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The Full Monte Read-Along Chapters 80ish-117: Adieu, Dirtbag Dumas
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If you have trouble maneuvering your ship into port at Marseilles, steer yourself over to the master post. Me before this read-along vs. me after this read-along: Well, mes amis, a wise man once said that all human wisdom is contained in these two words: “wait and hope”. Or, more prec...
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Women in Translation: It’s a readathon, it’s a month, it’s a thing
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I’ve been vaguely aware for a few years that Women in Translation Month, or #WITmonth, happens in August. And I have read many impassioned posts from #WITmonth founder and blogger Meytal Radzinski, aka Bibliobio, about the sorry state of gender representation in translated lit. Fewer works ...
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The Full Monte Read-Along Chapters 41-80ish: I Need a Hero
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The Full Monte Read-Along Chapters 41-80ish: I Need a Hero
If you have trouble maneuvering your ship into port at Marseilles, steer yourself over to the master post. I need a hero in two senses: A hero who can get me back on track with this read-along A hero in this story so I can have feelings about it I don’t mean a hero I can “root […]
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The Full Monte Read-Along Chapters 21-40: Half Baked
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If you have trouble maneuvering your ship into port at Marseilles, steer yourself over to the master post. NOTE: This post covers the chapters from The Island of Tiboulen to The Breakfast, inclusive. The numbering varies by edition, and I’m going by the Penguin Classics edition, which seems...
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The Full Monte Read-Along Chapters 1-20: Edmond Dantès’ Right to Due Process
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If you have trouble maneuvering your ship into port at Marseilles, steer yourself over to the master post. The Count of Monte Cristo is best known as a story of revenge. But for the first 200ish pages, our boy Dantès doesn’t have a vengeful thought in his head. Or many other thoughts. He...
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Who Wrote The Count of Monte Cristo?
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Who Wrote The Count of Monte Cristo?
Welcome, readers-along! As we start reading on this fine (Canadian) long weekend, let’s ponder what should be a very simple question: who wrote The Count of Monte Cristo? Here’s the evolution of my answer: Had you asked me a year ago, I would have said: Alexandre Dumas, dead white dud...
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Blogging by numbers
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It’s time to dig deep, and peel back the layers on Reading in Bed. Yep, we’re looking at blog statistics*! I recently hit a significant milestone over on YouTube. 500 subscribers. Halfway to an almost-medium-sized-Booktube-account, still absolutely nothing in the larger YouTube ecosys...
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The Full Monte Read-Along
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I would have posted this much sooner, but I was struggling to find a good name for my momentous fifth summer read-along, in which we will tackle Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. Count Along? Count Me In? No. Sometimes you must wait for the muse to show up. The title is relevant t...
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Start Where You Are: How to get into new authors, feat. the Man Booker International Prize shortlist
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I picked up Book Riot’s “Start Here: Read Your Way Into 25 Amazing Authors” as a free Kobo download a while back, and gave it a skim: each entry offers a short introduction to an author, and a suggested reading list to ease your way into their work. I thought this would be light...
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Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi: Man Booker International Prize Review
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Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi: Man Booker International Prize Review
  I picked up Frankenstein in Baghdad because it was the most accessible book on the longlist (in stock at Chapters!), not because I was excited to read about war. My last war book, Canada Reads contender American War, didn’t go so well, and right off the bat, I noticed similarities. F...
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