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a reading list for a new year, part 1

Posted on January 5, 2017

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. more »

new books for fall

Posted on September 5, 2016

The Woman in Cabin 10 mascara

When I was in college, I always looked forward to getting the reading lists for my literature classes and heading to the bookstore. So, now that it’s September, I’ve put together a list of required reading for you. And you don’t even have to go back to school!  more »

a session with my bibliotherapist

Posted on July 6, 2016

Rachel Stevenson library

Now that you’ve all fallen in love with my bibliotherapist, Rachel Stevenson since meeting her in yesterday’s post, I wanted to share my first “session” with her. If she’s up for it, there will be many more.

Note: if you are in a particular mood and need a book for whatever ails you, please leave a comment below and maybe Rachel will prescribe one for you. more »

meet my bibliotherapist 🙂

Posted on July 5, 2016

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!

Posted on July 3, 2016

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!

Posted on July 2, 2016

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. more »

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

Posted on June 14, 2016

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: more »

6 new book reviews!

Posted on April 6, 2016

books

I haven’t had a lot of time to read lately and, unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend some of the books I actually took the time to finish. But there are a handful I think you should definitely read. This is a pretty eclectic selection, so there’s something for everyone.

Enjoy, and please let me know what you’re reading now. more »

the fringe hours: making time for you

Posted on January 11, 2016

The Fringe Hours

Although the holiday craziness is over, in some ways this time of year is even busier. We’re trying to start 2016 off right by running to the gym, organizing our closets and signing up for classes.

But what we often forget in our desire for self-improvement is that one of the best things we can do for ourselves is slow down and take time to do the things we want to do rather than the things we think we should do.

“Yeah, right,” you’re thinking. “Like there’s even 10 minutes in the day to do that.”

I hear you. And that’s why I jumped at the chance to review The Fringe Hours Collection from (in)courage, Hallmark and Revell books. more »

books by my blogger friends

Posted on January 8, 2016

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! more »

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