Category Archives: literature

Month #2 of Reading Challenge

I  don’t want my readers to think that I have abandoned my self-imposed challenge to read at least 4 books a month throughout 2017. I posted a pretty extensive report of the books I read in January. I don’t have the time or energy to post as detailed a commentary on the books I’ve read …

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4 Books a Month? Why Not!

If you followed my Reading Challenge in 2016, you might have noticed I got a little frazzled at times. Some of the topics were challenging for me, especially “Read a book that intimidates you.” There were only twelve categories, and I normally read more than one book per month, so I’m not sure why I …

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2016 Reading Challenge: Part 3

  This is a continuation of my  progress in the 2016 Reading Challenge. Only reporting on two books instead of three this time around. (I’m trying to do more writing than reading!) A book published before you were born. Well, technically, I already completed this task when I read The Great Gatsby, which I chose …

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2016 Reading Challenge, Part 2 of 4

As promised, here comes Part 2 in my 4-part Series of the 2016 Reading Challenge! Today we pick things up with Challenge #4…     Read a book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller. Since I work in a bookstore, I know my local bookseller very well… she’s my boss! She has been raving …

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2016 Reading Challenge, Part 1 of 4

This past January, I saw something posted online that sparked my interest. It was called the 2016 Reading Challenge. Here is what it encouraged bookworms, like myself, to read over the course of this year.   Challenge ON! I was only too happy to tackle this list. I guess the idea is, seeing as there …

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Today, March 2, marks the birthday of one of the best-loved children’s authors (and illustrators) of all time– Dr. Seuss! Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He and his siblings were raised speaking both English and German. Perhaps little Ted’s first influence was his mother, who would recite poetry …

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Little House Lies… Albert WHO?!?

Yesterday, my Author Spotlight blog acknowledged the birthday of the great American author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Specifically, I talked about Pamela Smith Hill’s Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Biography, and some of the dark details of Laura’s life that were omitted from her children’s books. Today, I want to talk about the TV series. Oh, you …

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Edgar Allan Poe at 207

  Today marks the 207th anniversary of the birth of author and poet extraordinaire, Edgar Allan Poe. This author is best remembered for his haunting poems, such as Annabel Lee and– most famously– The Raven, as well as such macabre short stories as The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Fall of the House …

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A Christmas Classic: Clement Clarke Moore

One of the most famous, enduring pieces of holiday literature is the story-poem, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore. Originally titled “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” the poem was first published anonymously in 1823 in the Troy Sentinel. In 1844, Moore included it in Poems, a collection of his works. I could …

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Happy Birthday, Mark Twain!

Today, we celebrate the birth, life, and career of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. The beloved author was born in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. His family relocated to Hannibal, MO when Twain was about 4 years old. He was mischievous, often getting into trouble in school, much …

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