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2014 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Edmonton Public Library, Transformed by Teamwork. For 101 years, Alberta’s Edmonton Public Library (EPL) has galvanized its ever-growing city. From its beginnings above a meat and liquor store in 1913 to its current configuration as a massive, team-driven enterprise, EPL has served as a pioneering gathering place, connecting people […]

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Oh, hello-hello! I’m not going to bore anyone with excuses on why exactly I haven’t been posting here. I’ve been having one of the worst reading slumps in years, but I’ve been very productive in my other projects too. So in other words, my priorities have shifted at some point a couple of month ago […]

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I was nominated by Cleo from Classical Carousel for a Liebster Award, which is a great way for us smaller scale bloggers to stay connected. Thank you Cleo, I am honoured and very happy to participate in this wonderful tradition. The Rules: Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their blog. Display […]

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Author: Jim Butcher, 2000 Genre: Mystery, Urban Fantasy Format: Ebook, 229 pages Here I go again – starting a new series. I’m not quite sure when The Dresden Files first caught my attention, but I think it was around the time the thirteenth novel came out and graced front displays of every book store. Something […]

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Author: George R. R. Martin, 2005 Genre: Low Fantasy Format: Hardcover, 775 pages It looks like I’m posting here at the same rate as George releases his books. Jokes aside, I actually couldn’t wait to write down my thoughts on the forth instalment of my favourite series. I just finished the book last weekend and, […]

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The giveaway closed last night. I received a total of five comments on my post about it, so I think everyone had a fair chance to win one of my favourite books. I used a random number generator at Random.org to pick a winner, and without further ado, the winner of this giveaway is… Cleo […]

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I’m so very excited for today’s post! Yesterday I visited a local library sale and scored some really great books. I have to say this one was one of the most successful sales for me yet. But enough with introductions, because I cannot wait to how you what I brought home with me. Grab a […]

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Where have I been? I’ve been watching movies and working on some of my projects, that’s where. February turned out to be a very good month for my creativity. Unfortunately it meant a little less time for reading. Nevertheless I did read a few great books that will eventually make their way to my blog. […]

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Author: Agatha Christie, 1928 Genre: Mystery Format: Ebook, 350 pages My exploration of Hercule Poirot mysteries continues! This is the sixth book in the series about the famous Belgian detective and the last before Agatha Christie’s infamous breakdown and disappearance from public. The dame herself called this one “easily the worst book I ever wrote”, […]

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Last year I featured some Haruki Murakami book covers designed by the incredible John Gall. You can read that post over here. His graphic design skills never seize to amaze me. And being a devoted fan that I am, I also had to purchase his book – Sayonara Home Run! The Art of the Japanese […]

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Only a small percentage of all books that I’ve read made it to my “ultimate favourites” shelf. These are the books that I will re-read many times in my life; they are the ones I would grab first in a house fire; the books that will be keeping me company on an uninhabited island way […]

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Author: Ernest Hemingway, 1940 Genre: War Fiction, Drama Format: Hardcover, 480 pages Ah, my second date with Hemingway. The last page is finally turned and the book is sent back to the library. Tears at the train station and promises to keep up. I won’t be lying when I say that our second encounter left […]

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As promised I am continuing with my journey through Pushkin’s verse. I was actually looking forward to starting his narrative poetry section, because it felt like a trip down a memory lane. I read most of these for literature class in middle school and junior high. Naturally, because it’d been years upon years since those […]

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Author: John Wyndham, 1951 Genre: Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Format: Ebook, 220 pages The main hero wakes up in the hospital after being out for some time and finds himself in the midst of apocalypse. He crawls out of the building and sees hoards of unseeing people wondering around the streets, moaning and hungry.  Oh […]

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As promised, I present to you my special library find – The Book of Ancient Greeks by Dorothy Mills. I would like to start featuring beautiful old books here more often, so you might see similar posts in the near future. As for this little cutie, I couldn’t resist its charming exterior and not brag […]

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A while back I asked Cleo at Classical Carousel to give me a few suggestions on where to start my introduction to ancient literature. In return she offered me an amazing array of options that I think will all really suit my style of learning. So thank you very much Cleo! If any of you […]

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I haven’t done an update to my 1001 Book project since its conception a couple of years back. When was that, 2012? Everyone in the book community must by now know the highly controversial compilation of suggested reading from Boxall – 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. The book is now I believe […]

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Marian’s Eugene Onegin Read-along has officially begun, so if you haven’t joined in yet here’s your chance to read this great Russian classic. It’s super short and written in verse, so it is a far cry from the intimidating giants of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. Just as I predicted, however, I went ahead of the schedule […]

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Author: C. S. Lewis, 1952 Genre: Fantasy, Children’s Literature Format: Ebook, 109 pages Why is that I enjoy books like Magician’s Nephew or The Horse and His Boy, but can’t stand The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – a conventional favourite? Maybe it’s Aslan’s preachiness. Maybe it’s the annoying Lucy… Maybe I have other […]

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Author: Margaret Atwood, 2003 Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia Format: Paperback, 446 pages You know those times when you promise yourself you’d check out a particular author or a specific book, but then years pass and you are still wondering what takes you so long? Oryx and Crake is one of those books for me. In […]

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Even though math and statistics were my worst subjects in school I am strangely addicted to quantifying my everyday activities. I have joined every site on internet that would help me track progress, sort by a specific characteristic, and attach a number to many of my endeavors. Obviously there is Goodreads for my books, but […]

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I’m kind of in reading slump right now. There are a ton of opened books around me, but none of them really capture my attention. This past weekend I was planning to kick my lazy streak to the curb by finishing Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers and maybe making a significant dent in Terry […]

Oh Edmonton Public Library, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… I love that you give me an endless choice of things to read I love that you will go out of your way to find a title I need elsewhere I love that your staff is always friendly and willing to […]

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I have finally started reading the big and the scary Ernest Hemingway. I try to ignore my little stint with the guy last year, because it was only a brief encounter through The Old Man and the Sea. And who hasn’t read that? I think everyone must start with The Old Man when they first […]

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Getting a reminder this morning from WordPress about my blog’s birthday was a surprise. Being such an irregular blogger I completely forgot about the date. But the timing is sort of funny, because only this week I was thinking about the future of Tasseled Book Blog. My original plan was to wait till the new […]