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The fifth child (and fourth daughter) of Elias Phinney and Catherine Bartlett, Mary Phinney was born on February 3, 1818 in Lexington, Mass. She went to school at the Lexington Academy and at Smith's Academy in Waltham. Phinney and her sisters helped with the labor on her father's farm, not "infected with the fashion of that time requiring young women to be languishing, pearly hued, timid, accomplished only in ladylike but wholly useless arts" (The New York Times, January 2, 1904). Mary even made herself a "bloomer" costume which she wore when she worked in the garden.

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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg
Author: Giles Milton
Number of Pages: 400 pages
Book Number/Goal: 9/40
My Rating: 3.75/5

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Title: Somewhere, Home
Author: Nada A. Jarrar
Number of Pages: 228 pages
Book Number/Goal: 8/40
My Rating: 3.5/5

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Title: Arctic Chill
Author: Arnaldur Indridason
Number of Pages: 352 pages
Book Number/Goal: 7/40
My Rating: 4/5

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Title: The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Author: Alison Weir
Number of Pages: 656 pages
Book Number/Goal: 6/40
My Rating: 3.75/5

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Title: Portrait in Sepia
Author: Isabel Allende
Number of Pages: 304 pages
Book Number/Goal: 5/40
My Rating: 3/5

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Books I've read:

1. Indelible by Karin Slaughter

2. The Private Patient by P. D. James

3. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

4. The Tarnished Chalice by Susanna Gregory

I've tried writing reviews for the books but after staring at a blank page for quite some time, I gave up. But if anyone has questions about any of the books, leave a comment.
marny_h96: (eatsleepread)
Title: Die Roemer in Germanien (The Romans in Germania)
Author: Reinhard Wolters
Number of Pages: 127 pages
Book Number/Goal: 54/75
My Rating: 3.5/5

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Title: Der Limes (The Limes Germanicus)
Author: Egon Schallmayer
Number of Pages: 136 pages
Book Number/Goal: 55/75
My Rating: 3.5/5

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Title: Written in Bone
Author: Simon Beckett
Number of Pages: 496 pages
Book Number/Goal: 56/75
My Rating: 4/5

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Title: The Source
Author: Michael Cordy
Number of Pages: 364 pages
Book Number/Goal: 57/75
My Rating: 2.75/5

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Title: Founding Mothers – The Women Who Raised Our Nation
Author: Cokie Roberts
Number of Pages: 384 pages
Book Number/Goal: 53/75
My Rating: 3.5/5

Review: Founding Mothers is about the mothers, wifes and sisters of the Founding Fathers and their contribution to the founding of the United States of America.

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Title: Cabinet of Curiosities
Author: Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child
Number of Pages: 574 pages
Book Number/Goal: 52/75
My Rating: 4/5

Review: During the construction of an apartment building in New York City the remains of an earlier building are found – together with 36 bodies. The bodies seem to be the victims of a 19th century serial killer and attract the attention of FBI agent Pendergast. Pendergast convinces Nora Kelly, an archaeologist working for the Museum of Natural History, to help him with his investigations. Soon enough, more bodies are found and it looks like a copycat killer is at work.

I've read 'Still Life with Crows' earlier this year and never really got into the story which also featured FBI agent Pendergast. I'm glad, though, that I decided to pick up 'Cabinet of Curiosities' at the library because I really enjoyed the story and the characters, especially agent Pendergast. He's very eccentric and reminds me a bit of Sherlock Holmes. All in all, a very enjoyable read.
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Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up

It was my first Read-a-Thon on Saturday and I read for 14 hours, longer than I thought I would. The 10 books and 1444 pages I read mean I'm going to make a $ 75 donation to Kiva (the total was $ 75.44 but $ 75 is easier to split evenly). I had a lot of fun and I think I'm going to do it again in April (or whenever the next Read-a-Thon will be).

ETA: Made the donations. $ 25 each to women in Peru, the Phillipines and Nigeria.
marny_h96: (readathon)
[Final update. Can you believe the Read-a-Thon is over already?]

Title of book(s) read since last update: Skeleton Man; Odd and the Frost Giants

Number of books read since you started: 10

Pages read since last update: 378

Running total of pages read since you started: 1444

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 3h 30 min

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 14 hours
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Title of book(s) read since last update: Through Blood and Fire at Gettysburg

Number of books read since you started: 8

Pages read since last update: 60

Running total of pages read since you started: 1066

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 45 min (I went to bed and slept for a while)

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 10h 30
marny_h96: (readathon)
[Thanks again for the comments]

Title of book(s) read since last update: The Green Mile 6, The Soul Catcher

Number of books read since you started: 7

Pages read since last update: 531

Running total of pages read since you started: 1006

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 6 h

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 9h 45min
marny_h96: (readathon)
[Thank you to everyone who has commented so far. Very much appreciated!]

Title of book(s) read since last update: The Green Mile 3, 4 + 5

Number of books read since you started: 5

Pages read since last update: 285

Running total of pages read since you started: 475

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 2 h 15 min

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 3 h 45 min

Mini-challenges completed: none

Other participants you've visited: none yet (I'll leave that for when I become tired and need a break)

Prize you've won:none
marny_h96: (readathon)
Title of book(s) read since last update: The Green Mile 1 + 2

Number of books read since you started: 2

Pages read since last update: 190

Running total of pages read since you started: 190

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 90 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 90 minutes

Mini-challenges completed: none

Other participants you've visited: none

Prize you've won:none
marny_h96: (readathon)
I've decided that I'm going to participate in this year's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon on October 24. Anyone who's interested can find the details here.

I won't be reading for the whole 24 hours, I can't stay awake for that long but I'll try to read for as long as I can manage. I have a huge pile of books I haven't read yet so this seems like a good opportunity to do something about it.
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Title: Rage
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Number of Pages: 384 pages
Book Number/Goal: 37/75
My Rating: 3/5

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Title: Lincoln – A Very Short Introduction
Author: Alan Guelzo
Number of Pages: 160 pages
Book Number/Goal: 38/75
My Rating: 4.5/5

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