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The List–For Now

There’s something artificial about any numbered list of “bests.” Criteria are fluid and subjective. You can cheat by allowing for “ties” and end up with more than the stated number. Or heck just make it the “50 best” say, rather … Continue reading

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No Comparison, Part II

There is a famous incident about Jacqueline Susann. She was on an episode of The David Frost Show, which aired on July 16, 1969, promoting her novel The Love Machine. After a discussion of Susann’s appeal and business tactics, a … Continue reading

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The Rewards of Accepting a Challenge

As a frequent user of our local library, I enjoy taking part in many of the programs offered. So I was delighted to see a new one crop up. The Adult Reading Challenge encourages people to read in a genre … Continue reading

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WTF

So many acronyms regarding books: TR (to read); TBR (to be read) WTR (want to read); CR (currently reading). So far I’m the only person I know who uses WTF (want to finish). I have shelves of half finished, partially … Continue reading

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The “Free Table”—In Which I Finally Get Around to Explaining All Those Earlier Cryptic References.

It used to be the “free bench.” Against the back wall of our local library, handy to the parking lot, there were a couple of old benches. They sat under the building’s overhang, so they had some protection from what … Continue reading

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Where Do Books Go?

In the previous post, I talked about where books come from. But once a reader has read them, where do they go? I know several people who keep their books—every one of them—even after they’ve read them, presumably forever. I’m … Continue reading

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Where do books come from? (No, not from Mommy and Daddy books.)

If there were a survey that asked “Where/how do you acquire your books? (mark all that apply)”, my response would look something like this: Traditional bookstores Used bookstores Online Thrift shops Other stores, e.g. supermarkets, home and garden centers, office … Continue reading

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