13 Mar 2016
Seashell

2016 Spring Bloggiesta!

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2016 Spring Bloggiesta!

I must admit, I do most of my online book-related writing on Twitter and Goodreads these days. I blog about tech and media and fiction writing in separate blogs. But in the world of kidlit, I still think there’s a place for good old-fashioned blogging. I have thoughts that reach beyond 140 characters. I don’t […]

17 Oct 2015
Seashell

T-minus 1 hour til Readathon!

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T-minus 1 hour til Readathon!

I’m making an effort to get through my enormous pile of books today. My mother is visiting, which is a joy, but I’ll be hanging out with her for at least some of it – probably on a trip to IKEA to shop for bookshelves. My kids are here too, but they know how a […]

05 Oct 2015
Seashell

Dewey Readathon coming up!

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Dewey Readathon coming up!

Poor sad neglected blog. Seems like I only play with you when the Readathon comes around. But now it’s almost time again, and I have more reasons than ever to read, read, read this October 17! The Cybils. Nominations are happening right now, and we picture book first-round judges already have a healthy stack of […]

12 May 2015
Seashell

Bout of Books Survey 1

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Monday’s reading goal met! 445 pages, mostly picture books.  Before I head off to bed, here’s Survey #1. 1. How do you organize your shelves? I have a big shelf in the front room where I keep all my library books and books for work and things I’m reading currently, right next to the voluminous […]

11 May 2015
Seashell

Bout of Books: May 11-17

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Bout of Books: May 11-17

This is what I’m doing this week: The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books […]

04 May 2015
Seashell

Mailbox Monday

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Ohhhh, Mailbox Monday, this one is a doozy. It’s all because of Independent Bookstore Day, of course, which I turned into Independent Bookstore Weekend. Oh, well, it was an opportunity to blow my royalty check on… what else? Books! There are too many for me to name here, but I’ll post the photos, anyway. From […]

29 Apr 2015
Seashell

May 2: National Independent Bookstore Day

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I admit it. I have Amazon guilt. But it’s so easy. But I’m introverted and I don’t want to talk to people. But parking sucks. But it’s cheaper.  I have a great local independent bookstore on my way home, directly across from my branch of the public library. It has great parking. They have online ordering and free […]

28 Apr 2015
Seashell

Reading my way through the Newbery

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Growing up, my bookshelf was full of tattered paperback covers bearing that shiny gold medal, and even more with the silver honor medal. I can’t say I read too many of them, though, because my interest drifted quickly to adult fantasy, and I was lost. Luckily I regained momentum as a young adult and happily read […]

26 Apr 2015
Seashell

Readathon Recap

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That was so much fun. I had a great time this year reading, Tweeting and eating for the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! Number of books completed/logged on Goodreads: 78 Number of pages read: 2517 Partial books read: 4 Audiobooks: 1 (the last bit of Harry Potter) Books read aloud: 2 Number of 5-star reviews: 8 And […]

25 Apr 2015
Seashell

Closing in on the spring readathon

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Closing in on the spring readathon

When I prepare for things like Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, I’m a little obsessive about it. But this has been a really long week including five congratulatory celebrations, a six-hour drive to Cleveland, a rock concert, scraping the bottom barrel for a sub at the last minute and a serious dearth of sleep. So I […]