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September 2014 Reads

Due in part to my back injury keeping me out of work for most of the month, I had more time available for reading. Finished 51 books this month, my highest for the year so far. Managed to finish above the 1 book/day pace for the first time since January and I moved closer to achieving most, if not all, of my 2014 reading goals. Show More Summary

National Book Awards' 5 under 35 authors for 2014

The National Book Awards have chosen the 2014 5 under 35 authors. It's an interesting list, including one (Phil Klay) on this year's longlist for Fiction:Yelena Akhtiorskaya, Panic in a SuitcaseAlex Gilvarry, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy...Show More Summary

Kelly Barnhill, The Witch's Boy

Once upon a time there were two brothers, as alike to one another as you are to your own reflection. They had the same eyes, the same hands, the same voice, the same insatiable curiosity. And though it was generally agreed that one was slightly quicker, slightly cleverer, slightly more wonderful than the other, no one could tell the boys apart. Show More Summary

A couple of pics of my leatherbound books

This weekend, I bought my 101st leatherbound book, a Franklin Library edition of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. I now own 78 Easton Press editions, 24 Franklin Library editions, plus 4 Folio Society books bound in buckram and 135 Library of America volumes. Show More Summary

Here's a list of already-read books that I want to have reviewed by October 31st

Although I have no energy to review tonight (been traveling much of the time that I wasn't watching college football), I have been trying to decide which reviews should be forthcoming. Seems that I have almost two dozen books that I've already read for which I haven't yet written reviews. Show More Summary

Marco Magini, Come fossi solo (As I was Alone)

Vorrei non dovermi ancora una volta svegliare in mia compagnia. Mi alzo e mi faccio la barba. Sono passate le undici e anche stamani non ho salutato i bambini prima che andassero all'asilo. Mi gira la testa, avanzo incerto verso il bagno che ha un odore chimico di lavanda. Show More Summary

Hedwige Jeanmart, Blanès

Pendant tout le repas je jouai avec les pages de mon cernet que j'avais déballé. C'était un bon papier lisse, un peu jaune. Comme dessert je choisis une crêpe aux fruits rouges. Et quand le serveur l'eut déposée devant moi, tout se passa à nouveau en dépit de moi-même. Show More Summary

J.R.R. Tolkien, Hobbitus Ille (Latin translation of The Hobbit, tr. by Mark Walker)

in foramine terrae habitabat hobbitus: nec foedum, sordidum madidumque foramen, nec extremis lumbricorum atque odore caenoso impletum, nec etiam foramen aridum, inane, harenosum, in quo nihil erat ad considendum aut edendum aptum; immo foramen-hobbitum, ergo commoum. Show More Summary


Tomorrow marks the 265th day of 2014. As of today, I have posted 111 reviews (86 of them being of 2014 releases) this year. I have nearly 75 books already marked for review by year's end. While this is daunting enough, I think I'm going...Show More Summary

The Franklin Library's 100 Greatest Books of All Time

Just now realized that I didn't have a corresponding list of The Franklin Library's 100 Greatest Books of All Time like I do for Easton Press's edition. Since I own several Franklin Library books, thought I'd highlight those here, so...Show More Summary

Weekend Plans

Still a bit lethargic post-procedure, so I'm not sure how much of this will get done, but here are a few things I'd like to do through Monday:1. Finish reading Ben Lerner's 10:042. Read Michael Pitre's Fives and Twenty-Fives3. Review...Show More Summary

Back "procedures" suck, in case you never knew that

Well, after enduring six weeks of often excruciating back pain after initially injuring myself at work trying to keep a 6'5, 230 lb. young adult resident from running out of the room, I finally had a procedure done this morning to alleviate the pain. Show More Summary

It seems someone goofed and revealed the 2014 National Book Award longlist for Fiction a day early

Not that I mind, as it gives me a headstart on reading for it, but the Fiction longlist for the 2014 National Book Awards was released this afternoon on Huffington Post and the New York Times webpage an afternoon earlier than the planned 8 AM EDT Friday announcement. Show More Summary

National Book Awards longlist for Non-Fiction

The longlist for the 2014 National Book Awards for Non-Fiction was just announced this morning. Yet I find myself somewhat disappointed in the selections, despite not having read any of them so far. Maybe I'll be able to find some compelling...Show More Summary

Linda Bierds, Roget's Illusion

I will never contain the whole of it, he said, the mirror too small for the long-necked lamp floating swanlike near the angle of incidence. Never, he said, stepping back from the lectern and long-necked lamp, the mirror he held too small for the swan. Show More Summary

National Book Awards longlist for Poetry

Day two of the four-day rollout for the National Book Awards longlist is for Poetry. Being a long-time reader of poetry, I already owned one of the longlisted titles (Louise Glück's Faithful and Virtuous Night) and have since bought two others. Show More Summary

National Book Awards longlist for Young People's Literature announced

The four day rollout for the 2014 National Book Awards began today with the announcement of the longlist for the Young People's Literature category. Here are the ten finalists:Laurie Halse Anderson, The Impossible Knife of Memory Gail...Show More Summary

Things to review this week

Funny how plans change a bit when sick with an upper respiratory virus. I did quite a bit of reading these past few days, but some of those will be tricky to review due to reading them in French, which is not one of my three best languages for reading-to-reviewing. Show More Summary

2014 Prix Medicis longlist announced

Earlier this week, the 2014 Prix Medicis longlist was announced. Being that the Prix Medicis is one of the premier French-language literary awards and that I am still working on my reading fluency in the language, I plan on reading several...Show More Summary

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