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    ‘Tis the Season All the bookish folks I follow on social media are releasing their year-in-review posts. There they are, with stacks and stacks of books, artfully arranged by color, or genre, or by the order in which they were read. They boast of reaching and surpassing their triple-digit reading goals. I am in awe ...
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    The holiday season is upon us! Did you know that dozens of international holidays take place in December? Many different faiths and cultures have celebrations happening as the year draws to a close. There’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, and Bodhi Day, just to name a few. But there are also some noteworthy days related ...
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    Is there a reading version of a double take? I suppose instead of a turn of the head, it’s a flick of one’s eyes back over what they just read. It’s a jolt of familiarity, a sense of déjà vu. In that moment, you feel all your synapses light up, forming new connections of understanding. ...
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    When I tell someone that I want to read all the books, they often respond with a polite chuckle followed by a good-natured remark about knowing I am a nerd. If they are avid readers, they may nod in understanding and companionable agreement. I could leave it at that. I would have communicated that I ...
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    “Tell me about your book.” These are the words that many authors dread. I know this because I’ve written over a dozen book blurbs for fiction titles, many of which have become award-winning and Amazon bestselling books. As an author myself, I know that back blurbs always seem to stump us writers. It’s not because ...
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      A comfy orange armchair sits under a poorly painted character of the long-dead Lewis Carroll Though this isn’t the place for White rabbits, there have been swirling Cups of Tea    sat upon tables, with chipping paint Some obscure, easy listening tune from the 90s is playing softly, it struggles with the hum of fluorescent lights   I ...