After the conversation with Amanda about the importance of the roles parents play in kids' reading habits, I started thinking about my own. Parents... and habits. Back in the days before Amazon, if you ordered books to have them shipped to your house, it was via a catalog. Usually the catalog was arranged by genre … Continue reading Book Club Nostalgia
I have joked for a long time about enjoying the way books smell. I am a huge fan of the scents of libraries and bookstores, but better than either of those, I love the scent of a used bookstore. When we were in Oía, Santorini, Greece, we discovered a tiny used bookshop called Atlantis. … Continue reading Used Bookstores and the Lost City of Atlantis
What constitutes a beach read? What makes a book a "beach read" instead of a normal read? I'm asking because I've never been to a beach to read. I've only ever been to beaches for afternoons, to tell the truth. I'm flummoxed by the idea of lounging at the beach. I'm worried I'll get bored. … Continue reading Beach Reads
There are a number of authors who don't make the "on the shelf" cut because I simply don't keep their work once it enters the house. I am content to read it on kindle. I don't need to pass it along to the next set of eager hands. I will happily recommend their work, and … Continue reading Books I Enjoy (Series I’m reading)
When I was little, I clearly remember eating peanut butter and jelly somewhere in the vicinity of a library book. I remember this so clearly because I also remember being taught an important lesson. Library books are special. Other people have to be able to read and enjoy them. Sticky jelly fingers and glops of … Continue reading On the Sanctity of Books
I've entertained this debate a few times on Twitter and in real-life conversations, regarding film versions of stories vs. book versions. I am a bibliophile. I'm a self-proclaimed booksniffer. It's hard for me to admit when other media tells a story better than a book has done. I chose the title for this post because … Continue reading The Book Was Better
Yesterday's post on Literary comics made me think more about superhero comics and why I don't read more of them. When I read what I want is: Escapism - to be entertained and swept away for a longer amount of time Twists - to be surprised, to have a new light flicker to life in my … Continue reading Hatin’ on Superhero Comics?
I have been up front about this from the beginning. I read a few comics as a kid, but I didn't really start reading comics (or graphic novels - click here for a brief glossary of terms if you're not an avid comic reader) until last fall when the idea of writing one really struck. Why … Continue reading Comics for Literary Snobs
I am delighted that my "Books in my Soul" post last week got people thinking about the creative works that impacted their lives. Yesterday one of my favorite people on Twitter wrote her own post about the books that she carries as a part of herself. I painted this portrait of Lingo years ago. It … Continue reading What Art is in your Soul?
I saved this post in my drafts folder titled simply "book reviews." There was no further explanation to self about the intention behind my draft. I'm sure I had one at the time. Now, I'm left with a title and too many things to say on the topic in a single blog post. At a … Continue reading Book Reviews