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text 2018-12-12 19:28
24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 - Human Rights Day, Task 1 (Human Rights Keywords in Book Titles)

Since I just recently restored order to my physical shelves, I'm reluctant to upset that particular apple cart all over again -- but here are screenshots of some of my search results on my BookLikes shelves (both read and TBR) for the keywords "human," "rights," "freedom," "justice," "liberty," "peace," "sanctuary," "truth," "equal," "happiness," "protect," and "vision":


... as well as the little "European Enlightenment" corner of my philosophy shelf (the American authors are part of my Library of America collection):

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text 2018-11-06 16:57
24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 - Guy Fawkes Night, Task 4 (non-explosive "Gunpowder" Book Titles)
Gunpowder Green - Laura Childs
Gunpowder Tea - Margaret Brownley
The Gunpowder Gardens - Jason Goodwin
Gunpowder: Explosive flavours from modern India - Devina Seth,Harneet Baweja,Nirmal Save
Gunpowder Valentine: New and Selected Poems - Paul Perry,Siobhan Campbell
Gunpowder Summers - Richard Nester

* Gunpowder Green is part of Laura Childs's Tea Shop Mystery series, in which each installment is named for a particular kind of tea.

* Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley is a historical / Western romance-plus-mystery.

* The Gunpowder Gardens by Jason Goodwin is part travelogue, part tea history.

* Gunpowder by Devina Seth, Harneet Baweja and Nirmal Save is an Indian cookbook.

* Gunpowder Valentine by Paul Perry and Gunpowder Summers by Richard Nester are collections of poetry.


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text 2018-09-10 14:37
Don't tell me what to think about your book

I try to glance at the Audible Daily Deals every day and usually manage it on the weekdays. Today's deal features the kind of subtitle (or is it supposed to be a tagline?) that gives me a kneejerk "I'd hate this" reaction. It's bad enough when this kind of thing is the first sentence in the book's description, but when it's part of the actual title it's just embarrassing.



Just call it The Child Next Door, please. I don't need you to tell me that I will consider it "unputdownable." And I get to decide whether I think a book's twist is "brilliant." I checked, and this isn't just an Audible mistake, it's on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble product pages for the paperback as well.

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text 2016-05-16 00:35
Which book title(s) on your shelves describe you?
Blonde - Joyce Carol Oates
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
Here be Dragons - Sharon Kay Penman
The Warrior Queens: The Legends and the Lives of the Women Who Have Led Their Nations in War - Antonia Fraser
No Man's Nightingale - Ruth Rendell
To Each His Own (Black & White) - Leonardo Sciascia
Dreamcatcher - Stephen King
A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf
Searching for Shakespeare - Stanley W. Wells,James Shapiro,Tarnya Cooper,Marcia Pointon
Music & Silence - Rose Tremain

Thanks to Bookloving Writer and Olga for starting this one.  Alright, here we go:


Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

... in a series of bullet points.


Physical Features:

Dark Blonde with The Bluest Eye (well, blue eyes, anyway ;) )


Personality / Attitude:

* The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and a Deep River, where Here be Dragons

* Perfectly happy to remain Miss Lonelyhearts and a Lonesome Dove

* One of The Warrior Queens, thoroughly familiar with The Art of War

* Catering to Nobody and No Man's Nightingale

* Plain Speaker with plenty of Resolution, giving others A Test Of Wills and Face Off with them on anything that matters to me, or to ward off an Invasion of Privacy

* However, big On Liberty and generally speaking, ready to give everybody A Place Called Freedom and To Each His Own, and to Let the Great World Spin

* Dreamcatcher, given to Reveries of the Solitary WalkerFlights of the Mind

and a Celebration of Being

* Though lately a bit wearied by The Way of the World and therefore occasionally in need of A Place of Safety 

* And if something is over or hasn't worked out: Walk On


* Freedom

* A Room of One's Own

* Silence, and A Time to Keep Silence

* One Hundred Years of Solitude (or to be able to lose myself in The Labyrinth of Solitude)



* Searching for Shakespeare: Will & Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life (Living in a Shakespearean World)

Books in general, but particularly The Great Books: This Reader won't ever forget How Reading Changed My Life  from early childhood on

Cats, Cats, Cats


Other Likes and Loves:

* ars musica and the right combination of Music & Silence

* Moviegoer

World History: A Dance to the Music of Time

* Journeys of a Lifetime

* My California: There is Nothing Like the Sun, The Sea, The Mountains of California, and my very own L.A. Confidential

* Travel Photography (and photography in general)

R is for Rose

* Tea at Fortnum & Mason (or at home or, heck, anywhere, actually)

Whisky in Your Pocket ... or preferably, in a tumbler or a Glencairn glass, actually ...


By Day:

The Lost Lawyer, in pursuit of A Certain Justice


Random Other Bits:

* A person with two Mother Tongues; the one I was born with (German) and an adopted one (English)

* Zodiac (Western): Libra


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url 2016-02-24 21:58
20 Hilariously Odd Titles of Genuine Books

Here are 20 really funny book titles that will make you laugh.


Read more here.

Source: interestingliterature.com/2016/02/24/20-hilariously-odd-titles-of-genuine-books
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