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Reading

Ruminations on fairies I have known

TL;DR: I love fairies and I thoroughly enjoyed the book The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor. Possible spoilers in the review which is much farther down the page. Sorry — I have a backstory… When I was young — maybe 10 — I had an invisible friend. My invisible friend was not your average invisible … Continue reading »

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In which Arthur and Benedict bring me JOY!

As some of you know, my mother died last August, three days after my 60th birthday. She’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a few years before she died, and I suspect she’d had it for even more years before the diagnosis. I stopped sleeping well about two or three years ago – waking up at … Continue reading »

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Bible stories in words of one syllable

Christmas 1936, my 8-year-old father was given a book of stories from the Old Testament. I don’t know how much he read it, the spine is still stiff. Growing up I’d seen this book around the house but never really looked at it. It wasn’t until I pulled it out of my “to blog about … Continue reading »

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Guides to My Bookhouse Books

I’ve written elsewhere about My Bookhouse Books. When I was in Elgin in February I brought the parents’ guide to the set back to Bethesda. The first of the two guides is called “In Your Hands: A Parents’ Guidebook” and features such quotes as “The child who reads is the child who leads.” and “…..Today … Continue reading »

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RAS 5: Come Along with Me — Shirley Jackson

Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and purchase a copy of Shirley Jackson’s posthumously published short story collection Come Along With Me. If you have read anything by Shirley Jackson before, you know this has got to be good. If you have never read anything by Shirley Jackson, what are you waiting for? I, … Continue reading »

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RAS 4: Charlotte Gray — Sebastian Faulks

Oh dear me God. I am so glad I have finally finished this book. I would have stopped, but didn’t want to give it away (like I had to with The Bronte Myth). Like The Book of Ruth, I don’t know where the book came from, I just remember remembering that we owned it shortly … Continue reading »

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The Corrections — a dysfunctional family as seen through a Diane Arbus-type lens

The Corrections has been sitting on our shelf for years. Two people in my family read it and told me I would not like it so I expected it to sit there, unread by me, for many more years. Then Erika chose to have us read The Corrections for our December/January book. I was not … Continue reading »

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A Man Called Ove and one similarly-aged woman’s opinion

Ove is fifty-nine. So, currently, is Dona. That’s probably the only similarity between the two. Ove would hate book groups, Ove doesn’t read much, except maybe manuals. Dona loves books and enjoys her book group. Dona also loves electronics. Ove doesn’t trust them. Ove likes cars. And order. And following rules. Dona really wanted to … Continue reading »

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More Reading (Non-RAS)

So, in addition to my RAS challenge I am also reading things on my Kindle and Nook devices. Some for book group, and some for just because. All of these books are worthwhile reading, so go ahead and enjoy one or all of them. A few months ago Barnes and Noble emailed me to tell … Continue reading »

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Thoughts on reading and reclaiming the joy

Now that I have begun to read again (hallelujah!) I’ve been thinking of why I quit — or at least slowed down and what I can do to continue to read. It is not that I quit enjoying reading — it is more that I found other things to do instead including the Internet, playing … Continue reading »

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