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How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

I put this book on my TBR list to perhaps learn how to find the symbolism in literature, because I’m terrible at seeing the underlying meanings. I chose it now because it gave me an F author, the last letter I need for my alphabet challenge.

Subtitle: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

Published: 2003

Genre: nonfiction literature

Length: 281 pages of text, 314 pages total

Summary: Short version: The title pretty much says it all
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2018: Year in Review

Once again, the year has ended before I’ve gotten all my book reviews posted. But, I can still use this time to reflect on how I did with my reading challenges.

Let’s start with my Goodread stats. I logged 129 books this year for 41,245 pages. That’s about 1,000 more pages than the past few years. It must have been those three 1,000+ page novels I read this year. My shortest book I logged was Four Quartets, a book of poetry I read to the kids, and my longest was A Suitable Boy, a book I read because it was on The Big Read list. If you drop the graphic novels, I counted 100 novels and novellas read this year which isn’t too shabby.

Reading the Alphabet Challenge: I was able to complete this challenge, which made me happy.

The Big Read Challenge: I fell down on this challenge, only reading seven out of my goal of 12. I forgot about it when I was choosing books to read, trying to read down my personal TBR list instead.

Finish the Series Challenge: I’m happy with how I progressed on finishing up some series. I finished the Outlander series (major accomplishment there), the Dresden Files series, and the Belgariad series. I also stayed on top of several other ongoing series. There’s two other series I’d like to finish next year (one book in the Lady Trent series and the Remembrance of Earth’s Past series) but otherwise I think I can drop this challenge for the coming year.

Once again, I was pleased with my reading challenges. They gave me just enough direction in my reading to try a couple of new books, but not so much that I felt stifled in my choices. I’m ready to try a few different challenges in the coming year, but that’s a different post.

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The Never List by Koethi Zan

I was looking for an X, Y, or Z author to finish up my Author Reading the Alphabet Challenge. I picked this one because it looked like a thriller.

Published: 2013

Genre: sexual thriller

Length: 303 pages

Setting: NYC and Portland, Oregon, 2010s

Font: Sabon LT Std and Cresci LP

Summary: Short version: Sarah revisits the memories and locations of her horrific kidnapping Continue reading

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Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? by Eleanor Updale

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, if that’s your winter holiday of preference. I got the kids of couple of books, including a Kindle for Mr. Curiosity. I’ll provide some reviews later, but I haven’t taken any photos and I need to catch up on the books I’ve read so I can get at least most of the 2018 books I’ve read reviewed in 2018.

Up next is a book I chose solely by perusing the library shelves because it gave me a U author in my Author Reading the Alphabet Challenge. I’m so close to finishing!

Published: 2003

Genre: YA historical fiction

Length: 233 pages

Setting: 19th century London

Font: Aqualine

Summary: Short version: Montmorency leads a double life as a thief and a society man Continue reading

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Jude by Kate Morgenroth

I chose it because it was a J title and I’m trying to finish the alphabet for the year. This is the last letter I need to get all the titles covered.

Published: 2004

Genre: fiction

Length: 277 pages

Setting: Hartford, Connecticut, present day

Summary: Short version: Jude is wrongly convicted and needs to clear his name Continue reading

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The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman

My husband heard about this book on a podcast and thought I’d be interested. I enjoy design books (for example, A Pattern Language) and appreciated a book recommendation from my husband.

Published: 1988

Genre: nonfiction design

Length: 217 pages of text, 257 pages total

Summary: Short version: The good and bad elements of design in household objects Continue reading

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Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin

I’m not sure how this came to my attention in the first place (it’s been on my TBR list too long). I read it now because it gives me a letter in my Reading the Alphabet Challenge.

Subtitle: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

Published: 2008

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 201 pages of text, 229 pages total

Font: Ehrhardt

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