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Meeting Sarah Waters

One of the advantages of living just outside a major city like Washington, DC, is that lots of great authors come through town. If Politics and Prose were around the corner, I’d be there often because they get lots of … Continue reading

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TBR Dare: Finis

I’ve written before about my fear that if I’m not careful my TBR pile will someday take over my small house. And although I’m usually careful about my book-buying and tend to get rid of books I don’t adore after … Continue reading

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Book Swap: 2014 Edition

This is the fourth year that Teresa and I have done what’s become one of our favorite traditions: each of us gives the other five book recommendations to read sometime during the coming year. Sometimes they’re books we’ve wanted the … Continue reading

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The Year Behind, The Year Ahead

Hello all! Merry Christmas and the happiest of happy new years to you all! It’s been weeks since I’ve been able to post, since the end of my semester at school, the end of my children’s semester (with all its … Continue reading

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2013: A Year in Review

I wasn’t going to do a year in review post this year because a few weeks ago it looked too much like work to me, and I’ve become allergic to anything that makes blogging seem like work. But I do … Continue reading

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Fall 2013 Readathon

Today is the twice-yearly celebration of reading known as Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. I’ve lost track of how many of these I’ve participated in the last five years that I’ve been blogging, but it’s been most of them. It’s something I … Continue reading

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A Little Bit of Alcott

I have been extremely busy for the past couple of weeks, thanks to the beginning of the school year. Whenever I’m stressed or sick or unhappy (and thankfully I’m only stressed at the moment), I turn to familiar re-reads, and … Continue reading

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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling

One of my most cherished tenets is that it takes a long time to civilize a child, from the state of barbarity in which it is born, to the kind of adult who listens to elderly people tell stories about … Continue reading

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Readathon Day

Once again, it’s time for Dewey’s Read-a-Thon, a twice-yearly celebration of reading (and snacking). I’ve been planning to participate ever since it was announced, but I’ve been lax about the preparation this time. Never mind, though! I always have a … Continue reading

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Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon and Superman: Birthright

I love comic-book superhero movies, and I love graphic novels. But I’ve never managed to bring those two interests together because comic books seem to have a pretty high bar for entry. The mythologies for the characters go back for … Continue reading

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