Classics Club: East of Eden

Posted December 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 11 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 / 20 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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Around the World project so far

Posted December 10, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 18 Comments
Around the World project so far

This project is an open-ended one, with the intention to read books from or about at least fifty different countries of the world. Here’s what I read this year so far: War Diaries by Astrid Lindgren (Sweden) – January 2017 I Was a Stranger by John Hackett (Netherlands) – January 2017 Bronze and Sunflower by […]

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Month in Review: November 2017

Posted December 3, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 17 Comments
Month in Review: November 2017

November was book-ended for me with Witch Week at the beginning, and hosting the final week of Nonfiction November at the end. It was busy and full and a bit hectic, but as usual I loved all the blogger interactions. What was a highlight for you this month? Reviews The Buried Giant, our readalong book […]

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Nonfiction November wrap-up: New to My TBR

Posted December 1, 2017 by Lory in events / 6 Comments
Nonfiction November wrap-up: New to My TBR

It’s been a veritable feast of nonfiction books this month! Thank you to everyone who has made this such an amazing event once more. Here’s a roundup of those who shared their new TBR additions this week. (Sorry about the linky problems everybody — I’m not sure what happened, but most links seemed to come […]

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Nonfiction November: New To My TBR

Posted November 27, 2017 by Lory in events / 49 Comments
Nonfiction November: New To My TBR

It’s my pleasure to host this final week of Nonfiction November, with the topic New To My TBR: It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book! I’ve gone through every link from […]

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Blogging the Spirit: The Last Invocation

Posted November 26, 2017 by Lory in events / 6 Comments
Blogging the Spirit: The Last Invocation

THE LAST INVOCATION At the last, tenderly, From the walls of the powerful fortress’d house, From the clasp of the knitted locks, from the keep of the well-closed doors, Let me be wafted. Let me glide noiselessly forth; With the key of softness unlock the locks–with a whisper, Set ope the doors O soul. Tenderly–be […]

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Will I experience the life-changing magic?

Posted November 22, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 40 Comments
Will I experience the life-changing magic?

A couple of years ago, when The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo was all the rage, I scoffed at it without having read it, largely because of what I thought was her impossible advice for tidying books (maintain a library of 30 books maximum, and keep them in a closet). However, now […]

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What makes a nonfiction favorite?

Posted November 19, 2017 by Lory in discussions / 40 Comments
What makes a nonfiction favorite?

This week’s topic for Nonfiction November, hosted by Katie of Doing Dewey, is Nonfiction Favorites: We’ve talked about how you pick nonfiction books in previous years, but this week I’m excited to talk about what makes a book you’ve read one of your favorites. Is the topic pretty much all that matters? Are there particular […]

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And the spin book is…

Posted November 17, 2017 by Lory in challenges / 20 Comments
And the spin book is…

Last week I posted my Classics Club Spin list, and this is the moment of truth — the chosen number is 4, which means I’ll be reading: Somewhat daunting, but I’m actually glad because this edition of Don Quixote has been sitting on my shelf for more than a year after I won it in […]

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