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Best Way for a Book Nerd to Say Goodbye to Summer? A Day at the National Book Festival

It started in early fall 2001, on September 8, just before the numbers 9-11 would become burned into US history. But on that sunny Saturday, tragedy had not yet struck and the bookish excitement of the very first National Book Festival swallowed up the Library of Congress and stretched out onto the National Mall. 

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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: 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.

Monday Blog: When Book Endings Let Us Down

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

Children’s Lit Books Adults Should Read

I took a children's literature class in college. It was a bit of a departure from my typical Shakespeare and Russian literature type subject matter. I chose it as a relief from some of those heavier texts and deep down I probably thought it would be easy.

Ten for Tuesday: 10 Great Books Featuring Inspirational Teachers

This weekend in Washington, DC, there will be a march. Shocking I know. This is a good one though. It's a march for public education. In honor of the cause, here are 10 great books about inspirational teachers, the lifeblood of our public education system.

Friday 5: Jane Austen Throws Shade, Fairies are Real & More of the Best Bookish Articles This Week

This is one of my favorite blogs to write. On Friday, I pick five book-related articles from the last week (or so) that I really loved and share them so everyone else can love them too! This week brings us Shady Jane, fierce fairies and lots more bookish fun!

Then and Now: Rewriting the Book on School Reading Lists

In high school, although I was loathe to admit it to friends, I loved English class. Outwardly I complained like everyone else about the 'boring' books the teachers put on the reading lists. Inwardly I loved them.

Friday Five: Analyzing 5 Books in My ‘To Be Read’ Pile I Just Keep Skipping Over

Book lovers all have a TBR, aka to be read, pile that is either a real stack of books in their house or a list in their kindle cue or on Goodreads. I have all three. I have more books then I will probably ever be able to read unless I decide to stop working, eating and sleeping for the rest of my life. That doesn't mean I won't try. 

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