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I’m Not an Action-Adventure Gal

After a marathon day of reading yesterday that ended at 11:30 p.m., I am finally finished with the first book I’ve read in 2020: Reamde by Neal Stephenson. I picked it up on the promise that it would involve technology, which it does but only tangentially. What I discovered in this 1000+ page tome was a lot of shoot-em-up action-adventure. If you like action-adventure, that’s great, but I’m not an action-adventure gal. The book was…

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Do Not Tumbletry

Bought a set of socks from Amazon before the holiday season. They were marketed under the brand name of Lovely Annie’s, which I thought was a delightful name. Strange thing, though. While I was searching for warm, knee-high socks to buy, I kept running across what appeared to be photos of the same set of socks (sometimes with 4 pair, sometimes with 5) with different brand names. I mean, these photos were identical, not just…

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Reading: 84K by Claire North

On a lark, I picked up a book at the library recently. I wasn’t really looking for fiction to read because I have a stack of nonfiction by the bed to get through and I’ve read quite a bit of fiction in the past year. But, after reading the cover and opening description of 84K by Claire North, I realized a dystopian novel was just what I needed. If you want a book that describes…

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Rereading: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Major SPOILER ALERT!!! If you haven’t read this book and want to, do NOT read this post!!! You have been warned. 🙂 My year of rereading continues, although I am losing steam for the project. There are simply too many other books calling me to read them. Also, there’s this book …. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. I am so heartsick by the ending of this book that I’m wondering what made…

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Reading: The Secret Lives of Color

Dear gosh and dear golly! I’ve changed my blog theme (appearance) again! The last one wasn’t up long, only since the end of April 2018, but I wasn’t in love with it. I was really in love with my last theme (the one with the pink & green leaves at the top and the black background), but it was no longer being updated, so I was forced to find something new. I searched high and…

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The Year of Rereading Is Slightly Sidetracked

My year of rereading continues, although I keep getting (or letting myself get) sidetracked from the rereading. So far, the books I’ve reread include: “Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives” by Nicholas Christakis “Charley” or “The Girl Who Ran Away” by Joan Robinson “A Wrinkle in Time”, “A Wind in the Door” and “A Swiftly Tilting Planet” by Madeline L’Engle “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett…

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2018 – The Year of Rereading

I’ve decided that 2018 is the year of rereading for me. That means revisiting books that have been favorites of mine throughout my life. I recently reread three childhood favorites: “Charley,” “A Wrinkle in Time” trilogy, and “The Secret Garden.” I read “Charley” when it was actually called “Charley,” but somewhere along the line, the publisher retitled it “The Girl Who Ran Away.” The local library used to have a copy and I reread this…

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Two Books Provide a Snapshot of an INFJ

There are two books by my bedside that I’ve been reading over the past few weeks. It didn’t dawn on me until this morning that my reading of these two books at the same time, the fact that I would check them both out with their juxtaposition between intuition and logical data, actually provides a perfect snapshot of my INFJ Myers-Briggs personality. The two books are The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin and Predictive Analytics…

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

I don’t read as much fiction as I probably should, particularly because I would like to tackle writing a proper novel one day. I’m drawn to nonfiction and there is so much good nonfiction out there that I never seem to run out of informative books to read. Fiction feels like a luxury to me, so it’s harder to set aside time to read it. I also know that when I read fiction, really good…

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Feeling a Tad More Eco-Friendly

I’m reading a book called “What We Leave Behind” by Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay. It is depressing as hell. It explains how people are murdering the earth, which we absolutely are, but hasn’t offered any solutions thus far. I’m only part-way through the book and am hoping there will be some concrete suggestions that help me feel as though I can do something. Being left in a hopeless morass by a book is no…

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The Prescient “Dark Age Ahead”

Working in the field of public history, one cannot escape hearing about Jane Jacobs eventually. She was a journalist who ended up in the field of architecture, becoming an outspoken advocate for sane development that is more adapted to humans than cars. The book most mentioned within the Jane Jacobs canon is “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.” I have never read it, but a tweet (by Richard Florida, I believe) led me to Jane…

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