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Wednesday Reading Roundup: July 20

A funny reader moment happened to me last week when I got together with one of my favorite cousins. “I remember how you used to devour books,” he said, as we reminisced about our childhood. “You’d carry around these big books. I’d ask you how far along you’d gotten, and you’d say, ‘I finished it.’” I have no recollection… Continue reading Wednesday Reading Roundup: July 20

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Wednesday reading roundup (on Thursday): July 14

With my annual summer relocation happening this week, I’m behind. I could let it go and plan to catch up next week. But I won’t. It’s like with working out: If I let myself go one week, it’ll be too easy to let it go the next one. And the next one after that. So my… Continue reading Wednesday reading roundup (on Thursday): July 14

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Wednesday reading roundup: July 6

Ah, how I love Wednesday reading roundup day. Without it, I’d probably gorge away on books and forget to take a bit of time to think about what I’m reading. Many thanks as always to Taking on a World of Words for hosting WWW Wednesday and Coffee and Cats for introducing me to it! What are you currently reading? My May… Continue reading Wednesday reading roundup: July 6

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The American Idea in 10 Great American Novels

How do we define Great American Novels? As we celebrate the 240th anniversary of the United States of America, it’s a question I’ve been pondering. Since I like to think on my own but not alone, I turned to The American Idea: The Best of the Atlantic Monthly—150 Years of Writers and Thinkers Who Shaped Our… Continue reading The American Idea in 10 Great American Novels

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The unabridged list of books I read in June, Updated

Books read this week, meet books read this month: Today’s WWW Wednesday, which I discovered through Taking on a World of Words and Coffee and Cats, includes my monthly reading roundup as well. The books with the fuller write-ups are, of course, the ones I read and have been reading over the last week. The big excitement of… Continue reading The unabridged list of books I read in June, Updated

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Reckoning with #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks in June

We’ve arrived at the halfway point of 2016, and for me, that means the halfway point of my commitment to read my own books this year. When I’ve done reading challenges before, they’ve been numbers based, along the lines of “I promise to read 100 books this year.” The numbers game hasn’t led to much… Continue reading Reckoning with #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks in June

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Reading Pet Peeve #3: Doomsday Prophesies

Doomsday prophesies aren’t just a bookish pet peeve. As a general rule, I’m frustrated by fear mongering – promoting the idea that we’re traveling down a slippery slope of ultimate human suffering and destruction from which we can never recover. *Cue ominous music* Suffering and destruction are realities of human existence. No doubt about that.… Continue reading Reading Pet Peeve #3: Doomsday Prophesies

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Wednesday reading roundup: June 22

It’s Wednesday reading roundup time, and I’ve been enjoying this week’s reading adventures, in a big way. Before I jump right to it, I can’t forget to send a shout-out to Taking on a World of Words and Coffee and Cats for WWW Wednesday! What are you currently reading? I have three books going. The big surprise is… Continue reading Wednesday reading roundup: June 22