- Bookpeople of Moscow (ID) ~ bookstore and blog
New to me (it was mentioned by a book blogger that I follow on Goodreads) but they seem to have a great selection. When I typed "Jane Austen" in the search box, it came up with over 150 pages of books, including this one of crafts - So Jane: Crafts and Recipes for an Austen-Inspired Life.
- Buttery Books, subtitled Host An Unforgettable Book Club Party ~ Ideas for Book Selection, Decorations, Attire, Music, Food, and Much More!
This site looks like it has lots of great ideas and recipes for book themed book club meetings.
- The Novel Life ~ Ask the Bloggers: 6 Tips for Blogging Your Best
Another new-to-me book blog, this post from February has blogging tips from several book bloggers.
- Here's a nice story about a man who won an award for the charity(?) work he does - he runs a free bookmobile that gives away books to low-income people in Sonoma county. Such a great idea. When I was a kid I loved it when the bookmobile rolled down our street, even if we didn't get to keep the books. This sounds like even more fun. :-)
- Pupils rediscover 'olden-day' art of letter writing
- Dear pen pal: how writing letters to strangers is making a comeback
"You might assume email and social media had killed off the traditional pen pal, but simple letter writing has an enduring appeal, as three sets of correspondents testify"
- Pen pals meet after 35 years of writing letters
- Letters as History at the Lost Art of Letter Writing...Revived ~ nice post (I miss those onion skin thin air mail envelopes and paper - they bring back good memories)
- This could also be filed under books & reading but since it's from a Christian perspective.... Aimee Byrd (the Housewife Theologian) has some good thoughts about reading on her blog (A Question About Reading Levels) and at Reformation 21 (What is Your Reading Level?). According to her, the average adult only reads between a 7th & 9th grade level, which is kind of sad. It makes me wonder how much of that is due to poor educations vs laziness since many adults simply don't want to take the time to read or only read "brain candy" books. I know sometimes brain candy is fun when you're wanting to just relax, but I'd go nuts if I only read fluff.
○ she also linked to two earlier posts about reading that are good:
- Sizing Up A Book
- Sometimes It's Good to Be Superficial
Hmmm, maybe I should (re)read both Lit! and How to Read a Book to make sure I keep learning and pushing myself, especially since I'm behind on my goal of reading 45 books this year.
- The Danger of Lectio Devino by Tim Challies
- This sounds like an idea whose time has come - no more tipping at restaurants. When I was a kid, 10% was considered a good tip but over the last 30 or so years the amount that waitstaff wanted (even demanded) keeps going up along with the price of the food. So the way this restaurant pays its staff (and doesn't allow tips) sounds like a much better way to do business, for both their employees and customers.
- Tips for growing better tomatoes ~ because home grown tomatoes taste so much better than store bought
- Yay, proof that writing by hand (& summarizing as you take notes) helps you remember more and score better on tests: Princeton University study finds students more likely to learn by taking handwritten notes