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My Rules of Book Giving & Books That Make Great Gifts

Personally, I love to get a book as a gift. However, giving someone else a book can be daunting...Here are some suggestions for making it less so...

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Bring on the Drama! Book Suggestions for a Lively Book Club Discussion (and Other Book Club Goals)

The pressure is intense. There are so many options. There are so many people to please! How do you choose the perfect book for book club?

The Evolution of Strong Female Characters: From the Classics to Today’s Young Adult Fiction (Guest Blogger: Cara Hadden)

Guest blogger and accomplished 15-year-old writer, Cara Hadden, shares her perspective on the evolution of female characters and our "Founding Writer Mothers."

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.

Longest Travel Day Ever, But I Made It!

It’s been 20 hours since I dragged my overstuffed carry-on suitcase through the doorway of my house. After three taxis, a three-hour train ride, countless hours at the airport, a six hour flight and one narrowly averted snow storm, I’m finally here, at my hotel in Spain. Exhausted and excited.

How I Spent My Holiday Break: Binging on Books

As I flitted around to various holiday celebrations, I started to notice a trend, people like to talk about their latest TV binge obsession. I like to binge TV too, but over my holiday break I binged something better. I binged books!

YA Book Review (Sort of): A Reluctant Reader of An Ember in the Ashes

Sometimes my interest level in something is inversely related to that something's popularity. Since I'm a dork, let me explain in diagram form...

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.

Amelia Earhart & Other ‘Novel’ Takes on History’s Mysteries

Amelia Earhart is one of those people in history you never forget. She was the first female aviator to try to circumnavigate the globe. She was a pioneer, role model, a legend. She's also at the center of a great mystery, one that is still making headlines today. It's the kind of story books are made of.

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