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A Book to Read and Love: The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger - Summary and Review

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A short summary of The Catcher in the Rye: Holden's awkward search for more than the superficial.

Questions to ponder while reading The Catcher in the Rye: Is individuality important?
Can you be too honest?

My thoughts on The Catcher in the Rye: Adolescence is such a challenge.
It is particularly challenging if you're awkward.
Holden was a difficult character to like.
**Often challenged book - Be a rebel and read it**

A Meditation in Ink: Meditation 8.27.18

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It is HOT today and so I spent the afternoon huddling around the fans, drinking iced tea and doodling.
This one turned out to be a little bit abstract.
xoxo a.d.

A Book to Read and Love: All's Well That Ends Well - William Shakespeare - Summary and Review

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A short summary of All's Well That Ends Well: Helena's quest for a proposal.

Questions to ponder while reading All's Well That Ends Well: What would you do for a guy?
Should marriage always be the end game?
My Thoughts on All's Well That Ends Well: Helena was much too obsessed.
Bertram was too much an ass.
Despite them both, I thought it was funny.

A Book to Read and Love: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

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A short summary of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: An autistic murder mystery.

Questions to ponder while reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Is it ever ok to lie?
What do you think about Ed?
My thoughts on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: I have almost no sympathy for Ed.
Roger is also a pretty horrid person.
We need more people like Sioban.

A Book to Read and Love: Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovsky - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Suite Francaise: The stories of occupied France.


Questions to ponder while reading Suite Francaise: Would you have helped or hindered?
Does everyone become cruel during hardship?
My thoughts on Suite Francaise: I wish the book had been finished.
I wish WWII had never happened.
I wish for world peace.

A Meditation in Ink - Meditation 8.19.18

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It has been a dark and windy weekend with a lot of thunderstorms.
I "drew" some inspiration from the sky I think.

A Book to Read and Love: A Room With A View - E.M. Forrester - Summary and Review

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A short summary of A Room With a View: Lucy's "lovely" Italian tour.

Questions to ponder while reading A Room With a View: What would you do with a chaperone?
What would you do for love?
My thoughts about A Room With a View: I am such a romantic sap, I loved it.
I would curse the day I ended up with a chaperone.
I am so glad I don't have to wear a corset.

A Book to Read and Love: Siddhartha - Herman Hesse - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Siddhartha: Walking the Path of Enlightenment.

Questions to ponder while reading Siddhartha: Do you have a path to follow?
How do you find inner peace?

My thoughts about Siddhartha: A beautiful book about Buddhism.
Always keep seeking.
Always keep striving.

A Book to Read and Love: 2BR02B - Kurt Vonnegut - Summary and Review

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A short summary of 2BR02B: The United States of 40 Million.

Questions to Ponder while reading 2BR02B: Would you want to live a perfect life?
Can you live too long?
My thoughts about 2BR02B: To be or not to be is always the question.
I don't want to live forever.
I don't want to decide who is the most important life.

A Meditation in Ink - Meditation 8.12.18

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I have been busy, busy. I finally settled down on Sunday to try and restore some calm.
It was nice to get the "busy" out of my head.
xoxo a.d.

A Meditation in Ink - Meditation 8.5.18

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I guess I have been thinking about fairy tales a lot lately - having just re-read The Last Unicorn.
I don't know that I will ever grow out of reading (and re-reading) old childhood fables, as they always bring back so many memories.
xoxo a.d.

A Book To Read and Love: In the Sea There are Crocodiles - Fabio Geda - Summary and Review

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A short summary of In the Sea There are Crocodiles: Enaiat's escape from Afganistan.

Questions to ponder while reading In the Sea There are Crocodiles: What would you do to save your child?
How can we (as a world) do better for displaced children?
My thoughts about In the Sea There are Crocodiles: Very readable.
Very matter of fact.
Very heartbreaking.

A Book to Read and Love: The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle - Summary and Review

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A short summary of The Last Unicorn: Feeling alone in the search for others.

Questions to ponder while reading The Last Unicorn: How far would you go to protect something special?
Did you cry? (it's ok I did)
My thoughts about The Last Unicorn: There is always something beautiful in the mystic.
The Red Bull gave me nightmares.
A re-readable fairy tale forever.

A Book to Read and Love: Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Pierced by the Sun: Rebuilding a life by embracing a culture.

Questions to ponder while reading Pierced by the Sun: What are your demons?
Does simplicity heal?
My thoughts about Pierced by the Sun: I love the thought "Just for Today".
I grieve Mexico in their fight with the Narcos.
It is ok to be afraid, and it is ok to have setbacks.

A Book to Read and Love: Who We Were Before - Leah Mercer

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A short summary of Who We Were Before: Life after a child's death.

Questions to ponder while reading Who We Were Before: Is it possible to re-build yourself?
Do you blame yourself unnecessarily?
My thoughts about Who We Were Before: Easy to empathize.
Broke my heart.
Little resentments can tear a marriage apart.

A Book to Read and Love: Love's Labour Lost by William Shakespeare - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Love's Labour Lost: A love affair of wit.

Questions to ponder while reading Love's Labour Lost: How do you feel about chastity?
Have you ever made a promise you couldn't keep?
My thoughts about Love's Labour Lost: Once again, I wish I had Sir William's wit.
Puns are always fun.
Why are love and study incompatible?

A Book to Read and Love: Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing - Summary and Reveiw

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A short summary of Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage: Castaways, on ice.

Questions to ponder while reading Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage:
Could you have kept your spirits up?
Can you live on grit alone?
My thoughts about Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage: I can't believe they all lived.
I got frostbite reading this.
One of the best survival stories out there.

A Book To Read And Love: Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Uncle Tom's Cabin: The story of Tom, an enslaved man.

Questions to ponder while reading Uncle Tom's Cabin: Do you always stick to your principles?
Does this book change your perceptions about slavery?

My thoughts about Uncle Tom's Cabin: Engaging.
Engrossing.
Enraging.

A Meditation in Ink - 8.1.18 - In Earth Tones

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I seemed to be feeling a little "earthy" today.

A Play to Read and Love: Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Julius Caesar: Beware the Ides of March. (that is March 15th)

Questions to ponder while reading Julius Caesar: Would you betray a friend for politics?
Have you done something that has altered the course of your life?
My thoughts about Julius Caesar: Power grabbing is dangerous.
Violence rarely solves anything.
Ultimately, it is the people who rule.

A Book to Read and Love: Far From the Tree - Robin Benway - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Far From The Tree: An adoption tale.

Questions to ponder while reading Far From The Tree: Shouldn't adoption be forever?
If you were Adam's parents, what would you have done?
My thoughts about Far From The Tree: So real.
So mushy.
So much fun.

A Book to Read and Love: The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland - Rebekah Crane - Summary and Review.

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A short summary of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland: Confronting the crazy.

Questions to ponder while reading The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland:
Do you think you're crazy?
Are you afraid of going insane?

My thoughts about The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland: Easy to engage in.
Life damages a lot of people.
Someone's understanding is often the best therapy.