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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
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Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane
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The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
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I can't believe it's over. Review soon when my head works right again.

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Amiel's Journal by Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the plowshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring, and reserve a nook of shadow for the passing bird; keep a place in your heart for the unexpected guests, an altar for the unknown God. Then if a bird sing among your branches, do not be too eager to tame it. If you are conscious of something new - thought or feeling, wakening in the depths of your being - do not be in a hurry to let in light upon it, to look at it; let the springing germ have the protection of being forgotten, hedge it round with quiet, and do not break in upon its darkness.”
Henri-Frédéric Amiel
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David Foster Wallace
“If you spend enough time reading or writing, you find a voice, but you also find certain tastes. You find certain writers who when they write, it makes your own brain voice like a tuning fork, and you just resonate with them. And when that happens, reading those writers—not all of whom are modern . . . I mean, if you are willing to make allowances for the way English has changed, you can go way, way back with this— becomes a source of unbelievable joy. It’s like eating candy for the soul. So probably the smart thing to say is that lucky people develop a relationship with a certain kind of art that becomes spiritual, almost religious, and doesn’t mean, you know, church stuff, but it means you’re just never the same.”
David Foster Wallace, Quack This Way

Clifford Odets
“Any idiot can face a crisis—it’s day to day living that wears you out.”
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Leon Wieseltier
“But even now, with the crates piled high in the hall, what I see most plainly about the books is that they are beautiful. They take up room? Of course they do: they are an environment; atoms, not bits. My books are not dead weight, they are live weight — matter infused by spirit, every one of them, even the silliest. They do not block the horizon; they draw it. They free me from the prison of contemporaneity: one should not live only in one’s own time. A wall of books is a wall of windows.”
Leon Wieseltier

Lemony Snicket
“It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.”
Lemony Snicket

Marcus Aurelius
“Do not disturb yourself by picturing your life as a whole; do not assemble in your mind the many and varied troubles which have come to you in the past and will come again in the future, but ask yourself with regard to every present difficulty: 'What is there in this that is unbearable and beyond endurance?' You would be ashamed to confess it! And then remind yourself that it is not the future or what has passed that afflicts you, but always the present, and the power of this is much diminished if you take it in isolation and call your mind to task if it thinks that it cannot stand up to it when taken on its own.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

New Years' Book Resolutions: Looking Back/Looking Forward (2014/2015) (Select)
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Description: Well, let's see how 2014 went and make more unrealistic, dreaming, but totally well-intentioned resolutions for 2015!
New Years' Book Resolutions (Select)
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Description: Because this year I'm really going to do it! No really! What? Come on, what's with that smile?
One Foot Out The Door (Select)
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Description: Can't be quiet about this any more.
Favorite Reviews List, part the first (Select)
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Description: This is an incomplete list in random order as I find them! Saw some great reviews lately that reminded me to do this so I can find them again!
What He Knew, What She Saw, Or: My first piece of writing I'm brave enough to put on this site (Drama)
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Description: A quick character study vignette. Put up at the urging of a few kind bookfriends. I'd be delighted to hear any thoughts, positive or negative (though keeping it constructive criticism would be kind!).
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2013 was the year for reading—or re-reading—Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu or In Search of Lost Time for many of us. However, these thr ...more
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Join us for a year of member-run group reads to make 2015 the year of reading women! Rules Members are free to create author threads by surname if the ...more
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2013 Reading Challenge
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