Documentation of April 2018

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A linear trip through the books I consumed. Consuming still. In the middle of…at the end of… Current status as of this posting is incomplete At the beginning of the month, I was giving Six Four, the 2017 global bestseller, a third chance. Honestly. Third times a charm. It was difficult getting a grasp on the many similarly sounding Japanese names-characters. It’s a griping crime novel but even more insight into Japanese business culture and behavioral norms. The worthy NY Times write-up. Still a third to go before complete. I own it, so I’m in no rush. I sat the book down again after Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan landed in my audible library loan queue. I have to give … Read More

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Documentation of March

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As to improve the SEO, what proceeds is a copy-paste of March 2018 under my Books tab in the header menu. I will be posting each month’s reflections in both places going forward. I could easily skip documenting this past month because I don’t feel like I read much. Preceding St. Patrick’s Day, I came across on article on the top Irish crime writers. I only clicked it to see if Tana French was on it; she was! And to my surprise, she isn’t even Irish. Wut! She relocated to Dublin via Vermont. Anyhow, I ended up tracking down her first crime wherein she introduces her main protagonist. In the Woods. It did not disappoint. It did occupy a solid … Read More

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Books of February

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This past month was a much more relaxing month of reads than January. There’s Paris through the experience of David Lebovitz; more surrealism with Murakami; futurism with The Martian; a very detailed and heart wrenching Native American experience; and a history podcast (new to me) on old world Hollywood, etc… All in all, mostly unheavy. The cold and weight of the weather was enough to soldier through. I needed a bit of simplicity and escape. Books of February

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Books of January

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In which I reached peak news fatigue. Greatly looking forward to a month of relaxing literary pursuits. Books of January 2018 Ok, I am due some junk food reads… My brain is exhausted with all the non-fiction, plus the emotional toll some of it can take. More is certainly not better in most cases. One certainly can’t sip out of a gushing fire hydrant. In doing that digging deeper I mentioned earlier, I question my motivations sometimes. I’ve been wondering why I feel so invested in certain topics and research? Generally, I’m not being paid to; I’m not getting a degree in the topic; nor am I needing to be formidable in a debate. Hmm… I’ve been really feeling this (desk … Read More

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Books of December

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In which I didn’t really read; but I did a lot of listening. I cover a few podcasts and the one book that is nearly done but took the bulk of my month. The month’s reflection was written under my personal admonition to tie up loose ends before plunging too far ahead. Books of December  

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