Friday, January 30, 2015

Three I loved - The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt, 1963: The Year of Revolution by Morgan and Leve and Entertaining Judgment by Greg Garrett

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt is so crammed with little flags that I could quote from it all day, but instead I'm going to skip quotes entirely and just tell you about it, although I may eventually do a post filled with quotes so I can remove those markers.

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt is apparently a compact version of Mrs. Roosevelt's memoirs (which were originally published in several volumes). Although it's edited down to a single book, Mrs. Roosevelt's autobiography is crammed with wonderful anecdotes and gives the reader an excellent inside view of her life. Especially interesting, of course, are the tumultuous Depression and WWII years, during which her husband Franklin served as President of the United States.

I have long been an admirer of Eleanor Roosevelt but wow . . . she's my hero, now. She was indefatigable in her efforts to make the lives of everyday people, especially women, better. She traveled the world at her husband's request numerous times to comfort soldiers and was relentlessly picked on by the press, though the soldiers deeply appreciated her. She wrote personal letters and columns, hosted dignitaries at her home and the White House, represented the U.S. in the early years of the United Nations. She was a woman of strong character who made an indelible imprint on our nation's direction.

I think The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt would make an exceptional school resource. Although some of the characters are unfamiliar because they were prominent at the time and have now faded into history, those occasional bits that have lost their impact tend to be brief enough that they don't interfere with the reading. Annotations wouldn't be a lost cause, in my humble opinion, but for teaching purposes it would work to use selected excerpts. The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt was one of those rare books that I found so exciting I occasionally read anecdotes to my husband. He enjoyed the portions I read. Highly recommended.


1963: The Year of the Revolution by Robin Morgan and Ariel Leve is an absorbing read, in spite of the fact that I don't like the way it's organized. An introduction is followed by chapters that begin with a quotation and then consist of first-person viewpoints by the people who were a part of the "youth-quake" that took place in 1963 in fashion, art and music on both sides of the Atlantic.

Each chapter contains a number of first-person accounts from musicians, artists, and other people involved in the changing events. Some were familiar to me, like Eric Clapton, Mary Quant and Sir Alan Parker, but many were not and therein the problem lies. While I enjoyed looking up various music groups, artists, fashion leaders and their work (particularly the music), it was a bit frustrating having to keep flipping back to remind myself who this or that person was. It might be a less chaotic-feeling read to those who lived it.

However, I grew up with a lot of the music that was mentioned without actually realizing who sang songs that were still playing on the radio during my childhood. So, it was loads of fun looking up music videos. And, in spite of the fact that I disliked the manner in which this oral history was presented, I really did enjoy the reading and came out of the experience feeling like I'd learned a great deal. I even have a new favorite old song. Definitely recommended, but do be aware that the book is focused on the arts and fashion, not generalities. It's worth mentioning that even though I disliked the organization of the book and having to look things up slowed down the reading, I was never tempted to set it aside. I found 1963: The Year of Revolution utterly fascinating.

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt and 1963: The Year of Revolution were both sent to me by HarperCollins (the former a Harper Perennial imprint, the latter from Dey Street).

Entertaining Judgment by Greg Garrett is a book I purchased because I love the author's writing. I pre-ordered it when he talked about it on Facebook and didn't wait long after it arrived before indulging. Subtitled "The Afterlife in Popular Imagination", Entertaining Judgment is about how Heaven, Hell and purgatory are portrayed in books, films, video games and music. Garrett talks a bit about angels, the devil and ghosts, as well.

Entertaining Judgment is as informative as it is captivating. Garrett describes how minimal the descriptions of Heaven and Hell are in religious writings and how strongly popular opinion of what exactly may await us in the afterlife has been dictated by fiction. I loved the fact that the author doesn't let his Christianity interfere with the presentation of the material, examining how the afterlife is portrayed in various religious texts without ever saying one is superior to another.

Entertaining Judgment is not all-encompassing. I thought the portions about ghosts focused a little too heavily on fear when ghosts often are portrayed as entities that help people move on. One of my favorite ghost movies, Always, is not mentioned, for example. But, there are plenty of excellent examples that I knew little about and I came out of the reading of Entertaining Judgment with a strong desire to catch up on films and literature that I've missed. It's probably worth noting that I don't play video games at all but I found the descriptions of video games every bit as absorbing as those about film, books and music. Highly recommended. I don't recall ever reading anything quite like Entertaining Judgment and particularly enjoyed it for the change of pace.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Malarkey - Book flood carries Bookfool away


I confess this past two weeks there's been such an influx of books that I'm a little embarrassed. Kiddo was home and informed me that a bookstore in Vicksburg was closing, so I'd blame him but I ordered some books with my Christmas gift card money and a couple ARCs showed up. Yes, occasionally, they're still trickling in.

Above are some of my purchases:

  • The Collected Poems of Maya Angelou
  • The Pleasures of the Damned by Charles Bukowski (poetry)
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre, Waking Up Screaming and Shadows of Death, all by H. P. Lovecraft (sure hope I like Lovecraft - the clerk is a Lovecraft fan and he talked me into buying 3 volumes instead of 1)
  • Descent by Tim Johnston
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I also bought a couple volumes of photography by Robert Doisneau and Henri Cartier-Bresson:


ARCs and swap books that arrived:

  • The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson (ARC from Harper)
  • A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell (ARC from Harper)
  • The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller (swap)
  • A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr (swap)
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (swap)

I've only posted twice since my last Malarkey:


Books I've finished in the past two weeks:

  • Entertaining Judgment by Greg Garrett
  • Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong
  • The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
  • North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo
  • 1914: Poetry Remembers, ed. by Carol Ann Duffy

I've read 8 books, so far this year. Usually, January is my biggest reading month and 8 books is spectacularly bad, by comparison with most years. But, I think it's just a combination of trying to read more deliberately, slotting in regular exercise (a genuine time suck but worth it), and my determination to write daily that are getting in the way, along with occasionally devoting an evening to Parade's End -- which, honestly, is going to take me till spring at this rate. I haven't managed to create a decent routine in 2015 so I'm a little frustrated with myself but the fact that I'm no longer accepting mountains of ARCs definitely helps. Upon reflection, I wish I'd just taken that hiatus I considered taking. I may still do that but I'm working on a mini review post, so not yet.

Currently reading:

Just Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford. I finished 1914: Poetry Remembers on Saturday night and read a little of Parade's End, last night. I'll probably start rereading my niece Lindsey's book, Death Wish, next.

How is your year going, so far?

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Fiona Friday - A little kiss

The cats were howling at me to entertain them, last week, so I made them a new playhouse. I cut a door in the side of an empty moving box and a single hole in the top because the box is fairly small, the idea being that they could poke their little heads up and look around. Both explored from both ends -- looking up from inside, checking out the hole, very entertaining. When Isabel went inside while Fiona was looking down the hole, I thought for certain they'd end up batting at each other. Instead, when Izzy poked her head up, Fiona gave her a little kiss. It was a surprisingly sweet moment.


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Friday, January 16, 2015

We need to talk about this - The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami


I'd write up a summary of The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami but I think it's far better to let those who haven't read it experience this wacky novella without any forewarning (except, you know, everyone's talking about the guy in the sheep costume). I had theories about the meaning of various characters, their behavior, the deepy darkness, and all that lot. But, then I got to the end and was all full of WHAT THE HELL???

Help me out here, people. Have you read anything about this book and its meaning? Do you have theories you'd like to share? Discuss, please.

Also, let's just say anyone who hasn't read the book should not peruse the comments; I presume any theories will contain spoilers of some sort.

Incidentally, love the presentation. The Strange Library is quite a little gem. I don't love the fact that you have to fold the funky cover behind the book to read, but the illustrations are fabulous and I agree with those who've said it feels like you're holding something special in your hands during the reading.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Malarkey - I'll bet you thought I was gone for good


Peeking in, here. I came to a decision about the blog but then didn't find the time to sit down and write, last week. So, here's The Plan for 2015:

I'll be doing a weekly update, a monthly reading wrap-up, and dropping by whenever I feel like it to do reviews or just prattle. Since I like the "Monday Malarkey" title and the "Tuesday Twaddle" I've used when I post a day late, I'll stick with using those if I manage to post. However, that's a loose plan. If I don't feel like writing, I won't. If I feel like writing 10 posts in a week, fine. If I feel like writing about writing, I'll shoot for doing it on Wednesday and call it "Writing on Wednesday" because those are the magical words that popped into my head ~*poof*~ when the idea came to mind.

On to today's post nonsense.

A number of Mondays have passed since I bothered writing down book arrivals. While not all that many books arrived over the holidays (relatively speaking), I did acquire plenty. For today, I'm just going to gather up whatever I recall having arrived and call it . . .

This week's arrivals:


  • Anneville: A Memoir of the Great Depression by Thomas G. Robinson
  • Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Kalish
  • The Great Depression: A Diary by Benjamin Roth  


Sensing a theme? If anyone can suggest some excellent first-hand accounts of the Great Depression that I haven't already discovered, titles and authors would be appreciated. I bought 2 of those above and got the third via Paperback Swap. More arrivals:


  • Entertaining Judgment by Greg Garrett - I think this arrived during my break. I pre-ordered it when the author mentioned the book. I'm pretty sure he teaches a course at Baylor University on the same topic, how literature and film have effected our beliefs about the afterlife: heaven, hell, purgatory, angels, demons, etc. 
  • North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo - Sent by a friend after I asked for suggestions of "edge of your seat" reading.
  • A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel - An ARC sent by a friend
  • I Love You Near and Far by M. B. Parker and J. Henry - The very last book I received from a publisher in 2014 (from Sterling Children's Books).
  • I also got a box of books sent by another friend (not handy but I was particularly excited about Fourth of July Creek) and purchased a book for F2F group: Returning to Earth by Jim Harrison. So far, I'm not thrilled with the F2F read. It's a bit rambling. I set it aside and hope to get back to it in time to finish it for discussion.

Books I've finished in 2015:


  • Soviet Ghosts - Rebecca Litchfield - A picture book of abandoned places in the former U.S.S.R. with essays about the fall of the Soviet Union. I purchased Soviet Ghosts particularly for the thought of using the photos as prompts for writing. I would have preferred that the text was about the abandoned places (info about the photos and where they were taken is in the back of the book) rather than history. Almost every page had some form of the word "ideology" at least once, if not repeatedly. The repetition quickly became tiresome. Yet, the text was interesting if a bit dry and I was in it for the photography, anyway. I'm particularly fascinated by photos of places that look like they were abandoned suddenly. Not all of them were due to the Chernobyl disaster and you have to wonder why someone would have walked away from a hot drink, leaving a uniform on a chair, books on a shelf, etc. Why did they simply leave so abruptly? That's where room for stories is born.
  • 1963: The Year of the Revolution - Ariel Leve and Robin Morgan 
  • I Love You Near and Far by Marjorie B. Parker and J. Henry


Currently reading:


  • Entertaining Judgment by Greg Garrett
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Little Heathens (mentioned in arrivals, above)


I'm only about 100 pages into Parade's End and it's over 800 pages long, so I may be reading it for months. During Christmas break, I focused on classics and non-fiction. Some were sent by publishers and, since I'd committed to only reading books that really grabbed me, I loved everything I read during my break. But, I have to run, no time to elaborate. I'm currently working on making good habits and that means I have to do what I intend to make habitual every single day without fail. I've succeeded at writing every day, so far, but some of those other resolutions need a bit more work on the daily concept. Anyway, must dash. Happy Monday!

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Big changes in 2015

Happy 2015!


Christmas in 2014 was, for this family, all about starry-eyed kitties climbing trees (Isabel), untying ribbons on packages (both kitties), turning ornaments into soccer balls (Fiona) and a good bit of general mayhem. In the past, we've either plucked Isabel out of the tree or shouted at her when she attempted to climb. This year, we delayed decorating, apart from a few unbreakable ornaments at the bottom, and just let it go. The only thing I wouldn't let the cats do? Chew on the tree. I didn't want them to ingest fake pine needles. Otherwise, I let the kitties have at it and, amazingly, it went very well. Isabel moves very cautiously when she climbs so it looked like wind was blowing through the limbs but the tree stood firm and no ornaments fell; Fiona stuck to playing with the unbreakable ornaments on the lower limbs. They both made us laugh every day.


Sometimes the two kitties even played together.



There were only three of us here, not counting the kitties. I prefer big family gatherings but have to admit that I appreciated the low-key family time. There were no big fancy dinners, no big plates of hors d'ouevres. I asked friends for sugar cookie recipes and got several suggestions, so we chose two of them, prepared both and compared, mostly for the sake of getting into the spirit of Christmas.

New Year's Eve was equally subdued. We started a new tradition, watching O, Brother, Where Art Thou? while neighbors were setting off noisy fireworks. And, I began working on keeping my resolutions before the New Year began, with the thought that I'd already come up with them so I might as well get started.

About those big changes:

I don't feel like I need to list everything I'm planning for 2015, but there are a few things worth mentioning and they're major. I'll update my Review Policy, soon, to reflect my intent for the coming year.

My priority in 2015 is writing fiction. Long before I became active in reading groups and, eventually, blogging about books, I was a writer. I wrote obsessively, was active in a number of writing groups, attended conferences, and was published (a short story, a monthly humor column that I kept up for 3 years, and a number of articles about writing). I've finished several novels. The only time in my life I can recall not writing was during my college years when I was too focused on studying and marrying that good-looking boyfriend of mine. The reason I stopped writing, pre-blog, is not something I want to go into but it has passed and I've been ready to focus on fiction writing for a long time. I just wasn't ready to change my blogging habits. I think it was pretty clear in 2014 that I was struggling with how to fit both into my life. It didn't work. This year, I've committed to writing daily -- even if that only means a single sentence -- and, so far, I've managed to do so.

That leads to what will be changing. Because I've committed to writing daily -- and I have a few other daily resolutions, which I won't go into -- it seems like my days are absolutely crammed. I think that's good in many ways but it does mean I'm going to have to stop blogging regularly. I've got a few books I desire to write about because they were excellent and they just happen to have been sent by publishers; and, I'm going to post my 2014 Reads list, tomorrow. Beyond that, I don't know. I've considered going on an extended hiatus because I haven't really felt compelled to write about books the way I used to and I think I either need to continue not blogging till the urge returns or simply go to weekly or monthly posts about what I've read -- maybe weekly Monday Malarkey and a month in review. Thoughts are welcome.

I'm going to ponder which way to take the blog for a few more days. In the meantime, I'll post my 2014 reads. Just before I went on my Christmas break, I reverted to letting books call to me rather than trying to fit in whatever ARCs were soon to be released. So far, a return to reading the old-fashioned, pre-blog way is totally working for me. I've been in a classics and non-fiction mood and the joy of reading is back. My reading goal for 2015 is lower because I intend to read slower, indulge in longer books and savor them instead of crashing through as many books as possible. Since some of the books I've read were sent by publishers I will definitely write about them soon, if only in "mini" form.

Also, that sidebar is, of course, totally outdated. I finished Eleanor Roosevelt's autobiography weeks ago (it is a fabulous rendering of political history as viewed by a woman I have long admired). I'm not sure whether I'll bother with keeping the sidebar updated. That's another thing to ponder.

The bottom line: blogging is definitely going to be a lesser part of my life in 2015, whether I go back on hiatus or just write occasional updates but I'm still considering how to go about enacting changes.

Best wishes to all for a fabulous year!

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Books Read in 2014

January

1. Ancient Egypt: Everyday Life in the Land of the Nile - R. Brier and H. Hobbs
2. Somewhere in France - Jennifer Robson
3. The Children's Paul: A Life of St. Paul for Young People - J. G. Stevenson
4. Someone Else's Love Story - Joshilyn Jackson
5. See Inside An Egyptian Town - ed. by R. J. Unstead
6. Brain: The Man Who Wrote the Book that Changed the World - Dermot Davis
7. The Dancing Master - Julie Klassen
8. Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab - Pflugfelder and Hockensmith
9. Vampires in the Lemon Grove - Karen Russell
10. The Gods of Heavenly Punishment - Jennifer Cody Epstein
11. A Star for Mrs. Blake - April Smith
12. Lost Lake - Sarah Addison Allen
13. Dept. of Speculation - Jenny Offill
14. This Dark Road to Mercy - Wiley Cash

February

15. Spy Smuggler: Paul Lelaud, France, 1942-44 - Jim Eldridge
16. The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
17. On Such a Full Sea - Chang-Rae Lee
18. Is That My Cat? - Jonathan Allen
19. Who's in the Tree? - Craig Shuttlewood
20. Why Does Earth Spin? and other questions about our planet - Mary Kay Carson
21. Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage - Pflugfelder and Hockensmith
22. Who Were the American Pioneers? and other questions about Western Expansion - Martin W. Sandler
23. The Making of a Marchioness (or Emily Fox Seton), parts 1 and 2 - Frances Hodgson Burnett
24. The Returned - Jason Mott
25. Fallen Beauty - Erika Robuck
26. How Does a Seed Sprout? and other questions about plants - Melissa Stewart
27. How Does the Ear Hear? and other questions about senses - Melissa Stewart
28. How Does a Caterpillar Become a Butterfly? and other questions about butterflies - M. Stewart
29. What Was America's Deadliest War? and other questions about the Civil War - Martin W. Sandler
30. Redshirts - John Scalzi
31. The Big Needle - Ken Follett

March

32. Shadows in the Sun - Gayathri Ramprasad
33. A History of the World with Google Earth - Penny Worms and William Ing
34. Goodnight Songs - Margaret Wise Brown
35. The Taste of Apple Seeds - Katharina Hegena
36. Logopolis by Christopher H. Bidmead
37. Children's Wartime Diaries: Secret Writings from the Holocaust and WWII, ed. by Laurel Holliday
38. The Riverman - Aaron Starmer
39. The Martian - Andy Weir
40. Savage Harvest - Carl Hoffman
41. A Hundred Summers - Beatriz Williams
42. Mr. Owita's Guide to Gardening - Carol Wall
43. You Can Date Boys When You're 40 - Dave Barry
44. Countdown City - Ben H. Winters
45. The Heaven of Animals - David James Poissant

April

46. Itch Rocks - Simon Mayo
47. 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Germany - Steven Pressman
48. Tooth and Claw - Jim Arnosky
49. The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga (1-paragraph description w/in text)
50. Femininity - Susan Brownmiller (brief mention)
51. How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston-Gannon
52. Ode to Childhood, ed. by Lucy Gray
53. The Accidental Caregiver - Gregor Collins
54. A Single Breath - Lucy Clarke
55. The Other Typist - Suzanne Rindell
56. Where the Cypress Whispers - Yvette Manessis Corporon
57. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
58. Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost, ed. by Gary D. Schmidt, illus. by Henri Sorensen
59. Poetry for Young People: African-American Poetry
60. Birds of America (stories) - Lorrie Moore (1-paragraph description w/in text)
61. Fidelity (poems) - Grace Paley

May

62. Fact or Fib 2 - Kathy Furgang
63. I'm Not Cute - Jonathan Allen
64. For Such a Time - Kate Breslin
65. Fact or Fib - Kathy Furgang
66. Outrageous Fortune - Anthony Russell
67. Delicious! - Ruth Reichl
68. We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
69. Acts of God - Ellen Gilchrist
70. All the Birds, Singing - Evie Wyld
71. Echo Boy - Matt Haig
72. Pigs in Heaven - Barbara Kingsolver
73. Don't Try to Find Me - Holly Brown
74. One Night in Winter - Simon Sebag Montefiore
75. Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea - Lisa and Valerie Martin
76. The Forgotten Seamstress - Liz Trenow

June

77. Half Bad - Sally Green
78. Solsbury Hill - Susan M. Wyler
79. The Hurricane Sisters - Dorothea Benton Frank
DNF: I'm Nobody - Alex Marestaing
80. The Humans - Matt Haig
81. Bark - Lorrie Moore
82. Incendiary Girls - Kodi Scheer
83. The Longest Way Home - Andrew McCarthy (reread)
84. The Scatter Here is Too Great - Bilal Tanweer
85. Time and Again - Jack Finney (reread)
86. World of Trouble - Ben H. Winters
87. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles - Fabio Geda
88. Nick and Tesla's Secret Agent Gadget Battle - Pflugfelder and Hockensmith
89. Doctor Who: Tales of Trenzalore - Richards, Mann, Finch and Morris

July

90. Boy, Snow, Bird - Helen Oyeyemi
91. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair - Joel Dicker
92. Parsons Green - Fiona Bagley
93. Landing Gear - Kate Pullinger
94. The Half Life of Molly Pierce - Katrina Leno
95. The Paramedics - James O. Page
96. Goodnight June - Sarah Jio
97. Atlas: Poems - Katrina Vandenberg
98. The Transcriptionist - Amy Rowland
99. Rescue - Anita Shreve
100. Run, Don't Walk - Adele Levine, PT
101. Monster Party - Annie Bach
102. Calvin Look Out! - Jennifer Berne
103. My Drunk Kitchen - Hannah Hart

August


104. If You Ask Me - Betty White
105. My Custom Van - Michael Ian Black
106. Dinosaur Numbers - Paul Stickland
107. Dinosaur Colors - Paul Stickland
108. Dinosaur Opposites - Paul Stickland
109. Dinosaur Shapes - Paul Stickland
110. Why Did T-Rex Have Short Arms? - Melissa Stewart
111. The Future for Curious People - Gregory Sherl
112. The Color of Fire - Ann Rinaldi
113. The Story Hour - Thrity Umrigar
114. Param├ędico - Benjamin Gilmour
115. Why is the Sea Salty? - Benjamin Richmond
116. How Strong is an Ant? - Mary Kay Carson
117. Ghost Hunting - Hawes, Wilson, Friedman
118. Season of the Dragonflies - Sarah Creech
119. The Time Fetch - Amy Herrick
120. 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas - Marie-Helene Bertino
121. Dinosaur Farm - Frann Preston-Gannon
122. Second Form at Malory Towers - Enid Blyton

September

123. Spillover - David Quammen
124. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
125. Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson - Frances Schoolmaker Bolin and Chi Chung (brief mention only)
126. The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell
127. Poetry for Young People: Rudyard Kipling - Eileen Gillooly and Jim Sharpe (brief mention)
128. Belches, Burps and Farts - Oh, My! - Artie Bennett
129. A Survival Guide for Life - Bear Grylls
130. Tomorrow We Die - Shawn Grady
131. Puzzlehead - James Yang
132. I Am Neurotic (and so are you) - Lianna Kong
133. Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During WWII - Martin W. Sandler
134. Monument 14 - Emmy Laybourne
135. Monument 14: Sky on Fire - Emmy Laybourne
136. Lock In - John Scalzi
137. Fallen Angels - Walter Dean Myers
138. Boxers - Gene Luen Yang
139. Saints - Gene Luen Yang
140. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
141. Me On the Floor, Bleeding - Jenny Jagerfeld

October

142. Not My Father's Son - Alan Cumming
143. Bringing Out the Dead - Joe Connelly
144. The Giver - Lois Lowry
145. Momosas - Paul Knorr
146. Ballistics - Billy Collins
147. Big Fish - Daniel Wallace
148. Doreen - Barbara Noble
149. Friend of My Youth - Alice Munro
150. Indian Boyhood - Charles A. Eastman

November

151. The Yeti Files #1: Meet the Bigfeet - Kevin Sherry
152. Deep Shelter - Oliver Harris
153. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
154. The Hollow Man - Oliver Harris
155. The Guest Cat - Takashi Hiraide
156. A Cornish Affair - Liz Fenwick
157. The Evergreen Bride (novella) - Pam Hillman
158. The Cat in the Window and Other Stories of the Cats We Love, ed. by Callie Smith Grant
159. HitRecord TV Books (set of 9) to accompany Season 1 of HitRecord TV - J. Gordon-Levitt et al
160. Reservoir Cats - Penel Ashworth
161. Heart in the Right Place - Carolyn Jourdan

December

162. Dancing with Mistletoe (novella) - Leslie Wells
163. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
164. Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty
165. The Night Before Christmas - Clement C. Moore and Tom Browning
166. The Great Reindeer Rebellion - L. Trumbauer and J. Ho
167. A Pirate's Night Before Christmas - Philip Yates and Sebastia Serra
168. When, When, When Will It Be Christmas? - Cathy MacLennan
169. What Makes a Tornado Twist? - Mary Kay Carson
170. The Christmas Bus - Melody Carlson
171. The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt
172. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
173. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame


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Review Policy - Updated 1/7/15, back-dated to 1/1/15

This won't be much of a "review policy" as I've made some major changes in 2015. I plan to spend the bulk of my time writing fiction and, therefore, Bookfoolery (in spite of the fact that I don't intend to change its name) is no longer going to be a blog dedicated to book reviews.

If you'd like to request a review, I don't mind; feel free to make a request to bookfoolery (at) gmail (dot) com. But, be aware that I'm likely to ignore 99% of review requests and even if I do accept a book for review, the old conditions will still apply:

1. No e-books, PDFs or self-published books will be accepted, ever. I tried electronic books and discovered that I need and desire a solid book in hand, the ability to mark passages with Post-its, the feel of placing a bookmark inside a book and the satisfaction of closing a book when done. The only exception to this rule is self-published, bound books by friends or relatives. If you don't already know me, sorry.

2. I do not review books that require a post on a specific date, aka "book tours" or any other scheduled reviews.

3.  Any books accepted for review are subject to being ditched if they don't work for me. If I choose to DNF (Did Not Finish) a book, I reserve the right to say nothing at all about the book.

4. This is a new condition. Since Bookfoolery is no longer going to be a regular review blog, if I accept a book for review, a "review" may consist of something as minimal as a single paragraph. You can say quite a bit in less than 50 words; I've discovered that during the times I've written "month in review" posts. But, don't ask me to review a book at all if you're not willing to accept very brief thoughts.

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Bookfool
January 7, 2015