Things you resist buying as a book lover

From a recent trip to Nashville, TN. Can I get an amen?



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I love the smell of books, but I’m not sniffing these anytime soon.


We’ve all heard of creepy stuff going on at Ivy League schools with secret societies and weird private clubs, but this is pretty creepy, indeed. Three books in Harvard’s library were found to be bound with human flesh. Read on here…

https://roadtrippers.com/blog/harvard-discovers-three-of-its-library-books-are-bound-in-human-flesh

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So Many Novels! 10 Books in 10 Months

If you’re anything like me, you buy dozens of books each year that sit on shelves unread but purchased with the best of intentions. I read probably five books last year, which, as a reader, is sad. Life happens, and books often get left behind for a marathon-viewing of Breaking Bad or a few rounds of Candy Crush before bed. I’m tired of neglecting books, and I’m tired of neglecting my brain. 

I love screens, but I’m kind of over them. Instead of making New Years Resolutions about getting physically fit, I’m making one to become mentally fit, too.

I’d love for you to join me in reading ten (yes, 10) books this year.  I’ll be posting a new blog post every two weeks talking about something that stands out and matters from each book. I want this to be the start of a discussion for anyone who wants to read these books alongside me. Whether you need some motivation to start reading again or good reading suggestions, there will be something for everyone. Each book will be chosen by topic. These topics are general so that no one has to be reading the same book. You can pick your own books or follow along with me! If you choose to follow along with me, you can find the links to the books I’m reading on the 10 Books page. 

March- A book that you started but never finished

April- A book about a place you’ve always wanted to visit

May- A book about where you’re from

June- A classic that you’ve always wanted to read

July- A book by one of your favorite authors

August- A book you’ve been told to read by every cool reader you know 

September- A book to read before the movie comes out

October- A memoir

November- An historical fiction novel

December- TBD

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So Many Novels! 10 Books in 10 Months

If you’re anything like me, you buy dozens of books each year that sit on shelves unread but purchased with the best of intentions. I read probably five books last year, which, as a reader, is sad. Life happens, and books often get left behind for a marathon-viewing of Breaking Bad or a few rounds of Candy Crush before bed. I’m tired of neglecting books, and I’m tired of neglecting my brain. 

I love screens, but I’m kind of over them. Instead of making New Years Resolutions about getting physically fit, I’m making one to become mentally fit, too.

I’d love for you to join me in reading ten (yes, 10) books this year.  I’ll be posting a new blog post every two weeks talking about something that stands out and matters from each book. I want this to be the start of a discussion for anyone who wants to read these books alongside me. Whether you need some motivation to start reading again or good reading suggestions, there will be something for everyone. Each book will be chosen by topic. These topics are general so that no one has to be reading the same book. You can pick your own books or follow along with me! If you choose to follow along with me, you can find the links to the books I’m reading on the 10 Books page. 

March- A book that you started but never finished

April- A book about a place you’ve always wanted to visit

May- A book about where you’re from

June- A classic that you’ve always wanted to read

July- A book by one of your favorite authors

August- A book you’ve been told to read by every cool reader you know 

September- A book to read before the movie comes out

October- A memoir

November- An historical fiction novel

December- TBD

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Moving site!

Hello, Tumblr followers! 

I’m excited to say that I’ll be moving So Novel to its own website www.sonovelblog.com. Please visit there in the next week to see its unveiling and to learn more about my challenge to readers this year- the So Many Novels Challenge. I’m really looking forward to getting started with the challenge and hope that you’ll all take part with me! 

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Best white elephant gift.

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@compassion #unselfie #GivingTuesday

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A Letter to Harper Lee

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve written. A new job and a new city have pulled me away from this blog, and it took hearing some disturbing news about my hero, Harper Lee, to bring me back to writing. 

I thought about it long and hard, and I came to the conclusion that I could say what I want to say best in letter-form. So here it is:

Dear Ms. Nelle,

I learned that that’s what people call you in Monroeville when I visited the town this past spring. I stayed with someone who had lived in Monroeville long enough to know of you and have a brief interaction with you, but I’m sure that description could fit everyone who lives in your hometown. My hostess told me that before your stroke, you played bingo at Hardee’s and that you were pleasant toward her husband despite your generally standoffish manner and unpredictable mood. 

I visited the courthouse and passed Radley’s Fountain Grille on my way to the To Kill a Mockingbird play. I drove past your house and saw that your plants had wilted behind the screened-in porch. I went to the gift shop at the Monroe County Heritage Museum, where they reenact your book every spring, and bought a t shirt. My dad played a juror during the courthouse scene of the play. I didn’t expect to be so emotional when Atticus defended Tom Robinson.

You were everywhere in this town, and yet, you were nowhere to be found. 

I know you’ve been unwell for several years now, and I know that you’ve lived in a nursing home since your stroke. I was saddened to see the mortality of such a prolific mind come to where you are. But right now, I’m angry with you.

When I found out you were suing the Monroe County Heritage Museum for use of your book’s name without your permission, I was absolutely appalled. After visiting the museum and interacting with some of the staff there, I can’t help but think that your actions are cruel and unwarranted. 

Aside from school teachers that require your book to be taught in their classrooms across the country, the staff at MCHM are the only people keeping your legacy alive. They have honored you and your creation with a legacy you had only a small role in shaping. When you hid behind your insecurity, these people were busy giving life to the small town that inspired you to write something spectacular. I applaud them for how beautifully they’ve represented you in your absence and hope that they continue to carry on Scout, Jem, and Atticus’s story despite what you and your lawyers are doing to them.

You wrote one book, it stuck with us, and when people wanted more, you shut yourself away and quit on us. It’s so selfish. You challenged and inspired generations of readers to think about their surroundings, the hypocrisy and judgment that exists within them, and to do something about it— especially if it means being kind to someone who has been deemed unworthy of kindness.  

I have a hard time believing that the woman who spoke wisdom through Atticus, courage through Scout, and grace in Boo Radley could do such a cowardly thing. Maybe it is evidence that your mind is fading, and people are taking advantage of your vulnerability. But I chalk it up to a lifetime of hiding and not taking ownership of the legacy your book was bound to leave behind. You have not taken care of To Kill a Mockingbird, and you have not taken care of the seeds you planted with your writing. Some people are blaming the manipulative powers lurking near you, but I blame you. 

I’ll be blunt, this whole ordeal makes you look more like Mrs. Dubose and less like Scout. You’re the mean, sick lady in your own story, and it isn’t flattering. I hope you reconsider this lawsuit and the choices you’ve made in leaving your affairs in the hands of greedy people. 

Regards,

Kate McCoy- big fan of your work

Read the facts here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/10/18/harper-lee-sues-hometown-museum-in-alabama/3010827/

To learn more about the Monroe County Heritage Museum, click here: http://www.tokillamockingbird.com/ 

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Taylor Mali “I Could Be a Poet”

One of my favorite slam poets satirizing the pretentious nature of poetry reading.

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