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November 2016

Librarian Lisa Guest Blogs Again! An Airport Story: Ask Girls What They’re Reading Instead of What They’re Wearing (#BooksOverLooks)

A few weeks ago my family and I were in the airport, preparing for an overseas trip. In the waiting lounge, I said hello to a young girl, aged around 4 years old, who was waiting with her dad in the seating area. She was very social and immediately engaged with me. Right away, I asked her if she liked reading and what her favorite book was. She absolutely lit up! Her favorite book was Clara the Cookie Fairy and she had the book with her! We sat together for the next 15 minutes or so, reading this delightful and amazing book together. This experience reminded me of the inspiring and creative post below by Lisa Bloom from 2011. It’s an eye-opening approach to engaging a girl about her mind via books instead of what she’s wearing.

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Scifi Inspired T-Shirt Tuesday

It’s t-shirt Tuesday, the day that makes the fact that it is only Tuesday and still far from Friday feel kind of fun. Today’s t-shirt is sort of an enigma. When my husband wears it almost no one understands what it means. Like a joke, if a t-shirt needs to be explained does that make it lame? In this case I say absolutely not. Curious yet? If so, read on and find out how I link this mysterious t-shirt to books!

For Cyber Monday – An ebook Fairy Tale

It’s Cyber Monday, a great time to buy books on amazon or at BarnesandNoble.com for the holidays. As I posted yesterday, if you purchase a copy of The Travelers (Saguaro Books, 2016) starting today, Cyber Monday, through December 31, 2016, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to two charities focused on reading and books. And since it’s Cyber Monday and we’re talking about books, I thought it might be nice to tell a little ebook fairy tale. So here it goes. Once upon a time... a man had a story inside him, a story he had to tell.

Journey in Charity: Give a Book That Gives Back

If you love books, you love to get books. Since tomorrow is Cyber Monday, it’s a great time to find and buy books to give to others this season. In honor of that, I plan to donate part of the proceeds from the sales on amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com from my YA fantasy novel, The Travelers, to charity. But, what charity, you ask? Excellent question. Deciding on that was difficult...

Favorite Books My Characters Would Recommend & the Books They Secretly Love

Everyone has a guilty reading pleasure, right? Well, in my world my characters do also. Therefore, in this blog I’m going to talk about the books my characters would recommend and their secret guilty pleasures, including books on vampires, zombies (ooo, shiver), pants (yes, you read that right, pants) and Mandalas. What's a Mandala you ask? Read to find out!

Find the Unicorns: Supporting Independent Bookstores on Small Business Saturday!

Today is Black Friday, if you're braving the malls and high traffic areas - good luck! We're going to play table tennis and watch Gilmore Girls. Tomorrow, however, I will brave the shopping areas because it is Small Business Saturday, at least according to Kristen Bell. (You may know her from Frozen fame and the great new show The Good Place. She'll always be Veronica Mars to me. Go Marshmallows!) She's done a series of commercials to support the day and they worked on me, at least! I'm in!

Food for Thought Part 2: Being a Gluten Free, Vegetarian on Thanksgiving – How’d I Get Here? Oh Yeah, Through Books, Of Course! (Longest title ever)

You see that big, glistening, juicy-looking bird? I can’t eat that. You see that stuffing? I can’t eat that either. That pie? Nope. So, how does a gluten free vegetarian (technically pescatarian as I will eat seafood, but try to limit it) survive Thanksgiving then, you ask? It's all about the side dishes and remembering why I did this to myself in the first place.

Food for Thought Part 1: Eating and Reading

Did you know a study indicated that if everyone became a vegetarian we could solve world hunger? Kind of interesting, huh? OK, calm yourselves meat-lovers, I’m not trying to take away your turkey right before Thanksgiving and the thought of Tofurky is unappealing even to me. However, I did find this little tidbit of scientific information compelling. It made me me think about food, hunger, books and reading. I wondered if anyone has ever studied the relationship between food and reading. So, I went searching...

Journey in T-shirt Tuesday: “Gearing” Up for Six Hours of Two Awesome Fast Talking, Coffee Drinking Ladies

It's Tuesday and, as I established last week, I plan to devote Tuesdays to a blog based on one of my husband's many interesting t-shirts. Now, I could have chosen my husband's pessimism t-shirt. It's very funny and would have resulted in an interesting blog. BUT, today I already decided to go rogue. I'm going to base it on one of MY t-shirts instead. (Sorry pessimism. Another Gilmore Girl's blog isn't the worst thing that could happen. 😉 )

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