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By: Randi Spray on January 29, 2015 - 4:00am - Add new comment

I recently read two books with amnesiacs for main characters, and the one I liked best did not win the Nobel Prize.

“Missing Person” seems to be the big novel by Patrick Modiano, the French author who was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature. If big can be used to describe this 168-page work called “Rue de Boutiques Obscures” in the French.

By: Randi Spray on January 22, 2015 - 4:01am - Add new comment

By Sarah Cannard

Thirteen. I’m pretty sure that’s how many times I’ve read the third Harry Potter. Why the third? The third I read first when I was 12, obviously not fully grasping the importance of a chronological series at the time. While waiting feverishly for the next installments, I naturally read and re-read what was available.

By: Randi Spray on January 22, 2015 - 4:00am - Add new comment

A couple of months ago, I realized that I only owned the Harry Potter series in French. There’s a good reason for this.

By: Randi Spray on January 15, 2015 - 4:00am - Add new comment

I read a lot of books as a kid and, consequentially, scored highly during those many, many years of weekly spelling tests — with a few noticeable exceptions.

You see, I grew up reading British books. (It’s what happens when your main source of literature is library discards.) And British books spell things differently.

By: Randi Spray on January 8, 2015 - 4:00am - Add new comment

I recently read two books about science which brings my grand total of books I’ve read about science since high school to two. And I discovered something groundbreaking: science is crazy.

By: Randi Spray on January 1, 2015 - 4:00am - Add new comment

I want to start out by saying that I’m really rubbish at New Year’s Resolutions. In 2014, I went zero for four — which is right around average for me. (Once I did manage to be vegetarian for an entire year, but the credit for that really goes to my roommates for making such yummy food.)

By: Randi Spray on December 25, 2014 - 4:00am - Add new comment

Sometimes, unlooked for as you are going about your every day life, you find the perfect book.

I don’t mean that it is perfectly written (and there are far too many opinions in this arena for it to be a useful criteria). No, I mean that it is perfect for you. Unbeknownst to you, this is the story you’ve been waiting to hear.

By: Randi Spray on December 11, 2014 - 4:00am - Add new comment

Every family has its Christmas traditions and my family’s, unsurprisingly, involved books.

We were fond of advent calendars, especially the ones with little doors that opened onto chocolate treats for each of the 24 days before Christmas. But we also had a different sort of advent calendar, one which, if we had bothered to name it, would have been called 24 Days of Christmas Books.

By: Randi Spray on December 4, 2014 - 4:00am - Add new comment

It would seem there’s never been a better time to be a Jane Austen fan. Her six novels are readily available, along with a plethora of sequels, modern interpretations, supernatural variations and guidebooks. A quick look around a bookstore or online will reveal such offshots as “Austenland,” “Austentatious,” “Austensibly Ordinary,” “Mr. Darcy’s Diary,” “Mr.

By: Randi Spray on November 27, 2014 - 4:00am - Add new comment

I like to pretend I’m not pretentious about what I read. I like to say I treat my fantasy novels, my young adult fiction and my classics all the same.

But I don’t.

And people, I’ve been reading Proust.

For a long time, I avoided Proust because I felt he personified pretentiousness. What could be more self-indulgent than a seven-volume novel of more-or-less fictional remembrances of a dead French dude? What could be more ostentatious than telling all your friends you were reading him?

Maybe telling all of Juneau you were reading him.

And enjoying it.

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