Monthly Archives: January 2018

Montaigne in Barn Boots: ~ by Michael Perry

From shortly after I finished reading Sarah Bakewell’s  How To Live,  a biography of  the 16th century philosopher Michel de Montaigne,  I started seeing Montaigne in Barn Boots on Audible and it intrigued me.   Michael Perry is a Wisconsin farmer  and … Continue reading

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The Birdwatcher ~ by William Shaw

Very slow moving book – read because it was the 4-Mystery Addicts selection for the second half of January.  I was not impressed for the first half of the book but then it kind of started making more sense to … Continue reading

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Flowers for Algernon ~ by Daniel Keyes

For some reason I’d never read this book although it seems I’ve heard of it forever.   So it was on sale at Audible and I snapped it up.   Then I waited for my next break in scheduled reading … Continue reading

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Wolf in White Van ~ by John Darnielle

Sometime in the mid-to-late 1990s,  Sean Phillips, our 1st person protagonist.  is a man of early middle age (?) who is severely disfigured, handicapped,  having been shot in the face many years prior.  The reconstruction is not perfect – his face is … Continue reading

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The Remains of the Day ~ by Kazuo Ishiguro

This is a reread from when I first read it years ago –  1990s?   I remember it as being a really good book with thematic as well as character subtleties.  This is the first of Ishiguro’s works I read … Continue reading

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper ~ by Phaedra Patrick

Oh I was so in the mood for something light and fun – a wee tad heartwarming maybe, but not super mushy or romantic.  I found it – and it was the next book up (Jan, 2018) on the discussion … Continue reading

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Delta Wedding ~ by Eudora Welty

Oh my –  I really disliked this book and just about every character in it until about 2/3rds of the way through when something actually happens – kind of.   Until then it’s just too meaningless and basically silly,  imo. … Continue reading

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Fire and Fury: ~ by Michael Wolff

Ah,  the hype!   So I was really hot to read it right at first because I was so curious.  But then,  after thinking a bit,  I thought no,  I’ve had enough of the clown.   Then I changed and … Continue reading

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Robicheaux ~ by James Lee Burke

I’ve been reading Dave Robicheaux novels since some time in the early 1990s.  I could only get them piece-meal as they came available at my local small indie.   When I got online I was able to purchase the ones … Continue reading

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Some Danger Involved ~ by Will Thomas

Resolution –  I’m going to keep some sale books around for reading when I really do NOT know what to read next.  That little decision was made on the basis of Some Danger Involved which I got on sale and … Continue reading

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One of Us is Lying ~ by Karen M. McManus

I read this for the 4-MA Reading group (mysteries) discussion.  The story concerns a high school student’s death by peanut –  he’s deliberately poisoned.   I rarely read Young Adult books, but once in a great while one comes along … Continue reading

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