How to Shop a Library Sale

March 4, 2017

Hi! I’m Mary Jo, and I’m a book addict. Everyone: “Hi, Mary Jo!” Seven months ago I moved from Mississippi to Tennessee, and I still haven’t unpacked the last 20-30 boxes out of the 160 boxes of books I hauled across the state line. Even so, in addition to randomly buying a few books now […]

Autobiography of a Bibliophile

March 5, 2015

  It’s my grandmother’s fault. Every time I visited her during my childhood, she’d give me books. Not just two or three books, but a boxful of books. She was a fourth-grade schoolteacher, and when she ordered from the book club for her class, she stocked up for me as well. Actually, my love of […]

A Melville-Mitford Monday Mash-Up

November 26, 2013

Call me Bibliophile. Some hours ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and no patience left with the incompetent and oblivious people I encountered in a long day of shopping, I thought I would travel about a little and revisit Mitford. It is a way I have of driving off […]

Our Christmas Traditions

December 23, 2011

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is reading aloud in front of the fire and the Christmas tree lights each evening in December. This year we’re reading The Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader, which includes 28 nightly devotionals and an audio CD with related bits of The Messiah to accompany each reading. A “Read […]

What are your favorite Christmas books?

December 7, 2011

In honor of St. Nicholas Day, my boys and I are about to snuggle by the fire and read one of our favorite Christmas books: The Baker’s Dozen: A St. Nicholas Tale A fair but tight-fisted baker learns an important lesson about generosity. This new edition includes a recipe and pattern for St. Nicholas cookies. […]

What are your favorite books? What do you want to read?

December 2, 2011

I teach a weekly literature class for grades 9-12 as part of our homeschool co-op. Here’s this week’s assignment, which I developed 4 years ago in response to a student’s complaint: “Why do we have to read this stuff? Why can’t we just read whatever we want?” The answers were fascinating. Eager to hear what […]

Lesser Titles

May 19, 2011

Great titles are really important to the success of a book (or movie). A while back there was something called “Lesser Titles” on Twitter. Here are a few of my contributions: The Sun Also Peeps through the Clouds in the Rain The Cerulean Letter The Taming of the Meerkat Sleepless in Schenectady Lost: Pair o’ […]

Final Volume of Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle Available Nov. 8

March 23, 2011

The three-year wait for the final volume of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle is nearly over. Random House announced that the fourth book, Inheritance, will be published on November 8, 2011. Books already published in the cycle include Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr. Paolini was a 15-year-old homeschooler when he wrote the first draft of Eragon. He […]

The Experience of Reading Physical Books

March 15, 2011

John Evans of Lemuria Bookstore, a fabulous independent bookstore in Jackson, Mississippi, writes about the experience of holding and reading a physical book: “Finishing a book is special. It becomes part of your life as it rests on your bookshelf. It watches you as you live around it. It’s always waiting to be held and […]

Great Books Week

October 5, 2010

October 3-9 is Great Books Week! Participate in the Great Books Blog Challenge, and celebrate and share books that made a difference!