Happy birthday, Toni Morrison (b. 18 February 1931)

“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’”

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If you do not find a companion, intelligent, one who associates with you, who leads a good life, lives soberly, walk alone like a king who has renounced the kingdom he has conquered … It is better to live alone; there is no companionship with a fool
—  The Buddha, The Dhammapada
Literary New Year’s Resolutions

Forget the standard New Year’s resolutions: Gym memberships are so boring, anyway. This year, our resolutions are strictly literary. If you’re stuck on what to resolve, here are some ideas sure to make your 2015 a little more bookish.

Read more classics

Tired of nodding along every time someone says Kafkaesque and pretending to have read Metamorphosis? Just pick up a copy and get to reading!

Hit the stacks

Books can be expensive, but the library is free (if you return your books on time). Stay local and come often to ensure your name is at the top of the list when new releases come in.

Speaking of local…

Become a regular at your local indie bookstore! Make it a mission to chat with the staff every time you pop in and you’re sure to get top notch recommendations for the entire year.

Set a number

A lot of people want to read more, but how much is “more?” Challenge yourself by aiming to read more than you did this last year.

Read outside of your comfort zone

You know that genre you’ve always wanted to get into but didn’t know where to start? Check our winter previews for a look at some of the season’s best titles; they can help you get started.

Go back to school

Perhaps not literally, but think about something you’d like to learn how to do. Coding html? Surfing? Writing erotica? There’s a book for all of it.


Last year many readers wanted to read more books written by women or books featuring underrepresented characters. Expand your views with writers and characters from completely different backgrounds this year.

Beat the crowd

Take a look at what books are being adapted to film and television this year and aim to read them all before they hit the big and small screens.

Or switch it up

Do the opposite! Instead of always racing to finish the book, see the movie and then use the book as added bonus material.

Read your own shelves

We all have them, books that have sat shelved for years waiting for us to pick them up. Instead of keeping up with new releases, take a look at what you already have in your own collection. You just may love what you find.

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I Like Your Glasses! Queer Ladies Speed Dating with CoverSpy
Wednesday, April 29 at 7pm

A night of speed dating for ladies seeking ladies who’d rather be judged by their book cover (glasses not required)! Bring your current or favorite book and meet other readers. Hosted by coverspy!

Tickets are $15 and include a drink (beer or wine) and 10% off all books that night; 100% of proceeds go to Housing Works’ mission to fight homelessness and AIDS.  Registration required, so we can make sure there’s someone for everyone to check out (library pun intended). Open to all ages and literary tastes. You will be asked to submit age and some information about your reading preferences with the ticket confirmation information and will be seated according to those details.

For the second year, we are celebrating National Library Week by helping an elementary school library in need. Together with our friends at Kids Need to Read, we are committing 10% of all Out of Print online sales to help fully fund an application from the Coffeeville Elementary School to stock its library with new books.

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The Best Books I've Read this Year

Like last year, I’ve had some friends recently asking me for book recs–either for gifts or for books to dig into over the holidays. Here are some books, both old and new, that I read this year that stuck with me. (Links to author-related events included, too.)

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I love you. I love every piece, every inch, and every bit of you. I love even your flaws because it is a part of you. No darling, don’t think that I resent whatever’s in your past, or whatever you have done wrong. I love your scars and imperfection because they made who you are right now. That ‘you’ who has done nothing to me but all the good things in this world. You deserved to love and be loved with no hesitations and second thoughts. For that, I am more than willing to give you as much as I can, and to make you feel all the love you deserve in the world. I love how you stare into the nothingness because in that view, I know and I can see that you are thinking of what lies ahead us. You have never fail to make me believe that there’s a future for us. Me in your life ahead, and you to mine. I could not ever ask for more because having you in my life and within my reach is more than enough. I love you so much.
—  Cic・a・trix   noun; the scar of the healed wound. (L.M.)