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Anna Karenina Fridays: Part I Chapters I-XX

As I mentioned in my Anna Karenina starting post, every Friday between now and the end of the year, I will be posting about Tolstoy’s work as part of a read-along hosted by Wallace at Unputdownables.  This week, I completed the first twenty chapters of Part I.  For the read-along, Wallace is using the questions […]

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First Impressions – Decision Points

I’m about 50% through President Bush’s Decision Points on my Kindle.  I’ve found the President’s writing to be succinct and to the point.  So far he has been very forthcoming with details on the major decisions he felt he made early on in life, and during his presidency.  From quitting drinking, his decision on stem […]

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First Impressions – The Arabian Nights

A week ago today, I began my journey with The Arabian Nights.  As I mentioned in my post, Short Story Sunday, I had just begun enjoying the short stories in this book.  A few days later, I’m just as impressed, if not, more so, than I was last weekend.  I’m still finding the stories to […]

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Short Story Sunday

In honor of my current reading adventure The Arabian Nights, this beautiful Sunday afternoon, I want to speak a little about how much I’m enjoying my current read. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I originally decided to tackle The Arabian Nights.  One thing I was expecting was kind of a layout similar […]

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First Impressions – SuperFreakonomics

Here recently, my activity here and with my reading has decreased to something of a bit faster than a crawl.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I was out of town for most of the weekend running my second half-marathon in Charlottesville, VA.  As such, I really didn’t have too much time to read, […]

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First Impressions – Pride and Prejudice

The other day, I began my reading of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  As I begin Volume II, I find myself in somewhat of a quandry.  As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve only read one other book by Jane Austen, and that was Emma.  While I found Emma to be light, airy, and somewhat happy go […]

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My Capital Commentary – Do You Use Commentaries When Reading?

This evening, while I’m in between chapters in Karl Marx’s Capital, I wanted to take a few moments to talk about my reading commentary to the book by David Harvey entitled:  A Companion To Marx’s Capital.  This posting is a follow up to my post on Supplemental Readings and Help. Now, usually, I don’t read […]

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First Impressions – Capital

As I make my way through the first couple of chapters of Capital, Volume I, I thought I would quickly document my early thoughts on the book.  So far, this book is much more structured than Grundrisse was, as I wrote about when I was reading it.  Capital is also significantly better written. I also […]

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First Impressions – The Audacity of Hope

The other day I began reading President Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope.  I’m about 160 pages through the book now, and I must say, it’s written very well.  So far, it’s definitely what I was expecting from it.  In it, the President is detailing the foundations of his political thoughts. The book is written […]

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First Impressions – Dreams From My Father

I’m a couple of days into reading President Obama’s memoir, Dreams From My Father.  The book is divided into three sections, Origins, Chicago, and Kenya.  Earlier today I completed the first part Origins.  The book flows very nicely and is, surprisingly, very quick to read.  In this first section, the President speaks about his difficulties […]

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