Do Reading Resolutions Make Us Hate Books?

I’m the kind of person who makes ridiculous resolutions. (Like vowing to shop only at locally owned Alabama stores for a year and blogging about it. Or spending as little money as possible for three months and blogging about it. Or writing a novel in a month and blogging … […]

Is It Lame to Give Books for Christmas? Sometimes.

Let’s face it: Sometimes a book is a really lame gift. Books can be boring; they can be preachy or judgmental. Self-help books that are really thinly veiled hints rarely make good presents — unless you’re a Grinch or a super-mean person, don’t give anyone a copy of He’s Just […]

Book Review: Heads in Beds

Reading Heads in Beds is like getting a drink with your most smart, funny, cynical co-worker. You know, the one who takes the bland, soul-sucking parts of your day and turns them into hilarious anecdotes that make your struggles sound epic and interesting? The book is technically about the hotel […]

Tell Me Your Troubles

This week, several people sent me this great article on why booksellers matter, even in a world of online buying. It’s a good, short read, and I take it as a great compliment that our Church Street customers think of me that way. It also happens to be true. Yesterday, […]

Being a Hero Is Easier Than You Think

News broke this week that Barnes and Noble is closing a third of their brick-and-mortar stores. I know the idea of losing more bookshops is upsetting to a lot of people (I know because they’ve told me, and because my Twitter feed blew up with the news), and their sadness […]

Buy a Kobo, Save the World? Hey, Maybe!

So, here’s the thing: In the fight to keep people reading, and to make sure there continue to be good books to read, the forces of evil are against us. Amazon’s business practices are so dastardly that sometimes it seems like the company exists solely to destroy literature (not true […]

From Zero to Scary in 5 Seconds or Less

I’m a pretty ordinary girl, but I do have a few superhero-like qualities. I used to work at a newspaper (Superman, Spiderman, etc.). When I wear my glasses, sometimes people don’t recognize me. And lately, I’ve had a whole lot in common with The Incredible Hulk. Seriously, I’ll go from […]

Is It OK to Self-Publish through Amazon?

A few days ago, one of my favorite local bloggers (and customers), Javacia Harris Bowser, asked me to answer a few questions for her blogs, See Jane Write and The Writeous Babe Project. It was a lot of fun, but one of her questions was tougher than others: While I […]

Harry Potter and the Skeptical Reader

There’s no such thing as a loyal reader. Oh, we like to think we’re a pretty committed bunch … and when it comes to sequels and series, we are. But that’s loyalty to characters, not to authors. When a writer changes direction or tone, we’re suddenly skeptical. We tend to […]

Magic, Hope, and the Economics of Ebooks

When I first started thinking about ebooks, I was pretty excited. A magic tablet you can throw in your bag that has immediate access to every book you’d ever want? Sounds very Hermione-in-Deathly-Hallows to me. (In case you’ve somehow missed it, I’m a big Harry Potter fan, so that’s a […]

Penning and Pinning

Above: The covers of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, taken from the author’s Pinterest page. On the left is the American cover; on the right, the German cover of the same book. So, what do you think: Do authors belong on Pinterest? We know lots of readers who long for […]