I read. I write. I spend all together too much time on the internet. I talk incessantly about books, TV and movies. I write for Hello Giggles, and tweet frequently as Bookoisseur.
~ Wednesday, April 9 ~


9 required reading books that will change your life

Before you write off your high school or college reading list forever, take a moment to reconsider it. Here are nine books that you were probably meant to read at some point (we won’t judge you for skipping them) but now that grades are gone we recommend a revisit, especially in those important becoming a grown up moments. Plus there are some real world lessons in those pages that SparkNotes might have skipped right over. 

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I loved East of Eden. I loved it so much.

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~ Wednesday, March 26 ~




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~ Monday, March 10 ~

Couples Counseling: My habits & Me

Couples Counseling: My habits & Me

It’s totally possible that I’ve damaged two of the relationships most central to my life.

I’m talking, of course, about books and food.

I didn’t think there was anything wrong. Then I was lying in bed at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon, thinking wistfully of the Girl Scout cookies I had eaten half a sleeve of not an hour before and skimming the final few pages of The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriageunder a…

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~ Monday, December 30 ~
“Reading activates and exercises the mind. Reading forces the mind to discriminate. From the beginning, readers have to recognize letters printed on the page, make them into words, the words into sentences, and the sentences into concepts. Reading pushes us to use our imagination and makes us more creatively inclined.” ― Dr. Ben Carson
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nonnonmodernist asked: how much time per day do you spend reading / how many books did you read this year?

Well, in the grand scheme of things, I probably don’t read as much as you and the rest of the internet think that I do. I have found recently though that most people still feel I read astronomically more than they do. 

Like many addicts, I am always reading. I went to a birthday party for my roommate last night with a paperback stuffed in my pocket. I read 5 pages on the subway during the stretch when we were seated apart from each other. I read the back of cereal boxes, toothpaste tubes, and packing labels. 

I am drawn to the written word.

At any given time, I am reading 1-4 novels simultaneously. When I have time off from work, I average 3-4 hours of reading a day. When I am overwhelmed, under-rested, and generally stretched too thin, I squeeze in 3 hours at the end of the day, swearing off the internet and television in favor of muted lighting and a closed door. On an average, well-rested day, I am limited to 2 hours for the commute and a few minutes before bed.

I would guess that I average 52 books a year. There are things I devour in less than 24 hours - even reading with the book under my desk or on my cell phone at work. There are things like 1Q84 that I have literally been reading for years. And there are books that I will pick up and read passages from when I need them. For those - Little Women, Ex Libris and The Hero & The Crown are most popular. I haven’t actually kept count of my reading for a while. 

Maybe I will in 2014.

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~ Thursday, December 26 ~
See? The WHOLE family is literary in nature. #reading #cats

See? The WHOLE family is literary in nature. #reading #cats

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~ Tuesday, December 10 ~

reads-with-dogs asked: 55 reading questions 3 8 9 15 20 33 37 39 41

3. Nothing at the moment, I’m ashamed to say. When your TBR pile threatens suffocation, you stop putting things on hold at the library for self-preservation.

8. No. Reading is central to my life. It comes before everything else. 

9. *whispers* I’m reading an ARC right now that I don’t love but requested because I was really excited about it. I don’t want to bad mouth it by name, but it is slow

15. I like to book lend! I like it even more when I get the books back. *glares at Cates*

20. It can be a turn of phrase, a character, an image. My favorites have always been imagery though, I think. If I feel like I can smell the setting in the back of my nose, that’s a good book.

33. Moby Dick which I read for fun the summer between years of graduate school.

37. Only once and that’s because they wouldn’t let me take anything else out until I brought it back.

39. Oh Mrs. Danvers 

41. I read all the time. That question is irrelevant. 

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~ Sunday, December 8 ~

Reading books…Reviewing books…Silent City

Crime and mystery novels are not normally my genres of choice. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good who-done-it, but I’m more likely to grab a little literary fiction or fantasy when set loose in a bookstore. But when I heard that best selling and…

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~ Sunday, November 24 ~

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~ Friday, November 15 ~

A sweet follower on Twitter sent this to me and said it reminded him of me. Thanks for making me smile dude!

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Relearning the Lost Skill of Patience

Students need to learn the value of slowing down and focusing on one task at a time—and teachers can help them do it.

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I’m currently reading this book.

And it is great. And it is all about these things. And I think it’s changing my life.


Relearning the Lost Skill of Patience

Students need to learn the value of slowing down and focusing on one task at a time—and teachers can help them do it.
Read more. [Image: Luke MacGregor/Reuters]

I’m currently reading this book.

And it is great. And it is all about these things. And I think it’s changing my life.

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~ Tuesday, November 5 ~


The Last Book | Reinier Gerritsen

A book about books. Their covers and people who read them. During my photographic survey in the subways of Beijing, Paris, London and New York, I found that in the past five years, the number of printed books has steadily dwindled while the number of e-books and tablets doubled each year. Continuing this projection to the coming years, I predict that I can photograph the last book in the spring of 2016.

— Reinier Gerritsen

The world — and the word — is in the process of becoming less and less dependent on paper. Our habits of reading, especially as they occur in the public space, are shifting each day. Photographer Reiner Gerritsen focuses on books and their readers in public buses and subways as a measure of this rapid change.

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