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Thoughts on reading book 11 in 44 Scotland Street

Back in October, I was excited to learn that a book 11 in Alexander McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland Street series existed. Finishing book 10 in September had left me feeling melancholy. I’d thought it was the last one. To find out just a few weeks later that an eleventh book existed felt a little like… Continue reading Thoughts on reading book 11 in 44 Scotland Street

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Would you want to erase your memories of favorite books?

Last month, I saw the attached photo about books and memories. I immediately began thinking of the books I’d want to experience for the first time. These included my favorite books from childhood, the Harry Potter series, A Tale of Two Cities and David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, among endless others. But when I though… Continue reading Would you want to erase your memories of favorite books?

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I started a “want to read” list on Goodreads & now I’m scared

I promised myself I wouldn’t do it: I promised myself I wouldn’t overwhelm myself by curating a “want to read” list on Goodreads. And now I’ve gone and done it. Admission: I didn’t use Goodreads much ever before this year. I had an account, but it was like… via GIPHY If I did visit Goodreads,… Continue reading I started a “want to read” list on Goodreads & now I’m scared

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Modern Wisdom from Classic Literature: Book Reviews

What is the function of book reviews? Is it to “save” people from a “bad” art experience? Can bad art exist? If it’s art, isn’t it, by definition, beautiful? Otherwise, wouldn’t it be failed art or attempted art or, you know, just … not art? Recently, I read a time travel novel for middle grade… Continue reading Modern Wisdom from Classic Literature: Book Reviews

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Modern Wisdom from Classic Literature, Part 1

Years ago, when I was trying to shape my dissertation study, I had the “brilliant” idea to study how reading changes us. I’d been a reader for as long as I could remember. I recognized that the books I’d read throughout my life, in school and out, have shaped the way I think and act… Continue reading Modern Wisdom from Classic Literature, Part 1

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Why I picked this book: Pancakes in Paris

Sometimes, we choose books for reasons so personal, it seems no marketing algorithm could possibly account for them. A few weeks ago, I was rushing through Barnes and Noble on a mission: Get coffee before class. I could go to Starbucks, which is, actually, a little closer to where I teach. But then I wouldn’t… Continue reading Why I picked this book: Pancakes in Paris