November Literary Holidays

November marks twelve months of literary holidays! So to finish it off, here are three November literary holidays.

The entire month is Picture Book Month, an international initiative to support literacy and encourage the use of picture books. There are blogs dedicated to championing the importance of picture books throughout the month. So in honor of picture books, here are some recommendations for you.

  • Blue Frog by Dianne de la Casas is a fun book of a native Central American legend. How the gods first shared chocolate with humans.
  • A Different Pond by Bao Phi is gorgeous book about a boy who fishes with his father, with context that goes so much deeper. It’s worth sharing with your children.
  • Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk follows Juna whose friend, Hector, has moved away and she starts to put items in her special kimchi jar to try to find Hector.

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#BookBingoNW2018: History

Looking for something to fill in that “history” box on your Summer Book Bingo card?  Fortunately, the days of dry history tomes are, well, history.  There are currently lots of great authors who are writing fascinating nonfiction history books that have the page-turning quality of a good story.

Book cover for Ivory VikingsHere are some of my favorites:

Nancy Marie Brown – Brown has written several intriguing books about medieval Viking history, with an emphasis on the overlooked stories of women.

Vine Deloria Jr. ­– Deloria was a noted Native American historian whose writing and activism helped the American Indian Movement gain momentum in the 1960s and 1970s.  His book Indians of the Pacific Northwest, originally published in 1977 and recently reissued, is still considered a definitive account of Native history in the Northwest.  Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2018: History”

Inside the Story: Immersive and Personal Journalism

Memoir tends to be subjective, while journalistic writing aims at objective treatment of a topic. Then there are those books that combine these strengths, exploring a topic of interest from within, either through the eyes of someone whose experience gives them a revealing perspective, or a journalist who immerses themselves in the world they’re writing about. In both cases, the results can be both highly informative and deeply moving.

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A Little Life, A Little Home, A Little Break

In December I got engaged and bought a house with my fiancé and my mind has been abuzz with all the planning and decorating and, honestly, “grownup-ness.” I thought I would use inspiration from that to kick off the new year with a blog post and to also take a break from Shelftalk to focus on those two wonderful adventures.

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Nolo’s Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home by Ilona M. Bray
Buying a house is probably one of the biggest decisions you will ever make and with the market the way it is it can also be incredibly terrifying. Remember first, you are your greatest asset, so be smart! The year before getting into the house buying game our biggest focus was our credit. You do some pretty silly things in your twenties: trying to survive college, paying for our own medical care, and getting speeding tickets… all that adds up. Once we were ready to jump in we found a real estate agent we trusted. We had been renting and looking to buy in Tacoma and the houses were selling in two days!!! Our real estate agent knew the area incredible well, always managed to calm my anxiety, and wasn’t afraid to tell it like it is. Remember second, your realtor is part of your team, keep them in the know and have fun!  Continue reading “A Little Life, A Little Home, A Little Break”