I’m finally easing into doing some book reviews around here, although they are definitely not the main gig at Strawberry Moon. Now that I’ve graduated from college, I’m finally able to read for pleasure again though so I thought it might be fun to share some basic thoughts and reactions about my new reading material! … More Book Review: The Serpent of Venice, by Christopher Moore
When I mention that I own an online bookshop, and that someday I’d like to have a brick-and-mortar location, people usually make some kind of crack about bookstores being obsolete and “haven’t you ever heard of Kindles?” But this debate as to whether or not books are truly disappearing seems to be constantly in flux. … More The Problem of Books: Disappearing or Revitalized?
One of my favorite boxes to pull down from the attic at Christmastime as a kid was the box of Christmas books. Filled with Golden Books and more, I’d read pretty much everything in there by the end of the season. Here are a few of my old favorites!
September 28, 2012 was the day we found my cat, Pumpkin. Or, as is often the case with cats, more accurately it is the day she found us. It was two nights before the Harvest Moon but luckily, still warm enough to be leaving the windows open at night. If it had been any colder, … More 6 Books About Cats for My Kitty’s “Birthday”
Banned Books Week is an annual event held the last week in September, coming up soon! Banned books are books that have been banned from society, most especially in the West from appearing in libraries or schools, though some more radical governments have banned them from being legally read in their countries at all. Some … More Friday Faves: Banned Books Week
The scanning feature of the Goodreads web app is a dangerous thing. Before the advent of such magic, a trip to the bookstore meant a few purchases and maybe, if you were lucky, you’d remember some other books you saw that you wanted for the next trip. But, honestly, probably not. And it meant that … More Top 10 Books on My Goodreads Wish List
One of my favorite things about traveling is discovering little hidden spots you never would have found in a guidebook. Now, that’s not to say I don’t love me an obsessive itinerary or that I don’t have an entire bookshelf dedicated to travel books. Because I do. But however much excited Googling and calendar-making you … More The 5 Best Unknown Places in the World’s Most Visited Cities
As we speak, I’m sitting in the San Francisco International Airport, half-asleep on my luggage with Starbucks in one hand and my boarding pass in the other. London, here we come! So you can share in my excitement, I’ve devised this guide to 26 of London’s most important, most unusual and most memorable locations, plus … More The Definitive Dictionary of London: An A-Z Travel Guide
By now, you’ve probably all heard about the Kickstarter campaign to fund a web-based home for Reading Rainbow as well as an expanded classroom and app presence. The original goal was $1,000,000 to be raised in a little over a month. Well, the campaign blew that out of the water, raising a million dollars in … More Reading Rainbow Kickstarter
None of these are brand-new releases nor are they currently on many bestseller lists. But I like my summer reads to be escapist, whenever they were written, offering adventure whether I’m on a plane or tucked in bed (with the windows open and the fans going because it’s still 80 degrees at 9:30 at night.) … More Friday Faves: 6 Books You Must Have in Your Beach Bag This Summer