Tag: reading

Why Did I Wait So Long? JULIA DEFIANT, Reading Choices, and More

Why Did I Wait So Long? JULIA DEFIANT, Reading Choices, and More

Lynn: I read for work and pleasure, so I think about both reading choices and the act of reading often. As reviewers, Cindy and I discuss who reads what all the time, but what I’m musing about today does not concern work, but personal choices. How do you, dear reader, decide what to read next? […]

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Teach Your Cats to Read

Teach Your Cats to Read

Lynn: I have two determined cats. As I write this post, they are both trying their utmost to displace my laptop. They disapprove of my books almost as much as they dislike my computer, and they wage a subtle war against these lap thieves all the time. Curtis Manley’s adorable picture book, The Summer Nick […]

No Mas! What Makes You Stop Reading a Book?

No Mas! What Makes You Stop Reading a Book?

Amazon’s recent move to compensate certain e-book authors per page read, rather than by number of borrows, raises some interesting questions: will hack authors stop churning out lots of short books and instead start putting cliffhangers on every page of a thousand-word opus? Just how does Amazon decide what an ebook “page” is, anyway? And, if an authors […]

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True Confessions: V.C. Andrews Made Me the Librarian I am Today

True Confessions: V.C. Andrews Made Me the Librarian I am Today

This year, Lifetime Television began producing movie versions of V.C. Andrews’ “classic” tales in the Dollanganger series, starting with Flowers in the Attic. I don’t have cable, but was lucky enough to be on a business trip at the time, which meant, yay, hotel cable! (My unfortunate husband was roped into watching it with me, […]

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Gay Romance Comes Out at the Romantic Times Convention

Gay Romance Comes Out at the Romantic Times Convention

GLBT romance came out of the erotica closet at the Romantic Times convention in New Orleans in May 2014 to stand as its own entity, a legitimate romance subgenre. Canadian GLBTQ romance author Heidi Belleau explained, “Until recently, queer characters in books were either serial killers or dead people.”  Having them now be the heroes […]

Posted in: Book News, Romance
Less housework, more reading

Less housework, more reading

The good, intelligent, and funny folks over at BuzzFeed have deemed reading is good for you. Now, readers of this blog already know this for a fact, but the BuzzFeeders have put our beliefs in a context that anyone can understand, with pictures and witty text. Kind of like a Shaun Tan picture book. Even […]

Posted in: Book Groups, Book News
Self-Help Books and Me
By December 4, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

Self-Help Books and Me

Booklist‘s December 1 Spotlight on Science and Health, now live on Booklist Online, has me thinking about self-help books. After all, many self-help books offer, or purport to offer, the science of health—tools for assessment that, if acted upon, can improve the reader’s physical or mental well-being. We don’t review a lot of self-help books […]

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Power of the Word: "Leaders, read this!"

Power of the Word: "Leaders, read this!"

Summer is the season for exploration and discovery, and readers of all ages, interests, and tastes would love to visit the American Writers Museum—if only such a place existed. Although we have national museums celebrating the luminaries of baseball, rock and roll, the visual arts, various ethnic traditions, and science and technology, to categorize but […]

Walter Dean Myers on Being The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Walter Dean Myers on Being The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Walter Dean Myers spoke with NPR this morning about his new appointment as The Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. I loved his quote that “reading is not optional,” along with his emphasis on the importance of reading to very young children. Also great is his anecdote about his own early reading […]

Secrets from My Shelves: Ghost Story
By October 19, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Secrets from My Shelves: Ghost Story

(Has anyone ever gone over to your bookshelf, picked up a book, and said, “What is this doing here?” This series of blog posts explains some of the more curious findings on one Booklister’s home shelves.) Look at this thing. Just look at it. This thing is a battered piece of crap. To the trash […]

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