“Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor” by Lisa Kleypas

“Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor” by Lisa Kleypas

Category: contemporary romance Series: Friday Harbor #1 Book Source: Public library (I’ve since bought the e-book.) Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor is a sweet, feel-good, light contemporary romance — and more of a novella than a novel.  Had I purchased it, in hardcover, I would have been disappointed, both by… Read more »

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A Voiceless Howl of Anguish

     I love to read aloud, especially to our daughter.  We — mostly I — have been reading to her since she was a baby, and I’m still at it now that she’s 16.  It’s been a wonderful way to share wonderful books with her: some that we’ve discovered together,… Read more »

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First DRM e-books on my Sony Reader

I’m very proud of myself!  I figured out how to:  1)       download Adobe Digital Editions, so I could download ePUB books with DRM from the Borders and Kobo bookstores (both free books and books I buy.) 2)       authorize my computer on Digital Editions, so I can actually open DRMed books… Read more »

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Books for Halloween

Books for Halloween

     It’s Halloween, so it’s time for a Halloween reading list. The problem is, I don’t like scary books, I don’t do horror, and I don’t care for gore.  But there are still some wonderful non-scary books well-suited for Halloween reading.  Here then are some of my favorites for a… Read more »

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Recommended: WG on reforming education

I highly recommend WG’s recent post, “Dysfunctional Middle Schools.”  WG is a former teacher and co-founder of The Interlocking Curriculum, a Quaker school in the late 1970s.  When he talks about how to establish a culture of respect in schools, he speaks from his own experience.  The IC did indeed… Read more »

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“I do love knitting patterns.” — Albus Dumbledore

“I do love knitting patterns.” — Albus Dumbledore

Knitting is taking over my life. I tend to go on reading jags.  For several weeks, or even months, I find myself focusing almost exclusively on a single genre: fantasy/SF, mystery, children’s/YA, historical romance.  Then suddenly (and unpredictably) I feel surfeited, and I switch to another genre.* Recently, I’ve been… Read more »

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Recommended: Adin’s “Valuing E:Books”

Rich Adin has an interesting post about e-book pricing over on The Digital Reader blog.  In “Valuing E-books: Is It a Sensory Problem?”, he compares e-books to things like Starbucks coffee and movies, which we are willing to pay premium prices for, and wonders why the same isn’t true of… Read more »

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“Homer’s Odyssey,” by Gwen Cooper

“Homer’s Odyssey,” by Gwen Cooper

Category: Memoir; animal storyBook source: Public libraryPet memoirs tend to fall into two categories: heartwarming and heartbreaking. Gwen Cooper’s Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat is unabashedly the former.  Gwen Cooper was newly single, living in a… Read more »

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“Knitspeak” by Andrea Berman Price

“Knitspeak” by Andrea Berman Price

Andrea Berman Price coined the term “Knitspeak” for the language of knitters, a language comprised of knitting terms and the mysterious (to beginners) abbreviations used in knitting patterns. As Price herself remarks, knitters who have learned the basics of cast-on, knit, and purl are often baffled when they try to… Read more »

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