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Greatness

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller Grade: A Helen Keller’s The Story of My Life was my 16th book of the year and much to be admired for both its content and its brevity. Keller’s authorial voice was … Continue reading

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Metaphorically Speaking

I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World by James Geary Grade: A- I got off to a rocky start with this book. I think of metaphor as a … Continue reading

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Reading in November

Currently reading: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: a Gothic fantasy set in the American South. I decided to read this book after watching (and enjoying) the movie that was based on it. The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs: … Continue reading

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How I Met My Book

I’ve read a lot of books about used bookstores lately. One of those books (The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell) was particularly critical of Amazon, and rightfully so. The more I understand about market forces and the inequitable … Continue reading

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10 Quotes, Plus One More for Good Measure

One thing I enjoyed about Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets by Jessica A. Fox was that the author included a quote at the head of every chapter. Before giving the book away, I paged through it and … Continue reading

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Planning Ahead

Reading plans for the remainder of the year: Finish rereading the Harry Potter series. I’m currently about 250 pages into The Goblet of Fire. Finish reading the bookshop-themed books that I took out of the library: The Bookshop on the … Continue reading

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Essays and Elisions

We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider Grade: B+ Tim Kreider is an essayist and cartoonist, and We Learn Nothing is a collection of essays and related cartoons. The book begins with the essay “Reprieve,” which is about how he felt … Continue reading

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Inky Depths

From The New York Times, August 16, 2018, by Ben Dolnick: “War With the Newts,” published in 1936, is a funny, bizarre, dystopian masterpiece, and [its author Karel Capek] deserves a place on the Mount Rushmore of authorial seers, right … Continue reading

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Two Books, Two People

I finished two books recently that belong together, so I must review them together. The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell, Grade: A- Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets by Jessica A. Fox, Grade: B+ I became … Continue reading

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Cozy in Scotland

The Cracked Spine: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton Grade: B I’ve been bingeing on books about bookshops. You wouldn’t think there would be that many, but there are. This particular one is a cozy mystery about a woman … Continue reading

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