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text 2020-02-15 19:52
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 255 pages.
C S Lewis - Colin Duriez

Perhaps I'm just craving some nonfiction, maybe this is just a random book pick from my physical Mt. TBR shelve, but it is equally likely that @markk's recent podcast (link here) may have inspired me to start this Duriez's biography of C.S. Lewis tonight. 

 

Of course, I'm also trying to find out whether Duriez style of writing biography works for me. He seems to have written extensively on Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings, but he also seems to have a biography of Dorothy L. Sayers forthcoming. It is scheduled for publication in October and I am intrigued because I am hopeful that he will use his Lewis/Tolkien/Inklings background to answer some of my questions about Sayers' interaction with the group and its members. 

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text 2020-02-01 14:00
Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge 2020 Master Post
Poppies of Iraq - Brigitte Findakly,Lewis Trondheim
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus - Dusti Bowling

1. YA non-fiction

2. Retelling of a fairytale/classic/myth by an author of color

3. Mystery where the victim is NOT a woman

4. Graphic memoir - Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim

5. Book about a natural disaster

6. Play by an author of color and/or queer author

 

7. Historical fiction NOT set in WWII

8. Audiobook of poetry

9. Last book in a series

10. Rural setting

11. Debut novel by a queer author

12. Memoir by a religious person not of your own religious or spiritual belief group

 

13. Food book about a cuisine you've never tried before

14. Romance starring a single parent

15. Book about climate change

16. Over 500 pages, published after 1950, by a woman

17. SFF novella (under 120 pages)

18. Picture book with human main character from marginalized community

 

19. By or about a refugee

20. Middle grade book with main character has a disability - Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus (Avery Green #1) by Dusti Bowling

21. Middle grade book NOT set in the US or UK

22. Horror book published by an indie press

23. Edition/Issue of a literary magazine (digital or print)

24. Book by a Native American, First Nations, or Indigenous author

 

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text 2020-01-16 16:38
TBR Thursdays* - January 9th and 16th, 2020
Love's Violet Sunrise - Naomi Rawlings
Love's Beginning - Naomi Rawlings
This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America - Morgan Jerkins
Poppies of Iraq - Brigitte Findakly,Lewis Trondheim
The Astronaut Wives Club - Lily Koppel
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race - Jesmyn Ward
Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope--Voices from the Women's March - The Artisan Bakery School
Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom) - Sarah Sundin

*bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

 

I forgot to post this last week and then BL went down for maintenance, so this is two week's worth of reading.

 

Well, I went into No Spend January doing well...until January 12th, when I decided to buy a 99 cent book. Other than that, it is going fine, but that is because none of the books "on sale" are interesting me. And no promos to entice me to spend money on books I do want so I can earn a credit to buy more books. 

 

My base library is doing an adult reading challenge for the winter called Passport to Reading. It runs from January 1st - February 29th. I picked up my passport this week and already filled in three of the ten categories and I am working on numbers four and five. Five categories finished enters you into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Starbucks; all ten categories finished enters you into a drawing for a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble. I would be happy to win either one!

 

 

 

Print Additions

None

 

Nook Additions

+1. Bay City Belle (In Olde California #2 ) by Shirley Kennedy

 

Kindle Additions

None

 

Library Additions

Physical: 

+2. Poppies of Iraq by Brigette Findakly and Lewis Trondheim

 

Digital: None

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Print Reads

None

 

NOOK Reads

-1. Love's Violet Sunrise (Eagle Harbor #0.5) by Naomi Rawlings

-2. Love's Beginning (Eagle Harbor Short Story) by Naomi Rawlings

-3. This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminism in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins

 

Kindle Reads

None

 

Library Reads

Physical:

-4. Why We March 

-5. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks of Race edited by Jesmyn Ward

-6. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

-7. The Poppies of Iraq by Brigette Findakley and Lewis Trondheim

 

Digital:

-8. Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom #2) by Sarah Sundin (already counted in the TBR)

 

TBR from last week: 326

Additions 2

Reads 8

Total for this week TBR: 320

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review 2019-12-28 07:50
The Necessary Death Of Lewis Winter
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter - Malcolm Mackay

In a genre like crime fiction it is very difficult these days to get an original angle to the story. This is however where The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter succeeded. One murder, and the reader is given every detail of its planning, its execution and its aftermath from different angles.

Because we were there, so to speak, there is little crime solving in the novel. What we do get to see is the frustration of police officers and the web of lies some of the characters are spinning. While this sounds very interesting on paper, I found it difficult to connect with any of the characters and I didn't really care much whether they would succeed or not. If any, I probably cheered for the hitman. There also were a lot of things unsolved at the end of the novel, which I don't know will be addressed in the next.

Interesting premise, but in the end, I expected more from it.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2019-12-22 20:38
For the Snark was a Boojum, you see
The Annotated Hunting of the Snark (The Annotated Books) - Lewis Carroll,Martin Gardner

With The Hunting of the Snark Lewis Carroll wrote a fantastic “Agony in eight fits“ that puzzles and fascinates audiences since 1876. Without going into too much detail: it is beautiful and I simply love it!

This is the annotated edition which means, that there are more explanatory footnotes than actual text of the ballad. Of course, reading elaborate and long footnotes is no fun at all, but they do help a lot in understanding contemporary allusions and puns. Without them, I would have never known what on earth a bathing-machine is or what a Billiard-marker does.

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