Of Words and Dogs and Little Fishes*

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I feel so blessed that I can “work” from home as a book reviewer, essayist and occasionally as a literary editor, and to comfortably say that I read for a living.  It’s like living the dream (well, until the bills come in, but that’s neither here nor there). But I didn’t realize just how many [….]

My Report from NerdCon: Stories, Part Two – The Authors

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  While the variety shows and special events were fun, and the panels and workshops were informative, while being around a crowd of like-minded people and be able to rub elbows with all sorts of fun folks is wonderful, what makes NerdCon: Stories so memorable for me is how it gives me the opportunity to [….]

My Report from NerdCon: Stories, Part One

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It was my distinct pleasure to be able to attend the 2nd Annual NerdCon: Stories convention last weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  The brainchild of Vlogbrother Hank Green and author Patrick Rothfuss, the two day conference featured over 60 special guests including authors, actors, artists, narrators, podcasters, puppeteers, librarians, comedians, directors, screenwriters, game designers, [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – What We Choose

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So I was tooling around on Facebook last night – something I do far too often – and I was getting pissed.  I know that I’ve pretty much created my Facebook feed by liking certain posts and following certain pages, so what shows up has been geared to what I’ve established as things I want [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – My Library Request Addiction

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Hi, my name is Sharon.  I’m a library request addict. It used to be that I would only request a few books a week from my local library.  Books I’d been wanting to read for a while or books that friends had recommended, occasionally a title I had read about in the Sunday “Books” section [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Much Ado About Nothing

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On June 6, 2014, freelance journalist Ruth Graham wrote an article for the online magazine Slate entitled “Against YA” that was published with the tagline, “Read whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.”  Using as her main examples John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Rainbow [….]

LitStack Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Gabrielle Zevin Algonquin Books First Edition:  April 1, 2014 ISBN 978-1-61620-321-4 What a lovely gem of a book! A.J. Fikry is a recently widowed fellow who owns a struggling bookstore on tiny Alice Island, Massachusetts.  He’s only in his mid-thirties, but seems older due to a somewhat cantankerous manner [….]

The Art of Rejection According to Jeff Shotts

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We all have heard the stories about great works being rejected by publishers.  Many of these stories are humorous because they are in the past, and the recipient or the target of those rejections have become celebrated.  We laugh – or if we are unkind, we snicker – at the short-sightedness of the so-called expert. [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – A Peek Inside My Thoughts on Reviewing Books

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I truly enjoy writing book reviews, but I enjoy reading them, too.  My favorite part of the Sunday newspaper is the spread dedicated to book reviews, and often I end up heading over to the website of my local library with paper in hand, to place a request for at least one title that was [….]