Category Archives: Reading

Reviews and Regrets

OMG, my review killed Mary Oliver! I posted about her book yesterday, giving her a low grade, and today she died. This is why I hate giving low grades. Low grades bring bad news. Mary, I’ve always loved your poems. … Continue reading

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Three Books on Poetry

In my quest to better understand poetry, I read three books on the subject. The first book was Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled. I’ll tell you the bad news first: the book suffers from what seems to be an … Continue reading

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Books on My Nightstand

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction by Chris D. Thomas Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith (finished) Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield The Girl … Continue reading

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Okay, Okay, Let’s Deal With This

I was partly serious in my conversation with myself yesterday. I do have a book problem. It was bad before Christmas, and it’s gotten worse since. I received several books for Christmas (some of which I asked for, and all … Continue reading

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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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