From the category archives:


Unless you’ve been living under a rock for most of 2012, you’ll know that the Queen’s Jubilee took place at the start of this month – we were even given an extended bank holiday in which to celebrate it. The Jubilee marked Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year as monarch on 4th and 5th June and was […]


7 Tips on Finding a Great Book

by Katie Fetting-Schlerf on May 21, 2012

We’ve all been there.  Meekly wandering the aisles of the airport bookstore, wondering which paperback will take our mind off the impending doom of a water landing.  And yet, despite hundreds of options, nothing seems to be remotely interesting.  What’s a tremulous traveler to do? Below are 7 tips for finding a future favorite. Bestsellers […]


My Top 11 Book-to-Film Adaptations

by Guest Post on May 10, 2012

Movies are rarely as good as the written word that inspired them. But every now and then, Hollywood gets it right. I cannot even watch a film based on a book if I haven’t read it first. It just feels wrong! So grab your library card and get ready to do some reading, because your […]


What is the Great American Novel?

by Katie Fetting-Schlerf on April 26, 2012

For centuries, authors have attempted to write the Great American Novel – a work that encapsulates the American experience – a rags-to-riches, Horatio Alger, red white & blue tome put down in black & white. But can a single novel adequately explore the hopes, dreams, irony, sincerity, levity, gravity, disappointments and triumphs of an entire […]

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5 Acclaimed Authors No One Reads

by Katie Fetting-Schlerf on March 30, 2012

It’s easy to hate on Twilight and The Hunger Games, but there is something eminently readable about both.  Clear, simplistic language and heroic, one-dimensional characters cuddle a lazy reader, enticing attention typically reserved for soap operas and professional wrestling. On the flip side, however, are the authors everyone feels they ought to like, but don’t.  […]