Blog Break

Posted May 6, 2020 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 37 Comments
Blog Break

I’m taking a break from the blog for a few weeks to try to catch up on some other projects — notably the course I’m doing to earn a CELTA certificate in English language teaching. Online teaching is challenging and takes a huge amount of preparation, and so I think I’d better focus on that […]

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Month in Review: April 2020

Posted May 3, 2020 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 37 Comments
Month in Review: April 2020

During this time of doubtfulness and confinement it’s hard to settle down to reading. I’ve found myself gravitating to books that pull me in and carry me along with a story, letting me live in another world for a time. Along with some dependable rereads these included a couple of outstanding new-to-me titles (most notably […]

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Words and Pictures: A sort of vantage

Posted April 26, 2020 by Lory in quotes / 0 Comments
Words and Pictures: A sort of vantage

Our affection towards others creates a sort of vantage or purchase which nothing will supply. I can do that by another which I cannot do alone. I can say to you what I cannot say to myself. Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Representative Men (1850) Image: […]

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Back to the Classics: The World I Live In

Posted April 19, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Back to the Classics: The World I Live In

Helen Keller, The World I Live In (1908) When I read Helen Keller’s The Story of My Life, I was intrigued by one of the last letters quoted in the book, written to a college professor who found her compositions too derivative and wondered when she would write of her own unique experiences: I have […]

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Do you like books about fighting?

Posted April 12, 2020 by Lory in discussions / 42 Comments
Do you like books about fighting?

  Not long ago I read The Lord of the Rings to my son — or most of it; when books get exciting he usually takes them away and ends up finishing them himself. The battle scenes, though, were often parts that neither of us found exciting. We ended up skipping some of those pages […]

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Fourteen books about freedom

Posted April 8, 2020 by Lory in lists / 10 Comments
Fourteen books about freedom

This is a list I came up with during the first two weeks of semi-quarantine, posting a book a day on my personal Facebook page. I found it an uplifting exercise, and I hope you enjoy it as well! Day #1: The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones This is a small book full of […]

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Month in Review: March 2020

Posted April 5, 2020 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 24 Comments
Month in Review: March 2020

March 2020 was the month the world turned upside down for most of us. Reading helped me to stay afloat! I managed to keep up with most of my reading goals: some nonfiction, some books from around the world, and something from my own shelf, the results of which you can see below. An immersive […]

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Reading All Around the World update

Posted March 29, 2020 by Lory in challenges / 18 Comments
Reading All Around the World update

After a couple of years of very little activity, I finally got back into the Reading All Around the World project and I’m so glad I did. It reminds me of how powerful reading is as a way to learn and expand our horizons while staying in one place. Here’s what I’ve read since the […]

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Nonfiction Book Review: The Body Keeps the Score

Posted March 22, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
Nonfiction Book Review: The Body Keeps the Score

Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma (2014) In keeping with my resolution to read more nonfiction this year — ideally, not only memoir or biography — I made my way through this book in the first couple of months of 2020. It took […]

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Escapism is good for your health: March Magics

Posted March 15, 2020 by Lory in events / 15 Comments
Escapism is good for your health: March Magics

Well, I’m quite sure we could all use some cheering up right now, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate March Magics – thanks to Kristen from We Be Reading who has hosted the event (originally DWJ March) for umpteen years. As we hole up avoiding dangerous germs, and tear our hair about other dire […]

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