About that Face to Face Book Group: On Reading and Writing

I live on the edge of a very small town in Sussex County, Virginia. It is the home of those staples: peanuts and bacon. I moved here about five years ago and have spent most of that time working rather than getting involved in community life. This year, I decided I needed more non-work interaction … Continue reading About that Face to Face Book Group: On Reading and Writing Continue reading About that Face to Face Book Group: On Reading and Writing

Building Community Around Reading

I attended the book group at the local library today. Today’s group was fun! A welcoming group of women who had smart and intriguing ideas about the book. One woman, in particular, had several interesting ideas about characters and their motives that I simply hadn’t considered. I am looking forward to next month. I was … Continue reading Building Community Around Reading Continue reading Building Community Around Reading

Can the Bard Survive Being Hashtagged?

One of my favorite email newsletters comes to me via an indie bookstore in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Shelf Awareness is a fun mix of commentary, links, and reviews. Today’s issue included three new books for young adults that either draw from Shakespeare plays or, as with Macbeth #killingit, update the bard for contemporary readers. The … Continue reading Can the Bard Survive Being Hashtagged? Continue reading Can the Bard Survive Being Hashtagged?

More on Gamifying Reading

I’ve written about gamifying reading before both here and at In One Place, my mostly reading blog. I’m continuing this approach as part of National Reading Month*, celebrated in March. In The Story, Amazon’s new reading newsletter, they featured Book Bingo, a bingo card with ideas for different kinds of books to read. I printed it … Continue reading More on Gamifying Reading Continue reading More on Gamifying Reading

Should We Kick Shakespeare Out of the High School Curriculum?

As a former English teacher who taught Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar to 9th and 10th graders and who, in my master’s thesis, made an argument against making everyone read Shakespeare, I found this week’s dialog around reading Shakespeare to be fascinating. It was kicked off by Lauren, a high school senior who is … Continue reading Should We Kick Shakespeare Out of the High School Curriculum? Continue reading Should We Kick Shakespeare Out of the High School Curriculum?

Getting Serious About Goals in 2016

I feel like I drifted a bit professionally through 2015. Was it because I didn’t have any written resolutions about blogging, reading or being more active in social media? I think they were my hazy goals last year but without making any kind of action plan, they fell a bit by the wayside. I was a … Continue reading Getting Serious About Goals in 2016 Continue reading Getting Serious About Goals in 2016