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January 2017 Books

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2016: Very Good Reads

Of 200 books read in 2016, here are my VGRs: Crooked Heart, by Lissa Evans: This was an excellent book set during WWII in London. Noel, aged 10, has been living with his godmother Mattie, a former suffragette with an unconventional lifestyle. When … Continue reading

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2015: Very Good Reads

Of 179 books read in 2015, here are my VGRs: World of Trouble, by Ben H. Winters: The conclusion to the Last Policeman trilogy was just as good as the first two books. Winters’s writing is taut, well-paced, and the plot was … Continue reading

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Military Library Links

Military members and their families can access free ebooks and audiobooks through the various digital libraries available to each service. As you can imagine, this is one of my favorite military resources! I happen to have an account with the Navy, … Continue reading

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2014: Very Good Reads

Of 179 books read in 2014, here are my VGRs: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak: I can’t believe I hadn’t read this before. Completely wonderful book. Hollow City, by Ransom Riggs: The excellent follow-up to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Jacob and … Continue reading

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Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author best known for her novel Anne of Green Gables and the other books that followed in that series. All of which are wonderful, but Anne of Green Gables is actually not my favorite of Montgomery’s … Continue reading

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2013: Very Good Reads

Of 144 books read in 2013, here are my VGRs: Two-Part Inventions, by Lynne Sharon Schwartz: As a musician, I found this book especially fascinating and thought-provoking.  It starts with the death of Suzanne, a pianist who suffered from crippling stage fright and … Continue reading

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My Fourth Decade of Reading

As my 40th birthday is zooming towards me at an alarming speed (5 days away!), I thought it might be fun to reflect back on some parts of my thirties. The easiest way to start is with books, since I’ve … Continue reading

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Quote for Readers

My mom emailed me a great quote a few days ago. As readers, we remain in the nursery stage so long as we cannot distinguish between taste and judgment, so long, that is, as the only possible verdicts we can … Continue reading

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A Few Favorites

Graeter’s ice cream, a college standby when I lived in Cincinnati, is absolutely wonderful.  Their chip flavors are chock full of huge chunks of Ghirardelli chocolate, unlike the waxy fake chocolate crap so many ice creams sport.  After leaving Cincinnati, … Continue reading

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2012: Very Good Reads

Of 189 books read in 2012, here are my VGRs: The Chaperone, by Laura Moriarty: A very enjoyable read about a woman in her mid-30s who travels to NYC with 15-year-old Louise Brooks, chaperoning her while she attends a dancing school.  The … Continue reading

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The Library

I love the library.  I have always loved the library.  I will always love the library.  I have fond childhood memories of going downtown in Charlottesville with my family  and spending hours browsing books until we were all ready to … Continue reading

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