photo of camera with title Why I Gave Up on Instagram

Why I Gave Up on Instagram

I tried, I really did. But Instagram finally got the better of me. Settling on the kind of post I wanted to present was my first problem. Many bookstagrammers (what the bookish folk on Instagram call themselves) include the complete publisher’s description of the book, followed by their own discussion and evaluation of the book. …

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sign: Tacoma Public Library, George O. Swasey Library

A Visit to the Library! And a Restaurant!

On Monday I saw an announcement in our local paper that two branches of the Tacoma Public Library would be opening for timed-entry, in-person browsing beginning the next day. One of those two is a local library for us, so this was a not-to-be-missed opportunity. A quick click to the library web site revealed that …

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Your Favorite Book Might Be My DNF . . . and Vice Versa

“One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” “There’s no accounting for taste.” “Different strokes for different folks.” I occasionally see the novel Geek Love by Katherine Dunn listed on someone’s list of best novels ever read. I understand that the novel’s themes of family, love, and normality make it appeal to a lot of people, …

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Snow Day!

We don’t get much snow, except for occasional flurries, here near sea level on the coast of Washington. So when a storm hits, we make the most of it. Yesterday afternoon through this afternoon we got about 10 inches, which is quite a lot for this area. The Seattle Weather Blog noted that 8.9 inches …

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Groundhog Day Reading

Happy Groundhog Day! I came across this list of time-loop books to celebrate with and felt it my duty to share it with you: 13 Great Time Loop Books to Read This Groundhog Day I’ve read three of these books: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton Life After Life by Kate Atkinson …

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My Reading & Writing Goals for 2021

What I Learned from COVID-19 I keep reading things like “I can’t wait to be done with 2020 and move on to 2021.” Do most people truly believe that merely taking one calendar off the wall and hanging up another one is going to change their day-to-day existence? Such magical thinking. Reality doesn’t work that …

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Balloons that say Happy New Year 2021

Happy New Year! Feed Your Soul

We’ve all been waiting for 2021, and finally it’s here! And to get this new year started off right, The Guardian has put together The 31-Day Literary Diet for January: “From a Shirley Jackson short story to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 30-minute Ted talk, nourish your mind with our one-a-day selection of literary treats.”

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