Our Bookish Lives

3 books Stan Lee read by osmosis while simultaneously demanding worship

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

Ah yes, the joys of having a furry, dark, and handsome cat park himself on a book you're trying to enjoy and read it by osmosis... While he simultaneously demands you worship him like the god he is. There's nothing quite like it. Here are 3 books Stan Lee enjoyed and read by osmosis. 1. No More Goddesses, by Kim Baccellia It's easy to see why Stan Lee liked this book. There's two goddesses, and he says Egyptian gods and goddesses are his peers. 15-year-old Jordan Lake finds a bracelet her favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn wore in a movie. She...

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3 books for National Poetry Month

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April is my favorite month of the year: my birthday and National Poetry Month both happen. Since it's National Poetry Month, here are 3 poetry collections you need to read. To see pictures of Zoey giving some of these books her cat butt stamp of approval, scroll to the bottom of the article. 1. Hello Darling, by Christine Higgins Stan Lee, my now retired bookstore cat, decided that Hello Darling is one of his favorite books that he's "read" in the last couple of years. After it arrived at the bookstore last year, he kept sitting on it and absorbing...

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Book review: The Dowry Bride

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A couple weeks ago, I picked up a copy of The Dowry Bride, by Shobhan Bantwal. I was intrigued, because I like reading books set in other countries, and this was set in...

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Bookish trend to follow: books from independent publishers

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Lately, independent publishers have been getting a lot of attention. The public likes that small, independent publishers are willing to take more risks on authors and that they tend to focus on creativity and originality over sales. Authors like working with them because they get greater input into things like cover designs, without the hassle of self-publishing. Also, big publishers have been getting a lot of criticism, and readers and authors are turning more to small, independent publishers, because of various scandals, including a recent price fixing scandal. To read about the price fixing scandal, go here. Here are some of our...

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4 books by Maryland authors we love

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Lately, Maryland pride has been popular. Every time I walk into the big Weis on Belair Road, they have a big display of stuff with Maryland-themed products, from the state flag to t-shirts with crabs on the front. Route One Apparel, the company that makes Maryland pride products, has also really taken off in recent years. So here are 4 books by Maryland authors that we love. 1. Walking Through Fire, by Sherri Cook Woosley When my friend Liz originally suggested Walking Through Fire by Sherri Cook Woosley to me, I was a little hesitant, but I am so glad...

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