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Wednesday reading roundup: September 28

This week’s reading adventures have been classic (pun intended). I dedicated myself to The Odyssey this week and finally moved it to the read column. And I started The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. For the weekly inspiration of WWW Wednesday, many thanks again to Taking on a World of Words for hosting it and to Coffee and… Continue reading Wednesday reading roundup: September 28

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Wednesday reading roundup: September 21

Yesterday, I mentioned to my love the title of a book I wanted to read. His response: “If it’s a book, assume we already own it.” Ha. Ha. “What if it’s a new release?” I replied. He came back with, “You probably pre-ordered it. We probably already have two copies.” Ah, he knows me so… Continue reading Wednesday reading roundup: September 21

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The Reading Life: Lifestyle or cultural pursuit?

This week, I’ve been mulling over whether reading is primarily a lifestyle or primarily a cultural pursuit. Writing that sentence annoyed me. Because why must it be either/or? These false binaries are, irritatingly, everywhere. However, for the sake of filing newspaper stories, practical decisions have to be made. Does a story on, for example, hot new releases… Continue reading The Reading Life: Lifestyle or cultural pursuit?

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Homer’s The Odyssey: How I chose which translation to read

“You know what the ancients said…” Growing up, I heard this phrase more times than I can count. The “ancients” referred to the ancient Greek philosophers, poets, playwrights, etc. I don’t know if this is true in all Greek families, but in mine, ancient wisdom was standard fare. One bit I remember my dad repeating (and… Continue reading Homer’s The Odyssey: How I chose which translation to read

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Wednesday Reading Roundup: September 14

When I last updated my reading activity, I was roaring through Nathan Hill’s The Nix. The image of Scotty comes to mind: “I’m givin’ her all she’s got, Captain!” (Confession: I actually had to Google that Star Trek reference). I plowed through the novel and then regretted doing so because it ended too soon. And… Continue reading Wednesday Reading Roundup: September 14

Reading Pet Peeves

Reading pet peeve #3: Meaningless Suffering

Back in May, I saw this headline in The Guardian: “Don’t we read fiction exactly to be upset?” It was for an article written by A Little Life authorHanya Yanagihara. Full disclosure: I have not read her novel. In this piece, I’m responding only to her article, not to her book. It’s the word “exactly” that… Continue reading Reading pet peeve #3: Meaningless Suffering

Readathon 2016

Updated: My modest #TBYSReadathon reading list

Take Back Your Shelves wrapped up yesterday. So how did I do? I had three books on my reading list. With the top one, The Nix: A novel, being 653 pages (in my library e-book edition), even finishing that one would have been a feat. At least for me, first because I’m a slow reader. Also,… Continue reading Updated: My modest #TBYSReadathon reading list

Reading Challenge 2016 · Reviews

The unabridged list of books read in August

Since today’s reading roundup falls on the last day of August, I’m doing a full review of books read this month. A big, expressive thank you (as always) to Taking on a World of Words for hosting WWW Wednesday and to Coffee and Cats for the happy introduction to it. I got off to a quick start in August, then… Continue reading The unabridged list of books read in August

Readathon 2016

Bout of Books: Book in a Song Challenge & Update

Today’s Bout of Books Challenge is hosted by Janey Canuck. As you may have divined from the title of this post, the challenge is to write about a song you connect with a book. That’s an easy one for me. One of my favorite books inspired one of my favorite songs: Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita… Continue reading Bout of Books: Book in a Song Challenge & Update