Tag Archives: literary fiction

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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It’s Monday, What are YOU Reading?

Dear Reader: Book Journey is sponsoring It’s Monday, What are You Reading? where we talk about what we just finished reading, what we are currently reading, and what we plan to read next. So, I just finished reading #175) High Wages by Dorothy Whipple and #176) A Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton (in honor of …

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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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Elizabeth Bowen’s Collected Stories (cont)

Dear Reader: I have been working my way through #12 The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen (hard copy).  I am very much enjoying them. This surprises me because I had believed I’d lost the ability to enjoy short stories.  But I find myself loving these stories and finding it harder to make my way through …

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My Reading Life: How Many Books?

Dear Reader: I’m starting week three of this blog.  Thank you to all of you who are reading, commenting upon, and linking to my blog!  I’ve enjoyed making new book fiend friends. This blog has been my first foray into blogdom and I’m having a lot of fun.  It continues to motivate me to make …

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The List

Dear Reader: These are the books that I will read this year. Once I have begun reading them, I will link to blog posts about them. When I have finished them, I will indicate this with a “Yes!” (this is my reinforcer word for training Gus – I use it to tell him he’s done …

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