Jennifer Lyn King

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5 Favorite Quotes on Reading and World Book Night 2014

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5 Favorite Quotes on Reading and World Book Night 2014

“Spreading the love of reading person to person.” -World Book Night.org I believe many things about books — they are magic, can transport us to other places and times and worlds, open our minds and hearts to understand other people and cultures — but most of all, I believe great books help change the world for the better. One of the most important freedoms we have is the...

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FALLEN BEAUTY by Erika Robuck: the Novel to Read This Spring

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FALLEN BEAUTY by Erika Robuck: the Novel to Read This Spring

“You see, I am a poet, and not quite right in the head, darling. It’s only that.” -Edna St. Vincent Millay   Today, my dear friend and writing critique partner, Erika Robuck, has her fourth novel, FALLEN BEAUTY, out on shelves! To celebrate, I’d like to share a bit about Erika and also have a giveaway for one autographed copy of Fallen Beauty (details below). It is the novel to read...

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Looking Ahead: A Manifesto and New Recommended Reads

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Looking Ahead: A Manifesto and New Recommended Reads

“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Inspirations, Reading, and My Manifesto I have always loved quotes and photographs. All the way back in middle and high school, I hung quotes and photographs at my desk for inspiration. There is something about being in a place–a normal place, whether it’s a windowless office or a place...

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2013 Favorite Books and Other Bookish Gift Ideas

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2013 Favorite Books and Other Bookish Gift Ideas

I believe books have superpowers — the power to whisk us away into another world, give us new eyes to see, help us to walk a mile in another’s shoes, and feel emotions we might never experience. Without books, we would understand others less. Great books help make the world a better place. Great New Books A few years ago, I followed the lead of some writer friends and made a goal to...

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The Books I Loved This Summer

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The Books I Loved This Summer

“Oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall.” – Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (aka. my philosophy in life :) ) I’ve read a few books this summer … … and I’ve loved so many of them. Books to Read 2013: One book has made my all-time favorites list, and in reading...

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A Book, a Painting, a Garden, and Some Summer Reads

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A Book, a Painting, a Garden, and Some Summer Reads

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.” -Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 It’s that...

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30 Favorite Books for Summer Reading

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30 Favorite Books for Summer Reading

There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs.  ~Henry Ward Beecher The best way to summer read is to start with a stack of great books, the kind that will keep you reading all hours of day and night. The hard part is finding the great books … On Memorial Day, I...

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3 Important Things to Do When You Finish Reading a Book

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3 Important Things to Do When You Finish Reading a Book

The highest result of education is tolerance. -Helen Keller Books help the world become a better place, I believe. On a week when the world seems to be falling apart, it’s a necessary statement. I also believe what Helen Keller said is true, that when we read, we become more educated, our hearts become more informed and understanding and open, and we, as readers, are equipped to help make...

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The Language of Flowers: A Book I Love

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The Language of Flowers: A Book I Love

I love reading books based on the recommendation of a friend, which is how I happened to find one of my favorite books of 2012, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I slipped the book into my bag one day thinking I could simply read a few pages and put it down. But The Language of Flowers turned out to be a book of the best and most addicting kind: one with a world so vivid, a...

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Great New Books 2013 Launch

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Great New Books 2013 Launch

 For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. – T.S. Eliot I have exciting news this New Year’s Day: the Great New Books team is launching our new redesigned website tomorrow, on January 2, 2013! Great New Books began in July as a form of a book club website, and has evolved into a more meaningful and long-term...

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My Favorite Books of 2012 and Other Bookish Gift Ideas

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My Favorite Books of 2012 and Other Bookish Gift Ideas

My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.  -Thomas Helm I remember way back to the first week of 2012 and being so absorbed in a great book that I read it in two days. In my opinion, there is nothing greater than being lost in a great book. Since this time of year is a wonderful time to buy books for friends and family, I’m continuing my tradition of writing about my...

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Great Books: My 2012 Reading Log

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Great Books: My 2012 Reading Log

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” – Oscar Wilde Way back in January, I set a few goals for 2o12. One of them was for exercise (800 miles in 2012), one of them was for writing (still working on accomplishing it), and one of them was for reading. 50 books in 2012, to be exact. My Inspiration Friend and fellow...

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Great New Books online book club

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Great New Books online book club

Along with 5 other writer friends, I’ve started Great New Books, an online book club. Join us to discover and discuss one Great New Book per month. A casual and fun way to connect through books. Everyone is welcome! This month, August 2012, we’re reading Kimberly Brock’s stunning debut novel of healing and redemption in the South, The River Witch. Come join us for discussion...

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Introducing the Great New Books Book Group

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Introducing the Great New Books Book Group

“Great New Books is all about sharing our favorite books, one week at a time. Our passion is for recommending quality books which keep us turning pages long through the night, great books which have the potential to touch hearts, and lives, and open doors to a better world. We’re so glad you’re joining us. The Great New Books site is run by a team of 6 bloggers who happen to love to read,...

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50 Books in 2012: Summer Reading List

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50 Books in 2012: Summer Reading List

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Suess Last week, my middle son graduated from the 5th grade. Sometimes, moving up from 5th to 6th grade isn’t a big deal, but at my sons’ school it is. They celebrate the jump from Elementary to Middle Schools as if it’s the huge accomplishment it is....

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