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Time: // 5: 43 a.m. Tuesday morning. Everyone is asleep and the house is so quiet. It’s such a rare thing to experience. The scene: // I’ve been trying for the past two days to write a post, but to … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time: // 8:04 a.m. The scene: // As usual, I’m sitting at my desk in the living room. I spend a lot of time at this spot, doing research, reading, or just watching my kids play outside. Drinking: // coffee. … Continue reading

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Looking forward to May

Usually, I’m the type of person who changes the calendar on days before the month ends, always eager for a new start. Nowadays, all the months look the same as I count down until my July due date. For May, … Continue reading

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2014 Summer Reading List

The school year officially ended last Friday and since then, my days have been filled with watching the kids spend time being outside, playing Uno with the kids, and vegging out on the couch. According to a family friend, my family is glowing. … Continue reading

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Review: Why Don’t Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham

Why Don’t Students Like School? : A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions about How the Mind Works and What It Means For the Classroom  Daniel T. Willingham 180 pages Published in March 2009 by Jossey-Bass Source: Public Library In Why Don’t … Continue reading

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February Wrap-Up and Memoir March

It’s ridiculous how fast this year is going by. I did read somewhere if there’s nothing new and different going on in your life, it seems like time is passing by fast. Do you guys think that’s true? Looking at … Continue reading

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Review: The Visionist by Rachel Urquhart

The Visionist Rachel Urquhart 352 pages Published in January 2013 by Little, Brown and Co. Source: Publishers It had been but a few hours since her father had threatened them. Had he come at Mama with a shovel? Crept in … Continue reading

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My first read of 2014

Sheila over at A Book Journey asked readers which book will be their first read of the year. Read below to find out what I chose as my first read of 2014. It’s almost a superstition to believe that the … Continue reading

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The Goldfinch Read-along

Things would have turned out better if she had lived. As it was, she died when I was a kid; and though everything that’s happened to me since then is thoroughly my own fault, still when I lost her I … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: 2014 as The Year of Tackling My TBR Mountain

When I look back at all the books I’ve read this year, I realize that only a handful were books of my own. Now that’s disappointing since I have so many unread books. Every year I say this but I … Continue reading

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2014 World Book Night Picks!!

In case you missed it, last night the organizers of the U.S. World Book Night announced the titles picked for next year’s event on April 23, 2014. If you don’t know, World Book Night has been going on for the … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Good morning! Breakfast has been made and now I finally have time to write a post. Last week was been a whirlwind. It seems like there was so much to do and just not enough time. Between homeschooling, studying for … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Bookish Panic, Read-a-thons, and Read-Ins

Good morning! It’s a rainy day here in Southern California, a perfect excuse to stay in the house and curl up with a book or two. On Friday, I realized that I only have ten days before the next semester … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: 2013 African American Read-In

We have more than a week before February gets here but it’s still plenty of time to figure out what to read for The 2013 National African American Read-In. It’s a yearly event that’s been going on for the past … Continue reading

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. Last week I read: The Crane Wife by Sumiko Yagawa (fairy tale) Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: What’s on my nightstand

Good morning! Today is the last day of the kids’ holiday break and then it’s back to school tomorrow. It’s been fun having them at home all day but I know they’re looking forward to seeing their friends. Our break … Continue reading

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Review: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Charles Duhigg 400 pages Published in 2012 by Random House Source: Public Library We all have habits. Some habits are good, like putting our keys in … Continue reading

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It’s Monday. What are you reading?

It’s countdown to the first day of the semester on the 27th. I only realized last week that I don’t have many days of freedom left. Since then, I’ve been reading as much as I possibly can.  It’s funny how … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tan to Tamarind

Tan to Tamarind: Poems about the color brown Written by: Malathi Michelle Iyengar Illustrated by: Jamel Akib Publisher:  Children’s Book Press Pub Date: January 2009 32 pages When I first read this book, I knew this would be the perfect … Continue reading

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Saturday read-a-thon

My reading this year has been dismal. I read one adult book in January and three more (I think) this month so far. I have a ton of  lovely books that I really want to read but haven’t been able … Continue reading

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Booking Through Thursday: Encouragment

Suggested by Barbara H: How can you encourage a non-reading child to read? What about a teen-ager? Would you require books to be read in the hopes that they would enjoy them once they got into them, or offer incentives, … Continue reading

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The Life and Times of a Book Addict

Two days into the BLOB game and I bought this: Little by David Treuer I have a great excuse! The latest CORA diversity roll call has been posted and the topic is books that  have changed the way you look … Continue reading

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Operation Teen Book Drop

Did you know that April 15, 2010 is Support Teen Literature Day? I didn’t. But I have heard of Operation Teen Book Drop, an effort by Readergirlz, GuysLitWire, and the YALSA to get teens, authors, and librarians to donate brand … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Biggest Loser of Books

Ever felt like you have too many books and not enough time to read them? It seems like every month I’m constantly adding more books to my shelves though I’m rarely reading what I own. With review copies coming in, … Continue reading

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Favorite Books of 2009 and Wrap-up Post

I read a huge number of books this year, so it was hard coming up with a list of my ten favorite reads of this year. Instead I came up with a list of twenty favorites. A lot of the … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: A Year of Reading Deliberately

Last week I took an unofficial break from from blogging to focus on finals. With school basically over for the next four weeks, I can finally come back to reading and blogging. Two weeks ago, Michelle from Galleymith, Jennifer from … Continue reading

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Do you make reading lists?

Two weeks ago I was on Twitter discussing book lists with a fellow blogger. She told me how at the beginning of October she had made a list of books she needed to read for the whole month. At the … Continue reading

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Library Loot

Twenty Years at Hull House by Jane Adams Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint   Distracted: the erosion of attention and the coming Dark Age by Maggie … Continue reading

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The Year the Swallows Came Early

The Year the Swallows Came Early (2009) Kathryn Fitzmaurice 290 pages Middle school fiction 2009 Cybils nominee Summary All Eleanor “Groovy” Robinson has ever wanted was to go to culinary school when she grows up. In the meantime, she spends … Continue reading

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It’s Monday, What Are you Reading?

Thanks to last weekend’s read-a-thon and the Cybils, last week was my best reading week in months! I read: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts B.P.R.D. #2: The Soul of Venice and Other Stories The Year of the Sparrows Came … Continue reading

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