For this month's Read Harder Challenge, Karen had to read a book about technology and war. Had to being the operative words. Karen: I have been dreading this month's challenge. Two topics that I have zero interest in reading about. As a Luddite, even though I use a computer all day every day at work, […]Read More from Read Harder Challenge: Tech, War, Romance, Existence
My enthusiasm for Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer borders on the ridiculous. The only thing more senseless is the fact that it has taken this long for me to gush about it professionally. In each of my vehicles live well-worn copies of this cartographic wonder, waiting to guide my family on our next back road, outdoor […]Read More from An Analog Gem: The Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer
This month's challenge for Karen was to read a book set more than 5000 miles from Tucson and to read a fantasy novel. Karen: I thought I would kill two birds with one stone – I have all these books on my to-be-read bookshelf at home and one of them fit the 5000 miles topic. Or […]Read More from Read Harder Challenge: A Long Way From Home
This month's challenge for Karen was to read a book set within 100 miles and to reread a book that you've read before. Karen Finding a book set within 100 miles was easy, especially when I checked out this list a colleague had put together. I decided to try a few from author Mark Poirier and […]Read More from Read Harder Challenge – Keeping it Local
Another month, another set of challenges to be marked off: travel memoirs, books written between 1900-1950, and books about books! In April, Karen read a Travel Memoir and a Book Written between 1900 and 1950. Karen: I can honestly say I'm not a huge fan of biographies. However, I am a fan of memoirs that […]Read More from Reading Challenge Accepted: Travel Through the Classics
I loved poetry long before there was a National Poetry Month, though I so remember the year, 1996, that it was established. My daughters were little, and Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, and books like A Child's Garden of Verses filled our evenings. When my sister and I were about their ages, my father used to read […]Read More from In Celebration of National Poetry Month
The Read Harder Challenges that Karen, Betsy, and William tackled last month included: read a Book Written by an Immigrant or With Immigration as a Central Theme, read an All-Ages Comic, and Read a Collection of Stories by a Woman. (See this post for more ideas for each challenge category, courtesy of library staff and customers […]Read More from All-Ages Comics, Women’s Stories, and Immigration: Reading Challenge Marches On
Your world is as big as you make it. I know, for I used to abide In the narrowest nest in a corner, My wings pressing close to my side. But I sighted the distant horizon Where the skyline encircled the sea And I throbbed with a burning desire To travel this immensity. I battered […]Read More from Pick the Poet
Let the rain kiss you Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops Let the rain sing you a lullaby The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk The rain makes running pools in the gutter The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night And I love the […]Read More from Which poet wrote it?
Now that the Tucson Festival of Books is over, we thought it would be fun to answer a burning question...what literary genre will win, history or mystery? Here's how it'll work. You'll vote in a few rounds of polls, and once we have a final contender for each "team," we'll match them up in one last […]Read More from March Madness of Books: History vs. Mystery!