Monthly Archives: August 2012

AP English Challenge Update

Today is a momentous day.  We have both finished Light in August, our AP English Challenge book for August, 2012.  Bethany and I are both completely drained by this book, and I don’t know about her, but it’s going to be … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Lists – and an Introduction to a New Project

So lately Jill and I have been talking about lists. She shared with me the full list of recommended books from the BBC’s Big Read program, which I had previously known only in the abbreviated form in which it circulates … Continue reading

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Memory believes before knowing remembers. And I don’t remember Light in August taking this long the first time around. Progress report on William Faulkner’s Light in August, chapters 1-12. (by Jill)

As I mentioned previously, all I remember about Light in August from 1994 is that I enjoyed it and actually finished it.  The plot was lost in the intervening eighteen years, replaced with various other memories, books, drug doses, etc.  … Continue reading

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I know you might find this hard to believe, but sometimes I spend time doing absolutely nothing except diddling around on the internet. And a couple of days ago, when I was engaged in this particular activity, I happened to … Continue reading

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William Faulkner and the Half-Blood Prince: Thoughts on Chapters 1-7 of Light in August (by Bethany)

This book is making me wonder why I’ve spent so many hours of my life reading silliness. And not only that, but why I’ve spent so many hours doing things that are silly or mundane: knitting, cleaning the house, meeting … Continue reading

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Wherein the blogger who actually likes vampire fiction reviews Deborah Harkness’ Shadow of Night (by Jill)

When I read Bethany’s review of Shadow of Night a few weeks ago, I wanted to have mine be, simply, “See Bethany’s review.”  After much thought, that seemed like probably that went against the premise of our blog, so I … Continue reading

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Bookstores and octopi and dead siblings, oh my: My attempt at deciphering Leni Zumas’ The Listeners (by Jill)

My second delivery from Powell’s Books Indiespensible book club arrived in May.  Unlike The Book of Jonas, this was a book I would have picked for myself based on the blurb on the back, but maybe not one I would … Continue reading

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