A Dance with Tradition: The Makioka Sisters

Posted December 9, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
A Dance with Tradition: The Makioka Sisters

Junichiro Tanizaki, The Makioka Sisters (1943) I’m not very well-versed in world literature, and when I do read works in translation they tend to be from Europe. But I really want to do something about that, and as I looked for great novels from other continents to broaden my horizons, The Makioka Sisters kept coming […]

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Tea and Philosophy: Diary of a Provincial Lady

Posted December 6, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
Tea and Philosophy: Diary of a Provincial Lady

E. M. Delafield, Diary of a Provincial Lady (1930) I’ve seen this book mentioned as a favorite by many, and lauded as a comic classic, and when a Folio Society edition came my way at a very reasonable price, I couldn’t resist. So I finally got to encounter the “provincial lady” and see what she […]

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Mount TBR Challenge

Posted December 4, 2016 by Lory in challenges / 24 Comments
Mount TBR Challenge

Before I started blogging, I didn’t really have a problem with physical books piling up in my house. I had a smallish collection of books I loved and wanted to keep and reread, which I would add to occasionally, and the occasional impulse buy. But for everyday, casual reading I would mostly rely on whatever […]

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Nonfiction November: New To My TBR Round-up

Posted December 2, 2016 by Lory in events / 8 Comments
Nonfiction November: New To My TBR Round-up

It’s been another wonderful Nonfiction November, and we all have piles of books to read. There were different ways to handle all the recommendations that came our way this month… The most common method was to assemble a fairly random collection of tempting titles: Based on a True Story JulzReads Lone Star on a Lark […]

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Reading New England: The Institute Library (guest post)

Posted November 30, 2016 by Lory in places / 12 Comments
Reading New England: The Institute Library (guest post)

For a final Reading New England feature, I asked Chris of WildMoo Books whether she might like to contribute one of her wonderful library posts. Chris is a Connecticut resident, but she also travels far and wide, and wherever she goes she likes to take pictures of interesting libraries and share them with us. Please […]

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Nonfiction November: New to My TBR Link-Up

Posted November 28, 2016 by Lory in events / 32 Comments
Nonfiction November: New to My TBR Link-Up

It’s my honor to be the host for Nonfiction November this week, with our final topic: New to My TBR. It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR list? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book! More than ever, […]

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Month in Review: November 2016

Posted November 27, 2016 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 16 Comments
Month in Review: November 2016

This month started off with a fabulous Witch Week — thanks so much to everyone who contributed guest posts and participated in other ways. Be sure to visit the Master Post for links to anything you may have missed. I then dived into Nonfiction November, which I was honored to be asked to co-host. My […]

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Reading New England: Three plays by Eugene O’Neill

Posted November 25, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Reading New England: Three plays by Eugene O’Neill

Eugene O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey into Night (1941) Eugene O’Neill, Ah, Wilderness! (1933) Eugene O’Neill, A Moon for the Misbegotten (1943) Before I embarked on the Reading New England challenge, I had no awareness of Eugene O’Neill as a Connecticut author. My experience of his plays was limited to a reading of Mourning Becomes Electra […]

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Top ten gift books from The Folio Society

Posted November 22, 2016 by Lory in lists / 16 Comments
Top ten gift books from The Folio Society

Next week’s Top Ten Tuesday encourages us to make a holiday gift list — and if you’re looking for a really special gift for the booklovers in your life, The Folio Society has much to offer. In case you haven’t yet encountered this amazing repository of beautifully designed, illustrated, and bound books, have a look […]

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Nonfiction November: Become the Expert

Posted November 21, 2016 by Lory in events / 24 Comments
Nonfiction November: Become the Expert

This week, the Nonfiction November topic is Be the Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert, hosted by Julie of Julz Reads. Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out […]

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