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No Place for a Puritan
No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of the California Deserts | Ruth Nolan
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An anthology of literary excerpts inspired by California's fabled deserts includes selections from the writings of local and famous authors including John Steinbeck, Alduous Huxley and Hunter S. Thompson.
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April Reading Stats
3 books total
0 ebooks, 3 print
3 #TBR
3 owned
1 male, 2 female, 0 POC
853 pages
YTD: 14 books, 3474 pages
Average reading speed for the month: 34.3 pgs per hour
3 - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (😎)
Favorite read tagged.
Books in Progress/April TBR:
Beatles Anthology #BeatlesChallenge (Been neglecting this one, and am only on page 26.)
Started May 1st: A Fine Romance/Candice Bergen
GR goal: 14/15 (min # of books to read this year)

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⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4)
Finished 4/29
This was a slow read for me, but I really enjoyed reading writing inspired by and about my local environs. I made note of a few writers that I want to explore more after reading the excerpts included in this anthology.
This book was purchased in 2000 when Nolan did a book signing and lecture in a now long gone bookshop here in town.
#MountTBR2019
My GR review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/218545065

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Meet Tommy the Tomato Plant. My reading time was cut short by a family trip to Home Depot for a few fact finding missions for future projects, some items for small indoor improvements, and a couple plants. We also got some flowering iceplant, but I didn't take a pic. This is our 1st attempt at plants since everything died when I was last pregnant.
#24B4Monday results: 5 hrs 19 min (goal was 6 hrs, so close)
Thanks @TheReadingMermaid & @Andrew65

tammysue 👍🏻🙌🏻 8mo
TheReadingMermaid Great time hon! And I love tomatoes. He's such a cute plant! 🍅🍅🍅 8mo
Andrew65 Great time with other tasks on your radar. 👏👏👏 See you next month. 8mo
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Learned about Dr. June in this book. Okay, so she may or may not have been the first to come up with the idea of centerlines,, but she did come up with it independently and was the one who worked to get a state government to adopt the idea, which lead to it being done around the world, and is much more than the other two men who may have painted a line in the middle of a road accomplished.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_McCarroll

SleepyDragon Also, she was a practicing physician in the early 1900s. How awesome is that? 8mo
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#24B4Monday - end of Day 1. I was interrupted alot, so my page count isn't super high, and a few minutes of this were spent reading "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" twice and "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" once, but I tried. Considering my day started with a funeral and I never got to drink the beer I wanted tonight, at least I got a decent start on this. @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

It's really late here on the West Coast, so I'm going to sleep now. Bye.

Andrew65 Have a good sleep, knowing you‘ve made a good start. 👏 8mo
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#24B4Monday starts in a few minutes PST. I'm aiming for six hours. Tagged will be my focus, so I won't be playing along with the jar thing. Looks like fun, though! @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck with your target. Thanks for playing along. 😊👍 8mo
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My Monday was ... well ...
Overslept, and didn't get started in the morning like I wanted. Ended up going to an urgent care in the early afternoon to get a TB test for upcoming chaperone duty, and ...
1. found out it was a 1.5 hour wait. Sat outside until a seat inside opened up, then moved because smokers. ⬇️

SleepyDragon ⬆️ Couldn't read after that because some guy was giving a TED talk to everyone about his wilderness adventures. And he was very loud, very animated, and had pics on his phone. Then went to Walmart for Easter basket stuff. Got home amd tried to relax and read only ... 8mo
SleepyDragon 2. Han Solo had other ideas. He demanded my attention because I left him at the mercy of the small ones for hours. And a minute or so later ... 8mo
SleepyDragon 3. My daughter decided I was hungry for plastic food. 8mo
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Ugh. Bad start. I read for a whopping 32 minutes tonight, and only read about 9 pages. Too many distractions and a smell induced sinus headache, as well as just feeling run down and tired, left me unmotivated most of the day. Hoping to squeeze more reading time in between stuff the rest of the weekend. Enjoying this anthology. #twelveintwo @Samplergal

TheBookDream I‘m confused. If it goes through March 3rd doesn‘t that make it twelve in three? 9mo
Samplergal Still a good start. You got this! 9mo
Samplergal @TheBookDream Because everyone is on a different time frame, it can be very flexible. Just a fun way to jump start your March reading. Join in! 9mo
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SleepyDragon @TheBookDream I atarted after midnight, if that helps. I interpreted @Samplergal 's explanation as that I can choose my own 48 hour period this weekend. But I don't think anyone would care if you took 3 days. It's just for fun. #24B4Monday is like that as well. More geoup motivation than challenge, especially foe me since I never come close to the time goal. Lol 9mo
SleepyDragon @Samplergal It's a start, lol! I'm trying for six hours, but the odds are against me. Having fun regardless! 9mo
SleepyDragon I wish I could edit comments. Sorry about the typos. 9mo
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"If you have any doubt about it, know that the desert begins with the creosote."

Mary Hunter Austin "The Land of Little Rain" (excerpt)

Photo is of a rabbit next to one of the creosotes along our driveway.

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When you take a book off the shelf to read, and have absolutely no recollection as to why there are bookmarks already in it, nor why they mark certain pages.🤔🙃
We bought this book when we attended a lecture and book signing in 2009. It's been sitting around for while, and, as far as I know, neither of us have gotten around to it before now.
Wanted an anthology that I can set aside when my library hold comes in, and 10 yrs seem long enough. 📚😁