A Cineaste’s Bookshelf

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Recent DNFs

As much as I love to read, sometimes there are books that just don't hit the right tone for me. But that doesn't mean it's terrible or that some of my readers might not be interested. These are books I did-not-finish (DNF) recently, but might deserve a second look from another reader.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Poems

April is National Poetry Month and this week's topic for Top Ten Tuesday is open, so I thought I would share lines from some of my favorite poets.
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REVIEW: Circe

Miller has written more than a novel; she has drawn a psychological sketch of a previously minor character in the mythological panoply.
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Books for April

This I saw on an April day / Warm rain spilt from a sun-lined cloud / A sky-flung wave of gold at evening ~James Hearst
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that take place in another country

Sometimes the best plane ticket we have is a good book. It's certainly the most reliable time machine (so far). I love reading about far off places, especially ones I want to see for real, someday. Here are some of my favorite books that live in another place.
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ACCENT: THE MERRY SPINSTER

Ortberg embraces the matter-of-fact-despite-the-unreality writing style of folklore and fairy tales. Like an aquarium keeper, she points out the silliness of the imaginary world while her characters are trapped within it.
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GIVEAWAY: The Broken Girls

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants-—the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too-smart-for-their-own-good, and there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Win a copy of THE BROKEN GIRLS by Simone St. James in two easy steps. 
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REVIEW: I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK

McNamara outlines the specifics of the mystery in searing exactitude. She pulls bizarre and vivid details from witness statements and police reports, breathing new life into the cold case.
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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Favorite Book Quotes

“I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.” ― P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters
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Books for March

Dear March - Come in - How glad I am - I hoped for you before - Put down your Hat - You must have walked - How out of Breath you are - ~Emily Dickinson
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REVIEW: THE SILENT COMPANIONS

The Silent Companions is a mysterious, Gothic story that unwinds slowly through diaries, memories, and theories. There are no ghouls jumping off the page. The fear lies in the unknown and for the (un)reliability of sanity.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Festival Wrap-up

Thoughts on this weekend's Savannah Book Festival.
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REVIEW: MAKING THE MONSTER

Two hundred years ago, a young woman -- barely more than a teenager -- wrote a daring novel that questioned the limits of science and discovery, and challenged notions of agency, self, family and moral obligation. Her character created a monster, but she fabricated something much more complicated.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Languishing on the TBR pile

For shame! Here are some of the books that have been on my to-be-read list the longest...
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Books for February

A calm of pleasure listens round / And almost whispers winter bye / While fancy dreams of summer sounds / And quiet rapture fills the eye... ~ from "The Shepherds Calendar - February - A Thaw" by John Clare
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