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The First Half of 2015

Back in January, I was confident that I could accomplish my reading goal of 50 books this year.  Up until February, I was doing pretty well – I was even ahead, according to the Goodreads Reading Challenge tracker.  Come March though, my reading slowed down, partly because I participated in a group reading of Middlemarch. After…

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5 Years and Counting…

Today, I got a notice from WordPress wising me Happy Anniversary! Honestly, I’ve never kept track of when I started blogging here, so thanks, WordPress, for reminding me.  Before WordPress I kept a blog at Blogger.com and the now defunct (??) Friendster. According to my stats, my blog viewership (is that even a word?) has…

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The Pilgrimage

The Pilgrimage (O Diario Un Mago), Paulo Coelho‘s first official novel, published in 1987, describes his personal journey along the El Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St. James. In 1986, after failing his spiritual initiation as a Master of the Order of Regnus Agnus Mundi (RAM), Coelho loses confidence in himself and starts to question…

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May Book Loot

Unlike April, May was a great book-buying month!  I was able to buy 11 books – 7 brand new ones, and 4 second-hand ones. Most of these I wrote about in an earlier post, about my ever-growing pile of “to-be-read-soon” books. The Familiar, Volume 1 – Mark Z. Danielewski – So, remember the distraction I talked about…

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Book Nerd Problems #432

Don’t you hate it when, in your quest to find “something good to read,” you were able to amass a small pile of interesting books, and now you don’t know where to start? The only solution of course, is to read a little bit from every book to see which would grab my attention first, then go…

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Cumberbatch Reads Kakfa, Oh My!

Do you love classic literature?  How about Benedict Cumberbatch? If you answered an emphatic “Yes!’ to both, then you’re going to love the latest audio recording of Franz Kafka‘s The Metamorphosis, read by Benedict Cumberbatch. I’ve read this novella a long time ago, but I really don’t mind listening to Benedict Cumberbatch’s deep baritone narrating the…

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Far From the Madding Crowd

Before the name Everdene (spelled -deen) was popularized by a willful, bow-and-arrow-toting girl fighting against an oppressive government, it was already the name of an equally strong, spirited, and independent young woman, Bathsheba Everdene, the heroine of Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From The Madding Crowd. Published anonymously in a monthly serial in 1874, Far From…

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April Book Loot

Slim pickings in the book buying department for the month of April.  I only bought 2 books:  Daniel Deronda by George Eliot, and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. April was pretty much slow in all things bookish.  Apart from buying only 2 books, I read only one book, Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago, which I…