Four Books That Mentored Me

I’ve been mentored by the wonderful books I’ve read. I don’t think that books are meant to replace personal mentors, but as Ware says, they tide one over. They keep you thinking and learning while you wait and pray for a new mentor or more time with an old one. ...more
That is such a lovely idea, and I immediately realised that this is true for me, too!   One of ...more

10 St. Patrick’s Day Picture Books for Your Kids

St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner. Here are 10 terrific St. Patrick’s Day books your kids are sure to love. ...more
I went digging and found two of them. I know we have ONE MORE, but I can't find it. :(more

What Constitutes a Dream Job?

What constitutes a dream job? One person's dream job might equate to another person's nightmare. Not to mention what a job looks like from the outside looking in can often look more glamorous and dreamy than it really is. Here's a thoughtful post about the book 168 Hours: You Have More Time than You Think and the idea of a Dream Job from Janssen at Everyday Reading. ...more
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Where Are the Woman Writers? Not in Major Literary Magazines

I know a lot of woman writers. This number could arguably be skewed because I am a writer myself, and a dedicated reader, both in print and online. But if I weren't, and I just ignored the existence of women writing in all kinds of genres, would it mean they weren't there? Or even if they were, that I should not put them in my magazine? I know my answer to this question, but I'd like to pass it on to editors at some major literary magazines, who seem to be doing the passing over part just fine. ...more
Terrific post, Laurie. It's appalling that so few women are being published in the more ...more

"Ender's Game" Is My Favorite Book But the Author Disappointed Me

When I first came across Ender's Shadow, I fell head over heels. It was young, it was dystopian, it was brilliant. It was one of the first books that made me think about how I acted, how people around me acted. It stayed with me for weeks after I put it down. Science fiction, tactics, reflections of historical entities...and then I realized it had a series. A prequel. Ender's Game sits proudly on our shelf at home (we have two copies!). ...more
Oh no! That is disappointing news. It's a dealbreaker of an issue for me too, in terms of being ...more

7 Books that Celebrate Girl Power, in Honor of International Women's Day

Today marks the 103rd celebration of International Women's Day, an annual day set aside to  celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world. How will you celebrate with all the women - young and old - in your life? ...more
peaceforus4ever - thanks for thatmore

New Book 'Behind the Kitchen Door' Exposes the Injustice of the Restaurant Industry

Over the past month or two, my office has been a veritable hotbed of infection. Even some of those who are normally immune to hacking coughs and feverish faces have been felled by the viruses running rampant this flu season. Lucky for us, when one of us is too sick to work, we have paid leave to fall back on, or the flexibility to work from home. This is not so for many restaurant workers in America, which means that when they're sick, they're often on their feet, in the kitchen, preparing food that ends up on all of our tables. ...more
@Butiwantcake That's so problematic. Ugh. Come back and let us know what you think of the book ...more

Interview with The Bloggess

Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) has entertained us for years with her eclectic sense of humor and her commitment to the community via The Traveling Red Dress Project. Her accidental philanthropy shows her heart is bigger than her metal chicken. I was so excited to hear Jenny's memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, is out in paperback (with a bonus chapter) this month. I've grown to know Jenny over the past few years via blogging, and I've never met anyone quite like her -- raw, loving, brave and crazy like a fox. ...more
I am loving this book!!!!  irreverent and laugh out loud funnymore

Laugh So Hard You Scare People

I've been staring at my computer trying to figure out how to explain Jenny Lawson's memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, to people who are unfamiliar with her blog, It's difficult because I've been reading her blog since at least 2007, but I'm going to try. ...more
thanks for the recommendation!  I laughed so hard my son asked if I was ok (sweet boy)   so ...more

How Much Would You Pay to Be a Bestselling Author?

Before I started book blogging, I knew very little about publishing. In the past eight years, I've learned a lot about the industry, especially about how books are marketed. I've learned that a good marketing budget can make all the difference in how well a book sells. I've learned that authors are increasingly responsible for marketing their own books and some authors really, really want to get on a bestsellers list. So much so that that some of them are willing to spend thousands of dollars to get there. ...more
This is so weird to think about. It just sounds like cheating!more