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I love books about books. I think it’s because it's an intimate and special kind of love. For me growing up as a lonely kid, books were some of my best friends. I’d spend summers at the library. I’d wonder about book characters and their lives. Reading about how how other people love and think about books so deeply is cathartic. This author and others who wrote lovingly about books gets it. Maybe some of…

This is the young adult graphic novel about teenage relationships romantic and otherwise. In recent years, I've found some of my favourite reads have been young adult graphic novels. They consistently deliver interesting storytelling. I liked this one too. The art is done in the mostly black and white manga style so it's not as elaborate or fancy as some other graphic novels, but it works. The story is about a girl named Freddy and…

I remember reading The Night Circus fondly. I gave it a high rating and review. Some years later, I realized I had no memory of the plot or the characters other than that it was about a love story. That is not unusual because I've read hundreds of novels in my life so I often forget when I've even read a book. Still, Night Circus couldn't have been that good if I forgot that much…

This lace pi shawl was my heirloom knit. How do I define an heirloom knit? I think it's one that I wanted to invest a lot more in terms of the material and the time. I did invest more in the yarn and pattern, but I had to rush to finish it as my September became hectic. I was knitting it everyday for about a week to finish it. I even had a little cramping.…

This book took me awhile to read. It was a recommendation from Pop Culture Happy Hour and I did like reading the beginning. I have a background in public health. I love history. I am one of those people who get bitten frequently to the point where I don't like camping or being in the woods too long. The bites tend to be big and very itchy too. It's a real nuisance and inconvenience. With…

This was so wholesome. It's a bit cheesy and silly since there are some contrived plot devices like in a teen romcom. Still, I enjoyed reading it. When I was a teenager, I was skipping contemporary young adult fiction in favour of adult fiction or the classics. YA as a genre has come a long way in 20 years. There is a lot more choice and diversity. When I was growing up, there weren't a…

In the old days when I use to have more time and read more literary books, I would read a number of Pulitizer Prize winners. It's been awhile since I read one and I do think they can be hit or miss. At least I remember Pulitizers being a little less mysterious and experimental than some Booker prize winners. This novel was overall okay. The protagonist Arthur Less goes on an around the world journey.…

As with last year, I have made more of an effort to read children's literature. Recently, I went through a little streak from July into August. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White This was nice. I do not really remember much from Charlotte's Webb and had not heard or read anything else by White. I enjoyed that the titular character has adventures all over North America. Danny, the Champion of the World by…

This is the first in the Peter Grant / Rivers of London series. I had read some hype for this series over the years. It's right up my alley as it's a series set in London and it's urban fantasy. I realized while reading this that I've read a lot of urban fantasy set in London including Neverwhere, The Rook series, and Harry Potter counts too. Speaking of Harry Potter, this book had many references…

If you can see the cover, this is a paperback romance novel. I really wanted something light and fluffy after Sapiens. My current reading goal is to alternate between nonfiction and fiction when I can. I chose Eloisa James for a couple of reasons. I have been trying for years to find something akin to Georgette Heyer's romance novels. No one can really replace Heyer. This was my second or third go at trying to…

This is one of the most dense books I've read in awhile. It's not actually that long compared to some other nonfiction history books, but it has a lot of history, ideas, and thoughts. Probably too many ideas. I really liked the start of the book. After reading the Jean M Auel series, I have been more interested in human kind's life pre-Agricultural Revolution. This book presents what life could have been like for early…