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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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From the Library

My husband kindly stopped by the library and picked up the books I had ordered. They are… Wit’s End by Karen Joy Fowler: I didn’t love The Jane Austen Book Club, which is probably Fowler’s best known work, so I’m … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions

I am always hearing about books that I might like. Of the ones I hear about, only a fraction still seem good after shopping for them online and reading the reviews. That’s a good thing, though. I’d never find time … Continue reading

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It’s Depressing

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman Grade: B+ Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us is a non-fiction book that questions what would happen to our planet if we (mankind) suddenly disappeared en masse. How quickly would nature take over … Continue reading

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Timely Tale

Black Rainbow by Barbara Michaels Grade: B In Black Rainbow a young governess is hired by a wealthy family. In this family are a young woman who runs the family’s mill while her brother is away, a man (the brother) … Continue reading

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