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Reading Late Into the Night: Three Books, Three Genres

The semester ended a few weeks ago, which is when I dig into the books that have been on my “when summer comes” list.  Truth be told, reading right now is a productive procrastination strategy – let’s read instead of doing all that pesky writing you’re supposed to be doing, my brain says.  But I’m turning over a new leaf, if you’ll pardon the book-related pun:  Here in Abu Dhabi, …

Monday Listicles: A booklist mashup

It seems fitting that as I sit down to write Stasha’s list (on, er, Tuesday night), my kids are mewling please please just ten more minutes…but they’re not begging for more screen time (although they have been known to hourly occasionally do that too).  They’re begging to have the light left on for just a few more minutes of reading time.  Liam is reading something called Divergent (thanks for the …

Monday Listicle: Roads…Reads

Well, Stasha’s topic for the week is “roads,” but I’m going to swerve away from it (yes, that’s a road pun, right there in the first sentence).  I’ve written about driving a lot, it seems, maybe because I am doing a lot of driving, so I took “road” and went somewhere else.

The Original Bossypants and other things you might want to read

My ipad is now crowded with books. I think I have to accept that, in this land of no lending library, I have become an e-reading person. I’m not happy about this fact, but what to do? The nearest bookstore is a car-drive-traffic-park-mall away (and expensive), while amazon can just magically e-zap to me whatever I want. I figure it’s only a matter of time until Wille Wonka’s vision of …

Summer Reading, Analog Style

Before we head off on our Middle Eastern adventure, we’re going to spend some family time in an even more exotic locale: we’re going “down the shore.” Snooki-ville, here we come. I’m bringing this cool thing with me for the beach: it’s totally portable, doesn’t need any kind of power source, and isn’t affected by the glare of the sun. I can toss it on the towel while I go …