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Helen Dunmore: The Lie (2014) Literature and War Readalong July 2014

The Lie is not the first WWI novel Helen Dunmore has written. Nor is it her first book about war. While you certainly don’t have to read… 1,004 more words


The UnSmartphone Chronicles, Week 1, with bonus readalong update

I finished the second installment of David Peace’s Red Riding quartet, Nineteen Seventy-Seven, this week. It became quite gripping plotwise in the last third, with the two narrators meeting and working out various puzzles. 1,255 more words


Isla Is Coming...Isla Is Coming!!

Can you believe a book we’ve all been waiting for is almost here! On August 14, 2014, Stephanie Perkins’ Isla and the Happily Ever After… 302 more words


Writing, reading, and a trip across the digital divide

I’m still mostly on blog hiatus, but when you have a social life online it’s hard to pull the plug completely. At least it is for me. 1,126 more words


Readalong for July/Aug 14

This is what I am going to attempt soon. I have the big thick tradeback version shown here:  Penguin’s Centennial edition, 600+ pages, pub’d in 2002 (which doesn’t make sense to me since it has been 50 years not 100 years since original publishing date) which I have borrowed from my friend Marsha. 158 more words

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David Peace, Dorothy Dunnett, and the #BFB readalong

Despite my complete failure to finish my Big Fat Book in the readalong that I initiated, I’ve taken the plunge once again, thanks to Ros Clarke’s hosting of a Summer BFB readalong… 859 more words


Completed: El burlador de Sevilla (Spanish Lit Month)

“El burlador de Sevilla”
Tirso de Molina (written c. 1616; published c.1630, Spain)
My edition from Diez Comedias del Siglo de Oro, 2nd edition… 918 more words