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text 2020-04-25 12:55
Dewey's Readathon - April 2020 Starting Line


Heya – It’s Readathon this weekend, so here I am again after a long hiatus.


This post is being pre-written and pre-scheduled based on the questions from the last Readthon I participated in so that I don’t lose reading time in a busy day


1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? 


I’m reading from Socially Isolated Southern NJ. 


2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?


I’m looking forward to finishing my reread of The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett  which my work book club is discussing via Skype on Thursday.  And I’m planning to start The Third Daughter - Talia Carner  as  the author will be having a Zoom call with my Synagogue Book Club later in the month (on the day she was originally scheduled to visit in person).


3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?


Not a snack, but a meal – It’s supposed to be rainy and cool, so am planning to start a pot of split pea soup in the crock pot and let it go all day.


4) Do you have a #readathon plan of attack?


Since the start of the COVID-19 shutdown a month ago, about all I’ve been reading is the newspaper and more newspapers and Facebook (and playing games on my phone).  So if I actually read a BOOK today around running out to pick up washable masks and an online karate class and keeping my family fed it will be a win.


5) Are you doing the Readathon solo or with others?


I am the only one doing the Readathon, but I live in a household of readers, and I expect everyone will end up with a book in their hands at some point on Saturday.


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text 2020-01-15 00:32
A Gentleman in Moscow
A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel - Amor Towles

The first book club read of the year!


The rare but deadly 5 stars. Books like this one are the reason I'm in a book club, it encourages me to read books I would otherwise never pick up.

The central figure and main narrator is Count Rostov. In the first chapter Count Rostov is called before the authorities and questioned concerning his allegiance to the revolution, its Moscow 1922. Due to circumstances he is put on house arrest in the Hotel Metropol, where he has been living. He will be shot if he is found outside the Metropol. The twist is he can't stay in his suites, he and what effects he can fit in his new garret are moved to the abandoned 6th floor. After one and only one evening of despondency after 3 days of monotonous routine he makes a plan to adjust to his new captivity.

Count Rostov meets Nina, an 8 year old, who becomes a friend and co-adventurer. He looks forward to visits from friends and makes new friends. All the time staying true to himself. He has a positive outlook, without being a Russian Pollyanna. By the end of the book you want him to be real so you can find a biography to read about the man. The book has amazing characters and manages to illustrate the human toll of the Bolshevik revolution up through Stalin's reign.

Highly recommend. Even though the ending was not as I expected but it fit the Count perfectly.


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text 2018-12-08 23:41
Just starting for booklikes YA Book Club
A Beautiful Friendship - David Weber

Just starting.  A favorite author -- but not one I would associate with YA.


For booklikes book club at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/12/ya-book-club 

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text 2018-12-08 23:36
Just starting for booklikes book club "Virtual Speculation"
The Gate to Women's Country - Sheri S. Tepper

One of the classic SF/F always been meaning to read.


For booklikes book club at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/50/virtual-speculation 

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text 2018-09-03 16:10
August Retrospective

Between procrastinating the book for my IRL book club, getting hooked on an online farming game, and starting to watch Dr. Who with my husband, I’ve spent a surprising amount of August not reading.  I’m especially surprised because I’ve been on vacation for the past week and instead of my usual book a day, I have only finished one book (though I did DNF 2 others). 


During August, I finished 3 books in print and 1 audiobook.


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - J.E. Vance 


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - J.E. Vance got a lot of press right after the 2016 presidential election, but it took me until now to listen to it as an audiobook.  As advertised, Hillbilly Elegy discusses the plight of  whites of Appalachia in the story of one family told by the son who "made it" and moved away.  Like many personal narratives, I think Hillbilly Elegy would have made a wonderful long-form article, but the full  book was a bit thin and repetitive.  While Hillbilly Elegy does a good job of personalizing one segment of the white working class and their struggles, I found it long on anecdote and short on rigorous analysis that would have deserved the reviews saying that it explained the appeal of Mr. Trump to these voters who swung the election. 


The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware 


My IRL book club read The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware for August.  After procrastinating starting it, I did finish it in time for the book club meeting, due in part to insomnia the night before the meeting.  I didn't find the protagonist appealing, but once the story got going, the pages turned.  The opinion of the book club was that The Woman in Cabin 10 was the suspenseful/thriller-like story that we were expecting for our previous selection Before the Fall - Noah Hawley.


Tinker - Wen Spencer  


My husband has been trying to get me to read Tinker - Wen Spencer for over a year.  My younger son devoured the series this summer.  I brought the opening volume of this urban fantasy-like series based on the premise that an orbital gate transfers a near-future Pittsburgh to the planet of the Elves on vacation with me. Tinker had some rough edges and Mary-sue-like moments, but I was right, it did make a good vacation read.  I am curious to see where the series goes, but not quite sure how it might fit into Halloween Bingo (while you could stretch and call elves cryptozoological and there is a murder, at least this first book doesn't fit the suspense/mystery/horror requirement).


Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel - Jesmyn Ward 


I've been intentionally trying to read more books by African-American authors.  So after seeing glowing reviews, I started the 2017 National Book Award winner Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel - Jesmyn Ward. I can't articulate why, but the book just didn't grab me (The extended episode with the car-sick little girl was the penultimate straw). So, despite feeling that Sing Unburied Sing is something that I should have read, and a book that would be good to be conversant with as part of cultural literacy, I guiltily decided to DNF. 


 Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey  


The rest of the family has also devoured Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey this summer.  DH is on book 4 of the series and older son is up to book 6.  I started Leviathan Wakes late last week.  After getting about 50 pages in on August 31st, I decided to throw it back onto the someday/maybe pile and move on to Halloween Bingo selections instead.


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