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I was a bit behind, reading Encyclopedia Brown.

"They even split open the cat!!"
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Just finished Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. A decent book, a different perspective, perhaps a bit darker than some of the hype implies.
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My main issue about avoiding reading as a child was that I preferred not to make reports for a grade. Now, it's about reading for fun.
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I was a bit behind, reading Encyclopedia Brown.

"They even split open the cat!!"
Yup, I found those to be too contrived... I actually liked Sobol's nonfiction for kids better (aka where he got some of the trivia to use in the EB books)

It was stuff like this:
Encyclopedia Brown's record book of weird and wonderful facts
https://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-...2%3AB001IXM8Q2

I can't find it now, but one was on wacky spy stories, and it included Operation Mincemeat:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mincemeat
and some other similar true espionage/counterespionage stories that came in handy when reading Cryptonomicon.
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Oh, I had all the regular Encyclopedia Brown books, I just liked reading the trivia books more.

I also had this series:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawkey..._and_Amy_Adams

I found some of them up in my attic and gave them to my kids (the EB books had fallen apart long ago). The thing I liked about those was the solutions were in mirror-type (so you wouldn't accidentally read the solution). I then taught myself to read mirrortype

My kids did me better, tho. They just held the page up to the light and read through the paper. Doh, I should've thought of that
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Started Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow over the weekend. I'll probably pace myself on this one and plan to finish by the end of May.

Meanwhile I enjoyed The Next Always by Nora Roberts. It always surprises me a little bit when I really like a romance novel.
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I liked The Next Always. Read it in my pre-kindle days when I might run out of books on a long flight day and have to pick up another book at the airport. That was the best of a limited selection and I was surprised how much I liked it. Nora Roberts can write, but IMO, she writes too much. Her output, both as Nora Roberts and as J. D. Robb is astonishing. I won't read her for several years, then I'll pick one up, enjoy it, read a few more, they'll start all sounding the same, then I'll stop for several years.
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I liked The Next Always. Read it in my pre-kindle days when I might run out of books on a long flight day and have to pick up another book at the airport. That was the best of a limited selection and I was surprised how much I liked it. Nora Roberts can write, but IMO, she writes too much. Her output, both as Nora Roberts and as J. D. Robb is astonishing. I won't read her for several years, then I'll pick one up, enjoy it, read a few more, they'll start all sounding the same, then I'll stop for several years.
That explains it. I think this was only the third Nora Roberts I've read, and none of the JD Robb books, although from what I've heard I might like those more.
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