Category Archives: Books

Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine?

“Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine?: The Art of Making Zines and Mini-Comics” by Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson is a great read. I learned new folding techniques to try with my own zines. Definitely a necessary book for zinesters everywhere. Advertisements

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Letters to My Future Self

Practically every prompt book I’ve worked with had at least one prompt about writing a letter to your future or younger self. This book, “Letters to My Future Self” takes the prompt to the next level, providing envelopes with a prompt on the flap, a page to write the letter, and stamps to seal it. …

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Lydia Netzer

It was wonderful to meet Lydia Netzer, a BGSU alumna, at the Toledo library. She said that publishing a novel is like handing the writer a box of matches–the writer can only fight so many edits. So save them for the important stuff. She works on five or six novels at a time, writing until …

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Finn Family Moomintroll–Tove Jansson

I have an idea. What about going to the top of the mountain and making a pile of stones to show that we were the first to get there? Some people look better without hats. As everyone knows, if the first butterfly you see is yellow the summer will be a happy one. If it …

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Comet in Moominland–Tove Jansson

I first discovered Tove Jansson’s work while researching Finnish authors. I didn’t realize when I started reading the Moomin comics and this book series that I would finally find my favorite books of all time. One of the questions I’ve always hated is “What is your favorite book(s)?” because I have a lot of favorites. …

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Shades of Milk and Honey

I enjoyed this book very much because it combined Jane Austen novels with magic. And since my novel for NaNo this year is also set in the Victorian era, I will have to reread Jane Austen’s work. My Favorite Quotes: It is not the knowledge of glamour which I guard; it is the art created …

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Visit Sunny Chernobyl

What a delightful read! I enjoyed Andrew‘s adventures around the world’s most polluted places. I definitely recommend reading this book for insight about the effects of pollution and how people survive and adapt anyway.

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Okay? Okay.

I finally sat down and read “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green and then saw the movie. I’ve owned the book since October 2012, but I’ve been distracted by other books to read and writing and art projects. But with the movie looming,  I didn’t want to repeat my mistake of watching the …

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New Sidebound Techniques

I purchased bookbinding books to learn some new techniques. I was happy to discover new sewing methods for the side-bound book, one of my favorite book designs. These books were made with instructions from “Volume 1: Non Adhesive Binding: Books without Paste or Glue” by Keith A. Smith.

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Carrie by Stephen King

I know, I know. How can you be an avid reader and not read anything by Stephen King other than “On Writing”? Well, I have remedied that. I finished reading “Carrie.” It is the 17th book I’ve finished this year.  

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