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Weeks 28, 29 and 30 of the “52 Books” challenge

Books for the last three weeks: two more disaster books, and a play. I think I’m almost off my disaster-book jag here, but I had two more on my stack and decided to read them as a follow-up to A Wall of White and Into Thin Air. Week 28, The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin: […]

Weeks 26 and 27 of the “52 Books” challenge

Time for another pair of quick book reports… Last week I picked up a disaster book that was on the New Books shelf of the Williamsburg library: A Wall of White: The True Story of Heroism and Survival in the Face of a Deadly Avalanche, by Jennifer Woodlief. (If you have to have a subtitle […]

Let’s see, how far behind have I gotten with my 52-books-in-52-weeks challenge?

Just so you know, I’ve been happily reading a book per week. Just haven’t had the energy to post reviews. (Remember that whole post-medieval world burnout thing? Still…burning.) So here’s a massive mini-review: Week 17: Curtis Sittenfeld, American Wife. Really? Seriously??? A top ten book from Time, People, and Entertainment Weekly? A New York Times […]

Weeks 15 and 16 of the “52 Books in 52 Weeks”

Time for another update on the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge. I’m reading novels right now. Still feeling massive post-manuscript burnout (I need to post some more reflections on this but that would mean WRITING) and I’m trying to recover my story sense. And also my brain is too tired for nonfiction. So in […]

The 52 Books challenge, Weeks…oh, I can’t remember.

Just FYI, I have been keeping up with the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge, I just haven’t been posting about it. I’m enjoying reading the books, but I’m plain old unmotivated when it comes to writing mini-reviews. I can probably manage a couple of words about the last three weeks’ worth of books… The […]

Weeks 10 and 11: While I Was Gone and Quiverfull

I’m still pursuing the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge, but the last few books haven’t inspired me to write lengthy reflections, so this is more along the lines of an update. Books: While I Was Gone, by Sue Miller, and Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement, by Kathryn Joyce. Grade: B for both I […]

Weeks 8 and 9: The Celebration Chronicles and Celebration, USA

The Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Property Value in Disney’s New Town, by Andrew Ross

Week 7′s book: Pattern Recognition

Book: Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson Grade: B+ When my brother found out I was doing the “52 Books in 52 Weeks” challenge, he sent me a list of novels he thought I’d enjoy. This was at the top of the stack. I’ve read Neuromancer, of course, and appreciated (as opposed to “enjoyed”) it. Gibson’s […]

Week 6′s book: A Brief History of Pacifism: From Jesus to Tolstoy

A friend who knows that I’m reading up on pacifism suggested Peter Brock’s A Brief History of Pacifism. It was an intriguing survey of pacifist movements; I’m not totally sure it was worth what I paid for it, but it’s out of print, and I inadvertently ordered it from a bookseller in England, which kind […]

Week 5′s book, a little late: Death in Holy Orders

You’ve probably noticed that I missed last week’s post. We’ve been moving the blog from one server to another, which kept me from posting for a few days (and may have kept you from READING for a few days). However, the domain name seems to be properly redirecting, so it’s time to catch up. Last […]