Beyond Bestsellers: Short Stories

by Kimberly P. Welcome to another round of Beyond Bestsellers! This month we’ll be tackling short stories (Yes, I know short stories are more a “format” than a “genre” but bear with me.) Short stories are probably one of my favorite formats to read, especially with the weather starting to cool down. What’s better than sitting with […]

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To Write, or Not to Write

by Kimberly P. I have a confession to make. I call myself a writer, but have been unable to write for months now. Oh, it isn’t due to writer’s block, or failing to find time, or even the crippling weight of existential dread that constantly hangs over my head. It’s simply that I despise every […]

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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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Hey, That’s My Jam!

By Kristi S. My deep love of canning and preserving started four years ago. It was the summer quarter of culinary school and I had just made a high-stress wedding cake when I decided I needed something more relaxing. I opened up The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook and instantly fell in love with the process. […]

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Bestseller Time Capsule

by Lindsey A. A few months ago I discovered a website (it’s not pretty) that lists past New York Times Best Sellers by week. What this generates is a literary time capsule from the time you were born. I turn 36 next month, specifically on July 31. I’m an Eighties baby, raised on a diet of Care […]

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A Journey Through the Ottoman Empire

By Kristi S. I have a confession: I am addicted to taking online quizzes. The reward of vague self-awareness is greater than the risk, in my opinion. I will drop everything to find out important things like what kind of potato I am (I am the down-to-earth mashed potato, by the way). So, when I […]

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When (Natural) Disaster Strikes

by Jocelyn R. Tornadoes. Earthquakes. The tail-end of a hurricane. These are the natural disasters I’ve personally experienced. I still remember the tornado siren going off when I was in first grade, and the long minutes that followed as we crouched down in the hallway with our arms over our heads, waiting to see what […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Cooking Lists From You!

by Jackie P. Are you hungry yet? As all meals must come to an end, so, too, must this month’s Beyond Bestsellers challenge. What did you read this month? Share in the comments! Mad props to WarriorofMartok, and their Cooking, Supernatural Style book list. I love this creative interpretation of the theme: smozog000 shared their […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Food Board Games and Book Pairings

By Kaley C. It’s been awhile, but I’ve got another round of Board Games and Book pairing ready for you. This one is food-themed so we can celebrate this month of Beyond Bestsellers while playing these super fun games.

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A Life of (true) Crime

By Kristi S. I was raised on true crime. I recognize that this is a weird statement, but it is completely true. I’ve had insomnia all my life, so instead of struggling to sleep I would stay up with my mom watching investigations unfold. We loved Dominick Dunne, 48 Hours Mystery, and Psychic Detectives. To […]

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