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Great novels from small presses are out there. But how do you find them? When you have limited time and energy, it’s easy to only see the big books being released by the major publications. Being part of a thriving literary community means reading outside your comfort zone. Picking up a book from a small independent press can be a great way to support smaller authors and explore! There are a lot of amazing books from...

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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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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...

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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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If you’re looking for the perfect suspenseful book, these titles will definitely deliver! 1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie CLASSIC. So creepy! Eight guests are invited to an island under various guises, and are greeted by the island butler and cook, who state that their hosts have not yet arrived. After dinner, they listen to a recording which accuses each of the ten of terrible crimes. Who made the recording? Who...

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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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