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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 2018-12-21 20:29
Did some last minute Christmas shopping ...
At The Existentialist Café - Sarah Bakewell
Three Daughters of Eve - Elif Shafak
The Plot Against America - Philip Roth
The Word Is Murder - Anthony Horowitz

... including shopping for book gifts.  Inevitably, I ended up also getting a few books for myself ...


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review 2018-12-13 07:10
The Word for World is Forest
The Word for World is Forest - Ursula K. Le Guin

Has anyone of you watched the movie Avatar and thought the same thing as I did: “It´s worth watching the movie because of its visual style but the story is one of the lamest I ever had to sit through in a cinema.” Leave it to Ursula K. Le Guin to write almost the same story and make it an interesting one out of it. I guess she could write an essay about the telephone book and I would be enthralled by it.


What I realized about Le Guin´s writing is:

  • she does an incredibly job in creating the world in which her story is set in.
  • she has the most wonderful way of writing about interspecies friendships. In both “The Left Hand of Darkness” and “The Word for World is Forest” there is a pair of human and alien, who are forming a friendship despite their differences and I feel like the pages are radiating a warmth whenever I´m reading about these friendships.
  • I love how subtle her commentaries on social issues come across in her books. Whether it being the criticism of the Vietnam War (which Mike Finn – Audiobook Addict kindly told me this book is) or gender issues in “The Left Hand of Darkness”, as a reader I never feel whacked over the head by Le Guin´s views.  


As you might tell, I loved this book. It´s 128 pages of a highly immersive and spellbinding story and I loved how the ending packed such a punch. Highly recommended.


I´ve read this book for the 24 tasks as a book, that has green on the cover


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text 2018-12-10 02:59
We feel very confident and stand behind the word proven

They may purchase brrr° yarns and become a certified user of brrr° yarns. “But we can be the best in class in technology and license the technology to best in class product leaders who can make their products even better with brrr°.


“My idea when I started the company was to create a technology that could be applicable to all of the fabrics in our lives, and so to see the vertical of automotive taking off, to see bedding taking off, it’s really illustrating that vision and it’s exciting!”For more information about brrr°, contact Julie Brown, +270-361-9338; jbrown@brrr.”


Kolb identified a need in the industry for an authentic cooling technology, and after working with scientists in Taiwan to bring her ideas to life, brrr° was born.Or, manufacturers may buy fabrics featuring brrr° from the company, and the company offers product development assistance through its Taiwan-based manufacturing facility.


Kolb sees enormous possibilities for the cooling technology in medical products. Currently, polyester and nylon filament yarns are available, although other polymers may be used, and the company is looking into incorporating brrr° during other spinning methods to expand the family of yarns that are available.com. “And my curiosity for that led me down the path of textile technology. We feel very confident and stand behind the word proven. “

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review 2018-12-06 19:58
Take it or leave it? I'll leave it, thanks.
Tucker Grizzwell's Worst Week Ever - Bill Schorr,Ralph Smith

Tucker Grizzwell's Worst Week Ever by Bill Schorr and Ralph Smith was borne from a comic strip and is (supposedly) aimed at children. However, I found it to be so full of word play and puns that I think it would be better suited to an adult audience. In my opinion, it was a little too densely packed with jokes to the point of being somewhat annoying and obnoxious. This wasn't marketed as a collection of comic strips but it was lacking in a coherent plot beyond the bare bones 'lesson learned' tale of a cub realizing that adults may not necessarily have all of the answers to the world's questions. 


Apologies for the shortness of this review but some books don't lend themselves to a lengthy analysis especially when they're so middle of the road like this one. 2/10



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What's Up Next: Peanuts Vol. 9 by Charles Schulz (and others)


What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond


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