121) The Starless Sea, Erin Morgenstern

Loved this-- so much that I read it in two days, and it was maybe too long to read it that fast. Had trouble turning off my predictor brain, trying to make all the connections. I think that's the point-- that there are too many variations to predict, you just have to enjoy. About stories... Continue Reading →

120) Learwife, J. R. Thorp

Picked this up after an email from the Folger about their bookclub, which is happening next week. Yay! Loved this. Echoes of Matrix. Lauren Groff, which also about a noblewoman in a convent. Need to reread King Lear, because it's been a while-- Finished it in a great gulp, started yesterday, up at 5 to... Continue Reading →

116) Cloud Cuckoo Land, Anthony Doerr

Started this yesterday afternoon, didn't come up for air until it was done last night. One of my favorite ways to read-- a big gulp, faster and faster, nothing else important. Loved this. Reminded me of Iain Pears The Dream of Scipio in scope and structure, and Barbara Kingsolver's Unsheltered (and maybe Richard Powers' The... Continue Reading →

September plans

I started this list a few days before the new month, and then finished three of my choices early: Learwife, The Devil and the Dark Water, and Slow Stitch. So, updated September list, all tentative, no real requirements, just a direction. Literary fiction: Sea of Tranquility, Learwife, King Lear, The Starless Sea Fun fiction: Cackle;... Continue Reading →

104-105: detour to Three Pines

Started Louise Penny's Three Pines series and loving it. Read Still Life and A Fatal Grace in one gulp, kindle on dark mode until four AM. Love reading like that-- makes me feel like I'm 12 with a flashlight under the covers. Penny shows such a deftness of community and emotion. Not without edges, I'm... Continue Reading →

July: from the bag (101-103)

One of the features of our vacations for the last 5 years (at least) is my Big Bag of Books. C starts collecting books that have been recommended by book sellers, or that he notices advertised somewhere, and packs them all up for our time in Kentucky. So my reading for the next six weeks... Continue Reading →

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