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TL;DNR (Unfinished Books in 2016)

As part of my read more/blog more New Year’s Resolution, I’ve decided to read all the books I stopped reading, unfinished, for one reason or another, in 2016. To my knowledge, they are:  Tom Jones – Henry Fielding The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco A Strangeness in my Mind – Orhan Pamuk Bel…

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A Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies

I first heard about Bibliotherapy a few months back in an article that showed up on my Facebook news feed.  According to the article, Bibliotherapy is the practice of soothing emotional, mental, (and possibly physical?) ailments through books.  Bibliotherapists (yes, it’s a real job), listen to their patients’ problems, then prescribe certain books – non-fiction,…

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The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

Japan, 1936.  An eccentric artist named Heikichi Umezawa is found dead – murdered, in his locked studio.  Along with his dead body, detectives also find his journal, or “Will,” describing a gruesome project he had planned to carry out.  A staunch believer of astrology and the occult, Heikichi writes in his journal that his obsession over woman has…

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October Book Loot

I try to post something on here at least once a week, but recently, because I haven’t been reading as much, it takes me about 2 weeks before I can post anything. I still don’t have a book review to post – though I will have one soon, so here’s my book loot for the past month:…

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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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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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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…

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March Book Loot

I only read one book in March because I was buddy-reading Middlemarch with a couple of people, but that didn’t stop me from buying new (and used) books to read sooner or later.   Before I Go To Sleep – S.J. Watson The Woman in the Dunes – Kobo Abe White Teeth – Zadie Smith Dept.…

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February Book Loot

February was a good month for book shopping; I bought 13 books, 3 of which I already read. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion – Yoshio Mishima Soul Mountain – Gao Xingjian The Children’s Book – A.S. Byatt Death with Interruptions – Jose Saramago The Known World – Edward P. Jones Death and the Flower…