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Quote of the Day – The House with Chicken Legs

Quote of the Day

My house has chicken legs. Two or three times a year, without warning, it stands up in the middle of the night and walks away from where we’ve been living.

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

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Quote of the Day – Holes

Quote of the Day

He smiled. It was a family joke. Whenever anything went wrong, they always blamed Stanley’s no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather.

Holes by Louis Sachar

The Beginner’s Guide to a Good Book

In case you weren’t aware, books are not the olden day equivalent of television. Books are an artform all their own. Find the right one and you might find yourself in the shoes of a stranger or exploring impossible worlds. Maybe engrossed in the perfect escape. Or, perhaps, learning something new and exciting about yourself.

The Beginner's Guide to a Good Book

Although our qualifications may differ, I think we’re all looking for a book that’s memorable, and wonderful, and maybe a little bit magical. Today I’m going to share some qualities I think are essential in a good book, regardless of personal preference.

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Places to Be If You Read MG

I am always looking out for the places and people to add to my own little community of middle grade bookworms. There’s nothing better than swooning over beautiful covers, becoming an author’s newest fan, and comparing thoughts with a friend on a book you can’t stop thinking about.

Places to Be if You Read Middle Grade

I know sometimes finding your place online is tough, so I’m here to help with a list of my favorite places to go for a daily dose of bookish fun. If your niche is the same as mine, I hope to see you around!

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The Beginner’s Guide to Reading Indie

I hope you’re in the mood to read, because it’s #IndieApril season! Yes, I see that tippy tower of books you were planning to tackle in the near future, but there’s always room for more books, am I right?

The Beginner's Guide to Reading Indie

#IndieApril is all about promoting independent authors. These trailblazers go above and beyond the already challenging task of penning a novel—they also take on the full responsibility of editing, formatting, packaging, marketing, and all that other behind-the-scenes business stuff that goes into a glamorous modern writing career. Impressive, no?

Places like Etsy and Kickstarter have gotten us acclimated to accepting creators who make their own path toward success. The world is catching on that the future is highly independent, and support for solo ventures and small businesses is on the rise.

Feeling ready to dive in and try reading something less traditional? Here are a few tips to guide you on your quest to discover excellent indie books.

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My Life as a Picky Reader

Being a book blogger is a lot of fun. Sharing recommendations and photographing beautiful covers is exactly how I like to spend my spare time. Just like anyone else, I can’t resist a good story, an exciting plot twist, and characters who steal the show. But I’m kind of hard to please.

My Life as a Picky Reader

I sympathize with the picky and reluctant readers out there who love a good book… just maybe not the one every blogger and bookstagrammer is raving over. Today’s post is here, not to apologize, but to shed a little light on what it’s like to be part of a niche audience.

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Writing Books with All Ages Appeal

The books we read and enjoy are presented to us in neat categories. Genres, topics, ages, places—they help us find the books we’re most likely to enjoy. The only downside to this feat of organization is the odd assumption that the stories we write need to have clear division from other categories, especially when it comes to the age of the reader.

Writing Books That Have All Ages Appeal

Now, there are plenty of books that are clearly for Adults Only or designed to keep 7-year-olds giggling, but I’m of the opinion that really great writing strives to be ageless. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject.

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