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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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Ten fewer stars in the sky: the best of the best.

Well, finally, here we are. Still wheezing and a bit flu-befuddled but back on the home coast and able to lift our heads off the pillow. That’s a start! And at the very least, the scenery is a bit more … Continue reading

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2018 Reading Re-cap: The Best of the Rest, Part II

I have these recurring moments of panic when I realize that “too many books, too little time” is not just a bumper sticker quote but a real conundrum. I will never read everything I should, let alone everything I want. … Continue reading

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2018 Reading Re-cap: The Best of the Rest, Part I

“Acquiring even simple pieces of information physically alters the structure of our neurons” ¬†¬†writes John Medina in Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School (264 pages, paperback, published 2009) Maybe this is why I … Continue reading

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He Said, she Said: Memoirs and Biographies, Part I

“Hell is other people” said Sartre. Maybe so. But reading about them is an absolutely delicious pastime. I got up close and personal with some extraordinary folks via an even dozen biographies and memoirs in 2018. Here’s half of them: … Continue reading

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Friends don’t make friends read Faust (and other 2018 reading mishaps)

There we were, minding our own reading business, when out of the blue, our couples book club friend announced our next assignment: Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Yes, both volumes, I and II. (Insert Munch scream emoticon here) I … Continue reading

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