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By: Randi Spray on May 20, 2015 - 4:00am - Add new comment

Being as I am an incorrigible book nerd, I spend a lot of time on a site called unbound.co.uk. Yes, it’s British. Yes, the prices are also in British. Yes, the exchange rate is terrible.

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

I heard about National Poetry Month the usual way: my Facebook friends. In this case, my friend Alfred A. Knopf publishing. Why am I friends with Knopf publishing on Facebook? I don’t know. I’m not sure how it happened. (I suspect algorithms.) But I’m not complaining. For National Poetry Month, they published a poem a day on their Facebook feed and it was most educational. Take April 22nd’s offering by Richard Kenney:


Poetry

By: Randi Spray on March 11, 2015 - 4:00am - Add new comment

I have an ongoing list of which books I’m going to read next. It exists only in my head and it’s not very trustworthy. It looks like this:

1.) Currently reading: “Far from the Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy

2.) Next Up: Something for my year of reading foreign, probably “In Praise of Hatred” by Khaled Khalifa

3.) The next book in Emile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series

By: Randi Spray on February 26, 2015 - 5:00am - Add new comment

 The internet tells me there won’t be a “Game of Thrones” book in 2015. This makes it officially four years of waiting for the sixth book, “Winds of Winter.”

By: Randi Spray on February 20, 2015 - 5:00am - Add new comment

I don’t know about you, but I often forget about Portugal.

By: Randi Spray on February 5, 2015 - 5:00am - Add new comment

What makes women dangerous? Is it sex? Insanity? The ability to beat you to a bloody pulp? Is the ability to wield power with grace and decisiveness? The ability to achieve their nefarious goals sneakily and without detection?

By: Randi Spray on January 29, 2015 - 5:00am - 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 - 5:01am - 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 - 5:00am - 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 - 5:00am - 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.

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