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March in Review: Much more reading, many more books. That’s more like it.

I had faith March wouldn't let me down, unlike my crappy January and February. Lie: I had no such faith, but told myself things could hardly go further south. And there were no Olympics, no television distracting me. The TV reverted to its usual function: background noise for napping and covering the surface of my …

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Frankenstein 200: Muriel Spark on Mary Shelley

2018 marks not just the 100th anniversary of Scottish writer Muriel Spark's birth, but also the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's science fiction classic Frankenstein. Time flies, friends.     Spark admired Mary Shelley. Extra exciting for me, her biography of the English novelist is where both my Muriel Spark project and participation …

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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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Walter Scott Prize goes to…. and a John Cleese event

  After all the build up, an exciting evening was had at the Walter Scott Prize event. Having read all the shortlist candidates save one, determining Sebastian Barry's Days Without End the rightful winner, he did, indeed, come away with the award. http:// It was an unseasonably warm day last Saturday. Temperatures were in the 20s …

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Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 17, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 1250113326 ISBN-13: 978-1250113320   It's New Year's Eve 1984. Once the most celebrated poet and highest paid female advertising writer in America, Lillian Boxfish is now 84 years old, her fame forgotten. Most of her friends now dead, she's left only with …

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