Reading New England: Swim That Rock

Posted September 27, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
Reading New England: Swim That Rock

John Rocco and Jay Primiano, Swim That Rock (Candlewick, 2014) Swim That Rock focuses largely on the most notable feature of Rhode Island’s geography: its coastline (which, as I mentioned in my state preview, covers almost 400 miles in a state less than 40 miles wide). And it dwells in loving detail on one of […]

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Month in Review: September 2016

Posted September 25, 2016 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 14 Comments
Month in Review: September 2016

Book of the Month As usual, whenever I make a list (in this case Top ten back to school books for Top Ten Tuesday), I end up having to do a lot of rereading — either to confirm titles I want on the list, or just because thinking about them makes me want to read […]

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New Release Review: Lady Cop Makes Trouble

Posted September 23, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Release Review: Lady Cop Makes Trouble

Amy Stewart, Lady Cop Makes Trouble (2016) The second entry in Amy Stewart’s historical mystery series based on the real-life Kopp sisters is as compulsively readable and effortlessly enjoyable as the first. Constance Kopp has become the first female deputy sheriff in New Jersey — or thinks she has. But politics and a devious criminal […]

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A fiber interlude

Posted September 20, 2016 by Lory in crafts / 10 Comments
A fiber interlude

I know that many of us readers are also knitters, but so far I haven’t really talked about my knitting life on this blog. I’ve never been good about recording my knitting and spinning projects, but recently I was suddenly inspired to enter some of them on Ravelry. If you are a Raveler, you can […]

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New Release Review: The House by the Lake

Posted September 16, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Release Review: The House by the Lake

Thomas Harding, The House by the Lake (2016) Though it focuses on a single location — a simple lakeside house built by a prosperous Berlin doctor as a family retreat — this book takes us on a tour of an astonishingly volatile period in German history. As if in a time-lapse film, we watch what […]

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Bookstores of New England

Posted September 13, 2016 by Lory in places / 9 Comments
Bookstores of New England

Wherever I go in my travels, I try to visit local independent bookstores. And for Reading New England, I wanted to especially feature some of the fantastic stores in our region, which I’m still exploring. I turned to my fellow bloggers to give some suggestions, and they came through with a great selection. Of my […]

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How do you attract more followers?

Posted September 11, 2016 by Lory in discussions / 42 Comments
How do you attract more followers?

This post was inspired by Jennifer of Holds Upon Happiness, and her Thoughts Upon One Year of Blogging. Jennifer said, I haven’t acquired hundreds and thousands of followers.  It is much harder than I thought to get people to read my ramblings. I knew I wouldn’t instantly have a huge number of followers but I […]

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New Release Review: Looking for Betty MacDonald

Posted September 9, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Release Review: Looking for Betty MacDonald

Paula Becker, Looking for Betty MacDonald (2016) Shortly after I included Betty MacDonald in a post about funny female authors, this book landed in my mailbox. I was delighted to explore MacDonald’s life and work through Paula Becker’s thoughtful, painstakingly researched biography, and even more thrilled to see that University of Washington Press is going […]

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Witch Week 2016 is coming!

Posted September 6, 2016 by Lory in announcements, events / 30 Comments
Witch Week 2016 is coming!

I know it’s only the beginning of September, but I can’t wait to tell everybody about what’s in store for the third annual Witch Week, which will take place from October 31 to November 6. It’s a chance to celebrate our favorite fantasy books and authors, and I have so much fun each year putting […]

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