Category Archives: The Reading Life

2020 Reading Challenge

I didn’t think I’d succeed this year, but I did. In fact, I hadn’t dated two of the books I read this year so I surpassed my goal.

Now how many should I read in 2021?re

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Posted by on December 31, 2020 in The Reading Life


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There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.


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Posted by on May 15, 2019 in fiction, quotation, The Reading Life


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Summer Reads

I loved watching Farah’s plans for summer reading. I’ll put together my second half of summer reading plans.

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Posted by on July 30, 2018 in fiction, The Reading Life



Weekly Photo Challenge: Silent


Rare book, National Library, Victoria

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Wednesday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Just a few wonderful posts:

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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in book lovers, rare books, The Reading Life


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A Kindred Spirit

By serendipity, I just discovered this smart, engaging woman’s vlog on books and writing. Farah lives in the UAE and is articulate, perceptive and oh so knowledgeable about current books.

After the first video I watched (above) I immediately subscribed. Then I watched her talk about writing and bonded with her because as a screenwriter, I am concise with description and context and get right to the dialog.

According to her Good Reads account she reads 100 books or more a year. Wow. I envy that. I have to update my Good Reads, but I aim for 26 books a year.

Above Farah talks about the 5 classics she wants to read this year. Some she probably finished by now.

Here’s my list of classics I have read this year:

  1. Dante’s Inferno – a reread and a delight. I got a lot more out of it.
  2. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington – just started so watch this blog for a review.
  3. His Excellency by Émile Zola – the third book I’ve read in the Rougon-Macquart series.
  4. The Kill by Émile Zola – my goal is to read all 20 of these Rougon-Macuart books.
  5. Prometheus Unbound by Aeschylus – It was a classic I missed though I knew the legend.
  6. The Lady of the Camilias by Alexander Dumas, the Younger – it reminded me of The Kill.
  7. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I reread this and discussed it online with a friend, with whom I try to read a classic and discuss it online each summer.


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Posted by on November 11, 2017 in BookTube, fiction, The Reading Life


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How to Read More

I just discovered BookTube and will share my new favorite blogger. Till then I’m sharing this inspiring video on reading.

I will add to this blog soon. I’ve had a tumultuous year and haven’t read as much as usual, but I haven’t stopped reading.

Watch this space for some uploads starting on Friday.

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Posted by on November 8, 2017 in BookTube, fiction, The Reading Life


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