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A Book to Read and Love: The Gift of the Magi - O. Henry

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A short summary of The Gift of the Magi: The cost of buying the perfect gift.

Questions to ponder while reading The Gift of the Magi: What would you give up for someone you love?
What is your greatest treasure?
My thoughts on The Gift of the Magi: One of my favorite Christmas stories ever.
Something to read over and over.
I sniffle every time I read it.

A Book to Read and Love: Dear Life - Alice Munro - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Dear Life: Stories of small-town life in Ontario, Canada.

Questions to ponder while reading Dear Life: Have you ever wanted to be more than you are?
Who has altered the course of your life?

My thoughts about Dear Life: Easy to read and engaging.
Relatable characters and themes.
Everyday stories for everyday life.

A Book to Read and Love: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Jungle Book: The collected stories of the forest.

Questions to ponder while reading The Jungle Book: Was Bagheera a little harsh?
Don't you want a mongoose?
My thoughts about The Jungle Book: Good morals.
Childhood favorite.
Rikki Tikki Tavi for the win.

A Book to Read and Love: Close Range by Annie Proulx - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Close Range: Stories of the wilderness that is Wyoming.
Questions to pondered while reading Close Range: Can you find solace in the desolate?
Can you find beauty in the stark?
My thoughts about Close Range: I loved the descriptions.
Well-crafted tales.
A Wyoming road trip is in order.

A Book to Read and Love: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Strange Library: A library trip gets twisted.

Questions I pondered while reading The Strange Library: Was that perhaps a wee bit of an over-attachment?

Should I learn to be a little more forceful in my nos?

My thoughts about The Strange Library: Interesting twist on how a library acquires knowledge.
Clingy parents are hard to deal with.
I will be avoiding library basements from now on.

A Book to Read and Love: Tenth of December by George Saunders - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Tenth of December: Saunder's short studies of humanity.


Questions I pondered while reading Tenth of December: Is capitalism really that harsh?
Can there be moral exceptions to the rules?

My thoughts about Tenth of December: I'm a big fan of inner dialogue.
Little bits can be so satisfying.
This fiction is very factual.

A Book to Read and Love: The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates - Summary & Review

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A Short Summary of the book The Doll-Master:      Joyce's thrilling tales.



Questions I pondered while reading The Doll-Master:
    Do you ever trust your husband if you were once the "other woman"?
    Should you ever take cappuccino from strangers?

My Thoughts about The Doll Master:    Creepy ambiguity.
   Creepy carriage house.
   Creepy frothy coffee drink.

A Book to Read and Love: War Dances by Sherman Alexie - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book War Dances: Alexie's poetry and prose.


Questions I pondered while reading War Dances? Am I conflicted about my heritage?
Why is ethnic tension still so high?
My Thoughts about War Dances:
A serious subject should always be witty.
Was this really fiction?
The book has a secure spot on my shelf forever.


A Book to Read and Love: Tales Of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book the Tales of Sherlock Holmes: The stories of a sociopath who solves crimes.

Questions to ponder while reading the Tales of Sherlock Holmes: Is logic always to be trusted?
Does being gifted also come with mental illness?
My Thoughts about the Tales Sherlock Holmes: I want to see *that* London.
I wish I observed so much.
I can re-read these forever.


A Book to Read and Love: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Silmarillion:

The mythology of Middle Earth.

Questions I pondered while reading The Silmarillion:
Is there creation in music?
Does knowing the mythology strengthen the story?
My Thoughts about The Silmarillion:
Spelunking into Middle Earth.
A geek among geeks.
Can anyone get enough of this world?