10 Strong Literary Mothers for Mother's Day

As Mother's Day approaches I've been thinking a lot about the role mothers play in books. They can be saviours and protectors. They can be demanding. They can be forgiving. Sometimes we may wish these women were moms we knew in real life. Maybe they'd be our friends or mentors. They could laugh about our children's exploits... or our own. They are women that understand our fears but they also understand our strengths. Join us in raising a toast to these ten strong literary mothers. ...more
Great list! It's interesting when you put it down on paper, all the different approaches to ...more

Hyperbole and a Half's Wrenching, True 'Adventures in Depression'

Allie Brosh left the internet for a year and a half. She dropped back in today with the most harrowing, yet also funny, relatable, and true description of what happens in a depressed brain that I've ever read or seen. Have you read it yet? It's called Depression, Part Two. ...more
@bcgrote So, so true. And how lucky we are that we got through the there to here, where we have ...more

How to Throw a 'Great Gatsby' Party, Menu and Decor Ideas Included

There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars. At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his two motor-boats slit the waters of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam. ...more
@zsuzsahawaii thanks! Saw your party photos. Love the set up and the effort your friends put ...more

Encouraging Good Book Choices: What Is Your Kid Reading?

In our house, children’s books come and go at a brisk pace. Brought in by the pound from our son’s school library, they get read and shipped back via his backpack in a matter of days. He reads a lot. I should be proud. But what kind of books is he reading? And, given how quickly he gets through them, how much intellectual value does he get out of the process?...more
@JillianMak And this is exactly what I find problematic in our approach to cultivating a love ...more

Melissa Ford on Sequels, Writing and 'Measure of Love'

As an avid reader, I find myself frequently fascinated by the writing process. How do authors create these worlds that I get to visit? Series intrigue me even more. How much does the author plot out in advance? Luckily for me, BlogHer's Blogging and Social Media Editor Melissa Ford is also a published author....more

Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane on Aligning Her Life With Poetry

April is gone and with it National Poetry Month. For some, that thirty days of appreciation of the ancient art may be the only time they think about poets and verse or consider how much poetry adds to our lives. Sadly, too, for others, the only time they will hear a poem outside of school may be when someone dies or moves on in some other way. ...more

How to Take the First Step into the World of Comics

True confessions time. Ever since the last episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer faded into TV history, I've wanted to go buy the ensuing seasons which are available as comic books. But I'm daunted by the thought of going into a comic book store. Talk about being out of place – I would be SO out of place in a comic book store. Then I saw How to Start Reading Comics from !Blog. ...more
@barefootandlovingit You and @Denise  both mentioned buying comics online. I'll have to look ...more

Books We Think You'll Love: May 2013

Deciding what book should hit the top of your To Be Read list can be overwhelming and the one question I get asked all the time is, "What should I read next?" Each month as I look at all the books that are about to be released, I am boggled by the number of fabulous books that are being published. I have no trouble understanding why people have a problem deciding what book to pick up next. We're going to try to make that process a bit easier for you. Each month I'll be sharing a selection of books that are hot off the presses and that we think you'll love....more
Thank you for these suggestions. A couple of those sound right up my street actually. Fans of ...more

Mysteries and Zombies: What Are You Reading in May?

When I think of May, I think of sitting outside, basking in the long-awaited sunshine and reading books while surrounded by the scent of lilacs and apple blossoms. Spring has been slow to arrive here. The weather was nice enough the final weekend in April for us to venture outside and start cleaning up our outside world. I've got my outdoor reading corner set up and I'm ready to dive into some great books. ...more
@Bibliomama The Fault in Our Stars will do that.  I have a collection of short stories by my bed ...more

6 Amazing Last-Minute Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

So it's the last week of April and you forgot to tweet a single haiku or put a poem in your pocket or write a poem every day or anything. Fortunately for the future of verse, there is the Internet to help you celebrate National Poetry Month with pomp and delight. #1: Verse by Literary Cats ...more
@Karen Ballum I totally forgot about that one! Love.more