Year: 2015

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2015 Reading Recap, Part 2: The Self-Interview

        Olga Godim came up with this creative way of summing up her reading year and challenged everyone to do their own.  Well, while I’m back here … I’m in! Olga writes: “Creatively, I decided to interview myself about my reading in 2015. The answers could only be book titles I read […]

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2015 Reading Recap

  No fancy graphics and no astounding numbers – in fact, rather average numbers for me, these days – but anyway, here we go:   Total Number of Books Read: 68 – including rereads – but excluding my current read, Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell (which is bound to take me all the […]

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Scotland Book and Souvenir Haul

Credits for this trip’s single most hilarious literary discovery must go to BrokenTune, who saw this in the gift store of Pitmedden Garden — it took mere seconds for me to decide I had to have it: Fifty Sheds of Grey, a hysterically funny parody of “that book” (using the term loosely) … and yes, […]

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Fashionably Late to the Party – Reading Statistics: Top 10 Authors Read

… well, actually I know I am.  Couldn’t be helped, though. Seriously. Besides, I couldn’t just show up like that, could I? And anyway: Now that I’m here, though … Top 10 Authors Read: Overall Agatha Christie: 157 William Shakespeare: 83 Arthur Conan Doyle: 61 Ngaio Marsh: 45 Ian Rankin: 42 Ellis Peters / Edith […]

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Lake Constance: Lindau and Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Turandot’ at the Bregenz Opera Festival

Back from a wonderful weekend: We’ve been going to Lake Constance to attend the Bregenz Opera Festival more or less regularly for some 10 years now, and almost every time I’ve come home claiming this was the best thing they ever produced.  This year was no exception. We left home shortly after 6:00 AM on […]

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Turandot

I’ll be off over the weekend to see this year’s open air event at the Bregenz Opera Festival on Lake Constance – Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, complete with Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, 27 x 72 m (89 x 236 ft) Chinese Wall and terracotta army stage, and Chinese acrobats (click on any of the images to find […]

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Hilary Mantel: A Place of Greater Safety

The 2015 BookLikes Group Read Conserving the buddy read (or what’s left of it) for posterity — one of the few that actually took place in the relevant discussion group.  BL group discussions were public and visible even to non-BL-members, but I’ve removed the links to the participants’ member profiles for purposes of this repost. […]

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Books With Numbers in the Title

Shout-out to URL Phantomhive for the idea! All of these are taken from my “Read” shelf.  Sometimes, the numbers are in the subtitle.  Books with several numbers (e.g., history books with a date range in their title) are entered for all numbers. Note: Updated as of March 2021.   Zero / None     Half […]

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The Telegraph: Unesco’s new World Heritage Sites – 2015 – Travel

This year’s additions to the list of Unesco World Heritage sites, from Edinburgh’s Forth Bridge to a pie factory in Uruguay.   Ephesus, Turkey What Unesco says: “Located within what was once the estuary of the River Kaystros, Ephesus comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements founded on new locations, which followed the coastline as it […]

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George Orwell: Burmese Days

   Pukkah sahibs An Assembly Such as This … Though uttered in much more genteel circumstances than the setting of this book, Mr. Darcy’s timeless put-down of Meryton society in Jane Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice can’t fail to come to mind when referring to the characters populating George Orwell’s first novel. Burmese Days is, down […]

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Bibliophile Easter Eggs 2015

… courtesy, mostly, of an extended visit to the new Foyles flagship store in Charing Cross Road, plus Easter gifts, plus assorted other places: Everyman Library Classics – London Stories Simon Callow – Charles Dickens Paula Byrne – The Real Jane Austen Bill Bryson – The Mother Tongue Mikhail Bulgakov – A Country Doctor’s Notebook […]

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