Bookish Musings


Parents play an important role in our lives. They pick us up when we fall, cheer us on when we need encouragement, and the most dedicated of all subject themselves to cheesy pop concerts just to put a smile on their children’s faces. They’re the unsung heroes who put on silly voices to read bedtime stories for the hundredth time. You might not see eye-to-eye all the time, but they’re there for you, even when you have that ridiculous...

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Independent Bookstore Day is here, hooray! The last Saturday in April, Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is celebrated nationwide, often with fun events and readings planned. Why do indie bookstores deserve their own day of recognition? Because as indiebookstoreday.com states, “Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers.” In the Tri-Cities, Washington where I was...

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This week marks the 212th birthday of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. His fairy tales have gripped the imaginations of children and adults alike for well over a century. So much so that we keep coming back to them again and again. We just can’t get enough. Perhaps the tale that has captured our hearts the most is Ariel’s, the Little Mermaid who dreams of living on land. With a new live-action film based on Andersen’s original...

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I’m a monogamous reader. To a fault almost, I am the type of person who dedicates myself to reading one book at a time. I do the same thing with series! That’s how I plowed through at least 8 of Patricia Briggs’ novels over the course of one spring and summer, without bothering to pick up anything else. I know not everyone reads the way that I do. Lots of folks out there will find reading two, three, even four books at a time to be...

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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...

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If there’s one thing in the world that could compete with a bibliophile’s affection for books, it’s probably TV and film adaptions of those books. Let’s face it, over the last few years we’ve been spoiled for choice when it comes to stories making their way onto the small and big screens. TV shows have been gathering particular success. Half the world has been swept up in Jon Snow’s quest to defend the wall from the white walkers,...

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