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5 Books to Sweep You Away to Italy!

One of the best parts of traveling is reading books set in the place where you’ll be going! This summer I’ll be highlighting three travel destinations and recommending books that you should read before you go, while you’re there, or even if you’re just dreaming of going. My first reading destination is Italy, a place I’ve never been. It’s been on my travel wish list forever, though. I’d love to spend a month exploring the beaches of Cinque Terre, touring all of the famous buildings in Florence and Rome, and getting lost in the Italian Alps. I’ve read so...

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6 Perfect Reads for Armchair Astronauts

One of the best things about reading is the ability to travel someplace you’d never get to visit in real life – like outer space. I had grand visions of being an astronaut as a kid, but bad grades in my physics classes, poor eyesight, and several phobias kept me out. Good thing I have books! In honor of National Space Day, here are six books I like to turn to when I feel like being an Armchair Astronaut. 1. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space...

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Book Review | Little Town on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

If I had to sum up Little Town on the Prairie in one word it would be bittersweet. The Ingalls family has more money, but they also want a lot more. Mary is off at college, but Carrie is weak after The Long Winter. Even Christmas has lost its usual magic. Laura is a full-on teenager now, and it’s fun to see her making her way in the world. She gets a job mending shirts in town, attends dances and parties, and starts to interact with boys. At school Laura’s old nemesis Nellie Olson comes back. Nellie’s father seems...

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Top 10 | What You Need to be Reading This Spring

I love spring. Even after a year like this when we had almost no winter in DC, I look forward to those blissfully warm days before the humidity of summer comes back. On those days I love to work outside all day, then grab a beer and watch some baseball. And I read, of course. I read outside in the sun, and when the pollen counts get too high I read inside with a box of tissues. Here are my top ten books for spring reading! Books that make you want to dig in the dirt 1. PLENTY: EATING LOCALLY ON...

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Book Review | The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Back during the Great Recession of 2008 I had a newborn baby and a lot of anxiety. As is my way I panicked a little, and then looked for a book to read. One book that came up over and over again was The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I decided to give it a go, and my journey with the Ingalls family began. I was looking forward to getting to this book in my re-read of the Little House series! My first time through I loved this book. Ma could do so much with so little! They...

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Bookish Musings | Happy Birthday, Judy Blume!

In third grade I had a friend who was an advanced reader. I remember very clearly the day when she told a few of us that we were going to start a club called the PTSs. It stood for the Pre-Teen Sensations, and she taught us a chant that went, “We must, we must, we must increase our busts.” I had no idea what any of this meant, but it seemed fun and daring so I joined. It wasn’t until a few months later that my friend admitted that she had lifted the idea from a Judy Blume book....

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