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a reading list for a new year, part 2

Next four years

In Part 1, my incomparable bibliotherapist, Rachel, recommended some fascinating but pretty heavy reading to get us through the coming (four) year(s).

Here’s Part 2 of her suggested reading list. Start ordering these books now — and while you’re at it, pick up one of those new weighted blankets to read under. Maybe they’ll help ease some of that anxiety we’re all feeling. [Read more…]

a reading list for a new year, part 1

Hillbilly Elegy

This is not one of my usual reading lists but these are unusual times.

This is really a reading list for the resistance.

The election and what’s it already done to this country gutted me. And the only way I’ve ever been able to make sense of things I can’t wrap my head around is to do what I’ve done since I was little.

To read.

That’s something I suggest He Who Shall Not Be Named and his supporters start doing, too. If they did, I bet we wouldn’t be in this terrifying mess now. [Read more…]

meet my bibliotherapist :)

Rachel Stevenson

I am so excited about this, I can’t wait to share it with you!

The other day, I came across a piece in The New Yorker, “Can Reading Make You Happier?

Duh.

Anyway, the article is all about bibliotherapy, which it defines as “the ancient practice of encouraging reading for therapeutic effect.” The author described her own experience with a bibliotherapist and I was hooked. I posted on Facebook that I wanted to see one — what could be better than lying on a couch talking about books?! — or maybe even be one.

My Facebook friend, Rachel Stevenson, immediately replied, “I think as a librarian I can claim to be a bibliotherapist. I can give you a book recommendation for any mood you have.”

I knew there was a blog post in there, and I was over the moon that she could actually be my own personal bibliotherapist!

Because Rachel gave such amazing answers to the questions I sent her, I’m going to post our Q&A in two parts. Today is all about Rachel. Tomorrow is all about me  — and you!

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more beach books!

Reading by the pool

I gave you five suggestions for great beach reads yesterday but here are five more because summer days are long and you will gobble up all of these books fast!

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beach books!

Lois hammock

The Fourth of July weekend means summer’s really here. And summer means beach books.

Beach books get a bad rap. They’re often dismissed as light and fluffy — entertaining enough to keep your attention between naps, but not the stuff of great literature.

I beg to differ. [Read more…]

right in time for summer reading: the boxes of books promotion is back!

bookshelves

Filled with vacations and lazy weekends, summer is a big reading season. So, back by popular demand, I’m offering another Boxes of Books promotion!

Many of you have been asking me to do one before the Fourth of July so here you go, my fellow book lovers.

All you have to do to get a big fat box filled with books meant for long flights or chaise lounges is follow these steps: [Read more…]

books by my blogger friends

Books by bloggers

I’ve met amazing women through blogging and I wanted to end my Book Week by paying tribute to them and recommending some of the great books they’ve written, especially since they’re all non-fiction and many of you have requested suggestions in that genre.

You now have a solid reading list to get the year started for you and, because it would be helpful to also have a planner to keep track of them and everything else you want to do, I’m giving away a couple more of the fantastic Choices notebooks I’ve written about before from another blogging friend, Kimberley Montgomery.

You can enter below but first check out these eclectic titles. Happy reading, and I’m glad I’m traveling again soon so I can find time to read a new batch of books! [Read more…]

6 books to start off 2016

Books 2016

Okay, I’m devoting this first week of the new year to books. I’m determined to get back into my reading habit this year, and I know so many of you feel the same way.

Yesterday I posted my interview with Elizabeth Gilbert about Big Magic. If you have the itsy bitsy slightest desire to do something creative – write, paint, sew, whatever – but you have come up with a million reasons why you can’t do it, YOU MUST READ HER BOOK. And, lucky for you, I’m giving away a copy so go enter now and then come back here. I’ll wait.

I read a lot of books last year – mostly while traveling, which may actually be part of the appeal of travel writing for me – but I’m only going to write about the ones I recommend. Life is too short to waste on negative reviews and attention spans are too short for books that are mediocre.

So, here are half a dozen books to curl up with while El Nino keeps you housebound. I tried to cover different genres so there’s something to fit any mood. As always, please let me know what you’re reading. [Read more…]

back by popular demand: boxes of books!

books on counter

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I did the last Boxes of Books promotion! Sorry! No wonder my house looks like it’s been turned into a library! (Note: That photo is from last time and doesn’t even begin to show how many books I actually am ready to send you.)

Many of you have been sending me gentle reminders to get moving with this so here you go, my fellow book lovers.

All you have to do to get a big fat box filled with great winter night reading is follow these steps: [Read more…]

“blueprints” by barbara delinsky book review and giveaway!

Blueprints

How in the world have I never read anything by Barbara Delinsky before??

Apparently, she’s written twenty one bestsellers, which makes me very happy since I finished her new novel, Blueprints, in one weekend and now want more. [Read more…]