Tag Archives: reading

Reading in Recovery: Fourth of July Creek

As Gillian alluded to in an earlier post, we both took an extended break from writing for the blog due to a serious illness on my part, requiring a seven month hospital stay. I am happy to be recovering at home now. While initially I was in no state to read, physically or mentally, sometime around […]
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Pulitzer Prize Anticipation

In anticipation of the upcoming Pulitzer Prize in Literature announcement, I decided to get down to business and take on Donna Tartt’s 700+ page The Goldfinch. I had been quite reluctant to read it for two main reasons. Firstly, I noticed a lot of contradicting opinions on whether or not this book actually merits such […]
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Most Memorable Books

In 2014, I read more books than I ever have in the period of one year. Probably by at least double. Before I get into why that is, which will be another day, I want to take some time to acknowledge the books that have most affected me in the last year. Theses are not […]
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On Writing

As mentioned in my previous post, Reading In Crisis, my husband Mark is in the ICU. He has been in the hospital exactly 25 days now; 19 of them in Intensive Care. As you can imagine, this has turned almost everything in our lives upside-down. He obviously can not work, our three children (aged six, […]
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Review: Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith

When I think of a good “thriller,” I think of an adventure story that is full of suspense and mystery. Usually, the outcome of the story is a vital piece of the puzzle that makes everything that came before, make sense. It doesn’t necessarily solve all the problems, but it allows us to understand why […]
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Film Versus Fiction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

If ever there was a screenwriter’s ideal storyline on which to base their potential film, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story about the baby born as an old man has got to be it. I am sure there are others in existence adapted in a similar way, though I haven’t read any. In fact, in combination […]
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Review: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

Do you ever get that amazing feeling where something so awesome happens that you want to squeal out loud, dance around and and do a fist pump? If that kind of thing ever happens to you, Saroo Brierley’s story is sure to bring on one of those moments. It might even bring on your first […]
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Books off my shelf (I hope to read this summer!)

I have a pile of review requests that will keep me busy through the summer and into the fall. I also have an Audio Book membership that allows me to listen to at least two books per month. And then there are all those film adaptations with imminent release dates… And all those other books […]
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Review: Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

Have you ever read a book, and within about five pages you can tell by the persona of the narrator that every single person who reads this book will either hate the protagonist, or love him in a very human but somewhat twisted way? Read Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch and you […]
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Did we learn anything? Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Since Rebecca at Love at First Book posted about her plans to give copies of Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet out during World Book Night, I’ve wanted to read this book!  I very much enjoyed reading this book, and it opened my eyes to various ideas and issues that I had […]
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