A Cineaste’s Bookshelf

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Top Ten New-To-Me

Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016 Chelsea Cain Confessions of a Teen Sleuth is hysterical. I didn’t know about it until a friend recommended it and, holey moley. Danielle Dutton Margaret the First is a strange and lovely biographical novel. It sort of defies description, which is something I love about it.…
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Books for December

In drear-nighted December / Too happy, happy brook, Thy bubblings ne’er remember / Apollo’s summer look; But with a sweet forgetting / They stay their crystal fretting, Never, never petting / About the frozen time. ~ John Keats We are finally moving back into our house for real. There are still some small items to be…
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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Thanks

A time for harvest, a time to gather in and a time to remember all we are thankful for. And today, I’m thinking about the bookish things I am grateful for. Books (and reading) are an important part of my life and always have been. I would be a very different person without it. Here…
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Top Ten Tuesday: Recently Added to the TBR List

Is it a list? Or is it more of a pile? Probably some unholy combination of both. Like most voracious readers, I try to keep a running tally of books read and to be read. Of course there are those that show up in the mail unexpectedly (hooray for awesome publicists!) and are stacked near…
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It's Monday - What are you reading?

I just finished the amazing Arthur & Sherlock (review to come soon) and desperately wanted there to be more. Luckily, last week I received a lovely box of wonderfulness from Katie and Iris at Pegasus Books and I couldn’t wait to dive in. The Zoo: The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo:…
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Books for November

Gas looming through the fog in divers places in the streets, much as the sun may, from the spongey fields, be seen to loom by husbandman and ploughboy. Most of the shops lighted two hours before their time — as the gas seems to know, for it has a haggard and unwilling look. ~ Charles…
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Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween

Halloween is my favorite and October is one of my favorite times of year. One year, I was getting really excited for the holiday and wanted to decorate in September because it was getting close. A friend said, “Let’s face it. Isn’t it always kind of Halloween in your head anyway?” Yes. Yes it is.…
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It's Monday - What are you reading?

We did a lot this weekend. We moved back into our house. We are staying in an upstairs bedroom as construction is still ongoing through most of the house. We restocked our fridge which has been totally empty since the hurricane. And we watched the new Ghostbusters, which was pretty fun. I did not get to…
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It's Monday - What are you reading?

While being a Hurricane Matthew evacuee, I made my husband take me to a bookstore. I’d been eyeing Ghostland for a while and I’m nearly finished. Colin Dickey presents ghost stories in what I consider to be the most interesting way possible — as an indicator of that which a town is most obsessed with. He outlines the…
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REVIEW: THE MOTION OF PUPPETS

This is magical realism at its best. Kay Harper is an acrobat and contortionist. Her new husband, Theo, is a professor and writer who is working on a new book about Eadweard Muybridge. The two have decided to spend the summer in the old section of Quebec City. She has landed a gig with an…
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Books for October

Round about the cauldron go; In the poison’d entrails throw. There are lots of great titles coming out for the fall season. And although I read Gothic books all year round, I do try to find seasonally appropriate things to read. It’s time for the fifth in the Johannes Cabal series, a funny, imaginative bunch…
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It's Monday - What are you reading?

I’ve been jumping around a bit this week. Trying to find the book that will stick with me, that I can’t ignore. And I’m trying to infuse my reading with Halloween-ish titles. It’s my favorite holiday so I basically celebrate for the six weeks leading up to it. Nearly finished with The Secrets of Wishtide,…
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REVIEW: PATIENT H.M.

  The human brain is endlessly fascinating. I am always interested in stories of insanity or strange mental abnormalities. There is still so much we don’t know or understand about how our mind, or the organ that contains it, works. Henry Molaison was born in 1926. By the time he was a young man, he…
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It's Monday - What Are You Reading?

Leslie Caron ReadingI have nearly finished Patient H.M. and it has been a fascinating read. I find Dittrich has found the right balance between technical information and human emotion. I had the good fortune to attend part of SIBA in Savannah this weekend as a proxy for The Book Lady, a local store I blog for and generally trade…
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Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favorites

Well this is just mean. Choose your top ten favorite books of all time. Somehow. Working under the assumption that this is basically impossible, I am going to choose ten that are amazing and are way up there, but are in no particular order and is not meant to be definitive. These are books that…
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