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Halloween Reads: Books for People Who Have a Darker Side

It recently occurred to me I am not one person. I am really two people existing in the same body.

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My Non-Escape From DC…How I Had a Unique (and Fun!) Vacation Without Leaving Home

20 minutes: How long it takes to drive from my house to the border of Washington, DC...7: Number of days I spent on my staycation.

For Banned Books Week!…Books that Were Banned for Ridiculous Reasons

Banned books week crept up on me! I usually keep an eye on bookish "holidays" but with my busy schedule this one almost passed me by. ALMOST! Luckily I have some friends who help me remember these things.

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.

Friday 5: Plato vs Dumbledore, Agatha Christie’s Real Life Mystery & More in My 5 Favorite Bookish Stories of This Week

After hours of scouring the interwebs this week, I've finally done it. I've found my 5 favorite bookish stories, including a real Agatha Christie mystery, a comparison of Plato and Dumbledore and Up lit. Not sure what that last one is? Read on...

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?

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.

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