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Thoughts: The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View, by Ellen Meiksins Wood

One good thing about my arbitrary rule-driven reading list is that I’ve found myself reading a lot of stuff I never would have ordinarily looked at. A bad thing is that I find myself having to share my terrible opinions … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Georgy Girl, by Margaret Forster

This was a short and deceptively easy read that’s stuck with me. Tight plot, characters that are unlikeable on paper but compelling in your mind, vividly drawn. This is the only Forster I’ve read, but she seemed to be able … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Basti, by Intizar Husain, translated by Frances W. Pritchett

Oh man. I’m warning you now that this is going to be a big rant about translation, but I promise I will get some thoughts on the book in there as well.

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Thoughts: Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

Excuse the lateness… I’ve been planning for NaNo, and now that I’m mostly all plotted up, it’s time to clear my backlog of bookthoughts before the madness begins. Modern Romance isn’t my usual thing (as I say about pretty much … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Oublier Palerme, by Edmonde Charles-Roux

I thought this book, the last in my little run of French books on my TBR, would be, if not easy, then a nice, gentle comedown after the uncomfortable fascination of Le Roi des Aulnes. It… sort of was? You … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Le Roi des Aulnes, by Michel Tournier

This one almost beat me, in several ways. Firstly, it’s in French. Secondly, it’s long. Thirdly, it’s full of abstract thoughts and made up concepts. Fourthly, it’s intensely weird. Disclaimer: I know for a fact I missed a lot and … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Casual Vacancy, by J. K. Rowling

I think this is what the cool kids call “late to the party”. We’ve had this on the shelf for a while and ever since we got it I’ve been meaning to read it. And as Spuggy got to the … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro

Almost caught up now. It took me this long to realise that while Spuggy was borrowing the Kindle, we actually have a book that’s on my TBR list! So I read it. Spoiler warning etc.

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Thoughts: Intelligence, by Stuart Ritchie

Well. I’ve been all very smug about my posh non-fiction reading, and when I read Intelligence something happened that had been going to happen right from the start, sooner or later: I read something that disagreed with something I’d earlier … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Angry Chef: Bad Science and the Truth about Healthy Eating, by Anthony Warner

I’ve managed to get through a good few of our physical bookshelf books while Spuggy’s been borrowing my Kindle! This one was personally recommended by him.

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