Books Archive

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A Weeding Wimp

My husband and I have been turning one of our empty bedrooms into his “library” for more months than I care to admit.  The good news is we are done painting!   The wood floor has been stripped and finished!   This Saturday we cleaned the windows inside and out and the blinds!  Whew!  The hard

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Slanted

I’ve spent considerable time working in the book stacks over the past year as part of our Genre Project.  Part of that project included identifying volumes on the shelves that were in poor condition and withdrawing them from the collection — librarians call that process “weeding”. Many of the titles I weeded had been read until they

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It’s All in How You Phrase It

Do you ever get so attached to the characters you’re reading about that you begin to care for them as if they were real people?  Recently I was listening to the audiobook version of To Kill a Mockingbird and inadvertently created a plot twist that did not exist.  I must admit, I

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Don’t Judge, But DO Try it!

Sometimes you may look at a book and think, “Nah.  That cover art looks so boring!  I won’t even bother looking at it.”  But then you somehow hear about it; perhaps from a friend, on the radio, maybe even reviews in a magazine or newspaper.  It actually sounds kind of interesting.  You

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Read it Before Hollywood Does

It’s been a common perception for a great many years that the Hollywood movie machine can take a book and turn it into a screenplay that has little in common with the story of the original author.  Movies have been made about it!  But in most cases — whether it’s in real

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Reading Spaces

Where do you most like to read?  Do you read nonfiction in a different location or in a different position than you do fiction?   Where do you read magazines or catalogs, or the newspaper? I like to read in my window seat in the late afternoon, in my living room swing (although the

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Read it Again, Pam

For years and years, I belonged to that group of people who could not see the sense in reading a book more than once.  With so many books in the world just waiting to be read, why take the time to read something to which you’ve already given your attention?  The last page is

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Dick, Jane, and Puff(s)

I remember the first word I “read” on my own outside of school.  I was looking at a tissue box and exclaimed, ” Mom, it says PUFFS!” We didn’t live near the town library, but we did live within walking distance of our elementary school, where once a month the Book Mobile would

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Kansas Connections

The Wizard of Oz and tornadoes:   In all my travels, those are the two things people will think of immediately when I say I’m from Kansas.  But when their comments bring up other connections to Kansas, I really perk up and start listening. So it really caught my attention, as I’m reading Never Tell by

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We’ll Put Them on the List

The popularity of lists — particularly the hackneyed “bucket list” continues unabated.  Many people love to devour lists featuring exotic destinations around the world, for example, which are required viewing “before you die”.   The clock is ticking, folks, so you’d better make your reservations now. The world of books is no different.  There’s