Tools of the Trade: Magazines

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014

Last year for my birthday/Christmas (they’re very close) I was given some gift cards and some cash (sweeeeet), and I did something different with it: I bought two magazine subscriptions: National Geographic Traveler and Real Simple. I LOVE magazines, and getting them in the mail every month or so is like getting another present all […]

Tools of the Trade – book swaps

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014

A while ago, my neighborhood hosted a community book swap. Show up, donate your books and dvds, come back a week later and take home as many books and dvds as you want! Truth be told, the Saturday of the event I had forgotten about it until the last minute, so by the time I […]

Tools of the Trade: The Bookmark

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014

Ah, the bookmark. This can be anything: a humble scrap of paper, bank notes (I once found a $20 bill in the Lord of the Rings), airplane ticket stubs, toilet paper (don’t lie, if you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably done that), or on rare occasions your iPad mini (oops). What makes the bookmark a […]

Toolkit of the Trade: When You Don’t Feel Like Reading

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014

Occasionally I’ll find myself in a reading slump. I’m not interesting in picking anything up, and when I do, I just don’t enjoy it. I doubt I’m the only one who goes through phases of not wanting to read anything, so I thought I’d devote a “tools of the trade” post to some of the […]

Tools of the Trade: Book Club

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014

Later this week I have my second ever meeting of a book club. It’s hard to believe that I’ve never been in a book club before, but part of it was that I just never knew anyone who lived near me that had one, and another part of it was that I was always “too […]

Tools of the Trade – Boutique Stores

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013

The wonderful thing about the internet is that if there is a specific book or movie you are looking for, you can almost certainly buy it with a few quick searches, a few clicks of the mouse, and have it delivered right to your door. However, I don’t find internet shopping to be very browser […]

Tools of the Trade – Your Local Library

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013

Imagine a bookstore where you can leave with armfuls of books without paying – and you can even ask for help finding what you want. Rather not venture out into the wild blue yonder? Imagine a digital bookstore open 24/7 where you can download audiobooks or e-books without ever getting off the couch, again, all […]

Tools of the Trade – Bookbub

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013

As you may have gathered by now, I am a voracious reader. I am also on a budget. That means I’m always on the lookout for how I can get books for not a lot of money. Enter Bookbub. It’s a site that sends you a daily email containing Kindle e-books that are either free […]

Tools of the Trade: Goodreads

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013

I’m starting a new feature here that I’m calling “tools of the trade”. This will be where I discuss places and things that help me in my quest to read as many great books as possible before I die. The first one up is a website and discussion forum called Goodreads. I joined Goodreads a […]