August 17, 2019

Bodice Rippers, chick books, mommy porn… romance books have been referred to in many disparaging terms over the years. Luckily, I’ve never held that bias against this genre. As long as I’ve been reading, I remember being drawn to romance books. In middle school, one of...

March 20, 2019

Last week, we launched the 2019 Sages Read community reading challenge.  The brain child of famed local book champion, writer and language arts teacher, Katherine Sokolowski, Sages Read is a true community-wide activity in which I am so grateful and excited to particip...

February 6, 2019

Last week I confessed to being a mystery junkie and, while I am continuing to make a conscious effort to read more broadly, I am physically incapable of avoiding a new Jane Harper novel.  Anyone who's come into the bookstore and asked for a mystery recommendation has p...

January 30, 2019

Sometimes I think I do a pretty good job choosing books by a diverse range of authors and from a variety of genres, but at the end of the year when I flip back through my planner (my current method for tracking my reading), I usually get a cold, hard reality check.  It...

June 7, 2018

I think I've always been a seasonal reader. As the weather changes, I find myself drawn to specific types of books.  I tend to go darker and more complex in the winter months.  Faced with evenings and weekends spent inside, cuddled under a blanket on the couch, I'm mor...

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