Monday, November 28, 2016

Thankfully Reading - Wrap Up

So, I extended the last day a bit, but I managed to meet my goal of finishing my two current books: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Snow White Red-Handed by Maia Chance.

A good weekend - Thanks, Jenn, for setting it up.
Now it's back to work :-(

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thankfully Reading - Day Four (small business Saturday)

I missed this one. I was at a book club meeting and shopping and having dinner with friends all day. I got a few pages read in the evening. I’m hoping to have another finish this afternoon.

My local indie is a couple hours away, but I’m hoping to get there sometime later this week.


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Thankfully Reading - Day Three

Happy Black Friday! I have absolutely no intentions of going anywhere near a store today. The fridge is full of leftovers, I have my favorite sweat pants and fuzzy socks on, and I am all ready to have a beautiful reading day.

I finished The Goldfinch last night - so, SO good! Today I will work on my other current book, Snow White Red-Handed.

Now to today's discussion question: the book I am most thankful for this year. Ugh. Just one? Hmmmmmmmmmmm. . . . . . . .

Ok, I guess I will go with Stardust by Neil Gaiman. It was a very enjoyable read, recommended by my daughter. The reason I chose it is that I have been using The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter in a class for several years, and the students are not really loving it. I think Stardust may be just the right replacement to get some interest back into the curriculum.

(My second choice is Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs because it opened up the whole world of his works - I had no idea!)

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Thankfully Reading - A Finish!

I loved this book so much. I am working my way towards (eventually) reading all of the Pulitzer Prize winners for fiction. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt won in 2014, and it is really well-deserved. The story line is paced perfectly, the writing is exquisite and thought-provoking, and the characters . . . what can I say about the characters? Hobie and Boris will stay with me for a long time, as will the narrator, Theo, even if I did want to smack him more than once along the way.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankfully Reading Book Menu

Here is my ideal book “menu”:
Historical setting
Beautifully-crafted writing
Memorable characters

Historical fiction
High fantasy

No thank you to the following:
Gratuitous violence
Pure science fiction
Celebrity memoirs
Self-help books

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Thankfully Reading Weekend 2016

Kicking off Thankfully Reading Weekend 2016 hosted by

I have a book club meeting on Saturday, but otherwise hope to be snuggled in and reading, reading, reading for the rest of the holiday weekend (NO shopping!).

It would be wonderful if I could finish my two current books: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (108 pages to go) and Snow White Red-Handed by Maia Chance (185 pages to go). Then I can start my December reads: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson and The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.

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