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Thoughts on Wonder

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a book about middle-school kids, probably written for middle-school kids, but is one that everyone should read. Wonder is about August (Auggie) Pullman, who is 10 years old and is about to start school for the first … Continue reading

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is about Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a young German soldier, in the besieged town of Saint-Malo in 1944 as the Allies are liberating it.  In alternating narratives, we … Continue reading

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Last Train to Paris

Reading books like Last Train to Paris by Michele Zackheim confirm my theory that I may have been born in the wrong decade. This novel combines two of my favorite subjects, Paris (loosely, though part of the novel is also … Continue reading

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A Replacement Life – TLC Book Tours

One can say that a benefit of having a book blog is that it provides an opportunity to receive copies of books in advance of their publication date; sometimes they are the final published edition, but most of the time … Continue reading

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Even if you prefer e-readers to print, if you are a reader/book lover there is something magical about walking into a bookstore.  Nine times out of ten you (read: me) will go in without anything specific in mind, yet you (me) … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Booktopia Boulder

It goes without saying, but a weekend dedicated to talking about books and reading is amazing.  Add the beautiful location of Boulder, Colorado and who could ask for anything more? Unlike past Booktopias where I signed up for every session … Continue reading

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The Martian: A Perfect Book for This Week

I’ve done some complaining about how I have had little time to do much reading lately, but then this one book comes along and I have to make time to read it – work and other obligations be damned! It is … Continue reading

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Thoughts on The Sun and Other Stars

I have a quote posted on the bulletin board in my home office:  “Don’t cry because it’s over:  Smile because it happened”.  And thinking about my reaction upon finishing The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka I understand what that phrase … Continue reading

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Audiobook: The Good Luck of Right Now

Every few months I browse the digital audiobooks available through my local library system and I decide to try once again to get into audiobooks.  I am not always successful in what I choose, for various reasons (perhaps another post?), … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Reading: Fiction

Alas, it is still early in the year, but I have yet to read a novel that I just loved.  The ones I’ve read I’ve liked well enough, but none of them are making me rush to recommend them.  Maybe … Continue reading

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