Book nerd problems- Reading more than one book at a time

It happens to the best of us. We peruse our Goodreads TBR list or go to the shelves of unread books in our bookcases and carefully select the next text to read. We commit to said book wholeheartedly. We promise to take it with us everywhere and open it up every chance we get. We will read its pages with zeal and dedication.

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Press On, No Matter What

Recently, a family member sent me a text that stated she had come across a book I was published in back in 2002.  I haven’t seen or thought about that book in quite some time, but her text prompted me to go dig it out. I found my publication and reread it for the first time in at least 10 years. At the time of publication, I was just 16 years old. I had written this insightful poem threaded with fancy words and laced with extended metaphor. I found myself in a slight state of shock. How did I come up with this? How in the world did I have so much insight about this subject at 16 years old? 
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My BookRiot Quarterly Book Box is Here!

To my fellow book lovers who haven’t discovered the BookRiot blog: now is the time. They have a slew of postings on everything “bookish” as they call it. Links to great information like writers that have published before they were 25 years old, fantastic libraries, book reviews, general bookish news, best books of the week, what their writers are reading, podcasts, etc., etc., etc is at your disposal. It is basically the blog to end all blogs for book lovers. If you want to completely distract yourself for hours, make sure to check it out soon.
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Consider Writing Your Story

I had always fancied myself a creator of characters so naturally, I chose fiction as my genre for my thesis in college. I had a story idea in my head. I had a fully fleshed out main character and a believable setting- or so I thought. I sat down to write a story about a character I’d created, and I lamented over every move. My pen got stuck when it should have been effortlessly (ha!) floating across the page, articulating scenes of great triumph and emotional connection and maybe even great pain. Instead, I stumbled over the smallest of details. My scenes were missing vital elements. My characters were flat. I couldn’t understand why. I felt defeated and started questioning my decision on being a writer.
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Step Outside the Box: Books to Read from Around the World

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Literature from around the world opens our eyes to new styles, diverse cultures, and fresh perspective. These stories can make us feel uncomfortable as we delve into lives that do not resemble our own. On the contrary, literature from other parts of this earth can be a glaring testament to our similarities as human beings. Each protagonist struggles with the same life lessons we do– pride, familial relationships, fitting in, pain & suffering. Here are some thought-provoking, downright fantastic books to read from outside the American spectrum:
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