Category Archives: Reading

Day 302: Books by the Number

I always hope to read 52 books per year, but I don’t seem to reach that goal very often. In 2020, for example, I only read 40 books. Perhaps it’s time to think about why I keep falling short. A … Continue reading

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2020’s Most Memorable Reads

Here is a list of the five most memorable books I read in 2020. Two were rereads. Three were new to me. Doctor Dolittle’s Circus by Hugh Lofting, A-: I had forgotten why I loved the Dr. Dolittle series so … Continue reading

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Day 274: Unusual Apocalypse

The Trees by Ali Shaw; Grade: B+ I recently finished reading The Trees by Ali Shaw. It is an extraordinary book, as I had expected it would be, having already read the author’s previous novels (The Girl With Glass Feet … Continue reading

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Day 257: Pat on the Back

This week I finished my 37th book of the year (Piranesi by Susanna Clarke), and that means that I’ve already beaten my reading totals for the years 2105 (32), 2016 (35), 2017 (27), and 2019 (33). So, though I feel … Continue reading

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Day 256: What Could Have Been

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig Grade: B `Between life and death there is a library,’ she said. `And within that library, the shelves go on for ever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have … Continue reading

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Day 228: Animals and Zombies

Last night I finished reading Doctor Dolittle’s Circus by Hugh Lofting. In this episode of the series, the Doctor needs to make some quick cash to pay off a debt, so he and his animal friends hatch a plan to … Continue reading

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Day 207: Too Much

I started my new book, The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde, yesterday. Today I put it aside in favor of a different book. Why? Because it was too political. Just a few pages in, Fforde was already tackling issues of … Continue reading

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Day 204: Weekend Reading

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Day 188: One of Fourteen

One good thing about having purchased so many books is that I feel obligated to read them. So far I have finished fourteen, among them this Poirot mystery: Three Act Tragedy (aka Murder in Three Acts) by Agatha Christie Grade: … Continue reading

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Day 173: Thankfully Unread

I have read most of the Agatha Christie novels that feature Hercule Poirot, but not quite all. Many times over the last few years I’ve thought about finally finishing them off, but somehow I never did. I’m glad I left … Continue reading

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