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Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m happy to introduce Libre, a new free theme designed by yours truly.

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Libre

Libre brings a stylish, classic look to your personal blog or longform writing site. The main navigation bar stays fixed to the top while your visitors read, keeping your most important content at hand. At the bottom of your site, three footer widget areas give your secondary content a comfortable home.

Customize Libre with a logo or a header image to make it your own, or use one of two custom templates — including a full-width template with no sidebar — to change up the look of your pages. Libre sports a clean, responsive design that works seamlessly on screens of any size.

Responsive design

Read more about Libre on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes!

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Book Lovers Are Obsessed With This New Website

Last year, Random House quietly gave away Dan Brown’s bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code, for free for one week. Millions of readers were unaware of the week-long giveaway.

A select group of readers did take advantage of the promotion, though. They were using BookBub, a daily email that alerts readers to free and deeply discounted ebooks that are available for a limited time. BookBub notified nearly 1 million readers of the free Da Vinci Code deal last spring.

“It’s the Groupon of books,” Dominique Raccah, the publisher of Sourcebooks, told The New York Times about deal sites like BookBub. “For the consumer, it’s new, it’s interesting. It’s a deal and there isn’t much risk. And it works.”

Why did Random House give away a bestselling ebook that usually retails for $9.99? The company’s goal was to hook new readers on Brown’s thrillers and drum up interest in his new book, Inferno. The free ebook even included the prologue and first chapter of Inferno.

“It makes it almost irresistible,” Liz Perl, Simon & Schuster’s senior vice president explained to the The New York Times. “We’re lowering the bar for you to sample somebody new.”

Book lovers have now become practically obsessed with BookBub. In many cases, they’ve downloaded hundreds of books that publishers and authors have promoted on the site.

“I now have more books than I can read in a lifetime,” said Suzie Miller of Auburn, Wash. She said she has downloaded more than 350 free books using the service.

For readers, part of the appeal of BookBub is that it does not list every single free ebook on the market. Instead, BookBub’s expert editorial team selectively curates only the highest-quality ebooks to feature in their email and on their website. In most cases, the deals can be purchased for any ereading device, including Kindle, Apple, Android, and Windows.

Readers can select which genres they would like to receive, so each email is matched to their preferences. BookBub features more than two dozen genres of books, including mystery, romance, literary, historical fiction, nonfiction and more.

With millions of readers using BookBub’s service, this type of promotional concept seems to be resonating with both publishers and readers alike.

To see today’s ebook deals, go to www.bookbub.com.

After Reading This, I Didn’t Feel Comfortable In My Own Body. This Is Just TOO Strange.

If you think about it, your body is a strange, mysterious machine. One day, you woke up with it. Then, you get to spend years living inside it and using it. Have you ever taken the time to really think about it and the different things that it does? Or how it makes you feel? Next, think about this place you live. Earth is a huge planet with countless undiscovered places. But, that huge planet is spinning in an endless void known as the Universe that we may never discover the secrets of. The more you think about things in life, the weirder everything will seem. These 17 things listed below are no exception. Once you think these things, you can’t un-think them.

1.) Have you ever thought about your digestive tract?

1.) Have you ever thought about your digestive tract?

2.) Or making out with someone?

2.) Or making out with someone?

3.) Are rocks REALLY hard?

3.) Are rocks REALLY hard?

4.) But what if you don’t have kids?

4.) But what if you don't have kids?

5.) You’re a stranger to your parents.

5.) You're a stranger to your parents.

6.) Sex is actually kind of weird.

6.) Sex is actually kind of weird.

7.) You may feel bad about using the toilet now.

7.) You may feel bad about using the toilet now.

8.) Owwww, my brain.

8.) Owwww, my brain.

9.) Which day will be your last?

9.) Which day will be your last?

10.) Your cell phone is going to be laughed at.

10.) Your cell phone is going to be laughed at.

11.) Did they mean to do that?

11.) Did they mean to do that?

12.) Have you ever seen a sphere?

12.) Have you ever seen a sphere?

13.) Aw, adorable little arms.

13.) Aw, adorable little arms.

14.) And some people can’t even do that.

14.) And some people can't even do that.

15.) … but I love cheese..

15.) ... but I love cheese..

16.) What’s under the water?

16.) What's under the water?

17.) Or by Russia?

17.) Or by Russia?

This May Look Like A Silly Old Dance Video, But What These Ladies Do Is Incredible

How many old movies have you watched where the actors break out into song and dance? Probably a ton. That’s because the most popular movies back in the day were musicals. The best entertainers were “triple threats” who could sing, dance, and act.

The Ross Sisters were pretty popular way back when. Let’s just say that they were triple threats of a different breed…

They start out with some pretty impressive flips, but that’s nothing out of the ordinary.

They start out with some pretty impressive flips, but that's nothing out of the ordinary.

After that, things start getting weird.

After that, things start getting weird.

This performance is full of crazy contortions.

This performance is full of crazy contortions.

These moves are beyond comprehension.

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!

The creepiest part is how slowly she manages to do that.

The creepiest part is how slowly she manages to do that.

What kind of witchcraft is this?

What kind of witchcraft is this?

Someone get this girl a priest.

Someone get this girl a priest.

Approximately zero performers today could pull off these stunts. The Ross Sisters took the idea of the triple threat to new and disturbing levels.

She Spray-Painted Some PVC Pipes And Made Something Totally Gorgeous

PVC pipes are made for plumbing, but their price and practicality make them perfect for so much more. You can use PVC pipes to organize your garden shed, to store shoes, or even to make music. We don’t tend to think of PVC pipes as elegant, but with this DIY project from Craftbits, you can turn them into something gorgeous and green for your home. All you need is a can of spray paint and a few seedlings to get started.

To start, Shellie at Craftbits grabbed some PVC pipe, joints, a hammer, gold spray paint, a valve, and a few plants.

She started putting the pipes and joints together.

You can get however creative you want here (or you can copy Shellie’s design).

Once she assembled the pipes, she spray-painted the fixture a copper hue.

For an added utilitarian flair, she put a valve on one end.

The last step is to put the plants in the fixture and mount it.

All it takes are four well-placed nails to keep it up.

This is so cute and so simple to create!

(source Craftbits)

I’ve never made anything with PVC pipe before, but this cool planter makes me want to pick some up today. This is such an easy way to bring green into a space. I’m definitely going to create my own design and make something similar ASAP.

https://youtu.be/g2mMatCsaxU

Many of us are guilty of spending way too much money on seasonal accessories that end up being hidden away at the back of the closet for most of the year. That’s why DIY projects are so popular these days. Not only are they fun, but they usually save you a ton of money.

Bucket bags have been really popular over the past few years, so the team over at The Sorry Girls decided to give us a DIY option. Even though there’s a bit of sewing involved, they give thorough instructions that will have you sporting a unique bucket bag in no time.

(source TheSorryGirls)

These would also make amazing birthday gifts for all the fashionable girls in your life, since they’re totally customizable. So what are you waiting for? Get working!

The Couple at Sunset

jen groeber: mama art

Tonight my two girls and I saw our neighbors walking down the road in front of our house. We hadn’t seen them for awhile, not since they found us trying to sled on the hill out front with sleds made of duct tape, plastic bags and old boogey boards earlier this winter.

View of the cove with a duct tape sled in the foreground A great view. A pathetic duct tape sled.
February 2015

It had been bitingly cold that day, and I was recovering from one of those mornings where someone was melting down at all times. It was the day my husband had mistakingly driven away with our sleds, when we were tired of the snow, our board games and card games and, honestly, of each other. It was Valentine’s Day.

I distractedly shared the blah, blah of the kids’ recent accomplishments, asked after this couple’s children and grandchildren. He seemed especially bright-eyed and eager to connect while she seemed uncharacteristically…

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James Salter’s Ohio connection

The Longest Chapter

Salter BooksAuthor James Salter died on Friday, June 19. His death shocked his devoted fans, having nothing to do with it being unexpected. He was 90 years old. The shock has everything to do with recognizing what we’ve lost: A writer who created perfect sentences and characters that flowed altogether into engaging, beautiful and moving stories. The quality of his writing style, his history as a combat pilot during the Korean War, his enduring classic A Sport and a Pastime (1967) all speak to Salter’s rich life and literary legacy; and yet, many readers don’t know him. He’s been ubiquitously described as “a writer’s writer” and a favorite of critics. The New York Times obituary headline reads, “James Salter, a ‘Writer’s Writer’ Short on Sales but Long on Acclaim, Dies at 90.” Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda captured the essence of Salter in The Washington Post when he wrote, “He can, when he…

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Top Shelf in July: The Hand That Feeds You by A. J. Rich

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Falling in love is a mind-bending experience. All at once, your future opens before you in a sherbet-tinged horizon of everlasting bliss. Every question in this long, wandering life finds its answer in the miracle face that is suddenly smiling at you in the morning, delivering coffee, staring deep into your eyes because yes, it’s true, the feeling is mutual. This is everything you’ve ever wanted, a love story for the ages, a fairy tale made modern and real; made better, because it’s yours. In the midst of all of this, what could possibly go wrong?

Well.

What if the person sharing that bowl of sweet forever with you was lying? About everything?

The Hand That Feeds You, the brand new novel by A. J. Rich, opens with Morgan Prager’s grisly discovery of her fiancee’s body in her bed, where, police confirm, it has been mauled by dogs. As…

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