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photo 2016-01-12 22:16
The Archivist - Martha Cooley
KALPA IMPERIAL: THE GREATEST EMPIRE THAT... KALPA IMPERIAL: THE GREATEST EMPIRE THAT NEVER WAS ... Translated by Ursula K. Le Guin. - Angelica. Gorodischer
[Gods, Heroes, and Kings: The Battle for Mythic Britain] (By: Christopher R. Fee) [published: March, 2004] - Christopher R. Fee
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present - Howard Zinn
China Mountain Zhang - Maureen F. McHugh
A New Reading Goal for a New Year
So, here we are more than a week into the New Year, and I’m taking a little time to discuss my new reading project for the year. On Goodreads last year, I set up a rather ludicrous goal of reading two hundred books in 2016, not really planning on succeeding but just wanting to see how far I got. Well, actually, I ended up reading a few more than that!


It probably did not hurt that I am working now in a major public library system, in which new books, or strange and interesting books new and old alike are constantly passing through my sight. By the end of the year, of all of the books I read, only fifty were taken from my own shelves. That was like around only twenty-five percent my own books! As I have mentioned before, my shelves are rather overflowing right now, so for this year, I’m really going to concentrate on finishing up a few of my own books, of which I have a lot of interesting ones I’ve been itching to read. 

 

As soon as I finish up the pile of library books I’ve got leftover from last year, piled up on top of my chair, of course! This year, then, I'll try to keep myself under two or three library books per month, the rest gleaned from my own, neglected collections. No other "goal" than that, right now! 

 

The books attached to this entry are some of the books I've owned which I've had on my reading list for nearly six years now. Yeesh! 

 

*Theme music for this entry: "Wrapped Up in Books," Dear Catastrophe Waitress, Belle and Sebastian

 

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review 2015-11-06 03:51
Calls Across the Pacific, a novel

Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies.

 

Amid the Cultural Revolution, Nina Huang, one of the sent-down youths, says goodbye to her boyfriend and sneaks across the bay by boat to Hong Kong, where she is granted political asylum. After her subsequent immigration to the U.S. and later to Canada, Nina's employment and education, and her experiences with romantic/sexual relationships, are a radical departure from the moral code she knew in China. Twice during the time she is living in North America, she travels back to China to reunite with her mother as well as friends, and to see how Chinese society and politics are evolving, and she finally decides, as a journalist, to interview and record her contemporaries' experiences of life in China for a Western audience. In doing so, however, as an escaped citizen who has returned with an American passport, Nina puts herself in dangerous situations and finds herself needing to flee from the red terror once again.

Source: www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9781771332293/calls-across-the-pacific.aspx
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photo 2015-02-12 12:38
bookaneers

“It had become a chimney poking from a vertical universe of bookshelves. ... They clung to the edges of the cases and moved across them in expert scuttles. They wore ropes and hooks and carried picks on which they sometimes hung. Dangling from straps they carried notebooks, pens, magnifying glasses, ink pads, and stamps. ... I'm Margarita Staples." She bowed in her harness. 'Extreme librarian. Bookaneer.”

 

-- China Mieville

Source: sinfulfolk.com
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