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March Wrap-up: Books, Writing and a Trip to Spain

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. For me, March came in like a lion and went out like a Tasmanian devil.

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Book vs Show: Can a TV Show Ever be as Good as the Book?

Recently, I've been thinking about TV show adaptations of books. Has there ever been a TV adaptation as good as or, dare I say better than, the book? Let's find out...

Enough Doom & Gloom – Fictional Worlds I Want to Visit (and Maybe Stay Forever)

There has been much talk lately about how books, particularly speculative fiction such as Orwell's 1984, are cautionary tales for the slippery slope the world is proceeding down. I need a break from that doom and gloom. So, let's talk about fictional worlds where I might actually like to visit or even live.

Monday Blog: When Book Endings Let Us Down

All good things must come to an end, even books. What happens when that end disappoints?

Friday Five: 5 Completely Unique and Perfect Books for Your Independence Day Reading Needs

It's getting close to 4th of July and, in the US, that means it's time for the yearly summer celebration of Independence. Of course, it's not just a day. No, no. America sort of invented over-the-top, consumer-filled celebrations...It must be a whole weekend. A whole weekend in which you might find some time to read.

10 for Tuesday: 10 Books Stuck in My Head Forever

Some books just stick with you, for whatever reason. Sometimes it's not even because they are particularly amazing. It's just that something about them lodges in your brain like the lyrics to some random song and never leaves. So as my 10 for Tuesday, here are 10 books I read a long time ago, but still think about often and I can't seem to get out of my head.

10 for Tuesday: 10 Famous Books You Might Not Realize Take Place in Chicago

The Windy City. It has inspired songs, a band name, a Broadway show, and a very famous line from a very famous movie called The Untouchables. ("That's the Chicago way.") It's also the setting of many classic and popular books.

Absurd Book Premises that Somehow Work: The Hot Tub Time Machine Phenomenon

Have you ever watched a trailer for a movie or read the back of a book jacket and thought that "that premise is really dumb," only to hear people rave about said book or movie later?

Getting a “Read” on a Town From it’s Local Bookstore: Traveling with the Travelers in NJ’s Brooklyn

New Jersey is often overshadowed by its neighbor, New York. However, the times are changing in many ways and cities in New Jersey are now making Manhattan and other NYC boroughs work for their "cool" status. How do you know if a Jersey city is cool? Well, like everywhere else, just take a look at it's bookstore.

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