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Category Archives: Books

Stop, Sit, and Read – Readathon books for 2014

Stop Sit Breathe and Read - Ready for Dewey's Readathon
This entry is part 9 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

This entry is part 9 of 32 in the series Read-a-thonEven the dogs are readathon-ready! The official readathon books for Dewey’s Readathon 2014 Yep, we are readathon-ready, folks. The dogs are settled. The books are pulled.  The food is prepared. The chair is chosen. What else is there? Oh, the books. Readathon Books – Short…

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Halloween reading list and plans

Short story - The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Halloween reading list and events Halloween approaches and my interest in horror books is rekindled as I pull together my Halloween reading list. October is a wonderful time for reading, especially if, like me, you adore Edgar Allan Poe. My interest becomes laser-focused as I pull his books from the shelf, stack them on bed…

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Armchair BEA 2014 – A passion for books

Twittered out?
This entry is part 17 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 17 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Armchair BEA 2014 – The participants Armchair BEA 2014 may have satisfied book lust, but I confess, after daily Twitter parties and blog writing and hopping, I do think I’m  ready for a day at the beach. So, you may ask:…

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Goosebumps – Lessons from RL Stine books

Goosebumps author RL Stine books deliver when it comes to horror for middle grade readers.
This entry is part 16 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 16 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Goosebumps books provoked controversy Goosebumps books capture the imagination of middle-grade readers, particularly boys. For me, that alone is enough to make them good books. However, the Goosebumps books have been the topic of discussion among writers, readers, and teachers ever…

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Beyond Borders – Travel the world one page at a time

Open Door To The Sky
This entry is part 15 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 15 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Following the trail of enchanted pages Books transport me to a different world. I leave one state of being and return to another. For a little while, I’m somewhere else, and often someone else. As a child, I roamed the world…

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Kicking off Armchair BEA 2014

Mad Hatter attend Armchair BEA Introduction
This entry is part 12 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 12 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Reading, Writing, and Books – What’s not to love? Armchair BEA 2014 that virtual book bonanza for book bloggers and readers, is happening this week. Once again, I’m wearing the Mad Hatter hat as I nearly missed the opening day. Luckily,…

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Books for writers top my summer reading list

Books for writers

Books for writers moved to the top of my summer TBR pile when I discovered several new books for writers on crafting nonfiction. Whether you write creative nonfiction, literary nonfiction, essays or the old plain Jane non-fiction, these books should provide you with solid information as well as plenty to think about. What about that…

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Travel books top my summer reading list

Are you ready for a little armchair travel with some great travel books?

 Travel books great for armchair travel Travel books litter my bookshelves and declare my lifelong passion for traveling. I was born traveling and made my first move at the tender age of two weeks old. You see, I’m an Army brat. That should be a big clue as to the source of my wanderlust. It’s…

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Weekend getaways in Texas – My new ebook release

Weekend getaways in Texas are explored in new ebook release of Texas guidebook

Vacation ideas -Texas guidebook Imagine my surprise to learn that the weekend getaways in Texas travel guide book that I co-authored is a new ebook release and just in time for summer Texas travel. Had no idea, but it’s a nice surprise. I guess it’s time for Elaine and I to hop back on our…

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Books on writing for writers – Armchair BEA

The best books on writing stand the test of time.
This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Books on writing is one genre that we didn’t cover during this week’s Armchair BEA. When I think of books for writers I include books by writers about craft, books about writers, and books written by writers on writing. There isn’t…

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Good nonfiction books – Armchair BEA

Take the plunge and try some good nonfiction books
This entry is part 7 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 7 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Good non-fiction books are everywhere. While many people think of nonfiction more in the way of how-to books, they are so much more than that. The nonfiction genre is deep and wide with many categories. Maybe you’re someone who hasn’t really…

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Literary genre types in fiction – Armchair BEA

The Grimm Brothers devoted their life to literary genre types known as fairy tales.
This entry is part 6 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 6 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Literary genre types and categories Literary genre types or categories exist, too, in addition to all the popular or commercial fiction genres. Sometimes people don’t think of these stories as genres. We’re so used to thinking about them as units unto…

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Genre fiction or popular fiction – Armchair BEA

Genre fiction appeals to the popular culture and draws crowds of readers.
This entry is part 5 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 5 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Genre fiction populates most bookstore shelves, and the books are often referred to as commercial fiction as opposed to the more literary fiction. While many think the division between the two is firm, I’m not so sure. Let’s make the rounds:…

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Classics Club spin winner is The Man in the Iron Mask

A classic tale of intrigue and duplicity Who is Prisoner #13? Well, thanks to the new Classics Club Spin I get to find out. Number 14 on my list is the famous book of The Three Muskateers by Alexandre Dumas commonly known as The Man in the Iron Mask. Me, Alexandre Dumas, and his Masked Man…

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A Classics Club spin on great books to read

A twist on reading the classics You may know that I’ve committed to The Classics Club 5-year reading plan and am well on my way. I recently finished reading Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and am heading toward the end of Melville’s famous Moby Dick.  Today I’m creating my first Classics Club Spin List in…

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