What is a children’s book?

Posted December 9, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 17 Comments
What is a children’s book?

  Somebody once defined a children’s book as “any book that a child will read.” Which could be nearly anything–some children will read very strange and unexpected things, while other books earmarked for children languish on the shelf. I think our usual definitions have to do more with what adults think children will read, or […]

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Month in Review: November 2018

Posted December 2, 2018 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 20 Comments
Month in Review: November 2018

  This month I was happy to knock off three titles that have been on the TBR pile on my shelf for the past year. My progress has been slow, but every time I finally read one of these books that has been waiting patiently for so long, I’m glad I made the effort. Of […]

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Great Gifts from the Folio Society

Posted November 26, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Great Gifts from the Folio Society

Books mentioned in this post were received for review consideration from the publisher. No other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own. Here’s a video showing some of my favorites among the newest publications by the Folio Society, which I hope might interest you as gifts for your loved ones this season […]

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How should fiction and nonfiction mix?

Posted November 18, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 41 Comments
How should fiction and nonfiction mix?

This week’s Nonfiction November topic, hosted by Rennie of What’s Nonfiction, is Reads Like Fiction. Nonfiction books often get praised for how they stack up to fiction. Does it matter to you whether nonfiction reads like a novel? If it does, what gives it that fiction-like feeling? Does it depend on the topic, the writing, […]

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Words and Pictures: There were no men left

Posted November 11, 2018 by Lory in quotes / 4 Comments
Words and Pictures: There were no men left

The racket was indescribable; trapped and burning smoke almost blanketed the fight in total darkness. No words can express horror at that pitch. There were no men left in that now infernal struggle. It was no longer a matter of giants versus colossi. It was more like something out of Milton and Dante than Homer. […]

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Nonfiction November: Fiction/Nonfiction pairing

Posted November 7, 2018 by Lory in events / 28 Comments
Nonfiction November: Fiction/Nonfiction pairing

Welcome to Nonfiction November! This week’s topic is one of my favorites; I find it great fun to look back at my fiction and nonfiction reading and see which titles go together, out of a seemingly random assemblage of books. I have three pairings for you this year. If you have a post, please let […]

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Month in Review: October 2018

Posted November 4, 2018 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 18 Comments
Month in Review: October 2018

  Okay, I’m still not getting a ton of reading done, but I did manage some book reviews. I even polished off some from the TBR stack, which feels really good. Unfortunately, I keep buying more at double the rate of completion … but I shall keep working on it. What have you completed, or […]

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Witch Week: My contributions

Posted November 3, 2018 by Lory in elsewhere / 2 Comments
Witch Week: My contributions

Today’s Witch Week offering is my review titled “A Famous Witch” … if you don’t remember who that is from my previous mentions, head over to Calmgrove and Lizzie Ross to find out. And tomorrow, be sure to return for our discussion of The Other Wind by Ursula K. Le Guin, the final book in […]

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Witch Week is here

Posted October 31, 2018 by Lory in events / 0 Comments
Witch Week is here

Witch Week starts today, hosted by Calmgrove and Lizzie Ross. Please be sure to check it out! The theme this year is Fantasy and Feminism, and it’s going to be a truly fantastic week. See the Master Post here, with the full line-up of events. Happy reading…  

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Dover Newbery Library

Posted October 28, 2018 by Lory in brief reviews / 8 Comments
Dover Newbery Library

These books were received from the publisher for review consideration. No other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own. A while ago, I posted about some of the wonderful reprints available from Dover Publications. I’ve had several more sitting on my shelf for some time, and now I’ve finally gotten around to […]

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