• A book, its pages fanned open
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    A Night Out! I love attending live concerts. As the crowd sings along, getting every word right, I am struck by an intense, warm-hearted affection towards my fellow fans. All of us share an unspoken union. I feel like anyone in the stands could turn to the stranger next to them and say something like, ...
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    Collecting books is an entirely separate hobby from reading them. It is an easy habit to fall into. After all, books are everywhere, even at yard sales and the supermarket. Although hardcovers can be a little pricey, paperbacks, ebooks, and second-hand purchases don’t cost an arm and a leg. Compared to some other leisure pursuits, ...
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    Book Fair Day! I recently attended The Write Women Book Fest in Bowie, MD. As soon as I walked into the hotel ballroom and saw the rows and rows of author tables, I thought, “Ah yes. These are my people.”  I found myself reminiscing about the annual school book fair from my grade school days. ...
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    Independent authors and publishers aren’t ruled by the almighty bottom line like the big publishing conglomerates are. Therefore, they can put out literature that don’t fit neatly into current market trends. Indie books have more freedom to experiment with narrative structure, mix genres, and tackle unconventional themes. The result is fascinating, innovative stories. Did you ...
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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 ...
  • A person walking during a sunset
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    This year has been about figuring out what I need to put my best foot forward. Change is hard and takes time. Patience is not a virtue I inherited. New routines can make a person feel like they have lost sight of their life. I was so focused on getting through the day that I ...
  • Books for reading
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    Ivy Three grows up in a five-thousand-person space station called The Exodus. The ship orbits two hundred and fifty-four miles above planet Earth. It’s a safe space, providing a stable life, a place full of windows where electric trains run, crops sprout from well-organized fields, and workers walk in lines like ants in a colony. Ivy sleeps ...
  • Sunset, appreciation, wonder
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    This month has been full of endings. This Is Us ended last Tuesday. I finished the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J.Maas. Both endings were brilliant and suited the mood. I will miss them, but maybe in 5 years, I can enjoy them again. I’m excited to see what impact these two different forms ...
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    Do you monitor your child's reading material? Read why Alena Orrison, suggests that you don't monitor your children's reading.