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 [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – My Favorite Books of 2016

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The “Best Books of 2016”? Pul-eeze. Unless one has a universally agreed-upon metric that can be applied to every single book published in any given year, there can be no anointing “the best”. Most popular, sure. Best seller, most prestigious, highest lauded, yup. But “Best”? As if. Ah, but “Favorite”! Anyone can share their favorite [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – The Gift of Reading

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I tend to be one of those people who obsesses over gift giving.  I don’t get a chance to do it all that  often – I’m actually pretty frugal in that regard, sometimes by choice, now by necessity.  And I don’t really like getting gifts myself; I’ve rarely liked being the center of attention which [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – My Own Genre of Postcards, My Own Genus of Photographs

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“A book is not an isolated being:  it is a relationship, an axis of innumerable relationships.” – Jorge Luis Borges ~ * ~ I’ve been trying to figure out why it is that I feel compelled to buy books I’ve read but do not own, despite knowing that I probably will not have time to [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Sometimes When I Read…

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Sometimes when I read, it’s like a lovely summer’s day when the sun is shining but it’s not too hot, not too humid, and there’s a light breeze, so I can sit on the porch and watch the world go by.  Those books are the ones that are easy to slip in and out of, [….]

National Library Week – My Library Request Addiction

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~ * ~  In honor of National Library Week, we at LitStack are running some of our favorite essays regarding our love of libraries.  Today, in an essay from 2014, our Gimbling in the Wabe columnist shares her thoughts on being a Library Request Addict. ~ * ~ * * Hi, My Name is Sharon [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Lifeline, Anchor, Deadweight

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    Today, I did something that was – honestly – repugnant to me.  I returned a slew of books to the library, many of which I had not read.  Books that had either been nominated for a major award, or had been recommended by someone I trusted, or had been reviewed well and had [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – That Which Surrounds Us

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This is a Gimbling in the Wabe that first appeared in December of 2012 (“Have I really been writing this column for so long?” she asked in shock and awe.).  I had planned a very different piece for today’s column, but circumstances (and my poor time management skills) completely derailed that effort – hence the [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – To Read or Not to Read: What Really is the Question?

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We’ve all seen the adage, “So many books, so little time!”  I myself find this to be so very true – there are indeed many, many wonderful books available to most of us, too many to be read in one lifetime.  So where does someone who loves books draw the line?  How do we gauge [….]