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It's Three on Thursday, and I'm in the midst of a busy and emotional day.  So let's talk about something easy . . . 



Here are three things I'm reading today:

  1. Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker -- one of the books on the short list for the Women's Prize for Fiction this year.  This award is one I always pay attention to because the books tend to match up very well with my taste in reading.  While my goal is always to read all the books on (at least) the short list before the award is announced, I usually can't because of differing publication dates between the US and the UK.  But this year?  When I finish Silence of the Girls, I'll have read all the books on the short list!  The winner will be announced on June 5 this year.  (My favorites?  Either Circe or Milkman. I loved them both.)
  2. This essay from The Atlantic about Mary Oliver and the distractions of technology.   Really worth a read.  (I'm not actually reading Upstream today.  But I needed a placeholder in my photo . . .  and it works.)  (But now that I've got it out . . . well. . . I might read a few pages.)
  3. A travel book about Coastal Alaska.  Because Tom and I are headed there in July!  After finalizing all the details for our trip yesterday, it's time for the educational part.  (Our trip is part of our 60-for-6o celebration.  You know . . . we're turning 60, Alaska is turning 60.  Of course we'll head there!)

How about YOU?  Reading anything interesting today?


Speaking of books . . . Mary is hosting Summer Book Bingo again this year!  Click here for the scoop.


Don't forget to check out this month's Stash Giveaway.  Comment by Friday at 5pm EST if you're interested!


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I'm pretty sure I have Silence of the Girls on my "want to read" list, so I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it!

I'm playing along with bingo for the first time this summer, and I've got poetry in one of my squares. I think I will read some Mary Oliver!


Alaska! What a perfect way to celebrate your 60th birthdays! And I hope all is well with that emotional stuff.


I love all the 60s involved with that Alaska trip! I hope your day gets less busy & emotional...


What a great trip that will be! (So close to the top of my list.) Here's a hug to help you through the day my friend. xo


What a perfect way to celebrate your birthdays!
Milkman & Circe are my favorites from the shortlist too.
I decided to play along with book bingo and am working books from my TBR list into the categories; I want to focus on books that I really want to read!


Silence of the Girls is the only book I have read on the list. I'm waiting for your review. :-) How cool to have a perfect trifecta of 60s! I read the article on Mary's I'm doing Bingo as I did last year, just reading what I want and then finding a place for it on my card. No Bingos, no problem. The article on paying attention, and how Mary's work brought that point home over and over again, really struck me. I hope more of us will learn to pay attention to how we, each one of us, need to pay better attention to our earth, to each other, to our loved ones.


Alaska! Just loved It—bet you will too!


Reading a bit of what may turn out to be fluff ................The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater.


Reading is a good way to deal with emotional days. I do love the serendipity of the 60s. Looking forward to hearing details about your Alaska trip when the time approaches!


I am on the wait list for Silence of the Girls but Milkman just came through last night! I am eager to begin it!

And, I wondered if you were going to celebrate 60 with Alaska! That sounds like a wonderfully fun trip! XO

kim in oregon

I will find Silence of the Girls.I've looked at Milkman a few times but never got that excited about it. Where are you going in Alaska? Will you be on a boat-like object? We took a small ship cruise (about 80 passengers) about a dozen years ago and had an amazing time, I'm sure you will too!

Caffeine Girl

I loved Pat Barker's WWI trilogy, especially Regeneration. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it!


No doubt there will be reading on your cruise, but wouldn't it be great to start a knitting project there, too? In between the whale watching and glacier sightings? Just a thought.

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