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quote 2017-12-23 08:44
He said, I ain't got nothing but hard times and bubble gum and I´m fresh out of bubble gum.
In Country - Bobbie Ann Mason

This quote is flawed... but I do tend to overthink things.  Not sure what page because I´m listening to the audio book but it is in Chapter 17.

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review 2017-06-17 00:00
Hard Times
Hard Times - Charles Dickens Sad, but enjoyable.
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review 2016-03-06 00:00
Hard Times
Hard Times - Charles Dickens,Frederick Busch 3.75 stars, maybe 3.5.

I love Charles Dickens, but I don't think this is his best work. So far, my favorites are Great Expectations and David Copperfield, but I still have several Dickens novels on my to-read list. Dickens is the total package - great writer and storyteller with excellent characterization and dialogue. I love how he excels at every aspect of writing. This is something I don't see often in modern writers. As an aspiring writer, there's so much I can learn from reading his novels. If you've never read Dickens before, I recommend that you start with one of the two I mentioned above.
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text 2016-01-21 07:35
TBR Thursday - January 21, Part Deux
The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted - Mark Forsyth
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World - Mark Miodownik
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language - Mark Forsyth
My Life and Hard Times - James Thurber

These are the books that came this week without the fanfare of a big blue Belgian bag.  Despite their quiet arrival in their nondescript, brown cardboard envelopes (which sounds lewd when I write it like that) I am incredibly excited about each one of them:

 

The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted - Mark Forsyth - I've already gushed about this perfect little joyous ode to bookshops; it's my first 5 star read of the year - all 31 pages of it.

 

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World - Mark Miodownik - I've been seeing this in my local bookshops, but a review by, of all people, Bill Gates was the tipping point for me (I say 'of all people' because I'm all Apple, all the time). He wrote a very good review of this one and he liked What If? so I'm going with it.

 

The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language - Mark Forsyth - he who wrote The Unknown Unknown.  If this one is half as good as that one, I'm gonna be a fangirl.

 

My Life and Hard Times - James Thurber - this one is an upgrade of the slim paperback I currently own and an eBay bargain.  I'm in love with the Folio editions with their individual slipcovers; eBay has become a dangerous place for me...

 

Total books received: 17

Books read: 6

Total physical TBR: 194

 

Oh boy, I'm gonna break the 200 book barrier soon... must read faster (and shop slower)!

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review 2015-09-16 03:46
My Life and Hard Times
My Life and Hard Times - James Thurber

Deducted 1/2 star for being too short.  Otherwise an excellent example of midcentury, midwestern humor excellently written.

 

This slim volumes reads as a collection of short essays about the early part of Thurber's life and his eccentric family.  I won't go so far as to say they are laugh-out-loud funny, but they are very humorous.  I'll be looking at his other works in the future with a much more open mind.

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