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Reviews:
100 Words Per Minute by Adina Sara
After the Funeral by Edwin Murphy
Andrea by John O'Hara
The Art of Reading by Reading is Fundamental
Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Contraband by Clarence Budington Kelland
Demons Don't Dream by Piers Anthony
Dirt in the Well by Linda Lyon
Games to Play with Babies by Jackie Silberg
Ginger by Charlotte Voake Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
The Gryphon by Nick Bantock
A House Divided by Pearl S. Buck
Little Cricket's Song by Readers Digest Association
The Leopard Hat by Valerie Steiker
Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr
My Yard by Heinz Kluetmeier
The Old Maid by Edith Wharton
Sammy's Hill by Kristin Gore
Silver Lies by Ann Parker
The Summerfolk by Doris Burn
Sun Dog by Stephen King
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner

Miscellaneous
$275 Later...
At the Park
Babies Aren't Dolls
Bitter Herbs
BookCrossing Misadventures
Breakfast Hijinks
Cheerios
Chicken Pie
Coldy and Rainy
Don't 'Lurp Your 'Oup
Easter
Elephants on Mars
Getting Ready for School
Harriet's Teeth
How I Read
Hunting Eggs
In Search of a Wii
A Lazy Day
Magenta
No Sleep and Six Teeth
Owl at School
Painting Again
Period
Return to Normal
Where Have All the Books Gone?
You Know that Burning Plastic Smell

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8


Comments for 100 Words Per Minute

100 Words Per Minute100 Words Per Minute: 04/01/07

I don't remember where I heard about 100 Words Per Minute but as Adina Sara is a local author, I can guess that it was for a review in one of two papers I regularly read. Anyway, it sounded like an interesting read and I know that the book will probably spark the interest of the other local Bookcrossers. I know that I wanted to read it in part because I almost landed in that line of work (and have been clocked at between 80 and 100 words per minute when typing).

100 Words Per Minute covers almost three decades of Adina Sara's work as a legal secretary (and later as a staff manager in a law office). It starts in the era of typewriters, heralds the coming of the FAX machine, and ends with computers, keyboards, mice and email.

Each chapter is a vignette of maybe ten pages. One of Sara's poems introduces the characters before the chapter and serve to set the tone. Over all it's an interesting and quick read. Without interruptions, one could read it in a matter of hours. I recommend it to anyone who has worked in a high stress, high workload environment (especially if one has worked as a temp or needed to hire a temp).

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