• 2121 April Reads

    May 11, 2021 Hels

    “Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…” The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

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  • 2021 January Reads

    February 23, 2021 Hels

    “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.” ― Four Quartets (T.S. Eliot)

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  • Review: Beartown (Fredrik Backman)

    January 29, 2021 Hels

    “If you are honest, people may deceive you. Be honest anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfishness. Be kind anyway. All the good you do today will be forgotten by others tomorrow. Do good anyway.” ― Beartown (Fredrik Backman)

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  • A Promised Land Barack Obama

    Review: A Promised Land (Barack Obama)

    December 11, 2020 Hels

    “To be known. To be heard. To have one’s unique identity recognized and seen as worthy. It was a universal human desire, I thought, as true for nations and peoples as it was for individuals.” ― A Promised Land (Barack Obama)

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  • The Road Trip Beth OLeary

    Review: The Road Trip (Beth O’Leary)*

    December 8, 2020 Hels

    “The fields are sun-kissed and yellow-bright on either side of the road. It’s the sort of day that tastes of crushed ice and suntan lotion, ripe strawberries, the sweet head rush of too many gin and tonics.” – The Road Trip (Beth O’Leary)

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  • 2020 Reading Challenge – What I Read in November

    December 1, 2020 Hels

    November comes And November goes, With the last red berries And the first white snows. – Clyde Watson

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  • Last Tang Standing Lauren Ho

    Author Interview: Lauren Ho

    November 23, 2020 Hels

    “Most Chinese parents, no matter where they are in the world, want their kids to bring home a mate of: * Chinese ethnicity (trade-offs are tolerated in some families, but rare–however, likelihood of acceptance increases inversely the longer the errant offspring in question remains single). * High earning capacity and/or wealth: MD or similar (Lawyer, Investment Banker, Consultant”). Otherwise, being rich and successful entrepreneur is also acceptable; legit royalty is, of course welcome.” ― Last Tang Standing (Lauren Ho)

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  • Review: The Thursday Murder Club (Richard Osman)

    November 16, 2020 Hels

    “The sun is up, the skies are blue, and murder is in the air” ― The Thursday Murder Club (Richard Osman)

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