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text 2018-12-25 22:57
Christmas Gifts: Books and Cat Stuff
Wie Spreu im Wind - Uli Wittmann,Maryse Condé
The Summer Before the War - Helen Simonson
The Tudor Crown - Joanna Hickson
Unlocking the Past: How Archaeologists Are Rewriting Human History with Ancient DNA - Martin Jones

My BFF happily raided my wishlist again ... and found a few cat-related things to go with the books.  The placemat is part of a set (the rest of which I left at my mom's apartment, since we'll both be using these).


And predictably, within minutes:


"What do you mean, your Christmas stocking?  I sits on it, so it's mine.  Is that a problem?"


Charlie, meanwhile, couldn't care less for the new things on the table -- that toy box, however ...

"See?  I told you, it's all in here!"

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url 2018-11-29 14:03
Podcast #126 is up!
Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life - Diarmaid MacCulloch

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interview Diarmaid MacCulloch about his excellent new biography of Thomas Cromwell. Enjoy!

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text 2018-11-09 18:04
Door 4 - Diwali; Task 4
Washington Square - Henry James,Lorna Raver
A Little Princess - Tasha Tudor,Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mostly Monsterly - Tammi Sauer
The Dark Tower - Stephen King
A Knight in Shining Armor (Montgomery Saga, #10) - Jude Deveraux

Task 4: Find 5 books on your shelves (either physical or virtual) whose covers show a young woman holding a flower and share their cover images.


I squinted at over 1700 thumbnails on my shelves, and this was the best I could do. If I stretched the definition until it squeaks, I could say these five  are "persons" holding or wearing flowers. 


I could have gone a step farther and gone with young women with flowers in near proximity, and I'd have had plenty of covers to show for it, but I decided to stick with this. And yes, I realize that the last one is technically a knight's gauntlet holding a flower, and doesn't actually have the knight's hand *inside* it. 

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review 2018-10-17 04:05
The Chalk Man
The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor

Funny story: My loan LITERALLY expired when I only had 13 minutes left. Luckily, I was able to recheck it out immediately and finish it. That's the only downside to Overdrive: Very strict loan periods. 


Overall, I liked this one quite a bit. Tudor is a good writer and the plot was engaging enough that I wanted to keep listening and finish the story. The crafting of the mystery was the strongest element. When everything wrapped together in the end, I was impressed. For the most part, no detail went unused but nothing felt like a copout either. The story built up well and for the most part, had a satisfying conclusion. 


Really there's nothing that makes me go "BAD WRITING, MINUS STAR"! I just found the story a little average. Enjoyable, well written, just not spectacular. The story also felt long at points, like I just wanted to get through the section so I could find out what was actually happening. I was also disappointed when I found out the secret of the Chalk Men. 


There is none. Everything has a rational explanation.

(spoiler show)


I did like Chloe though. She was a fun character. I wish she had a bigger role. 


Final rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. 


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text 2018-10-16 03:43
Reading progress update: I've read 88%.
The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor

Gonna try and finish this tomorrow,  in part because it's due in two days. For now, Dipper has "lost" his toy and I need to "find" it. (It's under the couch)

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