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Women Writing Women (and girls)

Posted about 7 days ago by Naomi D'Archangel
The world of writing can seem to be dominated by male authors and male lead characters. The trope of a woman (particularly a princess) needing to be saved by a […]
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Optimistic in March

Posted about 1 week ago by Meg Raymond
Posted in Book Reviews
A customer at work once said to me “please tell me your name is Sparkle.  If it’s not Sparkle, it totally should be”.  I was a little taken aback, as […]
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Read Harder Challenge #3: Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

Posted about 2 weeks ago by Jennifer Deuell
For prompt #3 of the Read Harder Challenge, a book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018, I read Vincent and Theo: […]
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(Not) Nice Girls

Posted about 3 weeks ago by Meg Raymond
A 1981 presidential proclamation for a “Women’s History Week” in early March was the beginning for Women’s History Month.  By 1987, the entire month was designated to honor women.   RPL staff […]
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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Posted about 3 weeks ago by Naomi D'Archangel
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Dr Seuss Week is Feb 25th to March 2nd (his birthday)      First and foremost, Happy Birthday Mr. Theodor Seuss Geisel! In his 87 years of life (1904-1991) he has […]
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Romance in Color

Posted about 1 month ago by Meg Raymond
Lupercalia was an ancient Roman feast celebrated to welcome Spring.  By the 6th century, the pagan (read racy) aspects of the celebration were downplayed, and the holiday became associated with […]
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Read Harder Challenge #2: Wolf by Wolf

Posted about 2 months ago by Jennifer Deuell
I just finished book #2 for Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. The prompt was an alternate history novel and I was originally planning on reading Dodger by Terry Pratchett, but […]
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Another Boy: Roald Dahl and Denton Welch

Posted about 2 months ago by Jonathan Tuttle
As a child, I loved Roald Dahl for the reasons all his fans do, for his inventiveness, for the integrity of his worlds, for his readiness to admit to children […]
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Read Harder Challenge #1: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Posted about 2 months ago by Jennifer Deuell
We are halfway through January and I’ve finished my first Read Harder Challenge book!  I decided to start with prompt #1, otherwise I would do all my favorite prompts first […]
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Book Riot’s 2019 Read Harder Challenge

Posted about 3 months ago by Jennifer Deuell
This challenge is designed to get you out of your reading comfort zone. It pushes readers to explore new genres, new authors, new subjects, and more.
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