Author Archives: Denise D.

Spends lots of time in fictional worlds with characters she'd like to meet in the real world. True believer in the notion that reading makes us better people by letting us try on another's shoes for a moment.

Write Now 2018: Book Now!

by Denise D.  ‘Tis the Season of Learning It’s all around us: darkening skies, cooling temperatures, school bus flashing lights, ransacked office supply shelves at the grocery store. Summer is over. But fret not. Now is the time to learn. Think Back to School is just for the kids? Not so at the library. Here, learning […]

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Taking Care of a Person with Dementia

by Denise D. The Loneliest Job? If you take care of a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia, it’s easy to feel alone. For one thing, the person you are caring for is changing. A relationship that has been a mainstay of your life is no longer the same. Your loved one […]

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Trigonometries of Love and Heartbreak

by Denise D. Do you ever find yourself noticing random coincidences between the books you read? Sometimes the coincidences are concrete, like the main characters in two different books walk the same route, eat the same unusual food, or have the same random thought. Other times, the connections are more thematic.  Lately, I’ve realized that many […]

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Sampling Shorts for Short Story Month

by Denise D.  Do you short story? Imagine yourself perusing the new books shelves. A cover catches your eye. Perhaps it’s the color. Maybe it’s the art. Or an author you’ve been meaning to try. You reach out. Pick it up. And then you notice the finer print: Stories.  What do you do? Murmur that you […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Middle Eastern Cravings

by Denise D.  Choose one food? Every once in awhile, my son asks me an impossible question. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Unlike his other queries (choose a superpower, describe your dream house), this one panics me. Choosing one food is like choosing one […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: an End to the Suspense

by Denise D.  What a roller coaster month it has been! Snow, daffodils, sleet, cherry blossoms, t-shirts, triple layers. The weather definitely twisted us around. Did the suspense? Did you find some good reads to keep you up late into the night, peeking over your shoulder? I hit the jackpot with recent suspense releases that […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Is the Suspense Entertaining You?

by Denise D.  Ides of March Happy Ides of March, Beyond Bestsellers! (Hopefully the day is treating you better than it did Julius Caesar and the only thing making you wary is the suspense in your novel!) Did our quiz lead you to a good match? Have you read enough suspense to create a list? If so, we’d […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Suspense

by Denise D.  It’s March! That means daffodils, college basketball, and spring.  For those participating in our Beyond Bestsellers community reading challenge, March means a new theme. (Check out Jocelyn’s January blog if you need a refresher on how to participate in Beyond Bestsellers.) What’s our theme for March? Ready?… Wait! Who’s that reading over […]

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Stiff Upper Lip, Apocalypse Version

by Denise D.  Packing Packing for the annual visit with family, I quickly skimmed my To Be Read (TBR) pile. Plentiful reading options are the travel essential. Even for a last-minute packer. Later, as the 737 filled, I scanned my choices. Predominantly dystopian tales set in England? Well, that’s one way to put holiday travel into […]

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Solstice Musings

by Denise D.  A Year in Reading Settling into the short days and long nights of late December, one often reflects on the year nearing its end. For me, that meant looking at My Completed Shelf in Bibliocommons. What did I read in 2017? What did I love? Other Worlds Turns out, I spent a lot […]

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