Category Archives: Reading

Merlin, Wars, Yawn

Here is the review I wrote about a book that I read earlier this year. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart Grade: B+ This is a first-person account of Merlin’s early years. In this telling, he is the illegitimate son … Continue reading

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Keep It Brief

Readers gravitate toward that which is pithy, especially in the Internet Age, in which there is too much to read and too little time. That’s why we have a wonderful new acronym: TLDR (Too Long; Didn’t Read). It’s quick and … Continue reading

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People Change

Barrel Fever by David Sedaris Grade: B- David Sedaris and I probably don’t have that much in common. He’s a guy from the South, and I’m a gal from the North. He’s a good 16 years my senior, having been … Continue reading

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For the Love of Language

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri Grade: B+ Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London, but moved with her parents to America when she was just two years old. Her parents spoke Bengali at home, and she learned that language to … Continue reading

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Ten Years Later

It’s hard to believe that ten years have passed since the final book of the Harry Potter series hit the shelves, but my very own blog provides the proof. Back then I asked, “What will we do now that we … Continue reading

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A Rare Thing

Eggshells by Caitriona Lally Grade: A- I could tell from the first paragraph of Eggshells that author Caitriona Lally had a knack for wordplay and for making wonderful observations about everyday things. It’s what drew me to the book. It’s … Continue reading

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Aimless & Pointless

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan Grade: C I mentioned in a previous post that I didn’t like Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, but I didn’t say why. Sorry about that. It was months ago … Continue reading

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Digging Out

A recent post had me on the brink of being buried in my piles of unread newspapers. I not only managed to dig my way out, but I also took the paper beast by the neck and looked all the … Continue reading

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Now Reading

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu Reality Is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli

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Write Down the Stories of Your Life

I was saddened to hear that Amy Krouse Rosenthal died today. I really enjoyed her Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. It not only inspired me enough to write a positive review, but also enough to write a second post about … Continue reading

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