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Daily: Mind/Body balance for the extraordinarily lazy

I'm expanding the focus of Bluestalking to include more personal stuff, more about my life outside books and writing. We'll see how it goes. Today, it's personal.     Mum had a Charles-and-Diana wedding mug that had survived longer than the marriage itself. Mum had worshipped Princess Di and frequently lamented her passing. "Gone," she …

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Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover

  Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Random House (February 20, 2018) Review copy, courtesy of Amazon Vine   Growing up sheltered from the outside world, her home birth unreported out of fear her father's imagined "Illuminati" (i.e., the U.S. government) would swoop down and morally corrupt her, Tara Westover was the child of devout Mormon survivalists, marooned in …

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Reading David Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books: A Son’s Tribute

  David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, is embarking on a project to read his father's top 100 favorite books. Kicking off on Twitter February 1, the first discussion will be on Peter Ackroyd's novel Hawksmoor.     I'm not sure exactly how he plans to carry it out, if he'll just be tweeting out thoughts …

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Reading at the tail end of 2017: Ethical dilemmas thereof, and the future of my blog

  It's a real problem for the reading and book tracking obsessed: must you add books half-finished at the end of 2017 to that year's tally (post-mortem, as it were), even if you don't finish them until 2018, or is it morally justified migrating them to first reads of 2018? My Code of Ethics Regarding …

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Reading Projects 2018: Muriel Spark read-along

  I love projects. Adore them. Camaraderie with fellow book bloggers is something I've sorely missed; I've been away from it too long. Ladies and gentlemen: Bluestalking is picking up the organizational pace! That blur you just saw out of the corner of your eye? That was me: woman on a mission. Hold onto your bonnet, …

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Merry Booksmas! Books I’m gifting to me this year.

Let's face it: no one knows which books I want at the holidays. Used to be I owned thousands and no one could tell what I didn't already have. Now that my library's so small, it's what haven't you already read... Plus, I only exchange gifts with my kids, so there's that. They figure I …

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The moral (and mental) rightness of minimalism: more lessons learned

This topic keeps recurring for me. It's a current focus of my life, a daily practice, as I continue the nesting process. It's also an about-face, a total change from the old me. Post-Scotland, I am not the person I was. I can't immediately think of one way this isn't a positive. For years I've …

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Our bodies our punching bags: Roxane Gay’s ‘Hunger’

“We don’t necessarily know how to hear stories about any kind of violence, because it is hard to accept that violence is as simple as it is complicated, that you can love someone who hurts you, that you can stay with someone who hurts you, that you can be hurt by someone who loves you, …

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The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin (re-issue)

  A young mother feels her sanity slipping from sheer exhaustion. Her baby isn't sleeping and her husband's frustration nearly pushes her over the edge. To make ends meet, they take in a lodger. But when strange things begin happening, Louise and her husband both get the feeling they've seen this woman before. But where? …

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