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I read widely and in most genres but romance and westerns. Here you'll find my reviews since 2007, with a few reviews of previously read books as well.


In 2012, I completed an "authors of the world" challenge, reading a book for every country (and a few other entities) by someone who'd lived there for at least two years. I expect to tag these books by challenge and country in the near future. I'm still refining my list by adding books that better meet my challenge criteria.

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World - Matthew Goodman Nellie Bly, a sort of proto-Plympton journalist, convinces her editor to send her around the world in better than 80 days. Not to be outdone, a rival editor sent Elizabeth Bisland on the same journey, in the opposite direction. Eighty Days tells each woman's story as well as her trip around the world. I didn't know that Bly had pulled off journalistic feats such as getting herself committed and writing about the experience, so now I have more reading to do. Goodman brings both a contemporaneous perspective and a contemporary commentary to both women's adventures.