Monthly Archives: March, 2012

New Books Have Arrived! March

I know, I know… I have too many books already… But be honest, can you resist buying books now and then?  Or should you even resist when you can get them for free?  I didn’t think so.  The (virtual and real) shelves are a bit more loaded, because these books arrived in my house over …

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(E-)Book Read! IMPERFECTLY BEAUTIFUL by Diony George

Diony George, Imperfectly Beautiful (2012). First sentence: “He never expected to see headlights that time of the night anywhere near the vicinity he had chosen to dump the body.” P. 99: “How many times had she envied Regan’s life?” Last sentence: “Life was imperfectly beautiful, and that was just fine.” From Amazon Kindle: At 1:30 …

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Book Read! WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT by Sarah Winman

Sarah Winman, When God was a Rabbit (2011). First sentence: “I divide my life into two parts.” P. 99: “My father looked disappointed; he thought his exciting declaration might have elicited more emotion, and he wondered if he really knew his children; a thought that would trouble him throughout the coming years.” Last sentence: “I …

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A William Shakespeare Read! HAMLET

The Illustrated Stratford Shakespeare.  All 37 Plays, All 160 Sonnets and Poems has been standing on my bookshelves I think for over 30 years.  Unread, that is.  I also have all these plays as e-book… Unread of course.  Because I don’t like to own unread books (certainly not this long), I now decided I would …

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(E-)Book Read! THIS SIDE OF PARADISE by F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise (1920). First sentence: “Amory Blaine inherited from his mother every trait, except the stray inexpressible few, that made him worth while.” P. 99: “The fundamental Amory, idle, imaginative, rebellious, had been nearly snowed under.” Last sentence: “‘I know myself’, he cried, ‘but that is all.’” From Wikipedia: This …

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(E-)Book Read! THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London

Jack London, The Call of the Wild (1903). First sentence: “Buck didn’t read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego.” Last sentence: “When the long winter nights come …

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(E-)Book Read! NO ONE IS INNOCENT by Gayle Tiller

Gayle Tiller, No One is Innocent (2011). First sentence: “It’s two in the morning and I can’t sleep.” P. 99: “Damn.  Keith didn’t know who Bill Roberts was either.” Last sentence: “Some days are harder than others, but I take each day as it comes.” From FeedBooks: Thirty-something Jasmine Myers is a divorced San Jose …

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(E-)Book Read! NO NAME by Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins, No Name (1862). First sentence: “The hands on the hall-clock pointed to half-past six in the morning.” P. 99: “It is very important – so important that I hardly like to trust it to Thomas, as usual.” Last sentence: “He stooped and kissed her” Plot Summary (Wikipedia) The story begins in 1846, at …

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New Books Have Arrived! January and February 2012

I know, I know… I have too many books already… But be honest, can you resist buying books now and then?  Or should you even resist when you can get them for free?  I didn’t think so.  The (virtual and real) shelves are a bit more loaded, because the following books arrived in my house …

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