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Bonding Over Books: How Talking About Books Brought Me Closer to My Daughter

While books may not be the only reason my daughter and I get along so well, I do think they play a significant part.

Forget Winter…Summer is Coming and it’s a WAY Better Season (for Reading and Nostalgia)

It's that time of year again. Sprinklers dot the sidewalks with water. Fresh cut grass sticks to flip flops. And the air thickens with anticipation (oh and humidity).

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.

Taking a Page from Wonder: Books that Choose Kindness

Kindness. It's something I think everyone would agree this world could use a lot more of. Good thing there are lots of books to help inspire us to be kinder to each other!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Let Books Keep You Warm This Winter

Baby, it's cold outside. Therefore, I'm choosing the best therapy for the cold I know, books! Here are some book suggestions to keep you warm winter season!

You Can Never Escape Middle School (or A Neurotic Writer at a Conference)

It feels like I'm in middle school. It's the first day of 7th grade all over again and I'm the new kid. The only difference? I'm an adult. That's kind of a big difference.

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. 

Friday Five: The Book Is Dead & More Crazy Bookish Articles From This Week

It's Friday Five time again. Time to review my five favorite bookish articles or stories floating around in the last week or so. This week includes a sampling of stories both serious and fun, ranging from racism in books to book festival mania.

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.

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