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2019 Reading Recap: Top 5 Reads to Shelter By.

Well. Are we bored yet? Perhaps even you reluctant readers are ready to pick up a book? Perfect timing, because here are the best of the best of my 2019 reads: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. … Continue reading

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2019 Reading Recap: The Top Ten, Part One

Welp, everyone, no more “I don’t have time to read” excuses. Once you’re done hoarding toilet paper and you’ve worked out that new dance step called “The Social Distance” you will definitely have time to sit down and read. And … Continue reading

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2019 Reading Recap: Live. Read. Learn.

Ah, the arcane. It can’t be helped. In any given reading year, there are those outlier books that fit with nothing else on the shelf. Between the odd choices that are foisted upon me by fellow book clubbians and my … Continue reading

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2019 Reading Recap: Six Classic Looks

As tempting as it may be to reach for the latest fashion (dear Lord, they are hawking puffed sleeves and hot pants for this spring) there is something so soothing (and sane) about a classic look, say, cashmere and pearls. … Continue reading

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2019 Reading Recap: War, Rinse, Repeat.

Six books that span the centuries; the thread that connects them is history. And war. The Hundred Years War. World War I. World War II. The Vietnam War. The Iraq War. Hell, hellish and more hellish. The fact that most … Continue reading

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2019 Reading Recap: Persons of Interest

I’m always thumbs up on reading a biography, because, honestly, pretty much anyone’s life is more interesting than mine. ¬†With all this concern about high tech surveillance, in my case, I think the joke is on Alexa, Google and whoever … Continue reading

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2019 Reading Recap: This Land is Your Land?

Everyone’s view of America is his or her own. These six books span more than a century of living in the U.S.A., with characters shaped by the eras in which they live and grappling with the challenges they face: News … Continue reading

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2019 Reading Recap: Behaving Badly

There are so many reasons to read; distraction is one, edification another. And then there is the sheer joy of schadenfreude. Strictly defined as pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune, in reading it is this and more. Because … Continue reading

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2019 Reading Recap: Series-ously; The Aubrey-Maturin novels

Maybe I just have commitment issues. I tend to steer away from series in my reading. They go on and on, they loom over one’s reading like the house guest who never leaves. One and done is more my style. … Continue reading

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2019 Reading Recap: Let there be lightweights.

Time for the annual backward glance on the reading year… I read once, somewhere, that reading anything is good for you. I don’t know if I believe that. I used to draw the line at comic books, cereal boxes and … Continue reading

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