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Elizabeth is Missing

Rating: Maud is confused about many things, but there is one thing she’s sure of: Elizabeth is missing. A fitting book to mark my return to blogging, it would seem, since I have pretty much dropped off the face of the earth, internetally speaking. What can I say? It’s been a tough year. I’m on […]

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Why Have Kids?

Rating: For those immediately offended by the title of this book, calm down. It was written by a mother, and she’s not bashing the institution of parenthood. She’s just bringing it down to earth. As a thirty-something woman who has chosen not to have kids, I have to admit the title of the book actually […]

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Rating: This is a book for book lovers, and for those interested in technological advances. These would seem to be contradictory desires, but Robin Sloan seamlessly weaves the reverence for beautifully-bound tomes with the excitement of Google and programming and code-breaking and all it may have to offer. There’s a secret society and a cute […]

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The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Rating: As many of you know, I have been slogging cheerfully making my way through the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die.  As a companion to this list, there is a 1001 Movies to See Before You Die, which I am also keeping tabs on. As a bonus, I can cross items off my […]

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Casino Royale

Rating: I know very little about James Bond. When I was a kid, we used to watch a cartoon about James Bond, Jr. (his son, I presume?), and all I can recall is him saying “My name is Bond. James Bond. Junior.” So now, every time I hear Bond revealing his name to someone, I […]

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Nicholas Nickleby

Rating: For a man who wrote A Tale of Two Cities, the expansive exploration of Paris and London during wartime, and Great Expectations, with the highly memorable Miss Havisham, the brooding spinster still in her unused wedding dress, this tale seems a bit…empty for Dickens. It’s like a Jane Austen novel without the joy of […]

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The Mayor of Casterbridge

Rating: I was assigned to read this book in college, and though I didn’t finish it at the time (I was a bit of a slacker student whenever I could get away with it), I always promised myself I would go back and finish the book. It was one of the few that dragged me […]

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1001 Books to Read Before You Die

I like lists. More importantly, I like crossing things off of lists. It feels like I’ve accomplished something, a visual representation of a task completed. So, when I discovered the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die, I jumped at the challenge. At first, I just printed the list and manually crossed off the books […]

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Every Secret Thing

Rating: I love Laura Lippman, and I was fascinated by the premise of this story, so I expected to love this book.  I did. For a little bit. The story of two girls who, through a series of incidents, end up going to juvenile hall for the death of a baby girl, starts out with […]

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The Exorcist

Rating: As a prelude to re-watching the classic 1973 film, my boyfriend Nick suggested I read the book. From what I remember of the movie (admittedly last seen several years ago), it is an extremely faithful adaptation of the book. In fact, I would say this is one of the more gratifying movie/book pairings I […]

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