BookNotes 3/16/20

I had only two courses in college which I felt and still feel were absolutely worthless:  An Intro to Education, and an Intro to Sociology.   I had a Philosophy course as well, but it was wonderful.  Both the Professor in his lectures and the grad student who ran the smaller sessions made the subject fascinating.  With that, I found this list of the best philosophy books for beginners to be a great recommendation.

The Best Philosophy Books for Beginners



Also in college, I had an English Professor who recited Chaucer to us in Middle English with great relish.   It was remarkable.

Researchers at The University of Saskatchewan have created an app which reads aloud to you the General Prologue in Middle English from the Canterbury Tales.


There’s never been a better time to snuggle down with a good book.  Penguin Random House has a varied genre list of long running series for you to “binge”.  Lots of great ideas here.  The list does have the most current book listed, it seems, but there’s a link to the series so you can start at the beginning.



While NYPL and some other systems are closing due to the Pandemic, I knew my old system wouldn’t close.  I was right!  Still, libraries are valuable in these times, as always.


I’ve read nine of these classics.  Shame on me for not having read Frankenstein or The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde given my reading interests.



From CrimeReads, The Best Historical Mysteries So Far (in 2020).  Right up my alley!

The Best Historical Fiction of 2020 (So Far)


This craft idea shows up periodically, and I do have bricks, and paint…just likely not the talent to make the brick look like a book.  This is my annual reminder to try.


From The Real Book Spy, books that came out in March 2020 you may have missed.


The Real Book Spy’s March 2020 Reading Guide



Reader Serving Sizes!


Read Your Way Through It!


One of my book groups is reading The Big Sleep this month, so I found this most interesting.   Is that supposed to be Elliott Gould?  What?

Raymond Chandler Didn’t Care About Plot


More Historical Fiction from Murder & Mayhem


Somehow The New Yorker knew I was taking too long to finish my latest novel.  I’m all done though!  Now to pick a new one from my lovely large stack.



From The Portalist, There are only a few of these authors I haven’t read, but I’m marking the list here so I can get copies of the books I’ve missed.


The Squirrel Reference Librarian is in.


Nancy is on the case!


Once upon a time…


LitHub’s Literary Road Trip Across America offers fiction and non fiction for each state to give you a taste (?) of life there?   I of course looked at Minnesota.  Of the three, I’ve only read and loved The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang.

100 Books Across America: Fiction and Nonfiction for Every State in the Union



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