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"Our April spotlighted author grew up in NYC, dabbled in musical theatre, bakes some amazing cupcakes, and wrote a novel about a spirited girl who tries to get her dad out of prison. Who is it? It's..."

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"A few weeks ago, I published a blog post with 20+ Things to Do While Self-Quarantined. I put up a poll on my Instagram asking my followers if they wanted part two and everyone said yes! Here's a list of thirty things you can do during this time while we're quarantined to stay safe, productive, and even have some fun."

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20+ Things to Do While Self-Quarantined

"Thanks to COVID-19, chances are you're self-quarantined right about now...and probably also super bored. Lucky for you, I've made a list of 20+ activities to do while you're stuck at home!"

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Cupid's Pink Valentine's Day Smoothie

"This pink-as-can-be smoothie bowl is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day this winter! It's creamy and sweet, but the raspberries give it a zing. The ingredients in this smoothie make it rich in antioxidants and beneficial to weight loss, as well as full of Vitamin C, A, and D!"

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19 Things I Learned in 2019

"It's that time of year...2020 is upon us! In honor of the new year (and new decade!), I thought I'd put together a list of what 2019 taught me. Hopefully, 2020 will be just as full!"

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Living Like Nehemiah: Week 2

"Welcome back to the Nehemiah series! Last week we went over who Nehemiah was and how we can work on living more like him. This week, we'll be tackling chapters 4-6. We'll learn about Godly confrontation and banishing fear. Let's dive in!"

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Flight Must-Haves to Keep You From Losing Your Sanity

"One thing I’ve learned from allll this traveling is: you will lose your sanity. Without a properly packed carry-on, of course :)

Today I’ll walk you through my favorite in-flight and vacation essentials that will make traveling just a little bit easier. Enjoy!"

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8 Creative Bookstagram Ideas

Cozy bookshelves, bookish this-or-thats, and yellow heart emojis galore...

If you're not familiar with this latest trend, you should be! Called #bookstagrams, they're the perfect way to grow your account.

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Classic Books I Actually Like

"A classic is a book everyone wants to have read but no one wants to read."

~Mark Twain

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Boredom Buster: The Best Summer Books

"Summer's here! Blue skies, water parks, and picnics ahead . . . right? I love everything about summer: mango popsicles, late-night trampoline jumps, and most importantly, no school. But we've all had a case of the Summer Boredom Blues before."

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A History of TV Style Icons

"Acid washed jeans, feather haircuts, chokers . . . Fashion trends have been around for as long as we can remember, but a few have outlasted the rest. I'd personally much rather wear a flapper dress than orange patterned tights or shoulder pads! No matter where you stand on style fads, there's no denying that pop culture, movies, and TV shows have affected whether we wear corsets or velour tracksuits..."

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Just Listen: Book Review

"Of course Annabel feels pressure to be perfect; she grew up in a home with two beautiful sisters, and a mother who encouraged all three girls to model. The oldest sister, Kirsten, is as loud as a foghorn and has a lot to say. The middle sister, Whitney, struggles with an eating disorder and an awful attitude that's put the whole family through the wringer. Her mom always said to be kind, so that's what Annabel tries to be: nice."

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The Storyteller: Book Review

"I won't call Sage, the main character in the book, a heroine. Her lack of perfection is simplistic and freeing in one sense, and her adamancy against changing her ways is morally corrupt in another. Again and again, Picoult raises a question. Are these characters monsters, good people in difficult situations, or just fundamentally human? Or are they all of these?"

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The Perfect Snickerdoodles

"I love snickerdoodles! Cookies are so easy to make (butter and sugars, egg and vanilla, dry ingredients, plop onto pan, and boom, you're done!). The smell of melty cinnamon and sugar as they come out of the oven is absolutely heavenly. Like Lara Jean said in P.S. I Still Love You, they're 'like a hug in your mouth.'"

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How to Create the Ultimate Writing Space

"Today I thought I would walk you through what my writing environment looks like and a few things that help me get typing. Everyone functions differently, and while you might swear by color-coded erasers, another might get their best ideas with their feet in their sock drawer."

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Daddy Long Legs: Book Review

"Daddy Long Legs is the absolutely perfect book to read if you're lonely, in want of a rosebud bouquet, or a person in general. Jerusha Abbott (isn't that an awful name? She thinks so too.) is facing a bleak life as an eighteen-year-old orphan living in the John Grier      Home  . . . "

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Power to the Princess: Book Review

"We all love a good Disney princess! But have you ever thought about how, even though we adore their stories, they all end in the same happily ever after? Vita Murrow re-imagines 15 cherished tales..."

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Tuesdays With Morrie: Book Review

"Poignant and gripping, Albom's moving read fades in on a middle-aged man named Mitch, a sports writer unknowingly unhappy with his life. Decades ago, he promised his favorite professor he'd keep in touch, but he had forgotten all about him until one night when he was watching the news."

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Bookish Merch for the Ultimate Fan

"I'm super excited to write this post because it means I get to be a total dork for 4273 characters! Today, I've put together a list of 8 totally amazing gifts for book lovers! Whether you're looking for a present for your favorite bibliophile or want to treat yo self, I 100% guarantee you'll find something you love."

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Winterhouse: Book Review

"Twisty-turvy, winsome, and whimsical in the best way possible, Winterhouse is charming and mysterious read that will enrapture generations of readers. Elizabeth, orphaned by her parents, is sent to a beautiful hotel alone over Christmas break by her cranky aunt and uncle."

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Lemon-Raspberry Infused Water

"Ah, infused water. My latest obsession. I'm a sucker for anything lemon and the tart taste combined with sweet raspberries reminds me of summer, which is a welcome thought in the dreary month of February."

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Becoming: Book Review

"Punchy, fierce, and empowering, Michelle Obama's spellbinding new autobiography Becoming is one of the most anticipated reads of the year. Whatever you may think of her politics . . . "

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Our 2019 February Reads

"So, if anyone ever tells you no, or anyone says your voice isn't important or your dreams are too big, remember these women. They persisted and so should you."

~ Chelsea Clinton

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Cucumber-Blackberry Infused Water

"Fun flavored water is a great way to get in your eight glasses a day, and this cucumber-blackberry concoction is one of my favorites!"

10 Outrageous Facts We Learned From Bad Girls Throughout History

"I adore this marvelous biography penned by Ann Shen of 100 fierce, fabulous women..."

Mary Poppins Returns: Movie Review

"This charming new Mary Poppins movie opens in on the new three Banks children, fathered by the same darling Michael Banks..."

A to Z: Books in Every Niche

"Everyone has hobbies, from fishing to stamp collecting. This list of books will help you find books to fit every interest!"

Michelle Falkoff: Author Spotlight

"Ladies and gentleman, your January spotlighted author . . . Michelle Falkoff! Michelle, the author of Pushing Perfect, Questions I Want to Ask You, and more..."

Road Trip 101 for Teens

"Road trips are awesome! You get to travel to new places and make memories with your fam along the way. But being in the car for hours and hours can make you pretty restless..."

Whiskey in a Teacup: Book Review

"A light, nostalgic read, Reese Witherspoon's autobiography is a breath of fresh air. She recounts stories from her Southern childhood while teaching simplistic, friendly lessons."

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"Today I'm going to be sharing a super easy smoothie bowl recipe with you! Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we're not able to go on spring break right now, which means no beaches. I can't bring you waves and sand, but this smoothie tastes like sunshine in a glass!"

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"Our February spotlighted author has been on the New York Times Bestseller List for her award-winning duology, lives on a 52-acre farm, has published 17 and counting books, and owns way too many cats! It's Kimberly Brubaker Bradley!"

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New Middle-Grade Books You HAVE to Read

"These new releases from late 2019 and 2020 are full of heart and humor, tackling tough topics with grace and spunk. I love these children's books because anyone can read them..."

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10 Amazing Books I Read in 2019

"While I didn’t have enough time to write full-length book reviews for each one, I wrote a snappy paragraph or two. In a reading slump? Here are ten great books I read this fall to give you inspiration for months."

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Living Like Nehemiah: Week 3

"What you are hungering for, God will fulfill! In this week's installment, we'll cover what being God-fearing and a follower of integrity means. We'll also read some awesome passages and learn the secret to contentment!"

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Old and Overused Girl Names with a Modern Twist

"As an author, it’s extra fun because I get to try out names on characters! The original names on this list are older names slowly falling off the Top 100 list’s favor. That, or they are becoming very popular and some parents are trying to find a more unique version. I’m not saying that the original names are bad…It’s just fun to put a modern and unusual spin on them!"

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Living Like Nehemiah: Week 1

"Nehemiah is an amazing Bible character! He's someone you can center your life around. Want to learn the secret to powerful prayer, humility, and following God's plan? Read on!"

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Every Writer's Biggest Problem with David Ward

Every aspiring or published author has experienced a few despicable writing problems! Today, David B. Ward helps us tackle our biggest writing monsters.

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Author Spotlight: Chris Grabenstein

"Our June spotlighted author is the mastermind behind the Lemoncello series, co-author of I Funny, and more, as well as someone who has worked with Robin Williamson and has a cat named Phoebe Squeak. Who is this fabulously creative person whose apartment was featured in the New York Times, you ask?"

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Our 2019 June Read

"The sun-soaked, ice-cream-stained, popsicle-dripped June book club novel is . . . "