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Listen Up!

Is listening to an audio book considered “reading?” I know, obviously, it’s not considered reading, because reading uses the eyes, and audio books uses the ears, but what I mean is, if I listened to an audio book, can I say that I’ve “read” that novel?  Is listening to a book the same as reading…

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The Remains of the Day

You would think a novel about stuffy old butlers and housekeeper of “great” houses in England would be written by the likes of Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters in the 1800′s, but The Remains of the Day, which is primarily about a butler’s life and memories, is written by Japanese-born British author, Kazuo Ishiguro, in 1989.  On…

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2014 Mid-Year Reading Assessment

It’s about that time of the year again when I look back on all the books I have read so far.  Again, I’ve set my Goodreads reading challenge for 50 books, even if I know there’s no way I’m ever going to manage all that in one year.  I’ve never been able to finish 50 books…

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The Dinner

True to its title, Herman Koch‘s The Dinner is about a dinner date between 4 people – 2 middle-aged Dutch married couple.  The two men in the husband-wife pair are brothers – Paul and Serge Lohman.  Paul, a former History teacher, married to Claire; and Serge, front-runner in the upcoming elections for Prime Minister, and…

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The Goldfinch

Worst. Book. Ever.  - If I write that and nothing else about Donna Tartt‘s The Goldfinch, it would be the most honest, if not shortest, review I’ve ever done.  But because I’m feeling particularly snarky today and don’t really have anything to do, I will elaborate on why the novel was not to my liking. The…

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A Handmaid’s Tale

A Handmaid’s Tale is another book I know I should have read ages ago.  I remember vaguely seeing the movie and thinking at the time that it was really strange.  Of course, at the time I didn’t know it was a novel.  It wasn’t until later when I kept seeing it on Top Sci-fi/Fantasy novel…

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Hector and the Search for Happiness

First of all, let me start by saying that this is my 100th book review and 200th post in general (what?! I have an extra 100 posts on here that aren’t about books?!?)!  I never thought I’d make it this far. To celebrate, (coincidentally) here’s a review of a book about happiness.  Enjoy, and thanks for stopping…

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Rebecca

I’m probably one of the last people to read Daphne du Maurier’s famous suspense romance novel, Rebecca.  I’ve known about it for ages and it’s been recommended to me by a lot of people.  The book itself was published in 1938, which was a surprise because I always thought it was published sometime in the 1980′s.…