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    On Reading | Looking Back and Looking Ahead.

    Back in October, shortly after finishing book #75, I shared an update on my 2017 reading. I was still working on the 2017 Read Harder challenge and planned to finish the year on a high note with more diversity in author (gender, nationality, POC) and genre. I finished the year with 93 books, but I did not finish the Read Harder challenge, nor did I end on a “diversity high note”. 2017 books read shelved here On a  positive note, two of my favorite books of the year were ones I finished in November – Mary Oliver’s Blue Horses and Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 1. 2017 Favorites shelved here Overall,…

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    On Reading | 2017 (so far).

    Last December, I wrote a post about my reading plans for 2017. In a nutshell, I wanted to continue reading more diversely in terms of genre (30% non-fiction) and author gender and nationality and I wanted to make better use of the library (50% borrowed). I didn’t plan on setting a goal for how many books I’d read, but Goodreads is a tough master and I eventually caved; I set a goal of 75 books. I finished #75 last week and thought it would be a good time check-in. details on Goodreads here This morning I updated my tracking spreadsheet to add two charts – which show that I’m behind…

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    Book Bingo 2017 | Mid-summer Update.

    you can see all these books on my Summer Bingo 2017 shelf on Goodreads Hello, readers! Do y’all feel like it’s “mid-summer” already? School starts around here in just three weeks (yep, August 7 … crazy, huh?!) so for a lot of folks, summer is winding down. Same with my bingo card. Friday morning I finished Hallelujah Anyway for a fourth bingo. I also finished South of Broad (upper right corner); it was even better than I expected, which is saying a lot! I gave it five stars, bringing my summer reading total to five five-star books. I’ve already raved here about Jimmy Carter’s A Full Life, but I haven’t…

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    Found in Translation.

    Back in March, as part of this year’s Read Harder challenge (specifically, a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love), I found Osip Mandelstam. Along the way, not only did I develop a love and deep appreciation for his poems, I discovered how important a role the translator plays…in something other than the Bible. In my Bible study, I am continually struck by the subtleties of meaning among the different translations, but I hadn’t considered it in other literature. After recently re-reading and completely loving One Hundred Years of Solitude, another translation, I decided to revisit those Mandelstam poems and share some of my discoveries with…

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    On Reading | Looking Back and Looking Ahead.

    I’m glad I can say 2016 was a good year…for reading! Way back in January, I set a goal to read 60 books. I did that…and a few more. Even discounting Fox’s Socks (the one I shelved “with Charlie”), that total surprised me. It certainly didn’t feel like I was finishing two books a week, but that’s what the numbers say I averaged. The Read Harder Challenge and Summer Bingo certainly helped the total (those two challenges each contributed 24 books) and definitely contributed to the overall quality of what I read: click here to see more details I rated 19 books five stars and a whopping 56 with four.…

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    Summer Reading Recap.

    Here’s the short version: I read 39 books. I did not cover my Bingo card. my final card – nine Bingos! If you’d asked me back on May 25 what I thought this summer’s reading might bring, I wouldn’t have guessed either of those. I came really close on Bingo, but couldn’t manage to read a literary journal cover to cover. As recently as last Friday, I was seriously thinking about spending a few hours with one, just to do it. But then I thought more about the breadth and quality of the rest of my summer reading and decided to finish up two books for the Read Harder challenge…