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text 2019-01-20 09:20
Reading progress update: I've read 352 out of 560 pages.
Second Life: A Novel - S.J. Watson
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text 2019-01-20 04:46
Reading progress update: I've read 71 out of 224 pages.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life - Marshall Frady

I came across a copy of Marshall Frady's biography of Martin Luther King Jr. on the clearance shelf of one of our local Half Price Books earlier today, and given that it's MLK Day weekend and I haven't read much about him until now I felt inspired to purchase it. So far it's giving me the background that I've long needed, though the floridness of Frady's prose is a little annoying.

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review 2019-01-20 02:17
Book-lovers will delight in and relish this little book about their reading obsession; the perfect bookworm gift
I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life - Anne Bogel

This little book is a love letter to the joys of reading, and EVERY bookworm should have this one on their shelves.

I picked this book to fulfill my ‘reminds you of your happy place’ book choice for my #LitsyBooked2019 Challenge, and I absolutely couldn’t come up with a more apt choice for something that conjures up ‘happy place’ right now than books.

If you’re an avid reader and you are aghast at the idea of whittling down your collection of books to 30 books, or as Anne Bogel puts it, have spent time as a kid under the covers reading a book with a flashlight when you should’ve been asleep, then this is the book for you.

The book is short and sweet but packs in a lot, and you will see yourself in these pages even if you don’t know all the book titles she mentions. You will find yourself nodding and laughing and agreeing about all the things that only ‘book people’ will understand and recognize in their reading lives:

How 'normal' it is to have 1,593 books in your Goodreads Want-to-Read list, but will read a book by your favorite author as soon as it comes out. How normal it is that you've read every single book by Sarah J. Maas and have every edition of all her books, even the foreign read all the Outlander Series but have never read Jane Eyre.

How you've been that reader of all The Babysitter's Club Books when you were a tween, then you went through a phase of nothing but vampire books, then you struggled to find yourself with self-help books in your twenties, and now you read nothing but the latest bestsellers from a celebrity bookclub; you've just changed as a reader as you've got older.

Bogel mentions all these 'delights and dilemmas of the reading life' in her book and it felt like I'd found a new bookish friend, and I suspect that just about everyone picking this book up and seeing themselves in it, will feel like their circle of bookish friends just grew infinitely bigger.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/38502471-i-d-rather-be-reading
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review 2019-01-19 13:30
Word by Word: The Secret Life of Diction... Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries - Kory Stamper

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This book was perfect. I'll admit, it took me longer than usual to finish this one. Part of that was that I often have a few minutes to read here and there during my workday. I tried reading it then, but didn't get very far and kept forgetting what was going on and would have to reread sections. I eventually found it best to read an entire chapter at a time (perfect for my weekly read-in-the-bathtub-nights). Once I got into the swing of things, I really looked forward to the next time I could read a chapter.

Honestly, this is just such a fascinating book. It's something I never really thought about before. I love words and books and language, but this was a whole new perspective for me. And it was so amazing. I really loved it. 

Stamper discusses such topics as defining "wrong words" (words that aren't words, but become words through common use), example sentences, pronunciation, and reader correspondence. My favorite section was on "bad words". It was so interesting. 

My husband heard about this book on NPR and bought it for me (because he knows me so well). It is one of the best books I have ever read. Deeply fascinating and very well written with just the right amount of humor. I absolutely loved Stamper's writing style. 

If you love words, this is the book for you. Highly recommend.

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text 2019-01-18 17:44
Day Whatever of the Government Shutdown


Here is my finished kitchen.



Did a panorama view so you can see everything in one fail swoop.


And now I am off to borrow books from the library. Believe me, this whole shutdown has me more aware of how i spend money. This kitchen and other house renovations killed me last year. This year I am going to be more thoughtful of how I spend and save money. 2019 is all about my health and getting my savings back up to what it was before the shutdown and the renovations decimated it.  



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