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“There is a complementary trend too: for self-help in fiction. The Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies by Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud prescribes Ernest Hemingway for a headache and Daphne du Maurier for low self-esteem. This guide grew out of the London-based School of Life’s bibliotherapy course, a session with a cross between a librarian and a therapist who compiles ‘an inspirational reading prescription that’s tailor-made for you.’ Berthoud and Elderkin describe fiction as ‘the purest and best form of bibliotherapy’.” The Guardian

“Jeff Bezos’s wild plan to deliver packages using drones has been way overhyped. But grocery delivery service Amazon Fresh is very real. Amazon isn’t depending on UPS or any other delivery service to get heads of lettuce and bundles of carrots to your door. It’s using its own trucks, driven by its own employees (or contractors). “ Wired

“Flurry, which measures mobile application analytics, says the Kindle Fire activations were up 24X on Christmas day versus a normal December day. (This is actually down compared to years past.)”Business Insider

“That brings me to the book’s most enchanting paradox. Winter finds us slumberous, cumbrous and bundled up, but we lean hardest on our books and friends in this season. We return, like Mole, to the essence of things.” NPR

isn't sure if she's an average Romance reader, or even an average reader, but a reader she is, enjoying everything from literary fiction to philosophy to history to poetry. Historical Romance was her first love within the genre, but she's fickle and easily seduced by the promise of a good read. She approaches every book with the same hope: that she will be filled from the inside out with something awesome that she didnʼt know, didnʼt think about, or didnʼt feel until that moment. And she's always looking for the next mind-blowing read, so feel free to share any suggestions!


  1. Ros
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 04:37:45

    For my Christmas treat I went to see the Royal Ballet’s narrated ballet version of the Wind in the Willows. It was truly magical, especially the carol-singing scene with ‘snow’ falling on stage and in the auditorium. So lovely.

  2. Jen G.
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 05:21:07

    The guy I’m seeing told me about GeoGuessr at 10 p.m. before I had to work the next day. I still haven’t quite forgiven him. It’s awesome, but SO. ADDICTIVE. Especially for a reference librarian — I would have places identified down to a .02 of a kilometer.

  3. Jayne
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 07:57:36

    @Jen G.: I got on the GeoGuessr page and finally surfaced for air about an hour later.

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