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  1. That sounds like it could be right up my alley. I...

    That sounds like it could be right up my alley. I am good with dark/disturbing/violent.

    Perhaps my request is a little open ended but I just got tired of books which state something to the effect...
  2. Characters that Celebrate being Different

    This is a trend I notice quite a lot in books and I find it somewhat irksome. It does tend to commonly appear in fantasy books but it occurs in various other genres as well. The gist is the...
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    Yes it has been quite a while

    Yes it has been quite a while
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    I have taken some minor liberties with this...

    I have taken some minor liberties with this months theme. Instead of reading a book that focuses on a single individual I am reading a book about a group of individuals I find fascinating.

    I am...
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    The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen and A...

    The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen and A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole immediately

    I think the Bonfire of Vanities by Tom Wolfe could work as well.
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    Yeah I really enjoy the books. Even though they...

    Yeah I really enjoy the books. Even though they are stand alone I have been reading them in order since I own almost the whole collection. I haven’t gotten to People of the Lakes yet.
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    For March I read Walking the Nile by Levison...

    For March I read Walking the Nile by Levison Wood. It was a fascinating account of a mans journey to literally walk from one end of the Nile to the other.

    For April I am reading The People of the...
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    Catcher in the Rye (and almost anything by J.D...

    Catcher in the Rye (and almost anything by J.D Salinger) Especially in high school but also throughout my life I felt I could relate to him/ his characters better than I could relate to the people...
  9. I have been mulling this one over. For North...

    I have been mulling this one over.

    For North America I will have to go with one of my all time favorites Edgar Allan Poe
    Asia - Orhan Pamuk
    South America- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    I do not...
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    I think in our current culture there are several...

    I think in our current culture there are several contributing trends that lead to the tendency of a more hopeful/optimistic view point though I do not necessarily think it is in fact a positive...
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    I tend to agree that WWII was a great impact on...

    I tend to agree that WWII was a great impact on art and literature and did create a lot of angst and feelings of displacement. Many of the authors of the time did draw from their own personal...
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    Pessimistic Narrators

    Because I tend to be a bit twisted and disturbed often the books I find most captivating to read are books with first person narrators who tend to being bleak, sardonic, and angsty. I enjoy the dark...
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    The book I orginally wanted to read for this...

    The book I orginally wanted to read for this month just came in yesturday. As noted above I am not a particular fan of romance so for this theme I wanted to choose a book that dealt with the topic of...
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    1. Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson On the whole I...

    1. Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson

    On the whole I am not a great reader of mysteries/ crime fiction but I have come to like much of the Nordic crime novels. In part because of the snowy and often...
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    The book I orginally wanted to read for February...

    The book I orginally wanted to read for February is still on hold at the library and I cannot guarantee it will get here by this month so I had choose a back up.

    I will be reading Serenade by...
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    1. Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson On the whole I...

    1. Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson

    On the whole I am not a great reader of mysteries/ crime fiction but I have come to like much of the Nordic crime novels. In part because of the snowy and often...
  17. I agree that the ambiguity of the story may be...

    I agree that the ambiguity of the story may be what helps keep it alive and keep it intriguing but what bothers me is the fact that there is a tendency to solely focus on the ghost story aspect of...
  18. The Turn of The Screw: Why Film Never Does it Justice?

    I noticed that this year another adaption of Henry James’ “A Trun of the Scew” is due to be realeased and upon reading the synopsis of the movie I am dissapointed to see that it seems they have...
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    Thank You! I know it has been a wee while.

    Thank You! I know it has been a wee while.
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    As it happens I have three books I am reading for...

    As it happens I have three books I am reading for Januaries topic in part because a reading challenge my Library is having coincides in part with the January topic for this challenge.

    I am...
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    literary Feast 2019 Reading Challenge

    I came across this online and thought it sounded fun so I decided to post it for anyone else who might want to join in.

    Each month is assigned a specific topic and the idea is to read any book of...
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    The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte is...

    The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte is intersting.

    Not exzactly Historical but The Art Forger by B.A Shapiro was quite fascinating.

    And if you enjoy books about art and mysteries around...
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    I would be up for it.

    I would be up for it.
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    Rock and Roll: Rock a solid, hard object varying...

    Rock and Roll: Rock a solid, hard object varying in size and shape naturally formed, roll what happens to said rock when thrown down a hill.

    Destiny:
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    Not yet but I do want to

    Not yet but I do want to
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