Tag: Reading

Reading Steinbeck

If you’ve known me for awhile, you’ve most likely heard me declare my love for John Steinbeck. If not…well…I love John Steinbeck. Not in a I-want-to-marry-him way. I mean, have you seen my husband**? Ahem. Sorry. Anyway, when I say I love John Steinbeck, I mean…

Time to Read

I read a lot. Last year, I kicked off in January with the Empty Shelf challenge from Jon Acuff. Every time I finished a book, I added it to a previously clear shelf and took a picture of it. But then I got comments like,…

I have too many books

When I was in high school I bought a copy of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I had a small, particle board book case in my bedroom and I lovingly placed the book on it. That was the beginning of my book obsession….er….collection. Those…

The Un-Empty Shelf

If you’ve been hanging around here for awhile, you might remember that last year I joined Jon Acuff’s Empty Shelf Challenge. The basic idea was to clear off one shelf and read enough books in 2014 to fill it. It was a fun challenge….

When an Author Dies

There’s something about reading a deeply moving book that forms a kinship between author and reader, even if they’ve never met. This is the magic of literature. A few years ago I found an old, dog-eared copy of Plainsong on a “Used Book” shelf at…

The Book I Want To Read

I’m near the end of my edits for A CUP OF DUST (my novel in progress). Thus far I have bled 7 purple pens dry and used 3 yellow legal pads full of paper. I can’t even come close to guessing how many cups…

5 Ways to Keep Kids Reading Over the Summer

Did you know that, over the summer months, kids have a learning loss of between 5-15%? They actually slide backwards, putting our teachers in the position of having to re-teach during the first few weeks of school rather than charging ahead on new/fresh/EXCITING education….

Reading in the Chaos–5 Ways To Sneak In The Reading

Last night on Facebook I posted that I’d finished book #31 on the Jon Acuff Empty Shelf Challenge. Within moments, my high school friend Susan VanSyckle had posted on my wall. Fair question. Here’s my quick answer. I just do. Now, I’m not going…

3 Reasons to Read My Mother’s Chamomile

I saw a friend the other day at Starbucks. He happens to have written the #1 helpful review of Paint Chips. He told me that he hasn’t read My Mother’s Chamomile. Then he asked me why he should read it. What a great question….

Building Muscle

I’m reading. A lot. I’ve always been a big reader. I just didn’t know how much so until I started the Empty Shelf challenge. I’ve decided that this is the year of reading what I want. Not what I feel obligated to. So far,…

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