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October 17, 2018


top ten bookstores i’d like to visit
posted by soe 3:03 am

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic asked which Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted To Visit (in no particular order):

  1. Shakespeare & Co. in Paris (France’s most famous English-language bookstore)
  2. The Book Barn in Niantic, Connecticut (I’ve driven past this used bookstore many times over the years, but somehow never stopped in. I have been to a different, unrelated used Book Barn in Amity, which may explain the oversight.)
  3. Bart’s Books in Ojai, California (it’s mostly outside)
  4. Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis (a kids’ bookstore)
  5. Kitchen Arts & Letters (NYC cookbook shop)
  6. John K. King Used & Rare Books in Detroit
  7. Left Bank Books in St. Louis
  8. The Last Bookstore in L.A. (it looks like a museum)
  9. Murder by the Book in Houston (mysteries!)
  10. Parnassus Bookshop in Nashville (one of the more famous indies, because it’s co-owned by Ann Patchett)
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October 10, 2018


adaptations i’m looking forward to
posted by soe 1:00 am

While adapted works rarely live up to the originals, I still enjoy checking them out. Here are ten I’m looking forward to across several media:

  1. The Hate U Give film is based on a book by Angie Thomas that I loved.
  2. Dumplin’ is coming out sometime on Netflix and is based on a Julie Murphy novel, with original songs by Dolly Parton and Jennifer Aniston playing the mom.
  3. I haven’t seen any of the three previous films of the same name, but I’m still looking forward to the Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper version of A Star Is Born.
  4. I read today that there’s a Greatest Showman tribute album coming out next month. It’s a great soundtrack and I always find one or two songs that transcend the original in cover albums.
  5. I still haven’t seen the Cormoran Strike series made by the BBC last year from the Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) novels. It’s on sale at Target, though, so I should see if it’s coming to a Redbox or if one of the other nearby library systems has it.
  6. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is going to feature Misty Copeland and Helen Mirren, so I am there. Plus, you know I’m a sucker for a Christmas film.
  7. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston is an adaptation of One Thousand and One Nights that came out a few years ago, but the Renée Ahdieh adaptation came in first, and I didn’t want to read two so close together, so put this one off.
  8. I’m curious about the impending publication of Marilla of Green Gables, a prequel of sorts to Anne, by Sarah McCoy.
  9. The House with the Clock in Its Walls looks a little spooky, but only a little bit, so Rudi and I are going to try to catch it this month.
  10. Mary Poppins Returns. I mean I was always going to see it, but add in a cameo by Dick Van Dyke and a lead role for Lin-Manuel Miranda and I’ll queue up for it.

How about you? Do you enjoy adaptations? Are there any you’re looking forward to?

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October 4, 2018


first unraveling of october
posted by soe 1:16 am

First Unraveling of October

I have not finished any knitting projects recently, which probably means I need to focus my attention on one or the other or the third and finish one off. While later this week is supposed to return to the 90s, fall weather has to show up sooner or later, doesn’t it? I wore jeans on Saturday night, after all, even if it was too warm to be accompanied by anything but a tshirt on top.

I have bookmarks in many books right now. (Figuratively, of course. I have nothing keeping my spot in any of these books for some reason.) On paper, I have Grace Lin’s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Joan Aiken’s The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, and Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X going, alternating between books depending on where I’m reading or which bag I’ve taken to work.

In my headphones, I have not yet finished Being Jazz, in part because I’m bored by it. It’s not long and I should just finish this frequently banned memoir about a transgender teen girl’s experiences already. I got the alert earlier tonight that one of the other libraries I borrow audiobooks from on Overdrive had a copy of Crazy Rich Asians for me, so I quickly downloaded it and just resumed listening. I paused the start of the third and final part to start writing here. I also have Julia Alvarez’s Tía Lola Stories and local author Lillian Li’s Number One Chinese Restaurant downloaded to my phone.

How about you? What are you working your way through?

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October 2, 2018


authors i’d love to meet
posted by soe 1:16 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday asks which authors we’d love to meet. I’m fortunate to have both some amazing bookstores and the National Book Festival here in the city, so I’ve been able to meet many of my favorite living authors. I turn into a hair-twirling word-bungler around writers whose works I admire, giving me all of eternity to regret the interaction, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. If given a shot, I’d love to embarrass myself in front of:

  1. J.K. Rowling
  2. Toni Morrison
  3. Jason Reynolds (I’ve come really, really close)
  4. Katherine Paterson
  5. Neil Gaiman
  6. Brian Selznick
  7. Naomi Novik
  8. Erin Morganstern
  9. Fannie Flagg
  10. Rebecca Stead

(When I originally made the list, I accidentally put in twelve authors. It was hard to knock a few of them off the list, and I’d totally love to meet any of them!)

How about you? Which authors are you dying to meet?

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September 27, 2018


final unraveling of september
posted by soe 1:23 am

Final September Unraveling

This year’s Halloween socks are going well. I’m working on the heel and if the stripes work out so that I don’t need to rip back, I anticipate being done with the first sock soon.

I blew through Jacqueline Woodson’s spare new novel, Harbor Me, in just over a day, so I’m turning my attention back to The Wild Book, which keeps getting put aside for library books.

In the ears, I’m about halfway through Crazy Rich Asians, but it expires tomorrow. It’ll be a week or two before another copy gets to me (I put the audiobook on hold at all three libraries I have borrowing privileges for). In honor of Banned Book Week, I’ll probably finish listening to Jazz Jennings’ Being Jazz, since that’s one of the most banned books from last year. After that, I have several options, including Julia Alvarez’s Tía Lola Stories, Lillian Li’s Number One Chinese Restaurant (written by a local author), Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network, and Libby Page’s The Lido. Choices…

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September 26, 2018


fall 2018 ninja book swap
posted by soe 2:31 am

This fall’s Ninja Book Swap presents arrived just as I was leaving on Friday, so I didn’t have a chance to open them until Sunday evening.

Lexie (who I think is Lexie of For the Sake of Reading, based on a review I saw on Goodreads) sent me such lovely things!

Ninja Book Swap Presents

Here We Are: 44 Voices Write, Draw, and Speak about Feminism for the Real World is edited by Kelly Jensen and includes pieces from contributors ranging from Daniel José Older to Mindy Kaling and from Roxane Gay to Brandy Colbert. I look forward to savoring these pieces, particularly as the Kavanaugh fight ratchets up this week. [Have you called your senators lately to ask them to vote against his nomination?]

The Librarian and the Spy, the first in a series by Susan Mann, looks to be a swoony romp, and I think it’s going to be such a fun, lighthearted read.

As you all know, I love tea, and Harney and Sons makes some very fine ones. Lexie says the Tower of London blend is one of her favorites, and I’m looking forward to many hours of drinking tea while reading, particularly now that the weather is finally cooling off again.

Thank you, Lexie! I really love my package! And thank you Ninja Book Swap organizers! This was great fun once again!

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