Archive of 2018 July 26

26Jul2018

Book #17: Flat Broke With Two Goats

The moral of this book?  Some people just never get their acts together.  Yeah, I kinda hated this author.  Hated is probably too strong of a word.  But she and I will never be friends.  I probably wouldn’t even have wanted to hear her tell her story at a party.  It would have just irritated me. I don’t want to expend a lot of effort on this review because I’ve got another twenty cu

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26Jul2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction

Book #16: Norse Mythology

Ah, Neil Gaiman, you’re a genius.  I don’t love all your books, but there are some that blow my mind. The Graveyard Book, Fortunately the Milk, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Coraline, all amazing books I consider worthy of multiple readings.  When I impulse-purchased Norse Mythology while at Portland’s famous bookstore, Powells, I hoped I was in for a treat.  I was, but not wholly wha

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26Jul2018

Book #15: Stories of Beowulf

I know, you’re probably thinking, “She read Beowulf?  WHY??”  Aside from excerpts in college, I’ve never read Beowulf.  I always thought it was interesting, but never read the whole thing.  On impulse, I got a copy of Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall, curious to see what my kids would think of it. Marshall simplifies and cuts through the old English, but sin

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26Jul2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction

Book #14: Sky Theater: Essays on Rural Life and Community

I have been to South Dakota once, on route from Kansas, where I grew up, to Washington, where I live now.  We stayed near the Black Hills and saw Mt. Rushmore, but only had a day to spare there.  It wasn’t too different from Nebraska and Kansas, both familiar to me from many long drives across, but the Black Hills were beautiful and unique.  I was glad I went there, but I haven’t spent much

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26Jul2018

Book #13: I’m Just No Good at Rhyming

Oh man, two funny books in a row.  And funny poetry?  It’s like dessert!  What did I do to deserve such a delight? I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris and illustrated by Lane Smith was pure fun.  It’s mischievous and surprising, like the poem that give it the title.  My kids and I just died reading it out loud.  I

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26Jul2018

Book #12: Funny in Farsi

If I’m ever going to write a memoir, I better get a whole lot funnier.  Not all memoirs should be funny, but I sure do enjoy reading ones that make me laugh so much better.  Now, imagine the book, A Girl Named Zippy, except that Zippy is an Iranian immigrant.  That’s what Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America by Firoozah Dumas reminded of, and it deserves such a lofty

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