March is National Reading Awareness Month

Feb 26

March is full of reading fun! =) YIPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEE! March is National Reading Awareness Month, also known as National Reading Month. You are encouraged to read aloud to your children, friends, family, spouses, co-workers, whoever will listen, for at least 15 minutes per day every day this month. How hard can it be, really? This will hopefully become a habit you wish to continue. I encourage everyone to get involved. Click on the picture below for more details on Read Aloud’s 15 MINUTE Movement: March also happens to have a few other reading holidays–Dr. Seuss’ 109th birthday is March 2nd; the National Education Association’s Read Across America event kicks on the 1st of March; World Book Day is March 7th as well as World Read Aloud Day and last but not least, March 25th is Tolkien Reading Day.  So! Start early and begin to find out what everyone around you wants to read and see if those books are at the local library. Maybe check out two copies and commit to reading with them. You can take turns reading aloud. It is fun to read with people out loud, even grown ups with other grown ups. I do it all the time. I think a part of us will always love to be read...

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Hurry! Read me!

Jul 08

This book is a book that cannot wait, it will not sit on the shelf haunting you with guilt for not being read. It demands your attention RIGHT NOW!   This is a book written with special ink that disappears two months after you open it. So, you literally must sit down and read it. It is an anthology of fiction. The publisher, which also runs a bookshop in Buenos Aires, Eterna Cadenci, came up with the idea to encourage people to pick up the books sooner rather than later. Now, preferably. The sense of urgency is exciting! How fun! If you do not read it NOW, you may never get to read that story. And reading it means, you could be one of only a small amount of people who have read these stories! How thrilling is that? The book is sealed air-tight and once open, the ink disappears after two months. This is like something straight out of Harry Potter! Read it now or NEVER! This brings a little magic back into the world of printed books when all of us bibliophiles are clicking our heels together and chanting, “There is no place like libraries, there is no place like book stores, there is no place like either!” Hoping, wanting, needing to keep our books in our hands and out of the electronic world, disappearing byte by byte. Like their little video advertisement says, “New authors…if people don’t read them, the authors never make it to a new book…” so… let’s support new authors, urgent reading! I want one! AND in the famous words of Veruca Salt (from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), “I WANT IT AND I WANT IT NOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW”! =) For more information: http://blog.eternacadencia.com.ar/archives/2012/21047...

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2011 Tournament Of Books

Jan 21

It is time for the Seventh Annual Tournament of Books which is to bibliophiles what March Madness is to college basketball fans. Let me try to summarize the process for you and give you a couple of links to learn more. 16 popular novels from the previous year are chosen and placed into a competitive bracket. Seventeen judges go through ‘several rounds of competition’ deciding which one of two books move on to the next competition. 16 books becomes eight, eight becomes four, four becomes two, two becomes one, The Rooser, Champion Book of the Year. There are opportunities for readers to vote… so why not try and participate in this fun event? The official site is here. An explanatory NPR recording is...

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I would be most content if…

Jul 26

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves., originally uploaded by {life through the lens}. Another lovely bibliophotograph by {life through the lens} on flickr. Her work is absolutely amazing! I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~Anna Quindlen This is precisely how I decorate…should there be a new niche for architects and designers? Specialists who work on finding new ways to properly house, proudly display, keep our precious...

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Reading makes immigrants of us all…

Jul 25

I found this photograph and had to share… what a beautiful picture and the perfect quote. A fellow bibliophile… on this journey with us… Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere., originally uploaded by {life through the lens}. Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. ~Jean Rhys The photo caption reads… I am sincerely grateful for the ability to read and also what reading gives me… a sense of adventure, sharing a book & snuggling with my children, developing a new skill, travel to far away destinations without the hassle of sitting on a 8 hour flight with my 2 year old, improving myself, meeting strangers and making friends, learning about human nature & most importantly, seeing through the eyes of another. Reading is a gift and I am blessed. The...

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Dating sites for book lovers…

Jul 15

Once upon a time, long before the internet, book lovers had to actually lift their noses from their books at the exact same moment in time as another fellow bookworm did the same or perhaps bump into one another as we moseyed up the book store checkout. “Excuse me!”       “Sorry, I didn’t see you!” “What book is that?”… Not anymore. No, no, no… the internet has provided plenty a way for book lovers to share a love of books or moreover places to find a happily ever after with another bibliophile. Upon recommendation, I did a search on ‘book lovers dating site’ and I was amazed to find some! Places for single bookworms to mingle, to share their literary love AND to literally find their true love! Yes! Book lover’s dating sites. What a novel idea! BookRabbit.com BookRabbit is an online book community that dynamically connects readers, authors and publishers through the books they own. Penguin.match.com (UK) According to thebookseller.com, Penguin said the site would offer readers “a place to meet and indulge in the age-old art of writing love letters”. Members will be asked to write in their profile about the last book they read and will also be able to search through the site’s other profiles for mentions of their favourite book. Penguin authors including Julia Llewellyn and Adele Parks will write articles for the site, as will Match.com’s relationship expert Kate Taylor. …I think this is only available to the book lovers in the UK but I could be wrong… Alikewise According to the website, Alikewise is a dating site that allows you to find people based on their book tastes. Anything from cooking to politics to yoga — we think we can find others who would like to talk to you. Reading Passions A free online dating & social networking site specifically for book lovers. Single Booklovers ‘Single Booklovers’ is a membership service helping intelligent and cultured single men and single women connect with each other. Bookflirts Online dating for book lovers. “Read. Meet. Flirt” Book Lovers Online Dating This site doesn’t have a logo or a description. But it says it is for book lovers… join at your own risk. Actually, that goes for all of them. =)...

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