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The Pioneers ~ by David McCullough

*******The Pioneersby David McCullough 2019 / 332 ppread by John Bedford Lloyd 10h 23rating: 8 / US history******* In some ways this book was much better than I expected. I’d heard rather disparaging comments about how the title seemed to … Continue reading

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The Testaments ~ by Margaret Atwood

*******The Testamentsby Margaret Atwood 2019 / 381 pagesread by a cast 13h 18mrating: 9 / sci-fi? ******* I enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale, the book to which this is a sequel,  but I wasn’t wow’ed even if Atwood is one my … Continue reading

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Celestial Bodies ~ by Jokha Alharthi

I’ve read this twice now. The first time was very confusing and because I had a reading group discussion coming up I read it again. I had a feeling I’d really like it once I got the characters straightened out. … Continue reading

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Long Bright River ~ by Liz Moore

This one is gritty but it got a lot of hype and it piqued my interest.  It’s essentially a procedural crime novel set in the Kensington area of Philadelphia.  Kensington is treated with a certain amount of love, hard as … Continue reading

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Why We Sleep – by Matthew Walker

I have problems sleeping as much as I should so I saw this book in the recommendations of Bill Gates and went for it. Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreamsby Matthew Walker2017 / 369 pagesRead by … Continue reading

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Update and New Years

First, before I get started on my first book of 2020, I’m going to outline what I’m doing, how I’m changing. I’m too tired to keep all this up so rather than try to do a complete “review” (or whatever) … Continue reading

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2019 –

With a few exceptions, 2019 was NOT a great year for my reading. I read about 50 books fewer than in 2018 which is actually fine because I get a bit confused when I read more than 20 books in … Continue reading

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Maid ~ by Stephanie Land

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Surviveby Stephanie Land 2019/ 289 ppread by the authorrating: 8 / memoir-social science I think I’d heard about this book at some point because it did get a lot of … Continue reading

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The Lager Queen of Minnesota ~ by J. Ryan Stradal

This book started out absolutely wonderful- like Great Kitchens of the Midwest, Stradal’s prior novel. And I was well entertained until probably 1/2 way through when the plot seemed to start wandering. Fortunately it came back together about together about … Continue reading

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek ~ by Kim Michele Richardson

Very disappointing. Probably ought to be a Young Adult book.  The idea behind the book was first introduced to me by the reviews of Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes which hit the hype machine. But several reader-reviewers mentioned The … Continue reading

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Chrerringham: Death Trap ~ by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards

Cute – I actually bought a second in this series – another Christmas book reviewed now but read earlier. In this one a man is found dead after a snowed-in Christmas party. It’s very short but enjoyable enough in a … Continue reading

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Don't Be Home for Christmas ~ by Richard Witcliffe

It was this or a James Patterson does Christmas and this sounded preferable. It’s an odd book – a serious crime is about to be committed and the perpetrators have set it up to look like the protagonist is going … Continue reading

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