Trying to Understand Part 6: The Populist Explosion

Posted January 14, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Trying to Understand Part 6: The Populist Explosion

John B. Judis, The Populist Explosion (2016) This is part 6 in an ongoing series exploring books that address the current political, social, and economic situation in the US. Part 1: The Unwinding  Part 2: Dark Money Part 3: Strangers In Their Own Land  Part 4: Listen, Liberal Part 5: Hillbilly Elegy and White Trash A year […]

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A tour of my tidied bookshelves

Posted January 11, 2018 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 33 Comments
A tour of my tidied bookshelves

After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I got all inspired to try the “KonMari” method for streamlining my life and keeping only items that “spark joy.” Clothing was the first category, and that went well, so I was ready to move on to the next: books. And once again, I loved it! I […]

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Book Blog Discussion Challenge

Posted January 8, 2018 by Lory in challenges / 6 Comments
Book Blog Discussion Challenge

Continuing a spate of year-end/beginning posts, here’s my official sign-up post for the 2018 incarnation of the Book Blog Discussion Challenge, hosted by Feed your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight. If you’ve not participated in this challenge before, please consider joining! It’s a great way to share fun topics with your fellow book […]

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Month in Review: December 2017

Posted January 7, 2018 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 24 Comments
Month in Review: December 2017

  Following yesterday’s post and giveaway celebrating my fourth blogoversary, I have to go back in time to review last December. After a busy and very full November, I took it easier last month with fewer reviews and a break over Christmas. Life also stepped in with some crises that took a lot of time […]

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Blog break

Posted December 24, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 9 Comments
Blog break

I’m taking a break from blogging, as well as commenting on and checking other blogs, during the Christmas season. I’ll be back on January 6. Warm holiday wishes to all!  

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Challenge Update

Posted December 20, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping, challenges / 20 Comments
Challenge Update

How did I do with the reading challenges I undertook this year? Here’s a round-up of my progress, or lack thereof, along with my intentions for next year. I always do well with the Book Blogger Discussion Challenge, perhaps because I set a reasonable goal for myself (one discussion per month), and so far I […]

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Can a book change your mind?

Posted December 17, 2017 by Lory in discussions / 17 Comments
Can a book change your mind?

All the conflict and struggle going on in the world seems to me to signal that we need to change our thinking. Old, inherited forms do not work any more, but the new has not yet come to pass, and sometimes seems impossibly distant. We look to leaders to save us from this chaos, yet […]

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Classics Club: East of Eden

Posted December 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 15 Comments
Classics Club: East of Eden

John Steinbeck, East of Eden (1952) East of Eden is one of those books that I’ve seen mentioned by many readers as an all-time favorite (though there are a few haters as well). When the Folio Society did a poll to gather suggestions for publication, it was at the top of the list … and […]

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Gems of 2017

Posted December 12, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 22 Comments
Gems of 2017

I always love going back over my year’s reading, and remembering all the wonderful books I’ve discovered. This year seems to be a particularly rich crop … I had a hard time limiting my favorites to ten, or even twenty! A few of these never got a review on the blog, but definitely belong in […]

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