8+ Unread (Must Read!) Classics

This blog is a librarian confessional; a shameful list of as-yet-undiscovered worlds. Perusing my Goodreads To-Read bookshelf, I see 50+ unread  books, consisting of both fiction and nonfiction. I have narrowed this imposing list down to 8-ish for this post based on the following criteria: the book must be more than ten years old, considered a […]

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Shutterstock.com  has published an article about 2016 trends based on download data from their site (they sell photos), and one of those trends is Mindfulness. What is that? According to Psychology Today, “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, […]

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Jane Austen’s Novels–Super Romantic

What are the most romantic love stories ever written? Jane Austen’s novels, obviously, will take up the first six places on the Top Ten Most Romantic Books Ever list, so the question becomes, Which order do you put them in. Here are my criteria for choosing the most romantic of Austen’s books: Does the gentleman […]

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Creativity and David Bowie

January is International Creativity Month, and the sad fact that David Bowie passed away on January 10 has many people marveling at the extraordinarily creative person he was. How can his creative processes inspire us? His list of accomplishments is staggering: singer, songwriter, performer, record producer, actor, playwright, visual artist, and successful businessman. Cameron Crowe […]

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Philip K. Dick: Writings and Movies

Philip K. Dick (often abbreviated PKD) was groundbreaking. His writings were visionary and frequently prescient. His protagonists were usually normal people, working in business or repairing appliances. They weren’t superheroes and often existed in environments atypical for science fiction. He dealt with philosophical, sociological, political, and metaphysical themes using comprehensible language. PKD fundamentally changed SF. He […]

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Cozy Books to Read Aloud

When the skies turn gray and the weather tends more to storms than sunshine, nothing is quite so picturesque as curling up inside, warm and dry, with a great book. If you’ve got loved ones around – your children, partner, siblings, parents, even a pet – why not expand the joy and read aloud to […]

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