Mount TBR Checkpoint #2

Posted July 5, 2017 by Lory in challenges / 12 Comments
Mount TBR Checkpoint #2

After four good months, my Mount TBR reading came to a screeching halt in May and June. I’m not sure why — other things just called to me more strongly, I suppose. However, I’ve gotten started again with one book in July so I have 21 books completed so far. I also added some reviews […]

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Classics Club: The Fledgling

Posted July 2, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Classics Club: The Fledgling

Jane Langton, The Fledgling (1980) Although I read and enjoyed the first three books in Jane Langton’s “Hall Family Chronicles” as a child, I never ventured further for some reason. So when I saw book four, The Fledgling, on the Phoenix Award list, I wanted to finally catch up with it. Like the first three […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2017 (so far)

Posted June 27, 2017 by Lory in lists / 34 Comments
Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2017 (so far)

I haven’t been keeping up with Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but when I saw some lists on other blogs I could not resist this topic! Here are some of my outstanding reads so far this year: The Winged Girl of Knossos The Book of Joy May Cause Love Bronze […]

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Month in Review: June 2017

Posted June 25, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 15 Comments
Month in Review: June 2017

If last month was a nonfiction extravaganza, this was a month for catching up with new release reviews. I hope you will check out these fantastic offerings from some of my favorite publishers. Ironically, all these “new” books were actually previously published, either recently in the UK, or many years ago and now getting a […]

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Words and Pictures: Pruned Oak

Posted June 21, 2017 by Lory in quotes / 6 Comments
Words and Pictures: Pruned Oak

Pruned Oak Oh oak tree, how they have pruned you. Now you stand odd and strangely shaped! You were hacked a hundred times until you had nothing left but spite and will! I am like you, so many insults and humiliations could not shatter my link with life. And every day I raise my head […]

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Why do I not read contemporary fiction?

Posted June 18, 2017 by Lory in discussions / 49 Comments
Why do I not read contemporary fiction?

I think of myself as an eclectic reader. In the last few months I’ve read fiction, historical fiction, classics, children’s books, YA, fantasy, mysteries, memoirs, diaries, romance, science fiction, nonfiction about history, science, and social issues, biographies, and more. What I have NOT read, though, is contemporary fiction — by which I mean realistic fiction […]

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New Release Review: The Essex Serpent

Posted June 16, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent (2016) Perhaps because the nineteenth century saw the rise of the novel as a literary form, giving us an unprecedented number of imagined narratives about daily life and relationships, there’s a particular fascination in trying to go “behind the curtain” of the period and discern what the Victorians did NOT […]

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Three British imports from Candlewick

Posted June 11, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 6 Comments
Three British imports from Candlewick

I always find something I want to read in the Candlewick catalog, and among their spring/summer releases my eye was caught by three books that all turned out to have been previously published in the UK (Candlewick is part of the UK-based Walker Book Group). In other ways, though, they were quite different — not […]

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