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Rachael Berkey
Rachael Berkey has a blog where she shares her musings on books, Star Wars and whatever TV show she’s currently obsessed with despite her lack of cable. She lives in New York and is a day-time minion at My Damn Channel. Don't get her started on her favorite book; she may never stop talking.

Entries by Rachael Berkey

Nothing to Prove

(11) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 6:14 PM

I've got nothing to prove.

As someone who self-identifies as a geek, it's a phrase I'm pretty familiar with. Saying it to kids in the school yards, my siblings' friends or the countless professionals I interact with daily is just another part of life as far as I'm concerned. I'm...

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Read This? Drink That

(3) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 1:18 PM

I am plowing through book after book in my mission to get through the To-Be-Read (TBR) pile. A few months ago, it submitted notification that it would actually topple over while I was sleeping and smother me if I didn't get my act together and read some of it.


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Bookworm in the Blood

(6) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 7:02 PM

It's Mother's Day, and I know that this won't go up until much later than the actual holiday, but I do everything a little late for mothers. Why should this be any different?

Inevitably, I'm a little late to any shindig that features mothers -- just ask my stepmom. Today...

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The Books of Our Lives

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 6:47 PM

The books that change our lives. It sounds like the dramatic segue into the credits of a soap opera, but it's kind of true right? There are those books that change the way you see the world, a person or yourself that stay with you forever.

For me, a lot...

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Tripping Over a Great Read

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 4:07 PM

I love the many varied ways that books come into my life.

Sometimes they arrive wrapped in brown paper with a note written on a used envelope that pleads with me to please read this immediately. Thank you Dad.

Sometimes I wander through a bookstore on a hot...

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Sometimes a Girl Just Needs to Read

(3) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 10:30 AM

Dear Family:

I'm not actually a misanthrope. I love you all very much, and getting to see you at the holidays is one of my favorite things. After all, my friends can attest to the fact that I talk of little else than our upcoming meetings whenever a trip approaches....

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I Voted for Libraries

(6) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 2:36 PM

It's hard to think about books today. I didn't think I'd ever write, let alone think, those words, but they're true. It's Election Day in the U.S. and it's pretty much the only thing on my mind. I even stepped out of the house without a book in my purse.

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Reading Lists for When the Lights Go Out

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 11:08 AM

Hurricane lamps. Go bags. There are many ways to prepare for a hurricane, but let me be honest: the most important part to me, once safety needs are met, is making sure I have a reading list that will keep me entertained once the power goes out.

In preparation for...

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How Do You Stay in a Story?

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 3:00 PM

What pulls you out of a book?

Do you struggle with a character you just can't support? A setting that's too fantastical? Too much dense exposition? Too much conversation? Or is it the actual page length that intimidates you and makes you want to throw a book down in frustration?

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That Magic Something

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 1:49 PM

There are times that I read a story and think to myself:

"Wow, what wouldn't I give to be able to write like that?"

Rarely is the story something terribly fantastic with loads of characters and a new universe that has to be constructed from scratch. More often than not,...

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I Read a Comic About Cat Poop and Laughed

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 4:59 PM

Last week was San Diego Comic-Con the Mecca of geekdom that happens once a year. In addition to the glitz and glamour, the comics and cosplays, there are a lot of books. At its heart, Comic-Con is about just that: comics.

They aren't just the superhero publications you're...

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(7) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 6:41 PM

There's this thing about a good book. I never really want them to end. I get lost in the story, want to explore the world further, want to hang out with the characters on a one-to-one basis. I want to be their friend.

Clearly, I'm a little crazy, right?

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First Steps Toward the Dark Side

(19) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 2:59 PM

I have a confession to make. I bought an e-reader. Okay, I fell even further than just an e-reader. I bought an iPad.

This happened two weeks ago, and I've already read three books on it start to finish.

I'm not sure if this is a good thing or...

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Review: Operation: Montauk

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 5:40 PM

I wasn't really sure what I was getting into when I started Operation: Montauk, but I ended up pleasantly surprised. Fast-moving and exciting, there are dinosaurs, spaceships and gunfire in a battle-heavy novel that centers on castaways in time. There are even brief discussions of metaphysics and fate.


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(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 10:30 AM

There are few things I love more than a really engrossing story. I don't mean something that I feel I "should" be reading or that I feel a sense of obligation to finish.

I mean the kind of story that I cannot put down.

They don't come along that...

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Security With the Written Word

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2012 | 8:48 PM

There are few ways to make me feel more exposed than to set me somewhere to wait with nothing to do. I blame my mother for this idiosyncrasy. The problem is that, "Read a book," was the answer to every problem in my childhood.

Bored? "Read a book."

Can't sleep?...

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FanGirls and Boys: It's Cool to Be Excited About Books!

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 2:01 PM

I love to read. There's no surprise there anymore. I have given up trying to explain it to people who don't understand. Mostly this is because I rarely cross paths anymore with people who aren't avid readers like me.

It is perhaps ironic that the three people I consider my...

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Wrecking Recs: Go to the Bookstore!

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 4:44 PM

At least once a month, I get email from a friend asking for a recommendation. The friend in question has finished a book and cannot decide on what to read next. They've come to me for inspiration.

I used to be flattered by the vote of confidence. My friends come...

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