Recommended Reading List: October 2021

Totally insane month with a lot of legal reading—maybe 500 pages—which I find fascinating, but you won’t. I added Grisham’s latest to that, but it’s emotionally cold and didn’t have much of an impact on me. Okay, yes, all of Grisham is emotionally cold, but usually that suits the story. It didn’t here. I enjoyed the read, but not enough to recommend. Mostly, I’ve been […]

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Weird Glitches and Holidays

I love the little image above this post. It’s a perfect description of the Holiday Spectacular. Yes, we’re doing it again. This year, we will send you or a friend or both of you or all of you 38 stories between American Thanksgiving (4th Thursday of November) to New Year’s Day. You will receive one story per day throughout that time. It really is a […]

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Recommended Reading List: September, 2021

It’s been an interesting reading month. I started reading a book on West Side Story, which looked truly interesting. It was unbelievably boring, but I finished it anyway. I’m not usually that completist. I think it simply points out how tired I am and how unwilling I was to look for something new. I read a lot of court cases and stuff in Spanish. I […]

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Recommended Reading List: August, 2021

I threw out a book of essays in August. I mean literally tossed the book in the trash. The book was considered one of the best books of 2019 by a whole bunch of mainstream literary reviewers, all of whom are on my suspect list now. The book is exceedingly well written. The author writes about all the awful things she’s seen in her life…and […]

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Recommended Reading List: July, 2021

I’ve had a bit more time to read in July than I had in June, although it has truly been crazy around here. I’m hoping that August won’t be quite as insane. I read a favorite author who is known for twists as we moved. I could only read a bit here and a bit there, and I got lost a lot. I realized that […]

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Recommended Reading List: June 2021

We had a surprise move in June. We found a wonderful place and decided to go for it, just like most of America, it seems. So we spent a few weeks shuffling things around. I ended up reading bits and pieces of novels, unable to concentrate. Really didn’t finish much, which is on me. July is already better. Here’s what I liked. June, 2021   […]

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Recommended Reading List: May, 2021

I had a lot of unfinished, unsuccessful reads this month. I moved some of my books around and found a romance novel I’d bought by a favorite writer. I’d picked the book up more than a decade ago, when I was getting everything she wrote. This one was her first novel, I think, and ooooh, it showed. The things that make her wonderful were there, […]

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Recommended Reading List: April, 2021

Got more reading in during April than expected. Thank heavens. March was a bit parched. I started the month with The Best American Mystery Stories 2021, and was greatly disappointed. Most of the stories, while very good, could have been published in 1970 or 1950. They were noirish or hardboiled, almost always about the man, even when they were from a woman’s point of view. […]

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Recommended Reading List: February 2021

I seem to recall that I didn’t get a lot of leisure reading time last February, and this February was no different. I managed some things, but other projects called, sometimes leaving me too tired to stay up for my regularly scheduled reading time. I did read a somewhat interesting mystery novel. The writing was stellar—crisp and lovely and funny by turns—but emotionally, the novel […]

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Recommended Reading List: January, 2021

Oh, wow. We’re in 2021! I found that I couldn’t read novels until after January 20. I guess my brain could only handle short bursts. I read a couple of novels, but am only recommending one. The others didn’t stick the landing. The endings were either awful or nonexistent. I’ve noticed that a lot lately in non-series books, especially those traditionally published, and I have […]

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