Category Archives: Reading

Talking to Myself

We have to talk about our book problem. OK. I’m listening. We have too many books. Define too many. More books than fit on the shelves. By that definition, I concede we may have one or two more than is … Continue reading

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Short and Sweet (But Too Short!)

Notes from a Public Typewriter edited by Michael Gustafson and Oliver Uberti Grade: A- The owners of Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan left out a typewriter as an experiment, to see if people would use it. And people did. … Continue reading

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Reading in 2018

Back in September, I decided on some reading goals for the rest of the year. I was supposed to finish the Harry Potter series, finish reading all of Barbara Michaels’s books, read some Kindle books, and read the bookshop-themed books … Continue reading

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Dark Magic

The Magicians by Lev Grossman Grade: A At the beginning of The Magicians, teenager Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant high-achiever, was en route to an alumni interview for Princeton. But, even as he approached this milestone of accomplishment, he felt dissatisfied. … Continue reading

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Dream of Green and Turtles

I met author John Green in a dream last night. He wanted to thank me for tipping him off to that “turtles all the way down” thing. That was quite nice of him, and he was every bit as personable … Continue reading

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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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