Category Archives: reading

Take a Look Inside by Editor-in-Chief Dawn Carrington

When I was looking to buy a house a few years ago, I spent a lot of time online perusing the houses, and I drove through neighborhoods during the day and at night to see if it was a place I could picture myself living.

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Sometimes, the outside of the houses were beautiful, but once I got inside, I noticed the problems. Water spots on the ceiling, cracks in the kitchen counters, and crumbling back porches. These weren’t faults that could be seen from just standing on the curb admiring the house from a distance or looking at pictures. And if I hadn’t looked inside, I might have bought a house that would cost more to repair than it did to buy it. Even though I passed on several houses, I knew someone would buy those older houses because they enjoyed tackling those problems and creating their own dream house.

In some ways, I look at books the same. I start out by being captured by the cover art and the book description. If I’m awed enough, I’ll read the excerpt because I want to see what the inside is like before I make a purchase. I want to see how other writers entice readers, how they tell their story, and how they keep people coming back for more.

Occasionally, the inside of the book is just like a faulty house, and I end up passing on the purchase. I got inside and took a look around, but the book wasn’t for me. If I like the first excerpt but I’m still not quite sure, I might visit a few other places with different excerpts. Just like visiting rooms of a house, I want to see beyond the initial face that is presented to the world. Occasionally, though, I’m bowled away by the initial read, and I’ll instantly buy the book.

While a cover and a great book description can really catch a reader’s eye, I encourage you to read the excerpts. If the first one doesn’t connect with you immediately, but you still like how the story sounds, search out more excerpts. Most authors will post different parts of their story at various place like their website, Wattpad, and Facebook.

If, however, that first excerpt ignites your desire to read the story, listen to your instincts even if it’s not your usual type of story. Excerpts can bring you into a new world of reading, connect you with an author you’ve never read, and draw you into a story you just have to read.

Master Your Challenge to Read More

You don’t have to look far on the internet to find any type of challenge. There are savings, cooking, writing, fitness, reading, and more. If you’ve decided you want to read more books, but you need to be challenged, Booklist Queen has you covered. You probably even have some of these books on your backlist just waiting to be read!

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And even though this challenge is for a full year, you can start now and choose the ones you want to read the most. Some of the challenges, like “bottom of your to-read list” and “by an indie author” will help you move some of those books off your shelves to make room for the new ones you want to buy! Not to mention how much it will help the author whose book you’re reading.

And once you’re done with a book, don’t forget to leave a review! Authors are eternally grateful for each and every one they receive.

Master Your Challenge To Read More This Year!

You don’t have to look far on the internet to find any type of challenge. There are savings, cooking, writing, fitness, reading, and more. If you’ve decided this is the year you’re going to read more books, Girlxoxo has you covered with a master list of the 2019 reading challenges. Any challenge you can think of, this list has it, including one that we all probably need to use: Beat the Backlist which encourages us to read all the books we’ve already purchased but haven’t yet opened. Our shelves would thank us.


What’s more, these challenges offer you ways to get involved with other reads online, to form book clubs, share about your favorite books, and even get book ideas. So you don’t have to be a lone reader if you don’t want to. And, bloggers, if you have a stack of books in your review file, there’s even a challenge for you! There is literally a challenge for everyone!

So if you want to read more books this year (and who doesn’t?), head on over to Girlxoxo and jump into a challenge!

Have you seen the book vending machine?

An elementary school in Florida is rewarding students for being kind, getting their homework done, and for making good choices. Students earn what’s called Bulldog Bucks which they can then use to obtain books from a vending machine. Talk about encouraging literacy!

Book vending

Read more about this fantastic idea here! Doesn’t it make you wonder what more we could all be doing to encourage more people to read?

Do you know what today is?

It’s National Read a Book Day, and as a publishing company, we can tell you this is one of our favorite days! I’ll bet you can guess why!

National Read a Book

Today is all about reading, whether it’s a paperback book, an ebook, or an audiobook, it’s a great day to pick up a novel or a non-fiction title and let the words entertain you, encourage you, and enlighten you!


Make Tonight A Magical Mystery Night!

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