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AmySorensen
nose in a book
My subject is the world.
Interests: running, writing, hiking, contemporary lit, good poetry; my family; gardening
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One day when I was in my no-running purgatory, I clicked on the Instagram story of a runner I follow. She’d made a short selfie video of herself running down a street in Brooklyn. I watched for about 15 seconds... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Geek
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Remember back when the Twilight novels were popular, and everyone was talking about vampires? If you talked to me back then about those books, I’d likely give you an earful about all the things I disliked about them. Bella’s easy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at The English Geek
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I've written this before, but I should probably repeat it: The reason I love Laini Taylor is that she does fantasy that isn't the same-old fantasy. So much of fantasy is evocative of something else, and I just don't have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at The English Geek
Two years ago on election night, I made a scrapbook page. Kendell was watching the election results in the other room, but I couldn’t bear it. I could only witness with one of my senses. So I listened while I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at The English Geek
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When I was growing up, my dad made us a beautiful yard. There were flowers and roses, gardens marked out with stones, a maple tree, a locust. We had a vegetable garden and a peach tree. Being outside in that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at The English Geek
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I have wanted to read a book by Rachel Hartman since I read about her young adult novel Seraphina, but somehow it just never made it to the top of my list. So when one of my library coworkers asked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at The English Geek
A weekend summary: On Friday night, I came home from work, had an argument with Kendell about a medical bill (I have no patience or kindness or ability to put up with other people’s issues right now), left home in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at The English Geek
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The story of how I messed up my knees in Colorado begins in the redwood forests near San Francisco. I prefer every trip I take to include a hike of some sort, if possible. (I haven’t managed this yet when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at The English Geek
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“Don’t talk to me,” I told my husband as we waited for the elevator on the fourth floor. “Don’t talk to me because if you do I will cry, and I don’t want to cry where people can see me.”... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at The English Geek
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As the autumn equinox is today, I want to squeeze in some summer details before I forget. . It was a strange summer…I was busy recuperating from whooping cough, so I didn’t feel awesome, but I still took several trips,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at The English Geek
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I’m not sure I can write about this book without giving any spoilers. I mean, I could say this: The Power is a science fiction novel in which, because of unknown side effects of a chemical used during WWII, women... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at The English Geek
On Tuesdays I often stop at Zupas to grab a salad, which I eat while I work in the office (because not all of my time at the library is on a desk; when I have office time I get... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at The English Geek
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​On my Instagram feed, I am participating in a project with Stacy Julian called 30 Days, 10 Years Later. This is a sort of a reboot of a class she taught back in 2008, which had photo, writing, and scrapbooking... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at The English Geek
Some days, my work feels mundane. I love what I do, of course, but the negative of working somewhere you love is that the place loses some of its magic. This afternoon, for example: I spent time reordering damaged books,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at The English Geek
One of my Skirt Sports ambassador friends, Sandy Stiner, wrote a post on her blog recently that moved me this morning. I was thinking about it while I showered and dressed and got ready for work. Partly because yesterday I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at The English Geek
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"The trick is, there is no trick. You eat fire by eating fire." (from the book The Electric Woman by Tessa Fontaine) I planned on having these words drawn somewhere on me—my forearm? My calf? I wasn't sure yet—in henna... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at The English Geek
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Last week when I was hiking with my friends, one of them asked me if I wished Kendell could run with me. He hasn’t been able to run since high school, because of his hip condition; when we met, he... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2018 at The English Geek
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Sometimes weird things draw me to different writers. I've read a few books by Maile Meloy, and the first one I read (her debut short story collection, Half in Love) I seriously picked up because I think her first name... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at The English Geek
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Every once in a while, when I’m deciding what to read next, I realize that I have gotten stuck in a habit of always reaching for what is newest, what is being talked about, what is influencing thinkers right now.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at The English Geek
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When I went to Colorado in June, the book I brought with me (because no one travels without a book, yes?) was The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman. It was an impulse purchase when I saw it at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at The English Geek
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Novels about art are one of my favorite sub-genres of historical fiction. Back in early May, I spotted Alice Hoffman's The Marriage of Opposites at the library and decided on a whim to check it out, as I vaguely remembered... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at The English Geek
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"books | writing | running | nature | scrapbooks | flowers | quilts" These are the words I use to describe myself in my Instagram profile, hoping to let people know that my feed is an eclectic one that reflects... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at The English Geek
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Squaw Peak is one of my very favorite hikes—we try to do every year at least once—but I realized last weekend when I was hiking it that I’ve never written about. I think I’ve never blogged about it because it’s... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at The English Geek
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I know there are people in my neighborhood and church community—even some who read my blog—who will think this is wrong of me, but Kendell and I have had a lovely time this spring and summer hiking on Sunday mornings.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at The English Geek
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Yesterday was global Bra Squad Day, an idea from Kelly Roberts that basically means: go outside. Exercise. Just wear your bottoms and a sports bra.Celebrate your body for what it is and what it can do and how strong it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at The English Geek