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On BTT this week: I was talking to a co-worker the other day about a book I’d read recently, and realized how very, very few people I can do that with. In my daily life, it seems like almost no-one reads anything more than a newspaper or a fashion magazine. I only have one person I can truly chat about books with … and yet, being a Capital-R-Reader, I simply can’t imagine going through life…

Time for another reading challenge. I'll be joining Adam of Roof Beam Reader's 2013 TBR Pile Challenge. Twelve books that I should read for 2013 with two alternates. Books must be published before 2012. I tend to buy a lot of used books at fairs and then not read them. The following books I either own or in one case, have on loan from a friend. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin -…

Hello everyone! Happy belated Thanksgiving to those celebrating it in the US. I really need to wake up earlier, but I was actually a bit productive yesterday as I did some job stuff (did diddly all the rest of the week), fiddled, knit and even cleaned a bit. Today, I anticipate a little of the aforementioned and reading Craig Thompson's Habibi. I have been in a reading block lately so I am slowly making back…

On BTT this week: It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S., so … what are you thankful for this year, reading-wise? New, favorite books? New gadget for reading? New comfy chair? Bonus time to read? Just the mere fact of BEING a reader? Having the internet to share ideas/recommendations/conversations about books? I'm always thankful for being a reader and the gift of the languages I have learned. I'm also glad this year that I decided to…

As someone who has read and enjoyed The Parasol Protectorate Series and also graphic novels in general, I decided to read this managa to spur my current reader's block. This is actually a manga rather than a graphic novel. It has been awhile since I read the original Soulless novel, but I remembered relatively quickly. The adaptation worked really well. I found Alexia even more sympathetic in the manga than in the novel and while…

Hello everyone! I've been forgetful about the Salon and do them much later than in my mornings. [One hour later] See, it happened again. I become busy doing other things. Since I stopped working, I haven't been a particularly good reader or all that productive in my job search. I have been looking after my spiritual health a bit more and feel more content and hopeful about the future. I did read yesterday: Soulless: The…

The Classics Club November 2012 Meme Question: What classic piece of literature most intimidates you, and why? (Or, are you intimidated by the classics, and why? And has your view changed at all since you joined our club?) Since I grew up with classics, they are not really intimidating to me. I think it was a bit daunting when I first started in my adolescence with the serious reads, but since then, it's been natural…

Hello, everyone! It's Remembrance Day and I hope everyone has taken some time to reflect on that. Out of tradition, I tend to read or recite In Flanders Fields by John McCrae. My review for Gone with the Wind was posted this week. I have more free time now, but I haven't really made a dent in my big pile of books. I will today though. Maybe read a chapter or two of Bel-Ami and…

This book was epic. Once again, I was conflicted about giving it a 4 or a 5 on Good Reads. As with before, the deciding factor was if I would reread it again. I wouldn't be against reading it, but then again, I'm not planning on it. It was frustrating and very long at times, but there is no doubt that this is a well written book in many ways and a classic. I started…

Hello everyone! Sadly, I did not read at all this week. Work has been hectic, but it's my last day this Wednesday. Even though I will miss the income and don't want to job search, I really need the break from working. Today, I may read a bit, but I have been particularly tired from my weeks. The weather has been dark and gloomy all week. While Sandy didn't really hit us around here, we…