Valentine’s Gifts for Readers and Writers

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Valentine’s Day. A time for hearts and touching gifts. And sheer panic when you have no idea what to get the reader or writer in your life. Books? Pens? Journals? But they already have so many of those. And you need not only a gift, but a thoughtful gift. One that shows how much you […]

Twenty-Two Southern Books for 2022

This post began as “Five Southern Books to Start the New Year With.” But the wonderful thing about Southern literature is the breadth of variety we have. Simply, there were too many good books for me to choose from. About This List: Where possible, I gave preference first to our many wonderful diverse writers. Second, […]

A Bookworm’s Dream Christmas Wishlist

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Love a bookworm? While you can never go wrong just setting your reader free for a buying frenzy in your local indie bookstore, if you’re looking for bookish Christmas and Holiday gifts that go, well, beyond books, I’ve got you covered. This winter, take care of your book lover with gifts that will really flip […]

How To Finish Long & Difficult Books

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As avid readers, all of us have aspirational books. Maybe you want to finally dust off that copy of George Eliot’s Middlemarch or tackle Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives. Whatever it is that you have your sites set on, it can seem out of reach if your life is busy or you feel like you’re a […]

How To Read More

So You Can Finally Make That TBR Pile Vanish A wealth of studies have proven that reading improves our vocabularies, reduces stress, increases our empathy, and maintains our cognitive function as we age. If reading is so good, why aren’t we doing more of it? I admit that despite all the books I’ve devoured, that […]