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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

Mrs. Miniver
Jan Struther
Betsy-Tacy Treasury (P.S.)
Maud Hart Lovelace
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald
Envy of Angels
Matt Wallace
The Fellowship of the Frog
Edgar Wallace
Code of Conduct (The Jani Kilian Chronicles Book 1)
Kristine Smith
A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Today
June
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Jan Struther
Maud Hart Lovelace
Charles Dickens
Ross Macdonald
Matt Wallace
Christopher R. Cox
John P. Marquand
M.C. Beaton
April 2019
14
reviewed: The Red Pony
My spouse heard a piece of music on the radio by Aaron Copeland that had apparently been composed for a movie version of Stei...
The Red Pony - John Steinbeck
reviewed: The Distant Echo
For some reason, this book is listed as the first of the "Karen Pirie" series. I'd read one further along the line (#5, I thi...
The Distant Echo - Val McDermid
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March 2019
18
reviewed: Murder in Exile (Frank Cole Mysteries)
My brother-in-law, Richard, apparently knows that I'm one cheap bastard, and don't much like paying for books. So, he recomme...
Murder in Exile (Frank Cole Mysteries) - Vincent O'Neil
reviewed: Pilotage
This is the second of the two novellas that Shute wrote early on in his career, but which he decided against publishing. His ...
Pilotage - Nevil Shute
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February 2019
26
reviewed: As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust
I don't remember all that many details from the preceding book in this series, which is a pity, in that it would have helped ...
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust - Alan Bradley
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February 2019
23
reviewed: Carmilla
So, when I read Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals, he made friends with a guy named Theo who was a naturalist, amo...
Carmilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
December 2018
28
reviewed: Stephen Morris
This was pretty tedious. I think I know why Shute didn't publish it during his own life. It could have been a decent story, b...
Stephen Morris - Nevil Shute
reviewed: The Incredulity of Father Brown
This is the third in the series of Father Brown books. I read the first two back in 2011. The first was ok, the second, meh. ...
The Incredulity of Father Brown - G.K. Chesterton
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December 2018
06
reviewed: Searching for Caleb
So, my spouse's best friend from high school has a daughter, Becca, who just gave birth to a son. Apparently, in Jewish cultu...
Searching for Caleb - Anne Tyler
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November 2018
23
reviewed: The Goodbye Look
I really need to write down my thoughts and impressions about a book sooner than two months after having read the book. What...
The Goodbye Look - Ross Macdonald
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November 2018
03
reviewed: The Innocence of Father Brown
When I read this, in August, 2011, I wasn't much keeping track of things (it's November 2018 when I'm trying to remember this...
The Innocence of Father Brown - G.K. Chesterton
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October 2018
31
reviewed: Pride and Prejudice
"For what do we live but to make sport for our neighbors, and to laugh at them in our turn?" And so, here we are...I dunno, ...
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
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October 2018
06
reviewed: The Flaming Forest
My grandfather-in-law was a huge fan of James Oliver Curwood. When I'd visit my spouse-to-be at her parents' house in New Ham...
The Flaming Forest - James Oliver Curwood
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October 2018
05
reviewed: The Music Shop: A Novel
I was a bit skeptical about this at first. My friend, Gay, recommended it, and we don't exactly have similar tastes. However,...
The Music Shop: A Novel - Rachel Joyce
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September 2018
25
reviewed: A Bear Called Paddington
My spouse was throwing out the books we had for our kids quite some time ago. I guess she figured we'd never get the chance t...
A Bear Called Paddington - Michael Bond
reviewed: Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
So Kurt Anderson is trying to tell us how we got to the place we are in America these days, a place where half the population...
Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History - Kurt Andersen
reviewed: The Cold Dish
This is another book my brother (or sister-in-law) insisted that I just had to read. I have no idea why. Maybe Craig Johnson ...
The Cold Dish  - Craig Johnson
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