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text 2017-10-14 02:48
DNF: Songs of Willow Frost
Songs of Willow Frost - Jamie Ford

Slow start and just not grabbing me. William and Charlotte are finally about to leave the orphanage, so I should probably stick it out a bit longer, but all I can think of is the Halloween Bingo Books I could be reading instead.


Maybe I'll try again between November 1st and the author visit...or then again, I may cancel on the author visit because there's a conflicting event the same night.

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text 2017-02-05 21:37
Akata Witch
Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor

Just not grabbing me.  Throwing back onto the "Maybe I'll give it another try later" pile.


I do plan to pick up Binti, the 2016 Hugo and Nebula award winning novella, sometime soon.

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text 2016-09-06 01:38
DNF: The Good Thief
The Good Thief - Hannah Tinti

I skidded out of The Good Thief, which was assigned as summer reading to my rising 9th grader.  I feel just a tad guilty for not gutting through my dislike of the secondary character's obvious falsehoods and confabulations, when my son did not have that opportunity, and that I therefore was was not able to help him with the associated writing assignment.

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review 2016-05-01 17:51
DNF: The 20-Minute Gardener
The 20-Minute Gardener: The Garden of Your Dreams Without Giving up Your Life, Your Job, or Your Sanity - Thomas Christopher,Marty Asher

I got more ambitious than I have been about gardening in a number of years and I'm putting in my first garden that is more than just a pot or 2 of cherry tomatoes.  So I've been reading a lot of garden books. This one just didn't hold my interest.  The concept of ways to be more time-effective in your garden is intriguing, and there are a few interesting projects, but in general, I found the book poorly organized and not all that useful.



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review 2016-04-24 22:26
Paula Byrne: Perdita
Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson - Paula Byrne

Mary Robinson made some fascinating life choices, which are here outlined in painstakingly accurate detail. Sadly, the reader has to supply all the excitement, sympathy, outrage, and regret, as the author carefully sticks to only the documented facts. I'm confident that this is an excellent work of history, but it is not very readable. I made it as far as Mary's return from France (about 2/3 of the way through the book), but when she started her poetry career I had to put it down. Byrne's dry prose, broken up with excerpts of 18th Century British poetry, was just too tedious. Not recommended.

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