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2020 in Facts and Figures

I already posted my main 2020 in Review and Looking Ahead to 2021 posts a while ago — only on my new blog (separate post to come) –, but I held back on my 2020 reading statistics until the year was well and truly over.  And for all my good intentions when posting my mid-year […]

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2020: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We’re still a month away from the end of the year, but my reading will probably consist mainly of Christmas books in December, and I hope and pray that life won’t come up and throw anything else at me in the final month of the year, either.  So I might as well post my “Year […]

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Ruth Rendell: A Judgement in Stone – Epitaph

24 Festive Tasks: Door 15 – Día de los Muertos, Task 1: Create an epitaph for the worst book you read in 2020.   Ruth Rendell, A Judgement in Stone:   From my “DNF” post: “”Illiterate” (read: dyslexic) working class home help kills her well-meaning but utterly clueless upper class employers.  The end.  (And because it’s […]

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Isabel Allende: Cuentos de Eva Luna (The Stories of Eva Luna)

24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – International Day for Tolerance, Task 2: Name a redeeming trait of a book that you DNF’d this year.     This is an easy one for me this year: One of the relatively few books I DNF’d in 2020 was Isabel Allende’s Stories of Eva Luna.  And there’s nothing […]

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Isabel Allende: The Stories of Eva Luna

DNF @ just over 40%. Meh.  There’s nothing inherently wrong with these stories, but I’m interminably bored — I just may be over Allende at this point.  So, I’m just going to cash in on the 40% I’ve listened to and roll for BookLikes-opoly again.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2609139/dnf-just-over-40

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BL-opoly, Pandemic Edition – First Roll

Another pandemic month, another game, thanks to Moonlight Reader!  I’m glad we’re making this a low-key version, and I don’t know how often I’ll want to roll, but anyway … here we go.  Like last year, I’ll have my two little helpers by my side helping me pick my books — and in keeping with […]

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Ruth Rendell: A Judgement in Stone

DNF @ 30% (approx)   “Illiterate” (read: dyslexic) working class home help kills her well-meaning but utterly clueless upper class employers.  The end.  (And because it’s an inverted mystery, we know literally from the first sentence that this is going to happen.)  Aaaannnd … I’m out. I’m not merely bored, though. Chiefly, I’m furious at […]

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Redeeming Renée Ahdieh’s “The Wrath and the Dawn”

24 Festive Tasks: Door 7 – International Day for Tolerance, Task 1: Find a redeeming quality in a book you read this year and didn’t like.   I’ve never understood the rave reviews that this book is getting, but then, I’m not its target audience; and I suppose if you read it as a straight-up […]

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An Epitaph for Sam Kean’s “The Disappearing Spoon”

24 Festive Tasks: Door 1 – Día de los Muertos / All Saints’ Day, Task 3: Write an epitaph for the book you most disliked this year.     Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1989403/24-festive-tasks-door-1-dia-de-los-muertos-all-saints-day-task-3

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Renée Ahdieh: The Wrath and the Dawn

DNF @ 146 out of 432 pages …. and I’m out. This is insufferable. Granted, I’m not the target audience to begin with.  But it’s not even the concept of “1001 Nights as a YA love story” that is putting me off the most, even though that does have at least something to do with […]

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BL-opoly: Dice Roll #21 & Scottie Dog: Please pick my next book!

Well, I’m not sure what I’ve just read (John Le Carré’s A Small Town in Germany certainly hasn’t aged very well, generally speaking, though in some parts it’s eerily prescient); anyway, having finished it, I’m allowed to roll again. This takes me to square 10: Beach Week — read a book that appears on any […]

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Laura Restrepo: Hot Sur

Hard DNF @ p. 55 So your best friend left her home in Colombia after being raped at age 15, has (unsurprisingly) had few experiences with men since … and after having set her up with your husband’s weirdly-behaved younger brother, plied her with gin and let him drag her away — only to find […]

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BL-opoly: Dice Roll #19

Having finished Ann Leckie’s excellent Raven Tower, I have just about enough time to roll again before the day is out.  And as always when I’m “just quickly going to do this”, there’s no such thing as a straightforward roll.  So — here we go: My first roll sends me to square 14: The Patagonia […]

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BL-opoly: Scottie Dog Selection (Square #9) — Please pick my next book!

Reblogged from: Themis-Athena’s Garden of Books     Laura Restrepo: Hot Sur Laura Esquivel: Like Water for Chocolate Ann Leckie: The Raven Tower Renee Adieh: The Wrath and the Dawn   UPDATED July 21: The votes are in: The Raven Tower it is.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1922170/bl-opoly-scottie-dog-selection-square-9-please-pick-my-next-book

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BL-opoly: Scottie Dog Selection (Square #9) — Please pick my next book!

  Laura Restrepo: Hot Sur Laura Esquivel: Like Water for Chocolate Ann Leckie: The Raven Tower Renee Adieh: The Wrath and the Dawn     Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1921664/bl-opoly-scottie-dog-selection-square-9-please-pick-my-next-book

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Sam Kean: The Disappearing Spoon

DNF @ Chapter 4 I think it’s fair to say that if I prefer doing office admin chores and listening to a(n albeit truly fascinating) memoir about growing up in and getting out of North Korea to reading this book, that’s a pretty good indication I won’t be getting back to this. Chapter 4 started […]

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Nonfiction Science Book Club Reading List

You may have seen MbD’s posts on the new nonfiction book club and the suggestions for future reads floating down the dashboard in the last couple of days: There’s now a list containing all the books that have been suggested so far: http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/799/nonfiction-science-book-club-reading-list The discussion group is currently still named for the buddy read that […]

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