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"I feel the same about 2014- it's been a great year of reading so far. Coming up with my Top 5 will be a challenge! "
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Julie is on page 20 of 352 of The Narrow Road to the Deep North: I hadn't planned this- just taking what the library delivers-but I go from WWII European Theatre (All The Light We Cannot See) to WWII Pacific Theatre in one day. My head spins.

Also, I declare 2014 to be the best year ever of my reading life, at least since reading all the Miss Higgledy-Piggledy books when I was seven. I'm just gobsmacked by so much amazing writing.
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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
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The Children Act by Ian McEwan
"I have to stop reading McEwan's books, because I never enjoy them. There's something clinical, removed, about the way he tells his stories - I don't get the sense that he likes human beings, and he is writing about them to display his proficiency..." Read more of this review »
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The Children Act by Ian McEwan
The Children Act
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Well, I stayed up until midnight on a School Night to finish this book but in the end, it was just okay for me. Fiona never quite felt real but perhaps i didn't try hard enough to absorb & process the complexity of what was going on in her head a...more
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Reasonable Creatures by Katha Pollitt
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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
"This book is completely unlike anything I ever read, and I loved it! The story's common thread is a famous actor who died on stage while performing King Lear just before an apocalypse of a killer flu killed 99% of the earth's population. The subje..." Read more of this review »
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To the End of June by Cris Beam
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The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink
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Donna Tartt
“We looked at each other. And it occurred to me that despite his faults, which were numerous and spectacular, the reason I’d liked Boris and felt happy around him from almost the moment I’d met him was that he was never afraid. You didn’t meet many people who moved freely through the world with such a vigorous contempt for it and at the same time such oddball and unthwartable faith in what, in childhood, he had liked to call “the Planet of Earth.”
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

Amor Towles
“It is a lovely oddity of human nature that a person is more inclined to interrupt two people in conversation than one person alone with a book.”
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William  Martin
“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
William Martin, The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents

“Many Chinese-born scientists have returned from abroad to continue their research, not just out of patriotism but because Chinese research facilities have become so cutting-edge. The Communist revolution’s annihilation of traditional thinking has also made for an astonishingly free approach to areas such as medical research; scientists can try things that are banned in the West by strict ethics laws. (I would not be surprised if the first cloned human being is already lurking somewhere along the banks of the Yangtze River.)”
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Amor Towles
“...be careful when choosing what you're proud of--because the world has every intention of using it against you.”
Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

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