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text 2020-01-22 12:03
Reading progress update: I've read 248 out of 410 pages.
Billy Budd, Sailor and Selected Tales - Herman Melville,Robert Milder

Benito Cereno: Wowzas! 150 years or so puts a radically different perspective on this tale (based on a true story) of slaves and their masters. Unfortunately the story is poorly structured, which is highly detrimental. 

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review 2020-01-14 16:16
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill - Abbi Waxman

TITLE:  The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

 

AUTHOR:  Abbi Waxman

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DESCRIPTION:

"The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They're all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She'll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It's a disaster! And as if that wasn't enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn't he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.

1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It's time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn't convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It's going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.
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REVIEW:

 

Somewhat predictable but entertaining, cute and pleasant. 

 

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text 2020-01-05 12:35
Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 410 pages.
Billy Budd, Sailor and Selected Tales - Herman Melville,Robert Milder

Some interesting vocabulary from 1855: "Trowsers" - still in use in British English (spelled, trousers) but "pants" is the American English term, now. When did that shift occur? Also, "ghetto" - earliest usage I can remember coming across - but it turns out it's been around since some time in the 1600s.

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text 2020-01-01 19:37
Reading progress update: I've read 164 out of 410 pages.
Billy Budd, Sailor and Selected Tales - Herman Melville,Robert Milder

The Encantatas: "The Enchanted Isles," these days usually referred to as The Galapagos Islands, in English. A collection of anecdotes and observations of the famous archipelago off the west coast of South America. A mixed bag of more and less interesting items to my taste.

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text 2019-12-24 08:57
Reading progress update: I've read 140 out of 410 pages.
Billy Budd, Sailor and Selected Tales - Herman Melville,Robert Milder

Melville liked The Fairy Queen - he keeps quoting from it, at least.

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