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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.

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10 for Tuesday: 10 of the Coolest Bookshelves You’ve Ever Seen

Having books around just makes me happy. That's one of the reasons I enjoy when people show off their bookshelves (aka shelfies). Writing books is creative so why can't storing books be creative too? It can and here are some great ones.

10 for Tuesday: 10 Reasons to Buy that Book Already

For those who need encouragement or those who just need rationalization to add to your growing to read book (TBR) pile. Here are 10 reasons you should buy that book!

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.

Scent of a Birthday: Celebrities + My Top 10 Favorite Things for Top 10 Tuesday (Hint: Yep, Books are Involved)

Yesterday, I realized I'm thisclose to sharing a birthday with Shakespeare. I missed it by 2 days, but it made me wonder who I do share this day with. Turns out, it's some pretty cool people who are also indirectly related to my 10 favorite things! It all comes together...

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Surprisingly Dark and Twisted Plotlines from Your Favorite Fairy Tales

With all the swirl around Beauty and the Beast lately, I thought it might be fun to talk about fairy tales. Disney has done a laudable job of Disney-ifying classics with positive messages and happy endings. And while I remember obsessing over Disney's Aladdin well into my teens, I also remember going to Blockbuster and renting videos (yes I predate even DVDs) called Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre. And Shelley showed the truth about those fairy tales - they were dark.

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Inspirational Quotes from Writers to Get You Through the Day

Anyone else need a pick-me-up these days? I know I do. So, in the spirit of spreading the love, here are 10 quotes from writers that provide me with that punch of inspiration, thoughtfulness, intelligent ideas or positivity that I need so desperately these days.

Top 10 Tuesday: Enlightening Books About Immigrants

Now seems like the perfect time to remind America exactly where we'd be without immigrants (hint: we wouldn't exist) because unless you're a Native American, your ancestors were immigrants. Here are 10 books (fiction and nonfiction) about American immigration that are definitely worth the read to help become more enlightened about the plight and the contributions of immigrants. These books remind us that immigrants are people, just like everyone else, with hearts, minds, ideas and struggles.

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