Terrific Tuesday: Today, It’s All About Me!

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We are pausing today from our ordinary blog posts because it’s a special day for me!

It’s my birthday, and I am 7. I hope that you’ll enjoy my Smilebox creation, because my life with my Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, is so special because of all of you!

Find some cake and ice cream, savor the sweetness and know how much we love you!

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Fantabulous Friday: Great Books to Go!

Lady Louise is always ready for an adventure as long as her Editorial Assistant makes the arrangements, packs the bags and carries the cash and camera. Smile!

Lady Louise is always ready for an adventure as long as her Editorial Assistant makes the arrangements, packs the bags and carries the cash and camera. Smile!

Great books inspire great vacation locations!

From The Garden of Good and Evil in Savannah, Ga., to Sherlock Holmes’ London adventures, here are eight vacations that have been inspired by wonderful stories.

Before going to the following link, think about the books you’ve read and their settings. Then, consider the places that aren’t mentioned here, but that would make fun and/or fabulous trips for you!

Here are eight great vacations from eight great books: http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/eco-tourism/photos/8-vacations-based-on-books.

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Move It Monday: Read the Book First

Helena Bonham Carter stars in the newest adaptation of "Great Expectations" for the silver screen.

Helena Bonham Carter stars in the newest adaptation of “Great Expectations” for the silver screen.

It’s Great Books Week. Since the early years in Hollywood, great books have been made into movies. We’ve debated whether the movie differed greatly from the book or we’ve lamented that the book was far better than the movie.

We’ve also heard it said many times, “Read the book before you see the movie.” Sometimes, we’ve rushed headlong into seeing the movie first, only to have our friends tell us why we should have read the book and then gone to see the movie.

Over the next few months, some interesting movies will make their debut on the silver screen. But there are seven that have been adapted from books, including the classics, Great Expectations and The Hobbit.

Therefore, if you’re one of those people who want to read the book seeing the movie, then you’ll need to make a move and read.

To know more, visit http://goo.gl/kkO0k3.

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Fantabulous Friday: Books and Life …


My Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, has been extraordinarily lax this week with my blog. Hmmmmmm … I must have words with her later.

Therefore, we are posting late — but perhaps better late than never!

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Thoughtful Thursday: A Story of War


The Red Badge of Courage, by author Stephen Crane, was published on this day in 1895 in book form. Considered Crane’s greatest work, the novel was the first to share the experiences of war through the eyes of an ordinary soldier. It was published first in serial form by a newspaper syndicate, but the novel ensured Crane’s reputation as literary success.

Crane was the youngest of 14 children. He moved to Asbury Park, N.J, at age 9 when his father died. Although he attended Syracuse University, he left after a year and moved to New York City where he became a struggling writer.

His first book, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, was inspired by the life he viewed while living in near-poverty. The story of a prostitute and her ultimate suicide, the novel earned crtical acclaim but was not a commercial success.

Fascinated by the stories he heard from men who had fought in the Civil War, Crane embarked on a literary journey that resulted in the publication of The Red Badge of Courage, which told the story of a Union private named Henry Fleming who is naive about the war and the life of a soldier.

The book brought Crane international fame. But his life as a writer was short lived. He became a foreign war correspondent for newspapers and continued writing poems and short stories. He contracted tuberculosis and died in June 1900 at the young age of 28.

The Red Badge of Courage has endured as a great American novel ande has been in print since its original publication.

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Terrific Tuesdays: Frightful Reading!


Did you read books as a child that you found enchanting and interesting? Then, as an adult, did you look at these same books again and wonder “what was I thinking”!

The Barnes & Noble Book Blog examines four popular books that many of us read and remember and looks at the darkness within them. These include Peter Pan, The Witches, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia).

Despite the charm of Neverland, where one can remain a child and never grow up, the book has such issues as child abandonment, frightening pirates and near-death experiences.

Not listed in this group, The Wizard of Oz, are disaster, fear, flying monkeys and one very evil witch! That was a book that I remember with great fear!

Check out http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/four-classic-kids-books-that-are-darker-than-you-remember/ to learn more about tales that appear more frightening that we remember!

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