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Review: Reading Like a Writer

By | May 17th, 2017|Categories: Diversity, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Goodreads Amazon The most important things, I told them, were observation and consciousness. Keep your eyes open, see clearly, think about what you see, ask yourself what it means. I read this book on the recommendation of a good writing friend who suggested it as a way to improve my writing (yes, I write but I [...]

Digressions – Reading Lolita because of Reading Lolita in Tehran

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by C.T. D'Alessandro I have to confess to a literary "squirrel" moment, except that, when it comes to reading, such a moment might last for days or even weeks.  And like most digressions, this one has proven most instructive and pleasurable. I began my personal book challenge with Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran (you can see [...]

8 Creative Writing Tips from Famous Authors and How to Incorporate Them Into Your Own Work

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , |

Fed up with creative writing tips that are punchlines and platitudes rather than useful advice? Here are tips for writers that you can actually use. Source: 8 Creative Writing Tips from Famous Authors and How to Incorporate Them Into Your Own Work

Ficitonal Characters and The Books They Read

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Creative, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , |

The books I've recently spotted fictional TV characters reading to add to my TBR pile. Source: Ficitonal Characters and The Books They Read

The Ultimate Guide to Books for Reluctant Readers Ages 12 to 13

By | May 27th, 2016|Categories: Diversity, Reading|Tags: , , , , , |

Wondering how to get reluctant readers ages 12 and 13 flipping those pages? Check out this list of book recommendations and suggestions! Source: The Ultimate Guide to Books for Reluctant Readers Ages 12 to 13

How Do You Read? – The Pleasure Of The Slow Read

By | May 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Diversity, Reading, Reading Challenge, Teaching, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |

by C.T. D'Alessandro I'm a slow reader. Not slow as in I-read-100-words-a-minute slow. I'm actually a terrifyingly fast when looked at in terms of word count (a consequence of a speed-reading class I took in 8th grade). When I say I'm a slow reader, what I mean is that I actually sit with a book for [...]

12 bookstores every reader should visit in their lifetime | Books | Culture | The Independent

By | May 17th, 2016|Categories: Reading|Tags: , , , , |

Are you someone who refuses to believe the theory that “print is dead”? Who always makes room in a suitcase for a paperback? Who finds it easy to spend more time at a charmingly ramshackle bookstore than a crowded tourist attraction? You're not alone. The organizers of Independent Bookstore Day celebrate book havens and book lovers [...]

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