We all get busy, but sometimes you still need to scratch that reading itch -- without having a big book hanging over your head. If you're looking for some "short but mighty books", check out The Short List, a compilation of 24 books under 200 pages recommended by TED speakers. Here are some more short … Continue reading Short and Sweet
Welcome to "The Great Jackson County Read" Will you join us in finding Jackson and Macon County’s Best-Loved Book? Summer is quickly approaching. College graduation has happened, the flowers are blooming- my sinuses have alerted me fully to their beautiful presence- and the kiddos are almost done with school, even with all the days tacked … Continue reading Best-Loved Book
This past week, April 8th to 14th, was National Library Week! Hooray! We hope everyone celebrated appropriately with books and movies borrowed from your library. If not, don’t worry, Governor Cooper has declared this month as Library Appreciation Month! National Library Week was first officially sponsored in 1958, making this the 60th anniversary! This week … Continue reading Libraries Lead
Probably the first series I ever encountered was one my three older sisters had “bequeathed” to the family collection – it was the Trixie Belden mystery series. As I read the single book in the series that we had on our bookshelves, I quickly became aware of (and somewhat annoyed at) the fact that the … Continue reading Reading Series – a professional’s guide
Days and dates are declared for various purposes all the time. Of course, there are the big holidays but there are other often lesser known dates of importance that come about. One such date was September 13th. What was special about that day you ask? It was Roald Dahl Day. It would have been his … Continue reading Roald Dahl Day
Many folks have heard of or seen True Blood, an HBO series that ran seven seasons and garnered both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Not me, never saw an episode. But the creator of the books behind the series, Charlaine Harris, spoke at a conference I went to last year, so I decided to read some of her titles. Although she's written SIX series including the one "True Blood" was based on, I picked her most recent series on which to cut my teeth (no vampire pun intended).
The books keep piling up. Most of my posts have a theme to them, such as zombies, or cats, or weddings. It is easy enough to fit books into categories. The problem are those books that don't quite fit into these niches. This helped give birth to Random Book Day, but that isn't until November, … Continue reading 10 More Books I Read
I've touched on the question of what makes a book "classic" before, and it inspired me to take a more indepth look. Now, I still can't really tell you what qualifies a book as a classic, but it is pretty interesting to look at some trends. Finding lists of classic books is easy. They are … Continue reading Classics For A Reason: 8 Books That Stand The Test Of Time
Did anyone ever teach you how to read? Not the actual art of deciphering words on a page, but as in what books you should read when and things like that? Well, this isn't that kind of guide. This is more of a tips and tricks sort of thing. I think many of us aren't … Continue reading A Guide To Reading
As a lead in for next week's Genre Bingo post, I am doing a poll about what genres we all read. If you don't see one that you read, you can write it in at the bottom. You can also choose more than one. This poll will remain open for one week, so get voting!