Monthly Archives: October 2013

Happy The Death of Santini Day!

  Just wanted to show everyone that my copy of Pat Conroy’s latest opus, The Death of Santini, has finally arrived.  Bethany emailed me first thing this morning and said she was already reading it, having pre-ordered it for her Kindle. … Continue reading

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Yarn Along (by Bethany)

The minute after I took this picture, I ripped all of this knitting out and started the project over. I’m like one of those Buddhist monks who spend years creating intricate mandalas out of colored sand and then, when they’re … Continue reading

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That’s right, I’m skipping ahead. Pre-Reading Notes on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment (by Jill)

I can’t do Paradise Lost yet.  I just can’t.  I’ve started it.  I blundered through Book One and the first couple pages of Book Two.  But I, too, am afraid of John Milton and I need to plan out my … Continue reading

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The Best Paragraph Ever (by Bethany)

One of the many books in my on-deck circle is America and Americans – a collection of John Steinbeck’s nonfiction and letters. Since most of the essays and other works in this volume are very short, I often pick it … Continue reading

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The Return of the AP English Challenge: Final Thoughts on Anna Karenin(a) (by Jill)

I don’t think I’ve ever put off writing about a book for as long as I’ve put off finishing up April’s AP English Challenge selection.  I started Anna Karenin(a) on April 4th, and finished it on June 13th, effectively derailing … Continue reading

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What do you mean, no Dementors? Jill reviews J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy

  I don’t know if I’ve ever shared with our loyal readers the only reading/book buying rule I have never broken since I made it up in the early 2000’s.  This rule states that if I must buy a book … Continue reading

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I Will Not Be Afraid of John Milton. I Will Not Be Afraid of John Milton: Pre-Reading Notes on (Gulp!) Paradise Lost (by Bethany)

This time I have a good reason for not finishing a book in high school. Really, I do. In mid-March of my senior year in high school, I got the chicken pox. Adult chicken pox. It was the sickest I … Continue reading

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Thoughts on The Turn of the Screw (by Bethany)

I don’t think I understood the concept of ‘intertextuality’ back in A.P. English. Of course I knew that authors could make allusions to other works, but I think I saw this as a relatively unusual occurrence, and I certainly didn’t … Continue reading

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A Review of Justin Cronin’s The Passage (by Bethany)

I’ve decided that I’m fine with vampires as long as they don’t have sex. Blood and violence and killing and wandering around in the middle of the night pouncing on things: those can be the ingredients of top-flight fiction. But … Continue reading

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PAT CONROY MONTH!, October Style: Thoughts on The Boo (by Bethany)

PAT CONROY MONTH! went by way too fast. I spent much of the month catching up on reviews of books I read over the summer, but I did read two of Pat Conroy’s books – The Lords of Discipline and … Continue reading

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