Tag Archives: brit lit

8 Months, 14 Days or 258 Days, 3 Hours, 18 Minutes, 38 Seconds

Dear Reader: It has been 8 months, 14 days since I started this blog on July 17, 2011.  Seems like a good time to take stock! Reading Spot Central When I started, my goal was to a) limit myself to buying no more than 20 books in a year, b) read my own books at …

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Do They Feel Lucky? Sex, Chips, and Barrels: Stewart O’Nan’s The Odds

Dear Reader: It’s so nice to have dog friends – other good friends who love dogs, not dogs I love, but those are excellent too. Last night Christy treated me to a lovely dinner and lots of dog talk. This morning Mark and I took Louie, Sophie, Gus, and Zoe out for 1.5 hours of …

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Colons, Thunder Dogs, Gender, and Sexuality: Helen R. Hull’s Labyrinth, Last September; Borowitz’s An Unexpected Twist; Hingson’s Thunder Dog

Dear Reader: This will be another catch up post where I talk about a number of books and stories that I’ve read in the last couple weeks…. #413) An Unexpected Twist by Andy Borowitz (kindle single) Kindle singles are long essays: somewhere between book and essay length, like a novella.  Amazon has issued 169 of …

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Making It to the Top: The Big 2-0-0…

Dear Reader: Jillian has started a great new Classics Club over at Room of One’s Own.  Yay Classics!  And sorry – I accidentally hit publish when I meant to hit save draft – email subscribers, note that this post is/was not done… The idea is that you set a personal goal of reading a certain …

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Cursuses, Diamonds, Oland, and Addisons: Four in One Mystery Monday (Magdalen Nabb, Johan Theorin, Elly Griffiths, Lauren Grodstein)

Dear Reader: Ahhh spring! 19 degrees Farenheit. 16 more inches of snow! Black ice… The flowers are so lovely this time of year (in my imagination) up here on the fabled shores of Lake Superior… OK, the upside – two days of glorious cross country skiing with Gus. It makes me laugh to see him …

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Learning how to read a book: Silas Marner by George Eliot

Dear Reader: I’ve been seeing George Eliot’s Middlemarch on lots of lists of best books ever and must read book lists, sometimes at the very top.  So, I decided that I wanted to read it.  I had a public domain version on my kindle, but one of the things that you miss with this is …

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Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple

Dear Reader: My favorite book blogger, Book Snob, has been raving about Persephone Books Press in London for awhile (if you happen to be in London, they have a storefront where you can buy books – heaven!).  Persephone is a small press specializing in publishing out of print books of great quality, particularly by women …

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The Beginning of the Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald

Dear Reader: I’ve read Fitzgerald before – I own The Knox Brothers (the story about her famous father and uncles – famous for their roles in early 20th Century Britain and for their intellectual, political, or clerical power), The Book Shop (a novel about a small town bookstore and the vagaries of village conflict), and …

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Virginia Woolf by Alexandra Harris

Dear Reader: One of the authors who intrigues me is Virginia Woolf, not only because she is considered such a major writer, but also because she was part of the lives of so other many amazing artists, such as one of my favorite writers, Elizabeth Bowen.     I found this book Virginia Woolf in …

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Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym

Dear Reader: My recent trip to my local, public library yielded quite a stack of books.  I’m working my way through them and pleased to say I  found some gems.  As mentioned earlier, I had let my card lapse – it is in a neighboring town and costs me $80/year.  But the fact that I …

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