Ex Libris Kirkland

Ex Libris Kirkland is my entirely self-centered way to keep track of what I read, what I like, and what I want to remember.

Recently Quoted

  • ...he remarked that his companion did not pay the least regard to them, but on the contrary ate like a man who for the last four or five months had been condemned to partake of Italian cookery—that is, the worst in the world.

    an excerpt from The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Alexandre Dumas in 1844

  • I had nearly five thousand volumes in my library at Rome; but after reading them over many times, I found out that with one hundred and fifty well-chosen books a man possesses, if not a complete summary of all human knowledge, at least all that a man need really know.

    an excerpt from The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Alexandre Dumas in 1844

  • “There's a great maze of tunnels, a Labyrinth. It's like a great dark city, under the hill. Full of gold, and the swords of old heroes, and old crowns, and bones, and years, and silence.' She spoke if in trance, rapture.

    Manan watched her. His slabby face never expressed much but stolid, careful sadness; it was sadder than usual now. 'Well, and you're mistress of all that,' he said. 'The silence, and the dark.”

    an excerpt from The Tombs of Atuan, written by Ursula K. Le Guin in 1970

Recently Noted

  • Gosh, I loved this. I know now that this series is really the Ur-Fantasy books: the wizards and dragons that everybody is ripping off. This completion of a trilogy really hits all its tonal notes; it's still feels young in the sense of not-jaded, but the story has grown up and completed. I stuck with the audiobook edition for this one, after having such a positive experience with the previous two. I

    an note about The Farthest Shore, written by Ursula K. Le Guin in 1972

  • So I really enjoyed this, but the serendipitous highlight was that I chose it for reading material on a trip to France. But I didn't realize that the first part is set in Provence and Marseilles where I was headed. I literally read about Edmond being thrown into the Chateau D'if - the horrible Alcatraz-like island prison - and then looked out the window of my train and SAW CHATEAU D'IF. One of those moments where you feel the universe has smiled on you, going to great lengths to delight and surprise you, in particular, for no damn reason at all.

    an note about The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Alexandre Dumas in 1844

  • The most enjoyable part of this reading experience was that I bought it in a train station in Germany, and so it's a 'learn english' edition. Pocket sized, and with copious footnotes in german, explaining uncommon words or idioms. Super fun to test my German that way, and I LOVE the tiny pocket size of these Reclam editions. They're like 4" x 5".

    an note about The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925

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