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  1. My favorite too! And I liked The Book of Merlyn. I'll be looking forward to hearing your thoughts! Thank you, everyone, for the birthday wishes. :D I settled on Texas Women of World War II for my book, which has been fascinating (and frequently hilarious). Hopefully I'll have finished it and have a full review by Sunday.
  2. Non-teenage, mom. By the way, I can't remember who linked the Tony Hoagland poem in the last thread, but I wanted to say thank you -- I've had it open on my computer since and read over it many times. I think it may be a new favorite. In documents elsewhere I have already recorded my complaints in some painstaking detail. Now, because all things are joyful near water, there just might be time to catch up on praise. ...maybe it's time to head down to Barton Springs again.
  3. I had a couple of long plane rides this week (family vacation to Yellowstone!) so I finished: 2. The Norton Psychology Reader (ed. Gary Marcus). A good read for early in the year, because it's composed of excerpts from many longer works, so I now have lots of new books on my to-read list. I enjoyed the mix of subjects, and particularly the balance between interesting anecdotes and careful scientific studies. Still deciding what to read next. I'm turning 20 tomorrow; I feel like I should pick something special for my first non-teenage book.
  4. If On a Winter's Night a Traveler is one of my very favorite books! Let me know what you think of it. (Gosh, it might be time for a reread on that one...) I can definitely see why you might set it down in the middle, though. I definitely did at least once before I made it all the way through. It's so frustrating to have all of those stories dropped mid-narrative -- I ended up feeling like it was a good kind of frustrating, but still frustrating. Believe me, I've tried to convince her. No luck so far. I picked a slow read this week, so I'm still working my way through it. I had to buy a copy of The Norton Psychology Reader for a class a couple of years ago, and although we only read a couple of excerpts for the class, I've wanted to go back and read the whole thing for ages. I'm enjoying it, but it's pretty heavy stuff (there's some very technical chapters), so it's taking a while.
  5. Returning for the new year! Maybe this semester I'll have enough time to stick it out when classes start. And my first book for the new year is: 1. A Quaker Book of Wisdom (Robert Lawrence Smith) I really liked this one! It's pretty short, but it was a slow read, because I kept wanting to stop and think over what had been said. The author wrote it mainly for his grandchildren, so it has a very gentle, loving tone. Smith, although a serious Quaker, fought in WWII, so his reflections on pacifism are particularly interesting. He also has thoughts on education which remind me a great deal of my own parents' educational philosophy from my homeschooling days. And his discussion of silence as an integral part of Quaker life is particularly compelling. From the author's reflections on World War II:
  6. Two rereads for me this week: Shadow of the Giant and Shadow Puppets (Card, in the Ender's Game series). Not great literature by any stretch, but fun easy-reading sci-fi. Currently working my way through two big compendia: The Penguin Complete Father Brown (Chesterton) and Awakenings (Sacks). Those should keep me busy for a while. School starts for me on Wednesday, so getting my reading in while I can!
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