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BDSM and Money, Monkeys and Doves, Feminism in the Islands, and Dying Too Young

Dear Reader: Another trip to Mexico and another catch-up post… 510) Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James (kindle) #45 Hmmmm. Should I lead with this? OK. The book a lot of people are talking about. Including this VERY hilarious Saturday Night Live “Mothers Day ad.” (Warning: NSFW …

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Madness, Death, and Poetry: Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Hennezel’s The Art of Growing Old, Kumin’s Always Beginning

Dear Reader: Back after a break to wrap up an enormous project (done! yes!) and go camping for awhile. So, here’s what I’ve been up to in the meanwhile. 169) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (hard copy) I read this for the Feminist Classics Challenge (it is coupled with Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea this …

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Gold and Judgement: John Ruskin’s King of Golden River and Julia Serano’s Whipping Girl

Dear Reader: Some of you may have noticed that I trumpeted reading “one book a month” in April in my last post. I could fix my error on my website, but not on your emailed posts… Argh. Probably everyone figured out I mean “one book a day” in April. 503) King of Golden River by …

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Girdles, Power, and Violence: Feminism is for EVERYBODY by bell hooks

Dear Reader: I started this book as part of the Year of Feminist Classics Challenge.  I’d read and likeed bell years ago in a women’s studies class. 155) Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks Although she is a university faculty member, bell purposely writes in clear, forthright, accessible language.  Part of her “project” is …

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Lovers, Time Bombs, and Viennese Waltzes: Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day

Dear Reader: A lovely, sunny day today where I’m at – hope it is the same for all of you! 193) The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen “War had made them idolise day and summer; night and autumn were enemies.” (p. 3) Bowen remains a favorite of mine and I was eager to …

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The Great Dark Wings of a Hurricane: Helen R. Hull’s Last September

Dear Reader: From the shores of the big lake…. Our Copper Country weather today is seasonal – 40 F, damp, and foggy. My sour cherry tree considers the odds Buds are bulging, songbirds singing, sparrows trying to build a nest in the side of my house where one of the insulation plugs fell out – …

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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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