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National Book Lovers Day

Make time to read today. Find a cozy spot and disappear… But first enjoy these photos of other book lovers.
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It's Monday - August 8

So, we’ve had to move out of our house for a couple of weeks while some work is done. It’s been fairly stressful, to say the least, and my reading has been sporadic. We are so lucky to have wonderful …
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Library Checkout: July 2016

Getting in on this bandwagon begin driven by Shannon. For absolutely no reason, I had a dry spell with the local library. This past month or so I have been using it again, primarily to investigate titles on my TBR …
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Top Ten Things Books Made Me Want To Learn

Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them (I only have time to write about three today) Horseracing I was always pretty good with horses. After reading Seabiscuit, I became a little bit …
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Slightly Foxed

I recently received a lovely care package from the kind folks at Slightly Foxed. Based in London, they publish a quarterly literary magazine. “The independent-minded quarterly that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach.Companionable, entertaining and elegantly produced, Slightly …
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After a great cover blurb and a zealous letter from the editor, I was ready to swept away by The House Between Tides. Its praise promised more than once to be like Rebecca, and the setting of a crumbling mansion isolated on …
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REVIEW: THE WICKED BOY by Kate Summerscale

I think this is Summerscale’s best to date. I devoured this one in less than 24 hours. Two normal boys, not yet in their teens, play at truancy and go to Lord’s Cricket Grounds to watch a match. Harmless fun, really. …
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It's Monday - What are you reading?: July 11

I was in a local library lull for awhile (for no reason) but I recently picked up a big stack and have been working my way through them. I just finished Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton. I highly recommend it. It …
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Light it is indeed. Using the tried and true format of alternating narratives, Brown links the lives of Madeleine and her grandmother Margie, and their quest for happiness. Madeleine seeks refuge from an unhappy marriage and a controlling husband in …
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Favorite Books with Fewer Than 2000 Ratings on Goodreads

These books have fewer than 2000 ratings on Goodreads, meaning they are, well, underrated. Here are ten that fall into this category that I’ve really enjoyed.  Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris An absolutely stunning and amazing book.  There were …
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Travel writer Wendy Simmons had been to nearly 100 countries and finally obtained permissions to visit North Korea. This is something very few Americans have ever done. After a bizarre ten days in one of the most unknown cultures, Simmons …
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Ten books they should teach in high school (instead of the ones they do)

It’s kind of amazing that I became an English major considering how many books we had to read in high school that were either A) terrible, B) badly taught, or C) both. These are some ideas that I think would …
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Do not be taken in by tranquil thoughts of a summer house by the lake. Though many hours of pleasure were spent in the cabin, it has seen far more distress and tragedy. Harding recounts the story of five families who …
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Cora is recently widowed, and not nearly as sad as her society dictates she should be. She very quickly warms to the idea that she is no longer required to be meek and obedient. She decamps London, with son Francis …
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Books To Watch For This Fall

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year There is no publisher’s description of this one yet, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting it for months. It’s a book about two of my favorite people written by …
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