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The last 2010 reading round-up

Yes, the year 2010 is done, and I feel like all the bloggers I follow have written their Year in Review posts, with lists, stats, and general thoughts on their reading for the past year…and I’m finally just starting mine. But in the space of life, what’s a few days’ delay, really? Not much. I

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Super-short update on books & reading

Over Saturday and Sunday, I managed to do some amount of cleaning in every room of our house. I was listening to the audio version of The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and it was fabulous. While dusting bookshelves, I started pulling out books to remove from my collection — but not too many of them,

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My long-delayed review of Great House by Nicole Krauss

(I really love the way the words dominate the cover. I always hear them in my head when I look at the book: “Nicole. KRAUSS. Great. HOUSE.” It reinforces the rhyme.) Thank you to W. W. Norton & Company, and to LibraryThing, for the advance reader’s copy of the novel Great House by Nicole Krauss.

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Short notes on reading, mid-July

I finally just finished my last LibraryThing Early Reviewer book, a short biography of E. M. Forster. It was quite good, and with a block of free time and in the right frame of mind, I could easily have finished it in only one or two days. Instead, it took eleven days. I’m sure it

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Review: The Emergence of Memory: Conversations with W.G. Sebald

I received a copy of The Emergence of Memory: Conversations with W. G. Sebald, edited by Lynne Sharon Schwartz, through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program. Many thanks to the publisher, Seven Stories Press, and to LibraryThing, for the chance to obtain and review this book. When I found out I’d won this book through the ER

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Review: The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing

I received The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing through LibraryThing‘s Early Reviewers program, and I’m so so grateful that I did. Thank you to LT and to the publisher, Bloomsbury, for the opportunity to read and review this book. As I read the book, I marked the Table of Contents to indicate

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What I’m reading (still), and what’s On Deck

Small confession: this post is more for my benefit than for anyone else, and I apologize. I have a pile of books that I really need to get to soon, and I’m putting the list down here as an extended “note to self,” so that I won’t get sidetracked by something that looks good but

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RYOB Challenge 2010, or, Shopping in my own shelves

It’s only in the past few months that I’ve started thinking about reading challenges. I know there are challenge groups on LibraryThing, of course, and I’ve been a member of the 50 Book Challenge for 2008 and 2009 (mainly to have a single place to track my reading, not really expecting to make 50 books…and

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My review (finally!!!) of Daphne – by Justine Picardie

I received a copy of the novel Daphne by Justine Picardie through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. I’m grateful to the publisher, Bloomsbury, and to LibraryThing for the opportunity to read and review this book. I own 16 books by Daphne du Maurier. I confess that I’ve only read a handful of them, but clearly

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