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My Little Black Books

During the weekend, at one of my local bookstores, I discovered these little gems – Penguin’s Little Black Classics. To celebrate their 80th year, Penguin is releasing 80 short books by Classic writers. They are cute, little books that are about 50-60 pages long that cost only around $1.50.  Some are collections of short stories,…

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The Cave

If there’s one thing I learned in my years of blogging about books, it’s that there are some book that are pretty easy to describe, books that I can talk about effortlessly, and there are those that are harder to classify; books that, no matter how I try,  I can’t do its plot any justice, and…

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June Book Loot

I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to post a Book Loot article this month because it wasn’t until the last days of June that I actually bought any. A meager 2 books for the whole month, and I didn’t even notice – wow, I must really be in a rut. So, what did I…

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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…