gather some suggestions for books you'll love this year based on the titles that kept you turning pages in 2013. No Country ...more
Ohhh. There are several here that I need to check out. A few I hadn't even heard of! Great post!more

Let's Do the Time Warp -- Zombie Style

For today's Wishing for A Wormhole, let's head into the past. There's a fairly new horror subgenre that's starting to pick up steam: western horror. This strange little category takes your Buffalo Bill Codys and your Butch Cassidy's and pits them against the terrible things that haunt our nightmares....more

Five Ways Florence Gordon Will Surprise You

At seventy-five Florence Gordon,  a self-proclaimed "old feminist", begins gathering her past work and thoughts into a memoir. Despite her hesitations, Florence enlists her granddaughter Emily, caught in limbo on a break from college, to help research and keep things organized....more

Top Ten Weirdest Reasons Books Are Challenged

Howdy Howdy Howdy, Bookworms!It’s Banned Books Week still and I thought it might be fun to look at some weird-ass reasons books have been challenged and/or banned. The most common complaints about books are the holy trinity: sex, drugs, and naughty language. Those are the ones you expect to see, you know? Luckily for our reading enjoyment, there are some more entertaining problems that have caused folks to get their knickers in a twist over books. Check these out....more

Read Better to Write Better

In every writers group, in every forum, in every book or blog about writing—you’ll find this advice: if you want to write (or write better), read. See, it’s easy for writers to get caught up in the writing process and forget what their readers experience....more

Why Do Parents Ban/Challenge Books?

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Banned Books Week: Reading Alison Bechdel, a Genius to Look Out For

It's Banned Books Week, so break out your copy of 50 Shades of Grey and give it a kiss or a sassy slap on the tush, whatever you prefer. Then, stop for a moment and appreciate that the First Amendment protects your right to read that book, whether you loved it or loathed it. ...more
BlogHerPop Just added that book to my library holds! Good one!more

Taking a page out of a millennial's book

A few weeks ago, my son and I went through his bookshelf. We pulled out all the books that he identified as "baby books," and ones that he didn't want to read. My little guy can read lots of words by himself now, and although he hasn't moved on to reading himself full books yet, I want his shelves to be ready for him. So, we said good-bye to the "I Love Daddy Because" or "Count to 10" books and took them to our second-hand bookshop....more