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2018 Reading Challenge


I’ve made up a reading challenge for myself. I have done‘s challenges where I read a certain number of books per month. This time I’m adding some themes and other specifics to spice things up.

Susan’s 2018 Reading Challenge

January – read a memoir and another book that’ll help me change my outlook (i.e. achieve a resolution)

February – read a 19th century novel and a religious book

March – read a book written by a Russian author

April – read a play by Shakespeare and commentary in a Norton Classic edition

May – read a detective story

June – read a book of historical fiction

July – read a travel book

August – read a humorous book

September – read a book by a Japanese author

October – read something scary

November – read a book a friend has recommended

December – read a children’s book and a story or book with a Christmas theme

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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in book lovers, British Lit, British literature, Children's Lit, fiction, French Lit, humor, non-fiction, play, Travel Writing


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A Worrier’s Guide to Life


Full of comics simply drawn and clever, A Worrier’s Guide to Life is a fun, quick read. It is a little on the negative side, but so much of American humor is sarcastic or snarky, so I’m used to it, though I’ve become less so. Nonetheless Correll is clearly perceptive and funny. Her simple drawings have charm. It’s a book to get at the library for a quick read.

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Posted by on February 11, 2017 in humor


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I hope this catches on!


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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in humor


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Librarian Interview

Remember Monty Python? For my summer Library Science course. Evidently, there will be some fun along with the staggering workload.

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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in contemporary, humor


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Exploring with David Sedaris

A cute video with David Sedaris.

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Posted by on February 10, 2013 in book lovers, contemporary, humor


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A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. ...

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December’s book club choice was Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. I’d never read the story, but had seen soooo many plays, cartoons and films that I felt I knew the story inside out. In fact, I do, but I was delighted by how Dicken’s prose is ever-fresh. Reading A Christmas Carol was pure delight. The words, characters and tone delight. Dicken’s immediately created an insider bond with me. Reading the book far exceeded the pleasure of any of the films or plays I’d seen, though each production entertained me.


Posted by on December 29, 2012 in British Lit, classic, fiction, humor


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Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics

If you want to understand economics better without actually taking any economics courses, read¬†Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics.P.J. O’Rourke does the heavy studying for you. Or actually he gets someone else to. He does read some dense economics texts and pushes them aside deciding there are better ways to gain understanding.

So off he goes in search of answers. The results are chapters like “Good Capitalism: Wall St.,” “Bad Capitalism: Albania,” “Good Socialism: Sweden,” “Bad Socialism: Cuba,” “How to Make Nothing from Everything: Tanzania,” and “How to Make Everything from Nothing: Hong Kong.” In each country O’Rourke seeks to find the reason behind its success or poverty. He talks with experts, examines the markets, chats with the man in the street and makes sense of statistics. After reading, I feel smarter and it was a painless experience, quite unexpected when I think about economics.

This is from the ethernet archives. I doubt we can still call Wall St. “Good Capitalism.”

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Posted by on October 27, 2011 in humor


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