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2018 Year in Review
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2018 Year in Review
As I prepare to go dark at the end of this week, here’s how the year stacked up. I’m taking some liberties with a few books that I’m not quite finished, but certainly will be before Dec. 31, including the Short Story Advent Calendar. Books Read Books read in 2018: 90, down from ...
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(Taking a) Break (from) the Internet
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(Taking a) Break (from) the Internet
This is a self-indulgent post (“as opposed to what?” you may well ask) meant to solidify my plans and give myself a little accountability, but it could be used it as a guide or jumping off point for anyone looking to take a break from the internet. Yes, let’s go with that. IR...
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Novellas in November 2018 Round Up #2
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Novellas in November 2018 Round Up #2
And wrap up, because it’s over! Novellas read: 13 Goodreads Challenge: momentarily caught up, already behind again Five-star reads: 2 Since my last update, I read eight more novellas. In the spirit of #NovNov, here they are, very briefly reviewed: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin I thoug...
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Classics Club Spin #19
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Classics Club Spin #19
I’m a delinquent Classics Club member at best, preferring to stick to my trusty 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list than put the effort in to curate and maintain a custom list and track it over five years, as per the rules. This spin is calling to me, though. To participate in [&#...
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Ten Rules for the Reader of Novels
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Ten Rules for the Reader of Novels
With apologies to Jonathan Franzen and, to a lesser extent, Teddy Roosevelt and Lynn Coady. The author is not a friend, an adversary, nor a performer. I mean, they might be dead. But a book can be a friend. So can other readers. Fiction that doesn’t inspire a reader’s personal adventu...
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Novellas in November 2018 Round Up #1
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Novellas in November 2018 Round Up #1
I’m back in the saddle and my Goodreads challenge is officially ON NOTICE: We are not quite halfway though #NovNov and I’ve read five novellas totaling approximately 700 pages. In other words, over five books, I’ve read nowhere near the equivalent of this year’s summer rea...
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A brief history of Novellas in November
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A brief history of Novellas in November
“Novellas in November” was conceived of by Rick of Another Book Blog five years ago, in 2013. His original post is lost to the mists of defunct WordPress blogs, but you can read mine here. Over the years, others came along for the ride, notably our fellow Canadian book bloggers Naomi ...
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The Short Story Advent Calendar 2018: Giveaway open till Oct. 25
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The Short Story Advent Calendar 2018: Giveaway open till Oct. 25
Disclaimer: Giveaway copy is courtesy of the kind people at Hingston & Olsen Publishing, but I bought my own copy. I know one of the creators, Michael Hingston, and reviewed his novel The Dilettantes here. It’s that time of year again: The 2018 Short Story Advent Calendar is on sale now, and ...
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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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