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For the Love of Libraries

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For the Love of Libraries

I have become obsessed with libraries. I shared on Facebook a couple of weeks ago about the public library in Kansas City, Missouri, that based the architecture of their library around their love of books - literally. I mean, LOOK at this - I have been thinking about libraries ever since. Correction - I have been obsessively thinking about libraries ever since. I've researched libraries to add to my Bucket List. (Who am I kidding? I literally started a Bucket List so that I could put the libraries that I must see all in one place. And this one in KC, MO is at the tip top of my...

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10 Inspiring Literary Friendships

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10 Inspiring Literary Friendships

"A good friend is like a four leave clover, hard to find and lucky to have." -an Irish proverb "Sweet friendships refresh the soul and awaken our hearts with joy." -Proverbs 27:9a (The Passion Translation) Why are we drawn to certain people in friendship? Is it something we see lacking in ourselves that is evident in them, like two puzzle pieces fitting together?  Or are we drawn to certain people because we share so many similarities?  Why are we drawn toward some, and repelled by others? It is an interesting thought to ponder, to be sure. And while you sit and...

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The Best Bookish Love Stories

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The Best Bookish Love Stories

  The first "LOVE STORY" I remember was The Thorn Birds. To be clear, I am referencing the one on TV with Richard Chamberlain, not the novel. I wasn't really a reader as a teenager, but I could be bothered to show up to watch a mini-series on the boob tube, as my Dad called it. I remember thinking how epic it was to have this old guy wrestling with everything he knew to be true just to be with this younger chic in a not-so-Puritanical way. It ticked the buttons of my very youthful idea of love: forbidden, physical attraction so strong "it...

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Seven Sensational Stories of Siblings

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Seven Sensational Stories of Siblings

Sibling Stories hit me in the feels, y'all. Right in the heart. I grew up the youngest of four sisters. (The youngest never refers to herself as "the baby," by the way. Just "the youngest.") There's no need to lord anything over anyone when you're the youngest, not like when you are older. Maybe that's because the youngest are the most mature. Yeah, that sounds about right. We are the most mature. And the wittiest. Can't forget our awesome sense of humor combined with impeccable timing that keeps the family in stitches. Oh, and we are the most winsome. The youngest...

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Let's Talk Books (aka FB Live at 5: The one when we talk about books, families, and freebies!)

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Let's Talk Books (aka FB Live at 5: The one when we talk about books, families, and freebies!)

Hey, you! I did another Facebook Live over the weekend and wanted to share it here in case you missed it. It's the one when we talk about books, families, and freebies! --->Be sure to listen at the end for something special just for my email subscribers.<--- And hey, if you're not already an email subscriber, what are you waiting for? Help me, help you - by signing up! You will save 10% off your first purchase, have access to exclusive events like secret sales and giveaways, plus you'll be in-the-know with all the latest stuff pretty literate people like...

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