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BBAW: Staying Connected

Today’s BBAW prompt is “How do you stay connected to the community?” For me (Teresa), my ability to stay connected to other bloggers has waxed and waned over the years. I’ve gone through periods when I’ve helped organize events, joined … Continue reading

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde is an author I’ve been meaning to read for years. Of course, I know a lot about his work just because I’m culturally literate, but I’ve never actually read anything he’s written, with the exception of “The Ballad … Continue reading

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So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood

Like a lot of Americans, I’d never heard of Patrick Modiano until he won the Nobel Prize in 2014. Learning that he wrote psychological thrillers, I was immediately curious as to what kind of thriller writing would get a Nobel, … Continue reading

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Book Swap: 2016 Edition

This is the sixth year that Teresa and I have participated in 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 other person … Continue reading

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The Year Behind, the Year Ahead

A very merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years to all of you! Like Teresa, I wanted to do a little musing about my reading over the past year, and think about directions I might take in the year … Continue reading

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2015 in Review

I almost decided not to do a Year in Review post this year. This New Year’s season is proving to be a complicated one, one in which the transition on a calendar seems fairly minor in comparison to more significant … Continue reading

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The Care and Feeding of My TBR–and a Little Dare for 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve written a topical post, and Elle recently tagged me in a set of questions about managing all those books to be read (i.e., the TBR pile). These are good questions, coming at a good … Continue reading

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The (Wo)Man Shadow Booker Shortlist

We’ve spent the last few weeks reading furiously (in more ways than one at times), and we had some debates behind the scenes, but the Shadow Panel now has a shortlist! A few of these books were obvious locks—everyone who … Continue reading

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My Booker Shortlist

Now that I’ve finished all 13 books for the Man Booker Shortlist, the discussions for the (Wo)Man Booker Shadow Panel have begun. The five of us on the panel have been busy weighing the options, and we’ll post our shortlist … Continue reading

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The (Wo)Man Booker Shadow Panel

What was I thinking? My yoga teacher said last night that the blue moon is a time of increased energy and taking on new projects. Perhaps I was celebrating a day early. Whatever the reason, when Frances asked me on … Continue reading

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