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Kudos to the English Teachers That Introduced Us to the Authors and Novels that We Clicked with (and Still Recommend!)

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Kudos to the English Teachers That Introduced Us to the Authors and Novels that We Clicked with (and Still Recommend!)

It's summer. The teachers have their much deserved time off. Yet... I have a feeling that there are a LOT of teachers out there using their hard earned vacation days to make their teaching gig look like a walk in the park. Planning curriculum. Pouring over possibilities. Prepping to welcome their scholars into the classroom. And they do this year after year. Selflessly. Sacrificially. Personally, my love of classic lit began in my 10th Grade English Class in my local Public School. Unfortunately time has erased my teacher's name from memory, but the memory of the books she introduced to me...

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Classic Books with Vicarious Vacation Vibes

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Classic Books with Vicarious Vacation Vibes

After 2020, we could all use a break. A vacation of epic proportions. Some footloose and fancy-free time. You know what I mean? But let's face it. After 2020, a lot of us are pinching pennies. A lot of us don't have disposable income. A lot of us are staying put. If that describes your current situation, fret not, my friend. Here are some Classic Books with {Awesome} Vicarious Vacation Vibes. 1. Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim Perhaps you remember this as a must-read Spring book? That's okay. The season isn't the star of this über vacation-y book, the...

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10 Authors Every American Should Read

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10 Authors Every American Should Read

Sunday I did a shallow dive into the top 3 American Authors I think everyone should read on Facebook Live. It was fun. It was brief. And it was a great way to celebrate Independence Day within a pretty literate community. If you missed it because you were celebrating freedom with your friends and family, fret not. Here it is. Like I promised at the end of the Facebook Live, I wanted to share more must-read American Authors, so right here, right now, this is where we're going to do just that. My thoughts and observations have not changed on...

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Pretty Literate's Summer Reading Photo Challenge for July

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Pretty Literate's Summer Reading Photo Challenge for July

Pretty Literate has created another month of Summer Reading Photo Challenges for all you summer readers. July's theme is Summer Vibes. What is the photo challenge? A simple and fun way to share what you're reading on social during the summer months of 2021. How do I do it? Download the image below to your photos and then assign it as your phone's wallpaper. You may have to reposition it before you save it. With the wallpaper on your phone, July's challenge will always be accessible, you'll get summer vibes every time you use your phone, and the hashtag is right there for...

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Summer/Beachy Reads

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Summer/Beachy Reads

What is a Summer/Beachy Read? I mean, what really qualifies as a "summer read," or a "beachy book?" Honestly, I don't know. So I turned to the experts. It turns out, the topic of Summer/Beachy Reads is a pretty hot topic among the literate people. People like us. And everyone from Oprah to NPR, GOOP to CBS News, Marie Claire to Good Housekeeping, Town & Country to Book Riot has their opinion on what we "should be reading" during the warmer weather months. I didn't know. I mean, up til now I just read whatever I wanted regardless of the season....

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