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Books I’ve read lately – December, 2012

Living without a TV* = more reading happening in my house these days, despite an incredibly hectic holiday season. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. I had a really hard time getting into this, only to love the second half, and hate the ending. The translation is excellent – the book feels very [...]

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Books I’ve read lately – May through November, 2012

oh hey, six month round up. Summer & fall is busy season, folks, which leaves not nearly enough time to read (which is, unfortunately, kind of the opposite of what summer should be,) so this list is not very long: Lit by Mary Karr. I love a good addiction memoir, so I have no idea [...]

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books I’ve read lately – March & April, 2012

Kind of a mixed bag recently… well, actually one kind of terrible book and a bunch of good ones!: Palo Alto by James Franco. OK, I kind of finally understand why people bag on Franco. The truth is – this book is just not very good. The writing is essentially very-good-undergrad, or very-mediocre-MFA level. There [...]

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books I’ve read lately – January & February, 2012

some good stuff lately Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem. An incredibly compelling narrator. Super thin female characters. Enjoyable and fun overall – would be a great vacation read. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. Epic is right – this is hugely long (and, admission: I did [...]

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So, I like to read. A lot*. And I know that a lot of people reading this blog do too, because I frequently have real-life conversations about the books I’ve just posted about (why don’t you all ever comment? : ) So, I thought I’d write a little about how I find the books that [...]

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books I’ve read lately – December, 2011

I’m giving up regular TV watching again, so these lists should be longer again starting this month (I’m so not judgey about people who watch TV, it’s just that TV is definitely the enemy of pleasure reading in my life. And in the end reading makes me, personally, much happier than watching TV does.) A [...]

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A Practical Wedding: the book!

SO, my friend Meg, author and editor of the brilliant website A Practical Wedding, wrote a wedding planning book. And, you guys? It’s awesome. When I first started planning weddings five years ago (for friends, I had no idea at the time that I’d one day be doing this professionally) I read pretty much every [...]

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books I’ve read lately – October & November, 2011

Yeah, this is a cop-out combination of months – the last two months have been a little crazy, and so the reading lists were on the lighter side. Here we go: How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran. This was the APW book club book, and is well worth ordering from the UK (it [...]

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books I’ve read lately – September, 2011

September was a super busy work month for me, so the list is a little shorter than normal. Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey. A book club pick (I’m in two- wouldn’t you be if you read as much as I did? I like to joke that besides my social life, reading is my [...]

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books I’ve read lately, August 2011

Room by Emma Donoghue. A haunting but somehow lovely story, told by a completely captivating narrator, which is very hard to do when your narrator is a five year old. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. This was a book club pick, and was a totally engaging little gem of a book. Would be [...]

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