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text 2017-12-13 01:10
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 336 pages.
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings - Charles Dickens,Michael Slater

Never make bargains with phantoms.

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text 2017-12-12 17:28
Reading progress update: I've read 176 out of 336 pages.
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings - Charles Dickens,Michael Slater

Poverty-stricken urbanites and mysterious connections between characters.

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review 2017-12-11 05:44
It Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Breakups in History
It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History - Jennifer Wright

This was good!  I wasn't sure at the start, because it's pretty clear the author geared her narrative towards women (or men, but really, women) who were battling their way through breakups while reading this book.  But it's easy to get past that and just enjoy the history and the wry humour.  And omg were these people awful.  You expect Nero to be horrible, but - and maybe it's just my general ignorance of Roman history, but not this weirdly horrible.  And Oskar Kokoschka... holy cheese whiz weird, although I think I found it even more bizarre that everybody let him get away with his flavour of weird without seemingly batting an eye.  By the time you get to Norman Mailer, his horribleness almost seems bland by comparison.  Almost.  

 

This is popular history in its purest form, but it's lively and entertaining while it's being informative.  The source list at the end is a little web-link heavy for my taste, but I'm going with it; I learned a lot and little of it had to do with how these people broke up with their exes. 

 

I have this in print, but borrowed the audio from the library and while I was a bit hesitant about the narrator at the beginning, I soon changed my mind.  Hillary Huber's performance starts off sounding a bit monotone, but I soon found it works really well with Wright's wry humour and occasional sass.  I particularly enjoyed her narration in the car as it was both calming and often hilarious.

 

I definitely recommend this (in audio or print) if you're looking for light, breezy and educational.

 

Book themes for Kwanzaa: Read a book whose cover is primarily red, green or black.

 

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text 2017-12-11 00:14
Reading progress update: I've read 153 out of 336 pages.
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings - Charles Dickens,Michael Slater

The Haunted Man suddenly developed an intriguing premise.

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text 2017-12-10 12:34
Reading progress update: I've read 140 out of 336 pages.
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings - Charles Dickens,Michael Slater

Wowzas! Can this guy labour a point, or what?

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