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sara richards
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Back yet again.....
It is a lifetime ago that I was writing my reviews on this blog. I have been waylaid by the Guardian book blog and then also by the Literature lessons that hubby and I went to for a period of around 18 months. That was an exhilarating ride for the first 12 ...

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Still reading
I am a serial starter of things. Blogs, my memoir, projects at home. I had hoped that this book blog would make me record my reading as it happens. I am a member, if you can call it that, of the books blog page on the Guardian website. I write about the boo...

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Guide for the Perplexed Dara Horn


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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Moer
Just finished Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. This novel is a 9/11 novel. Oskar, a precocious 9 year old has lost his dad in one of the twin towers. He has a secret about the phone calls he received, and he is heartbroken. A key...

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TBR lists
My to- be- read list grows exponentially. My worry is that at my age I will never be able to complete the reading tasks I have set myself. I take the matter of reading very seriously. Books can take us into new worlds, can explain human behaviour in all it'...

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The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
I started this novel four times, and someone today pointed out that sometimes the books or plays or films or other artworks that we find most difficult are those that speak to us most clearly. This book was most definitely a case in point. The Woman Upstair...
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