New Release Review: The Bear and the Nightingale

Posted January 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 21 Comments
New Release Review: The Bear and the Nightingale

Katherine Arden, The Bear and the Nightingale (2017) I opened The Bear and the Nightingale with great anticipation and not a little trepidation; since the trend for fairy-tale fiction exploded some years ago, there have been some brilliant entries in the genre and some derivative duds. Katherine Arden’s debut novel looked promising, with its half-magical, […]

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What books would you like to bring back?

Posted January 8, 2017 by Lory in discussions / 27 Comments
What books would you like to bring back?

In the three years that I’ve been blogging, it’s been quite inspiring to see how in their capacity as enthusiastic and articulate readers, bloggers really do have the power to influence publishers. In particular, there have been several instances where books were brought back into print largely due to bloggers’ support. Several novels of Margery […]

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Backlist Reader Challenge

Posted January 6, 2017 by Lory in challenges / 18 Comments
Backlist Reader Challenge

  Another challenge! Okay, I know I said I was going to post less in 2017 but I just had to get these set up first. Lark created the Backlist Reader Challenge to try to help us focus on those books that have been on our TBR lists for a while, and I certainly do […]

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Discussion challenge

Posted January 3, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping, challenges / 11 Comments
Discussion challenge

In the flurry of year-end events I neglected to wrap up my Book Blogger Discussion Challenge participation for 2016. It’s always interesting to look back and see what topics I tackled each month, so here they are: January: Do you write reviews? February: Am I a writer? March: Do you know what you’re saying? April: […]

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A New Blogging Year

Posted January 1, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 42 Comments
A New Blogging Year

It’s the first day of the new year and also my blogiversary — ECBR is three years old today! To help me celebrate, I hope you’ll enter the Reading New England giveaway, which is still open for a few more days. You do not need to have been a challenge participant to enter — although […]

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Reading All Around the World

Posted December 31, 2016 by Lory in challenges / 18 Comments
Reading All Around the World

I just heard of this project from Jean of Howling Frog Books, and it’s something I’d really like to work on: reading books from or about as many different countries of the world as possible. I’m going to take it pretty casually, and not make huge lists or attempt to reach a certain number by […]

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Reading New England Giveaway

Posted December 30, 2016 by Lory in challenges, giveaways / 21 Comments
Reading New England Giveaway

As 2016 draws to an end, it’s time for the Reading New England giveaway, celebrating a wonderful year of reading and discussing the literature of this region — which was also my third full year of blogging. It’s been so much fun to share it with you! The giveaway winner can choose a book or […]

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Gems of 2016

Posted December 27, 2016 by Lory in lists / 31 Comments
Gems of 2016

It’s always interesting to look back over the last twelve months and think about which books have really stayed with me. Here are some of my favorite reads from this year, to which I’ve awarded the Emerald City Book Review Gem. Check out Top Ten Tuesday for many more lists (I couldn’t stick to just […]

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Month in Review: December 2016

Posted December 25, 2016 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 26 Comments
Month in Review: December 2016

It’s Christmas Day, and it’s also time to review my reading from the last month of 2016. It was a busy one! However and whatever you celebrate, I hope your holidays have been joyful, and I hope you can enjoy some wintry reading time. After an extremely hectic and stressful fall, there’s nothing I’d like […]

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