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K.L. Kranes

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August 2017

Sometimes There Should Only Be One: Sequels I Wish Were Never Made

Like the Highlander, sometimes there really should only be one. If you're unfamiliar with my arcane reference to the 1980s cult film, it's about a bunch of immortal highlanders who battle each other until only one is left. That's not really why I'm using this example.

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Nonfiction Recommendations to Satisfy a Fiction Reader

Some people read only fiction. Some people read only nonfiction. I read both. But if you asked me for my top 10 favorite books, there would not be a nonfiction book in the list.

Saturday Story Time: Total Eclipse of the Park

Book Fairies Don’t Take Vacations

I recently came back from a road trip through New England (which I've chronicled on a blog series I've called Traveling with the Travelers). However, right before leaving on the vacation, I became a book fairy. Instead of waiting until I returned home to Northern Virginia to start my book fairy adventures, I decided to spread book fairy dust along our trek up the coast.

Traveling with the Travelers: Stories of Seashores and Lobster Wars

I live a relatively land-locked life near the Eastern US coast. The closest my family and I get to sailing is a swan-shaped paddle boat on a lake. That was until a recent trip to New England where I discovered the thrill of the open ocean and the stories it can tell...

5 Books and Films to Read/Watch for the Upcoming Eclipse

It's literally a once in a lifetime experience. The blotting out of the sun. A total solar eclipse. Maybe that's why books and movies like to use eclipses for plot and metaphor...

Traveling with the Travelers: Judging a New England Town by Its Bookstore

I have two philosophies when it comes to travel. One: Choose one location and delve into all the nuances and quirks of that one place. Two: Visit as many different places in a general location that will reasonably fit into the length of the vacation. Regardless, I make sure to always visit the town's bookstore.

Traveling with the Travelers: 3 Days in Freeport, 3 Hours in Portland

My family and I are currently traveling up the New England coast. Our first stop was Salem, Mass. After that stop, we drove up the coast and landed in Freeport, Maine with a quick visit to Portland, two very different and unique places...

Traveling with the Travelers: Wicked Wanderings Through Salem

Salem, Massachusetts is well known for one thing: witches. Those who have never seen the town often picture a tiny hamlet cluttered with decaying centuries old buildings and quaint stores hocking tarot cards and crystals. That is what my family and I imagined as we navigated up the eastern US coast to the historic port city. It wasn't what we found.

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