There's no end
to the things you might know, depending how far beyond Zebra you go! {Dr. Seuss}

Sunday, June 19, 2016

5 of the Best Dads in Literature

The third Sunday in June is Father’s Day in the U.S., which is today! As I’m feeling grateful for my wonderful dad, I’m thinking about some of my favorite daddios in literature. There are many terrific ones, and I’ve listed five of my favorites! This is a repost from June 2013. 

5 Favorite Dads in Books:

Arthur Weasley
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
How can you not like this dad? He collects plugs! He is excited after his kids, without permission, give his flying car a trial run! I love it that he stays in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts position even though he’s been offered a promotion many times. His job makes him happy, and when dad is happy, so are the kids. A dad who is there for you is more important than money!

Atticus Finch
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Atticus is the epitome of great dad role models. In addition to the importance he puts on reading and academic intelligence, he also emphasizes the other kinds of intelligence: wisdom, openmindedness, empathy, kindness, and striving to understand all people, the good ones and the bad ones. He is a strong, positive influence on his children and on his community.

Charles Ingalls 
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Pa reminds me of Atticus in his willingness to support social outcasts and be a strong voice for those who aren’t heard. The Ingalls family experienced many difficult times, but Pa’s optimistic spirit kept the family going, and they made the most of everything they had.

William Smith
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Many parents in Roald Dahl’s children’s books are nasty, but not Danny’s dad! William is enthusiastic, passionate, and wild. He tells fantastic stories every night (including a certain one about the BFG) and always answers Danny’s myriad questions. William may have some crazy schemes, but he’s a loving, capable dad, and he sure is fun!

Matthew Cuthbert
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
It is Matthew’s sister Marilla who wants to adopt a boy to help Matthew, but after they accidentally receive Anne Shirley instead, it is Matthew who wants to keep her anyway. He is good and kind and loves Anne more than anyone.


These are only five incredible fathers in literature. I know there are many others! Who are some of your favorite literary dads?

HAVE A SUPER FATHER’S DAY TO ALL OF YOU AWESOME DADS!!!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

5 of the Best Moms in Literature

The second Sunday in May is Mother’s Day in the U.S., which is today! As I’m feeling grateful for my wonderful mom, I’m thinking about some of my favorite mommas in literature. There are many terrific ones, and I’ve listed five of my favorites! This is a repost from June 2013.

5 Favorite Moms in Books:

Molly Weasley
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
How many mothers who already have seven children will take on another as if he is her own? Molly loves her family above everything else, and she’d do anything to keep them together. She’s loyal, kind, smart, and a fierce dueler. Don’t get in Molly’s way when her kids are in danger!

Queen Sasha
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
No one could tame or positively influence the bumbling, ignorant King Roland like sweet Sasha. The evil magician Flagg underestimates Sasha’s quiet power in her sons. Prince Peter remembers his mother’s lessons, values, and morals, and they reside in Prince Thomas, too. It may be Queen Sasha’s memory that saves the kingdom.

Grandma Mazur
The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
Edna Mazur is in her seventies, wears neon spandex, sings in a punk rock band, flirts with handsome young men (Ranger!), and helps her granddaughter take down criminals to save the day. Grandma Mazur is who I want to be when I grow up!

Caroline Ingalls
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Pa may get the credit for getting through difficult times, but it’s Ma who holds Pa together. Pa’s tenacity comes from Ma’s quiet strength and support. Without Ma, the Ingalls family wouldn’t be the family we know and love today.

Clara Allen 
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
All of the women listed above are strong, but not quite like Clara. She suffers the deaths of three sons, nurses her comatose husband, takes over her husband’s horse-trading business making it more prosperous than ever, temporarily adopts a stranger’s sickly baby boy, and raises two healthy, happy daughters. All of this she does alone in the 1800s. She is a woman and mother ahead of her time.



These are only ten incredible mothers in literature. I know there are many others! Who are some of your favorite literary moms?


HAVE A SUPER MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL OF YOU MARVELOUS MOMS!!!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Motivational Monday Quotes

Personally, I think the passion for an extraordinary life, and the courage to pursue it, is what makes us special. 
{Laini Taylor}

If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn. 
{Ayn Rand}

Books: a beautifully browsable invention that needs no electricity and exists in a readable form no matter what happens. 
{Nicholson Baker}

Don't try to be young. Just open your mind. Stay interested in stuff. There are so many things I won't live long enough to find out about, but I'm still curious about them. You know people who are already saying, 'I'm going to be 30 - oh, what am I going to do?' Well, use that decade! Use them all!
{Betty White}

A good book is an event in my life. 
{Stendhal}

Happy reading and writing, Zigzaggers!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Motivational Monday Quotes

Daydreaming, however awesome it is, is passive. It happens in your head. Learning to make dreams real is another matter, and I think it should be the work of your life.
{Laini Taylor}

You cannot kill a breeze, a wind, a fragrance; you cannot kill a dream or an ambition. 
{Michel Onfray}

Put blinders on to those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head.
{Meryl Streep}

Books: a beautifully browsable invention that needs no electricity and exists in a readable form no matter what happens.
{Nicholson Baker} 

Having your own standards allows you to perceive success where others may see failure.
{Stephen Colbert}

Happy reading and writing!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Motivational Monday Quotes

I like to write the character as if they’re making their case to God as to why they should be allowed into heaven.
{Aaron Sorkin}

When you read a book, you hold another's mind in your hands. 
{James Burke}

It took me a while to finish a book. Too long. And you know, it doesn’t matter how good a writer you are unless you finish what you start!
{Laini Taylor}

You can choose courage or you can choose comfort. You cannot have both.
{Brené Brown}

To survive, you must tell stories. 
{Umberto Eco}

Happy reading and writing!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Motivational Monday Quotes

Without leaps of imagination, we lose the excitement of possibilities.
{Gloria Steinem}

Every day we get a fresh chance to live the way we want.
{John Kenney}

That's what literature is. It's the people who went before us, tapping out messages from the past, from beyond the grave, trying to tell us about life and death! Listen to them! 
{Connie Willis} 

You have to speak your dream out loud.
{Kelly Corrigan}

Never sit staring at a blank page or screen. If you find yourself stuck, write. Write about the scene you’re trying to write. Writing about is easier than writing, and chances are, it will give you your way in.
{Laini Taylor}

Happy reading and writing!