These resources will make sure you won’t go broke funding your most expensive yet rewarding hobby

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Any way you slice it, books are expensive. There are more expensive hobbies sure but when you are on a budget, splurging on a new book can bring some serious guilt.

Often, we don’t even re-read our books so we could end up spending hundreds or even thousands per year on books that get read once, and then go to our bookshelves to die. Book hoarding is an expensive hobby.

There is nothing wrong with collecting books. We can find joy in curating and building a home library. …


It helped save my job, get my finances in order, and helped me set realistic goals.

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During the pandemic and isolation, I got even more depressed than normal. This was a common problem for many people this year. I was missing meetings left and right.

My manager even put me on a performance improvement plan. These plans are often used to fire people. That was the road I was going down, and I didn’t much care. But my manager saw something in me and he wanted me to improve and succeed.

So I started therapy in January and started working with my therapist on establishing goals. I wanted to save my career. …


“The Four Winds” — A historical fiction tale set during America’s darkest time, the Dust Bowl, during the Great Depression

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The Story

We first meet Elsa Wolcott in 1921. She’s a lonely twenty-five-year-old woman living at home with her parents. Elsa wants more from life. She wants to go to college to become a writer. In this time, people shunned women who wanted to educate themselves. Her parents think it’s preposterous.

One night, Elsa goes out on the town against her parents’ wishes. She meets Rafe Martinelli, and he turns her entire world upside down. Suddenly she’s being kicked out of her parent’s home, her reputation is tarnished, and she must marry Rafe.

The year is now 1934. Many Americans are jobless…


Basic tips for revamping your book collection

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Your bookshelf tells your story and lets others have a look into your soul. If your books showcase clutter, disorganization, and mess, what does that say about you? Can you even find that one book you’ve been dying to reread?

One of the first things I do when I visit someone’s home is to check out their book collection. It gives me a rare glimpse into their mind, soul, and heart. What memories did they choose to showcase? Who are they really?

A bookshelf should include books, of course, but don’t forget to add a few personal items to make…


Essential books to give to the book lover in your life

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Love languages are how we give and receive love. There are five general ways that humans express love to one another: words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. People communicate love in different ways. For me, giving quality gifts is one of my love languages.

Giving gifts is not only about the monetary value of the gift. It allows for showing a visual symbol of love. It is more so the thought behind the gift. Sometimes when I am out, I see the perfect thing for someone and I just know they will love it…


Join me for a 2021 reading genre challenge

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In 2020, I wrote about breaking genres in reading and why the concept is so important. Opening yourself up to other genres allows you to develop skills in that area to apply to your own writing. Reading various genres increases your vocabulary and allows you to process stories in that mindset.

For example, romance novels help readers to focus on connections between characters. For writers, this helps to create a more character-driven story. This is helpful in any area of writing or storytelling. Reading thrillers helps to create tension and stronger plot points. Every genre teaches us something different.

Genre Challenge

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And how they can make you a better person

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Most book worms got started by picking up a book as a child. Maybe a parent read them a story at night. They envisioned their favorite story in vivid detail and with their imagination.

Children can teach us a lot about the world because they have yet to experience hurt, pain, or stress. Children view the world differently than you or I. They find happiness in the little things, constantly fill their time with activities that make them happy and are dreamers.

Children know how to find the little joys in life. They live in the moment and don’t worry…


How nostalgia changes our memories of media

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A few weeks ago, during Halloween, a friend shared a post about the movie and book IT by Stephen King. There is a big debate on whether the original movie from 1990 was better or if the 2017 version was better.

IT is a movie and book about a bloodthirsty clown that preys on children every twenty-seven years. In the movie, there are seven kids that must face the shape-shifting evil clown that dwells in the sewer. They band together to take on Pennywise the evil clown.

When comparing the two movies side by side, the 2017 movie is going…


An ancient philosophy dilemma reveals how far one woman will go to save her own child

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I just finished The Chain by Adrian McKinty. It is a thought-provoking story about an organization that takes advantage of families. Members choose victims to carry on the chain after being victims themselves.

The masterminds behind The Chain take advantage of familial ties to ransom money. The masterminds behind it all convince victims that the chain can never break and no one will catch them. Members of The Chain live in fear because it can always come back for them.

The story includes various themes. These include abuse, fear, mental health, PTSD, cancer, dedication, and love. The main characters have…


And how you can start retaining more from what you read

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Often, when I’m reading a book straight through, I catch myself getting so caught up in what’s next. I forget to appreciate the words in front of me. This happens to us through life too. We are often too busy planning tomorrow that we forget to enjoy today.

Many successful billionaires will tell you they spend their days reading. The secret to success is reading more. To achieve success, we must understand the information. Information only becomes knowledge once we gain meaning from it.

Reading Speed

Yes, reading more books is great. But put emphasis on the actual content. What you remember…

Brittani Kiger

Novice writer, data engineer, and avid book worm who specializes in productivity, life lessons, books, and reading. Top Writer in Reading and Books.

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