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[4 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: The Ragamuffin Gospel

This book changed the way I think of God’s love.
For someone who has been a Christian as long as I have, and for someone who clings as heavily as I do to my Reformed theology, that’s saying something. But this book put a big ol’ spotlight on my “doctrine” and showed me just how works-based my faith is. Again, that’s saying something.
I’m not sure why it took me so many years to read it – it is far from a new book. In fact, in just a few more years, …

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[7 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]
On Reading :: Book Award Winners

In the last part of 2107, I became much more intentional about what I read. For example, while some would say, “there’s too many good books out there to waste time rereading,” I began to think, “there’s too little time to read bad books, so when in doubt, reread something you know is good.” I think that makes sense.
But I do want to read more new (to me) books that are also good. This is what led to a little exercise putting together a comprehensive list of all the books that …

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[2 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: Best of 2017

I realize this post is two days late, but since I’m still seeing some residual “Best of 2017” on TV, I decided I’d go ahead with it. Plus, since I’ve already reviewed all my favorite books from this year, it will be quite the easy post to write. Mind you, these are the best books I read in 2017 – not the best books I read published in 2017.
Best Book of 2017 – Rules of Civility
Read my post for more comprehensive thoughts, but I picked this one over the other …

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[17 Dec 2017 | No Comment | ]
Literary Roundup :: Best Books of 2017

‘Tis the season for everyone’s “best books” list. Here’s a round-up of the more popular (and maybe some lesser known) lists.
If I’ve missed one, leave it in the comments, and I’ll add it. Disclaimer: When a source creates multiple lists, I will always default to fiction / literary fiction for these lists.
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Bloomberg
Bookriot
Elle
goodreads
The Guardian
GQ
Harper’s Bazzar
Huffington Post
Indigo
Kirkus
NPR
The New York Times
Washington Post
Popsugar
Publishers Weekly
Time
Town and Country
Vulture
Did I miss a list? Let me know if the comments! ⇓

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[13 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: A Little Life

Rare is it that I give a book five stars but readily say, this book isn’t for everyone. But I’m saying that with A Little Life. I loved it. Loved it so much. And typically five stars from me means everyone should read it. Not this one.
A Little Life is the story of four men who meet in college and the friendship that grows among them that carries through the next three decades. As the narrative unfolds, the reader understands that Jude, the central figure, is a damaged soul, having …

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[7 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]
On Reading :: Changing Things Up

My reading style has changed this year. Not so much what I read, but how I read. I posted a few weeks ago about some of the podcasts that I’ve fallen for and mentioned that listening to podcasts has severely cut into the time I used to spend listening to audio books. A quick glance to compare this year’s reading list to last year’s reading list and the change is obvious.
I’ve pondered this diversion, felt a tinge of guilt about it, and pondered it more. Where I’ve landed is that …

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[17 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: Rules of Civility

Twelve pages from the end of Rules of Civility, Amor Towels, in the voice of Tinker Grey, describes Manhattan as “so improbable, so wonderful, so obviously full of promise – that you wanted to approach it for the rest of your life without ever quite arriving.“
This is precisely how I felt while reading Towels’ 2011 debut novel. In fact, after my first sitting, I took to Twitter to try and describe how I already felt:

This will likely be the best book I read in 2017.  I adored A Gentleman in Moscow, and people …

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[22 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]
Book Clubs :: Year End Wrap Up for 2016-17

I’m a little late, but I’ve just finished the wrap up of our book club’s 2016-17 reading year.
We started doing something a little different in our ratings this year. Occasionally there are books that a member or two doesn’t finish or doesn’t even attempt. (In our very bookish club, this is rare. We’re serious about our reading, people.) In these cases, it is possible that said book could end up with a decent overall score because anyone who was a “DNR” or a “DNF” didn’t get counted, making its comparison with …

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[20 May 2017 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: A Gentleman in Moscow

Set just after the Russian revolution, a former state sympathizer is sentenced to house arrest in the posh Moscow Metropol hotel. Within these confines the Count meets three women who, in their own way, stretch his assumptions of how rich a life is possible within the walls he’s been sentenced to. Mixed in are endearing hotel staff – a family, really – and a host of characters from the Count’s past and his still very much intact well-regarded reputation.
I first heard of this novel at my book club’s December meeting where we …

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[17 May 2017 | No Comment | ]
Book Clubs :: SOC Sista Short List for 2017-2018

After a record four-phase voting run-off, the SOC Sistas have selected the ten books we’ll be reading from June 2017 – May 2018. Here they are with some thoughts about why these are such fabulous selections.

Brit Marie was Here and My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
We couldn’t decide which one of these we wanted to read, so we decided to include both. Most of our members have read one or the other – if not both – so this seemed manageable.

Killers of the Flower Moon: …