Archive for the 'Books' Category

Fluttering pages

on Jan 16th 2012

As I mentioned, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. I noticed near the end of 2011 that I had read a lot already, so I figured if I pushed it, I could read 100 books before the end of the year. I managed to read 103 books, which was fun and definitely made a […]

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Avoidance, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

on Jun 26th 2011

I finally read this book. I bought it ages ago, when everyone bought it. I left it on the shelf, because it got too much hipster attention, but also because it’s about something very hard, and seemed to come too close to some painful situations in my own family, and sometimes it’s nice to avoid […]

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Wild Decembers

on May 21st 2011

Wild Decembers by Edna O’Brien This book  encapsulates so much about rural Ireland and feuding families and the strictures on women.  It’s heart-breaking and beautiful and true.  O’Brien’s language is gorgeous, and the story unfolds like a great tragedy.  Unfortunately, the audio version I listened to was of poor quality.  I’m surprised Audible did such […]

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Oh, right . . . 12 books in 12 months: Song of the Lark

on Apr 13th 2011

I fell down a bit with 12 books in 12 months, and now I need to catch up. I’ve read these: 1.  A Mercy: A Novel by Toni Morrison. Sighed my way through the audiobook version, and felt like I was betraying an idol. 2. Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt.  I think I loved […]

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A Blogger’s (Silent) Poetry Reading

on Feb 2nd 2011

This year, I’m trying to focus more clearly on music than I have since, well, since the world went all pear-shaped in 2009.  I’ve also been doing more research on early medieval Scandinavia than usual.  It feels right, then, to give you a song that circles through my brain, particularly as the ground starts to […]

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The Good Brother and other books

on Jan 19th 2011

The Good Brother by Chris Offutt I’m a huge fan of Chris Offutt’s work, which I was introduced to as a college student with a serious devotion to Appalachian Studies.  Knowing that Offutt has been focusing on writing for TV rather than churning out stories and novels for the last several years, I just help […]

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on Nov 30th 2010

I’ve been a bit busy, which has kept me from posting all of the things I wanted to post about.  Well, hang that nonsense.  Here’s what I can think of off the top of my head. I went to the Knitter’s Review Retreat, which was absolutely wonderful, as usual. My friend Ruadhan was able to […]

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London Fields

on Nov 27th 2010

London Fields by Martin Amis. I read this book so slowly not because I didn’t love it, but because this time of year is just plain too busy for me.  I spent a lot of stolen moments reading just a few pages before returning to some pressing task or other.  It’s a mystery, sort of.  […]

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Possession: A Romance

on Oct 21st 2010

I picked this for 12 books in 12 months because I’ve started it at least once or twice before and abandoned it each time, so it seemed to fit right into the spirit of the project.  I’m so glad I read it, though I can see why I hadn’t stuck with it previously.  I opted […]

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Red and black and ever blue

on Sep 29th 2010

I got myself the sort of (quite early) birthday present I always want, but would never ask for.  There’s just no way to send someone out to find the perfect handmade journal for me, you know? It was made by Kreativlink on Etsy. I got one of the larger format ones, since I like a […]

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