Spark Rage: Book Lovers Erroneously Hate on Marie Kondo

Thanks to Marie Kondo, tidying up fever has placed a fevered hold on Netflix viewers and spread like wild fever to eager declutterers across the land. While people seem to be cool with neatly folding and containerizing almost all of their possessions and jettisoning their unneeded stuff that doesn’t, as Kondo puts it, spark joy, […]

Dimes Will Get You Dozens at the Friends of the Library Book Sale

Stuff costs more than it used to, which is shocking, I know. Gone are the days when you could get a Coke and a movie ticket for a dime. Heck, you can’t even seem to get ten-cent currency for a dime these days. Yes, the stuff you can actually get for your pocket change is […]

You’ve Got a Ticket to Read

The following should be read/sung to the tune of “Ticket to Ride” by the Beatles:   My friends, we’ve got a new game And it starts today, yeah I’m so bold to proclaim That you’ll want to play   We call it Ticket to Read We call it Ticket to Read We call it Ticket […]

We Don’t Care Too Much For Money, Money Can’t Buy Our Books

The other day, a library patron called to let us know she really liked a particular book she had checked out from us (that’s good), and she wanted to know how she could go about buying the book from us (that’s…less good. And kind of strange). We make it a point to be as accommodating […]

Getting Your Reading Groove Back

No matter how big of a reading fiend you are, every now and then, you may find yourself mired in a reading rut. You know, a slump. A funk. A slog of a time where the magic of reading feels way less David Copperfield and way more Gob Bluth. A library patron raised the question […]

The (Not So) Secret to Writing

November (and #Novennber) is National Novel Writing Month, or, as the hiply efficient call it, NaNoWriMo. It’s a time for writers to cast aside their fears, inhibitions, crippling self-doubt, and excuses to crank out a 50,000 word novel. Quality is optional; the goal is simply to get it done, and the only way to get […]

A Very Friday the 13th Wednesday the 18th

Whether you treat Friday the 13th as an occasion to celebrate, have a genuine fear of it, or brazenly mock it by doing something has terrifyingly fate-tempting as taking Flight 666 to HEL, there’s no denying this particular Friday the 13th is a timely one, what with it being October, the month to indulge in […]

Smells Like Halloween Spirit

October is upon us, which means it’s time to cram yourself full of pre-Halloween Halloween candy (otherwise known as “candy”), bitterly curse the Texas weather that’s prohibiting you from enjoying sweater season, crank up The Monster Mash on repeat (assuming it is, in fact, seasonally appropriate), and, most importantly, indulge in some Halloween-y reading. Regular […]

Make Covers Worthy to Judge By

When you were in school, if you wanted to add some pizazz to your textbooks while also giving them a thin layer of protection from the grit and grime of the world, you fashioned book covers out of paper bags and artfully scrawled your favorite Spice Girls lyrics on them (No? Just me?). They got […]

Book Club: Where You’re Always on the List

Book clubbers, rejoice: we’re dropping the new reading list for our Bent Corners and Coffee Break book clubs. Here’s what we’re going to be reading/discussing/critiquing/relating to/praising/mocking for the next nine months (links are to the book’s Goodreads page):   October – The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George November – News of the World by […]


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