Mischief Managed: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

It is is over. It is done. I have seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. I laughed. I cried. I cheered. And I have shut the door on the very last Harry Potter summer. ...more

I saw it with my two adult children, both of whom are Harry Potter fans to their core. We gave ...more

Now hear this! When Florinda Met Audiobooks

[Editor's note: I started listening to audiobooks back when I worked in an office and had to do data entry. The work was still boring but I at least had something interesting to occupy my brain and it saved me from banging my head against my desk from boredom. Florinda just discovered audiobooks. Do you listen to them? - Karen] ...more

There are so many good ones out there. To me, the audiobook really enhanced my experience with ...more

What Harry Potter Means to Me

[Editor's Note: It's the last Harry Potter Summer. I just took a few days off and finished re-reading the Harry Potter series. I'm excited about the final movie but also sad because it really is the end. Are you re-reading the books? Do you have your tickets to see the movie? - Karen] ...more

Harry Potter has always been a favorite in our house. All generations of our family have been ...more

Author Karen White of The Beach Trees on Remembering the Past

My earliest memories from my childhood involve family vacations spent squished between my two older brothers in the middle of the back seat of the family sedan, my legs sticking to the vinyl seat cushions as I studiously avoiding colliding with the blows from my brothers’ fists as their constant fighting didn’t pause even during long car trips.The whole experience calls to mind the tag line from that Robin Williams’ movie, RV: “On a family vacation, no one can hear you scream.”...more

Thanks, Denise---I have to be really careful when I go back into my photo archives because I ...more

Basketball, Fried Pickles and Deb: A Q&A With Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen, the author of What Happened to Goodbye and nine other young adult novels, answered some of our pressing questions about balancing writing time, fried pickles and whether or not we can expect to see more of Deb in the future. ...more

I'd love to read a novel about Deb, too! She was such a character... and one that I may have ...more

Karen White's The Beach Trees: One Part Mystery, One Part Love Story

How do you rebuild? When something precious is ripped from your life, how do you start over? How do you pick up the pieces and make a whole when there are essential pieces missing? Those are just a few of the questions that Karen White addresses in her newest novel, The Beach Trees. It's one part mystery, one part love story and a whole lot of parts of great summer reading. ...more

of a book that never really found its way.... at least for me ;(

a/b from The Burrow at ...more

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

[Editor's Note: Quirk Books has been publishing some interesting books over the last few years. Everyone who has read Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children says it's fabulous. I've heard it's great as an e-book as well. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. - Karen] Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs ...more

I won this book from Goodreads and wasn't even sure if I'd like it. I *loved* it! I just ...more

15 Hot Summer Reads

Ah, the lazy hazy days of the summer. You'd be hard-pressed to find anything better than chilling out in the shade with a good book, unless it's chilling out with a good book by the pool or on the beach. But what books should you throw in your summer tote bag? We've got your answers right here. ...more
 @After the Bubbly Congratulations. I look forward to reading it.more

Burning 'The Book of Negroes'

Canadian author Lawrence Hill won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize in 2008 for a book that has recently received more attention and controversy for its title than its content. ...more

Thanks so much for this insightful piece. I believe in freedom of expression for writers. ...more

What I Learned From My First Awful Novel

I wrote my first novel in college. It was terrible. No, really: it was. When you write your first book, you feel like you have to put your entire life and all you know into it, and that’s pretty much what I did. It was epic, and resembled a doorstop more than a piece of literature. I can remember when I printed it out on my dot matrix printer (these were olden times) I had to stop every forty pages or so to let it cool down, as it was literally smoking. That should have been my first sign, right there....more

I'm so glad a successful author admitted to doing what I feel like I must do every time I sit ...more