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The Children Act by Ian McEwan
The Children Act
by Ian McEwan
read in September, 2014
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I had absolutely no intention of reading this - McEwan is not a writer whose past books have impressed me as much I expected them to (I've read Enduring Love, Amsterdam and On Chesil Beach and rated them all averagely). I just started reading a previ...more
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J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 1 by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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Just two tales in this volume - 'Schalken the Painter' and 'An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street'. Both mildly diverting, but not really any more than that. The first tale was more successful than the second, which suffered from...more
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Jackaby by William   Ritter
by William Ritter (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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Way too young for me, but good fun and a nice palate-cleanser. Jackaby is a paranormal historical detective story, set in a 19th-century American port where a runaway English girl, Abigail Rook, meets an eccentric investigator, R.F. Jackaby. The much...more
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Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey
Dear Thief
by Samantha Harvey
read in September, 2014
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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell
read in September, 2014
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As I've noted before, it's quite difficult to review a David Mitchell book without spoilers. If you haven't read The Bone Clocks yet, I'd recommend not reading any further. I've used spoiler tags when referring to specific plot points (or ranting abo...more
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Leviathan by Paul Auster
by Paul Auster
read in August, 2014
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If you already like Paul Auster, you will definitely enjoy Leviathan, and if you dislike him or have a negative impression of his work, it's unlikely to be the book that will change your mind. Thisis, in many, many ways, textbook Auster. The author i...more
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Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Bad Feminist: Essays
by Roxane Gay (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.
I openly embrace the label of bad feminist. I do so because I am flawed and human. I am not terribly well versed in feminist history. I am not as well read in key feminist texts as I would like to be.
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Generation X by Douglas Coupland
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If I had read this book when it was published, I'd probably have liked it more. Clearly I don't mean that literally, since I was 7 years old when it was published. I just mean that it was obviously a very zeitegisty book at that time, and a lot of it...more
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Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos
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Super-short novella, more of a short story, with about 20% of the Kindle edition taken up by the introduction and glossary. It's good, though, and the brevity fits the narrative, since the narrator is a child. Tochtli is the son of a Mexican drug bar...more
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By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart
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Being 'prose poetry', a concept I admit I am uncertain about - where is the line drawn between lyrical prose and prose poetry? - Elizabeth Smart's By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, acknowledged everywhere as 'a classic of the genre', is d...more
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Caitlin Moran
“If you want to know what's in motherhood for you, as a woman, then - in truth - it's nothing you couldn't get from, say, reading the 100 greatest books in human history; learning a foreign language well enough to argue in it; climbing hills; loving recklessly; sitting quietly, alone, in the dawn; drinking whisky with revolutionaries; learning to do close-hand magic; swimming in a river in winter; growing foxgloves, peas and roses; calling your mum; singing while you walk; being polite; and always, always helping strangers. No one has ever claimed for a moment that childless men have missed out on a vital aspect of their existence, and were the poorer, and crippled by it.”
Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

Edgar Allan Poe
“And all I loved, I loved alone.”
Edgar Allan Poe
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Nicole Krauss
“Like most music that affects me deeply, I would never listen to it while others were around, just as I would not pass on a book that I especially loved to another. I am embarrassed to admit this, knowing that it reveals some essential lack or selfishness in my nature, and aware that it runs contrary to the instincts of most, whose passion for something leads them to want to share it, to ignite a similar passion in others, and that without the benefit of such enthusiasm I would still be ignorant of many of the books and much of the music I love most... But rather than an expansion, I've always felt a diminishment of my own pleasure when I've invited someone else to take part in it, a rupture in the intimacy I felt with the work, an invasion of privacy. It is worst when someone else picks up the copy of a book I've just been enthralled by and begins casually to thumb through the pages.”
Nicole Krauss, Great House

Anne Fine
“Yesterday, when we were packing, Julius asked me,

"If you could rub Tulip out of your past life, would you do it?"

And I had to shake my head. I can't regret the times we had together. Sometimes I worry I won't have times like that again, that there will be no lit nights, no incandescent days. But I know it's not true. There can be colour in a million ways. I know I'll find it on my own.”
Anne Fine, The Tulip Touch

Charles Bukowski
“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”
Charles Bukowski

Ultimate favourites list (Nonfiction)
2 chapters   —   updated Aug 14, 2014 07:22AM
Description: My favourite books of all time.
General book-related and Goodreads stuff (Nonfiction)
3 chapters   —   updated Aug 11, 2014 08:56AM
Description: General book-related and Goodreads stuff.
2013 releases (Nonfiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Apr 09, 2013 02:10AM
Description: My notes on the 2013 releases I have read, and those I'm looking forward to. Hopefully to be turned into a blog post later.
The best and worst books of 2012 (Nonfiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Dec 30, 2012 05:08PM
Description: My favourites and least favourites from everything I read in 2012.
The best and worst books of 2011 (Nonfiction)
1 chapters   —   updated May 14, 2012 07:17AM
Description: My favourites from 2011's reading - and what I hated.
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2011 Reading Challenge
Blair has completed her goal of reading 100 books for the 2011 Reading Challenge!
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2012 Reading Challenge
Blair has completed her goal of reading 75 books for the 2012 Reading Challenge!
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2013 Reading Challenge
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