Read Harder Challenge – Keeping it Local

Handsome young guy reading a novel while relaxing on the couch at 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 […]

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Reading Challenge Accepted: Travel Through the Classics

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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 […]

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In Celebration of National Poetry Month

Typewriter with Poetry buttons, vintage

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 […]

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Pick the Poet

raptor in flight

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 […]

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Which poet wrote it?

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 […]

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March Madness of Books: History vs. Mystery!

photograph by William Henry Fox Talbot "A Scene in a Library"

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 […]

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Read Harder Challenge – More Books!

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For February, the Read Harder challenge took some interesting turns. For Karen, she continued down the list and read a book about books and a book set in Central or South America written by a Central or South American author. Betsy jumped around again and landed on young adult titles. Karen: For my Central or South […]

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Julissa Arce’s Undocumented American Dream

My (underground) American Dream: My True Story as An Undocumented Immigrant Who Became A Wall Street Executive, by Julissa Arce

Financial whiz kid turned immigration rights advocate Julissa Arce brings her own astonishing immigration story to the Nuestras Raíces stage at the Tucson Festival of Books when she discusses  her recent memoir, My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive. Talented and driven to succeed, Arce […]

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Read Harder Challenge 2017: first month down

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It's time to check in after the first month of the 2017 Read Harder Challenge. We've switched out regular writers - this year it will be Karen and Betsy with other folks chiming in as they take on certain aspects of the challenge. Read our crowdsourced picks post with ideas for all the categories! Karen […]

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