Monthly Archives: July 2014

Yarn Along

I’m still not knitting very much. It doesn’t help that our TV’s remote control, which has been slowly losing one function at a time for the last couple of years, finally died – so now the TV is stuck on … Continue reading

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Update on Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life (by Jill)

  I have been making steady forward progress on Life After Life since I last posted on Saturday, and only have about a hundred and fifty pages to go (out of five hundred and something).  I’ve been enjoying it quite … Continue reading

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Brought to You by the Letter Q: Two New Book Challenges (by Bethany)

I know what you’re thinking: I may have many talents, but following through on reading challenges is not one of them. Remember the book collection weight-loss challenge? And the classics club challenge? And the AP Challenge, which was moving along … Continue reading

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I’ve been waiting to write this post for over a year….  Progress Report on Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life

I preordered this book on amazon.com months before it came out.  I have been a loyal reader of Kate Atkinson’s books for close to fifteen years.  I have pre-ordered her books on amazon for probably thirteen years.  Lately, she’s been … Continue reading

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Greetings from Carson City

Last night, Jill and I saw As You Like It at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor on Lake Tahoe’s eastern shore. The play was updated and set in the early 20th century, and I liked it quite … Continue reading

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A Review of Maggie O’Farrell’s The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox and by the way, how many crazy ladies are there in the United Kingdom, exactly?

I elected to not post on Tuesday night in favor of finishing this lovely novel.  I got The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox from my boss maybe two years ago.  Let me take a minute to discuss my boss’s reading … Continue reading

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Yarn Along (by Bethany)

As you can see, I’ve made only the tiniest smidgen of progress on the neckband of this sweater. I’ve just been doing too much writing and too much reading and not enough knitting lately – what can I say? The … Continue reading

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A Review of Jennifer Vanderbes’ Strangers at the Feast (by Bethany)

This novel is a quick, engaging read. It follows the standard ‘converging lines’ plot structure: two sets of characters are introduced early on, and initially it is not clear how the two sets are connected. Soon a couple of hints … Continue reading

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A Crash Course on Witches (by Bethany)

One minute you’re driving your car down the highway, thinking about the fact that novels about witches and other supernatural creatures sell awfully well and that maybe you ought to try your hand at writing one yourself, and the next … Continue reading

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Final thoughts on Mark Slouka’s Brewster, in which Jill actually has something to say.

I figured it out!  I know what’s wrong with this book.  I had an epiphany on my drive home tonight.  Brewster is too short.  I don’t know the characters because the book is too short.  I feel like it’s well … Continue reading

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