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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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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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When Books Aren’t Good Enough as They Are Written

When I was a kid, I had a set of Reader’s Digest Best Loved Books for Young Readers. I liked the look of the set on my bookshelf and enjoyed making sure they were in numbered order, but I don’t think I ever read more than one story out of them (“Madame Curie,” I believe) during my entire childhood. I finally got rid of these books because they always bothered me. I knew they contained…

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