Books: Abandoned or Did Not Finish?

When my husband surprised me with my Kindle almost 10 years ago, I went a little book crazy. I got book after book with little regard to whether I actually liked the summary. Needless to say, there were quite a few books that I started and then wondered why on Earth I thought I'd like … Continue reading Books: Abandoned or Did Not Finish?

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A Bookish Transition or a Bookish Phase?

The Lily Cafe is going through a change. I can't tell if it's permanent or temporary, but evolution is usually inevitable. Growing up, books were some of my best friends. I could always depend on them for adventure and countless daydreams. They were a way of life for me. I needed them. That remained true … Continue reading A Bookish Transition or a Bookish Phase?

How I…Am Working My Way Out of a Reading Slump

At the beginning of the year, I had a lofty goal of reading a book a week. I was doing quite well until mid-February when an absolutely annoying book dragged on for about 3 weeks. I just lost interest in reading. I read here and there, but am definitely not reading a book a week … Continue reading How I…Am Working My Way Out of a Reading Slump

Book Blog Tour: Adventus by Andrew Mowere

The Lily Cafe is thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Andrew Mowere's debut novel¬†Adventus! For months now, I've had the absolute pleasure of following a delightful blog run by three writers called the Association of Merry Makers. For months, I enjoyed teasing excerpts of an intriguing novel called¬†Adventus. I can't tell … Continue reading Book Blog Tour: Adventus by Andrew Mowere

Growing up, I loved reading Nancy Drew and wanted to be just like her. As an adult, I don't, but I still believe she has a message for all of us.

Nancy Drew Was My Role Model

I started reading the Nancy Drew mysteries when I was about 9. I vividly remember¬† spending a summer sitting around all day with my nose in a Nancy Drew book. I loved them so much, my mom signed me up to receive 3 by mail every month. It didn't take me long to finish them, … Continue reading Nancy Drew Was My Role Model

Do You Prefer Reading the Popular or Obscure Books?

Popular books: the ones everyone seems to be reading. Obscure books: the lesser known books that not everyone is reading. I have a small confession to make: whenever it seems like everyone is reading a particular book or series, I run far, far, far away from it. I just can't bring myself to read the … Continue reading Do You Prefer Reading the Popular or Obscure Books?

What Makes a Good Fantasy Book, or what will get me to read it

As someone who loves reading fantasy, I must admit I haven't read much of it lately. Why? Have I been reading the genre so much over the past 15 years that I am finally tired of it? I hope not. Well, I've given it some thought and realized there are a few things I look … Continue reading What Makes a Good Fantasy Book, or what will get me to read it