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May Book Wrap-Up: It’s Not Raining on My Parade!

Despite what felt like an inordinate amount of rain this May, I refused to be kept indoors!

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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.)

Traveling with the Travelers: Judging a New England Town by Its Bookstore

I have two philosophies when it comes to travel. One: Choose one location and delve into all the nuances and quirks of that one place. Two: Visit as many different places in a general location that will reasonably fit into the length of the vacation. Regardless, I make sure to always visit the town's bookstore.

Monday Blog: A Tale of Two (Indie) Bookstores

Independent bookstores, like people, have their own personalities. That's why I prefer these stores to the cavernous and cold Barnes and Nobles of the world. Going to a new indie bookstore is like making a new friend. And I made two recently in Washington, DC.

Friday 5: New Tolkien! And Other Best Bookish Articles from this Week

Book-related stories and articles always catch my attention and I read dozens or more during the week. In case you don't have time to read all the book stories every week, here are my favorite top 5 condensed down for you!

On the Road Again: Bookish Places to Visit in Chicago

I'm headed to Chicago for work. So, of course, I needed to prepare and find the best bookish places to try to squeeze in between work events! See what I discovered!

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.

Independent Bookstore Day! Great Indie Bookstores & How to Celebrate

Today is Independent Bookstore Day! So today I'm updating my blog with my favorite indie bookstore in the world - Shakespeare & Company in Paris. Also, see other great indie bookstores in the US and how to celebrate with indie bookstores in your area!

Getting a “Read” on a Town From it’s Local Bookstore: Traveling with the Travelers in NJ’s Brooklyn

New Jersey is often overshadowed by its neighbor, New York. However, the times are changing in many ways and cities in New Jersey are now making Manhattan and other NYC boroughs work for their "cool" status. How do you know if a Jersey city is cool? Well, like everywhere else, just take a look at it's bookstore.

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