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Tahoe May Have a Beautiful Lake, But It Is a Bookstore Desert…What’s a Bookish Girl to Do?

Mountain vistas layered with blues and greens. Check. Crystal clear water rippling with calming waves. Check. Bookstores. Not so much.

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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.

June Wrap-up: Fire, Spies, Robots and Bookstores…Super Random, But Fun!

Random weather ruled my June and heavily influenced my activities...including reading...

Forget Black Friday, For Book Lovers It’s All About Small Biz Saturday

Baby, it's cold outside. What better way to stay warm and walk off all those Thanksgiving calories than going to the mall? OK, now scratch out "mall" and replace it with "local indie bookstore" because this weekend it's Small Business Saturday AND Indies First. (Insert squeal of joy.)

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.

Friday Five: 5 Reasons to Go To an Author Event (Even If You’re Not That Into Books)

Bookstore author events might be the best activity you're not doing. For a fun Friday five, here are 5 reasons you should go to more author events.

Sunday Funday: One Crazy Afternoon of Books, Music and Food (But Mostly Books)

On our way to our weekly music lesson on Sunday, my daughter sat in the back seat of the car lamenting that we never do anything interesting on Sundays and that she needed more steps. Apparently, unbeknownst to me, Sundays in our family are "boring." So, you can guess what I suggested - let's check out a new bookstore!

The Death of Traditional Publishing & Going Indie – Maybe It’s Not a Bad Thing

Indie. It is a shortened version of the word independent, in that it's free from the giant corporate conglomerates that dominate the world. It's a medium that's free to experiment and unconstrained by interference from those who care only about money, not art. Indie music. Indie film. You can find an indie version almost anything artistic, including books.

Monday Blog: Old & New Obsessions Collide While POPping into a Bookstore this Weekend

As a child, I apparently had a bit of a doll problem. If a doll existed, I wanted it. As an adult, I got over my doll collecting obsession because you can't be an adult who buys and collects dolls, right? Therefore, instead, I transferred that obsessive nature to collecting other things, books obviously. (And, shhh, shoes too.)

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