Will I experience the life-changing magic?

Posted November 22, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 3 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 / 27 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 / 19 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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Great Gifts from the Folio Society

Posted November 15, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 13 Comments
Great Gifts from the Folio Society

If you’re looking for a really special gift for a book-lover in your life, the Folio Society has some fabulous offerings. Here’s a glimpse at some of my favorites from their newest list. East of Eden, the great American novel by John Steinbeck, is a marvelous evocation of a particular place (the Salinas Valley in […]

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Classics Club Spin

Posted November 10, 2017 by Lory in challenges / 24 Comments
Classics Club Spin

It’s time for another Classics Spin! What is the spin? It’s easy. At your blog, before next Friday, November 17th, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list. This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books by the end […]

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Month in Review: October 2017

Posted November 8, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 16 Comments
Month in Review: October 2017

October was largely spent preparing for Witch Week and Nonfiction November, but I did manage to get some other good reading in. I’ve definitely been in a genre/pop culture mode, I notice — I read my first (and probably last) James Bond novel, a set of latter-day Sherlock Holmes stories, a book about the making […]

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Witch Week Day Seven: Wrap-up and 2018 Announcement

Posted November 6, 2017 by Lory in events / 20 Comments
Witch Week Day Seven: Wrap-up and 2018 Announcement

It’s been another wonderful Witch Week, and I’d like to thank everybody who made it possible: Chris, Laurie, and Katie for three fascinating guest posts; Tachyon Publications for a fabulous giveaway; and everyone who posted, linked up, and commented. You are the best! Regarding next year, I’m sad but also somewhat relieved to say that […]

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Witch Week Day Six: The Buried Giant Readalong

Posted November 5, 2017 by Lory in discussions, reviews / 19 Comments
Witch Week Day Six: The Buried Giant Readalong

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant (2015) A few days after I announced that The Buried Giant would be our Witch Week readalong book, author Kazuo Ishiguro became a Nobel Laureate. The magic of Witch Week may be stronger than we realize… Intrigued by the synchronicity, I embarked on my third Ishiguro novel. I had been […]

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