It’s not a stretch to say that Americans are suffering from unprecedented amounts of anxiety in 2020. COVID, job insecurity, loss of work, politics, a discussion about systematic racism, political upheaval ... all of these things have been thrown at us this year in an unending hailstorm of change and stress. It’s an anxious time to be a human being. It’s an especially anxious time to be an American.
Just this morning, I finished the masterful comedic gem Dear Girls by Ali Wong. It was the perfect traveling book for a recent trip: short, digestible, hilarious and raunchy bits were sandwiched between heartfelt truths and gorgeous food descriptions. In fact, I would say at least a quarter of the book is Ms. Wong taking you through her life’s journey via authentic Asian cuisine.
There is a great Stephen King quotes that reads, “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write.” It’s one of my favorite quotes to haul out when I’m talking to new writers because it contains so much truth: if you are wanting to write a book, then you need to be reading books. This statement is often met with enthusiastic head nods and more than a few sighs. I get it – who has time to read when writing a book on the side? We barely have enough time in this insanely oversaturated world for our own thoughts, let alone the time to read and write.
If you’re a Parks and Rec fan like I am, you know all about Galentine’s Day. The idea is proposed in Episode 16 of Season Two of the show, when Leslie humorously chooses that day to lavish love on the women that she loves, is the proposal that instead of Valentine’s Day (which can be depressing for some), Galentine’s Day is a happy day to celebrate all the am
Ever get that feeling when you finish a book that you want to read something drastically different, something fresh? I know the feeling well. I remember feeling this at the end of October (a month when I only read creepy books). I was desperate for something – anything – different.
Hallmark Christmas movies have arrived! Beginning Oct. 25 (which seems ludicrously early), you can watch all of the Hallmark Christmas movies that your candlelight-loving,-marshmallow heart can take. However, did you know you can check out or order most of the books that inspired the movies before they air? These great titles (most avaliable at your Anythink library) inspired the movies that will warm your heart for the next two months.
You see them at parties. You see them in pictures. You see them on Christmas cards. Suddenly, they are everywhere and yet most of the year they are nowhere, buried in the back of the closet until they burst out in glorious tackiness.
They are garish. They are loud. They hurt your eyes. They are ugly Christmas sweaters.
It starts with the whisper of an idea; a concept, an inspiration, a fresh take on something that has already been done. Perhaps it’s something you’ve seen, or a song that you heard. Perhaps you’ve read something and thought “I can do better.” Perhaps you’ve read something and thought, “What great heights to aspire to.” Wherever the idea comes from, you know it’s a good one – and just like that, the whisper has a name: you want to write a book.
Halloween season is here and I, for one, am ready for it. My family lives for trick-or-treating, Halloween costumes, pumpkin patches, copious amounts of candy and flickering candles. To help set the ominous atmosphere, I decided years ago that I would only read creepy books for the entirety of October. It's something I highly recommend. Are you ready to join me on this haunted literary adventure?
Anythink has a list of new books of all genres that will put a chill up your spine, and a ghostly whisper in your ear. Most of these are avaliable at Anythink libraries now!