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1. Living With a Wild God: Review Haiku

I had high hopes, but
this was too esoteric
for me this summer.

Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything by Barbara Ehrenreich. Twelve, 2014, 256 pages.

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2. abandoned: taken

by David Massey Chicken House / Scholastic 2014 Teens in peril. That's where you lose me. I try to read books as "blind" as possible, knowing as little as I can going in so I can let the freshness of the story carry me. Sometimes, though, I get a sense early in a book that it's going to piss me off. In the past when I was a younger man and felt like I had a lifetime to read everything I'd

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3. In Darkness: Review Haiku

I tried, I swear -- I
just couldn't finish. Wrong book,
wrong time, wrong reader.

In Darkness by Nick Lake. Bloomsbury, 2012, 368 pages.

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4. Life After Life: Review Haiku

Love me some McCorkle,
but this was a case of
wrong reader, wrong time.

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle. Shannon Ravenel Books, 2013, 352 pages.

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5. Notes to Boys: Review Haiku

Cringeworthy declarations
of endless love -- too much
of a muchness.

Notes to Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn't Share in Public by Pamela Ribon. Rare Bird Books, 2014, 264 pages.

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6. Thunderstruck: Review Haiku

Love me some McCracken,
but I could NOT get
into this collection.

Thunderstruck and Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken. Dial, 2014, 240 pages.

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7. Cleaving: Review Haiku

I'm sorry, I just
cannot get past adultery.
I'm harsh like that.

Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession by Julie Powell. Little Brown, 2009, 307 pages.

And NOW back to your regularly scheduled Cybilly hiatus.

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8. A Lenten Resolution

Several years ago I got the bright idea to make a list of books I'd always meant to read, books I felt I should read, and books I had loved and wanted to re-read. I combed through my mental files and also got suggestions from commenters on what I should include. Because I am a creative person and work with words for a living, I called this list The LIST. (#genius)

All told, The LIST was 54 books long. A mix of classic and modern, children's and adult, fiction and nonfiction, it introduced me to some wonderful books, some surprising favorites, and a few old friends. Tragically, I will never get back the 37 hours I spent reading Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina.

As of today, I have read 51 1/2 books from The LIST (Sophie's World, you were just not compelling enough to finish). Those last few books have been sitting there for six months now, silently mocking me from the sidebar like some hypertext Nelson Muntz.

So as of today, I am officially abandoning The LIST. Consider it what I'm giving up for Lent. It's been a good run, anyway. Someday I'm sure I'll re-read Where the Red Fern Grows; I'm less confident I'll give Stephen Daedalus or Tocqueville a chance.

I'm currently putting together a (much shorter) list of middle-grade and YA books that I adored on first reading. As is my wont, however (fast reader = superficial reader), I remember little about most of these books now, except that I loved them. Stay tuned for The Great Re-Read, coming to a sidebar near you in the not-too-distant future.

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9. The Serial Garden: Review Haiku

Magic-ridden sport
to dip in and out of; too
much for one sitting.

The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories by Joan Aiken. Big Mouth House, 2008, 327 pages.

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10. You Are Not a Gadget: Review Haiku

The worst of both worlds:
academic jargon AND
technobabble! Wheeeee . . .

You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier. Knopf, 2010, 209 pages.

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11. abandoned: Mockingbird

by Katherine Erskine Philomel / Penguin  2010 Everyone's been raving about this book.  It just got nominated from a National Book Award.  It's been on the periphery of my radar so I figured it was time to pick it up.  Twenty-five pages later it was time to put it down. There is no worse feeling than to not like a popular book and feel, somehow, like you're defective for thinking it.  Worse if

3 Comments on abandoned: Mockingbird, last added: 10/20/2010
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12. Swimming in the Steno Pool: Review Haiku

Packaged like chick lit;
dry like academia.
Caveat reader.

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13. Super Sad True Love Story: Review Haiku

Could not last thirty
pages in this hipster
douchebag fantasyland.

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart. Random, 2011, 352 pages.

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14. Wicked Business: Review Haiku

I can't even do
this anymore. Trash is fun --
but sometimes, just trash.

Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich. Bantam, 2012, 320 pages.

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15. Something to think about...

Did you know that the average American will consume more energy between New Year's Eve and midnight on January 2nd than the average person from Tanzania consumes in a full year?

(Turning off the upstairs lights now...)

I'm borrowing this stat from environmentalist and writer Bill McKibben, who spoke in my community today.  McKibben, author of The End of Nature,  is an amazing leader promoting action on global climate change.  I didn't even know he was in town until I saw a tiny little blurb in the newspaper while I was having my coffee.  I threw on my jeans and flew out of the house at 8:50 to catch his 9:00 presentation.

His talk came just hours after the United Nations Conference reached its agreement on a global warming plan.  McKibben discussed the earlier disagreements between the United States and the European Union over the worldwide response to climate change.  Why the tension?  The average European (we're not talking about Tanzania here)  uses HALF as much energy as the average American each year.  Seriously...something to think about.

McKibben also wrote the introduction and annotations for a 2004 release of Henry David Thoreau's Walden.  (I'm re-reading Thoreau right  now because he's involved in a new historical novel that's taking shape in the dark corners of my brain.)  McKibben makes some great points, suggesting that Thoreau was a conservationist, if an accidental one, because he consumed so little, much like people in third world nations like Tanzania today.  McKibben suggests there may be answers to our modern crisis in Thoreau's 19th century reflections on getting by with less.

We have more than a foot of snow expected in the Champlain Valley, thanks to a big nor'easter arriving early tomorrow morning.  I think it's time to power down the computer and stereo.  The idea of lighting a candle,  sipping hot tea, and reading Walden sounds just about perfect.

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16. Then We Came to the End: Review Haiku

Moments of brilliance,
but who needs four hundred pages
of real, drab life?

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. Little Brown, 2007, 400 pages.

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17. Ghostgirl: Review Haiku

Snazzy production
values can't compensate for
derivative plot.

Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley. Little, Brown, 2008, 328 pages.

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18. Iodine: Review Haiku

My head is spinning
and I think I need a shower.
Sorry, Haven.

Iodine by Haven Kimmel. Free Press, 2008, 223 pages.

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19. Driving Like Crazy: Review Haiku

I heart P. J., but
this repurposed trunkload of
gearhead fodder stalled.

Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hellbending . . . by P. J. O'Rourke. Atlantic Monthly, 2009, 258 pages.

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20. Shop Class as Soulcraft: Review Haiku

Sort of like Plimpton
writing on football: oddly

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford. Penguin, 2009, 246 pages.

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21. Lost in the Meritocracy: Review Haiku

Midwestern boy goes
East to find -- surprise! -- he's no
F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever by Walter Kirn. Doubleday, 2009, 211 pages.

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22. abandoned: Any Which Wall

by Laurel SnyderRandom House 2009Scared away by a condescending narrative voice.It's been a while since I abandoned a book outright, but I just couldn't keep plowing through. There have been books I wanted to ditch, and others I probably should have dumped, but I've always held out to the end with that hope that maybe something toward the end would redeem the effort. But Any Which Wall just

3 Comments on abandoned: Any Which Wall, last added: 1/12/2010
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