Witch Week is coming

Posted October 25, 2020 by Lory in events / 5 Comments
Witch Week is coming

In one week, starting on Halloween, head over to Lizzie Ross, Writer for the annual celebration of Witch Week, a time to read and discuss our favorite fantasy books and authors (and who couldn’t use a bit of fantasy right now?) The theme this year is “Gothick” and Lizzie has a simply fabulous lineup in […]

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Am I an e-book convert?

Posted October 18, 2020 by Lory in discussions / 28 Comments
Am I an e-book convert?

  Many, many years ago, in my eighth grade oral presentation class, one of the few talks I remember giving was one about e-books. They were not even really a thing back then, but for some reason the topic was in the air. I argued against them, saying that paper was more permanent, more aesthetic, […]

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In search of something light

Posted October 11, 2020 by Lory in brief reviews / 19 Comments
In search of something light

Looking for a book to lighten my mood, I tried and discarded a number of candidates, from contemporary and historical rom-coms to fantasies to classic mysteries. Nothing held my attention for long: too crude, too contrived, too anachronistic, too dated. Would I ever find something to brighten up my reading life? A couple of tried […]

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Month in Review: September 2020

Posted October 4, 2020 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 14 Comments
Month in Review: September 2020

September was World Kid Lit Month, a new-to-me event that translates diverse, global and translated children’s books. I joined in by reading The Beast Player, by Japanese author Nahoko Uehashi (translated by Cathy Hirano). The imaginary but Japanese-flavored fantasy world about a divided kingdom within which magical beasts live in an uneasy relationship with humans […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall TBR

Posted September 22, 2020 by Lory in lists / 23 Comments
Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the prompt is Books on my Fall 2020 TBR. And it turns out that THREE of my favorite fantasy authors (two of whom release their books at excruciatingly long intervals) have new titles out this fall, so I had to join in! […]

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Back to the Classics: The Old Man and the Sea

Posted September 20, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 20 Comments
Back to the Classics: The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952) I’ve never been drawn to reading Hemingway, never got pulled into the mythology around him. I’d heard his language was simple — some said to the point of being a simplistic sort of “he-man” utterance, even though others lauded it as a pillar of modernism. I […]

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Summer in Other Languages: How did you do?

Posted September 15, 2020 by Lory in challenges / 10 Comments
Summer in Other Languages: How did you do?

Back in June, I decided to challenge myself to spend the whole month of July reading books in French to try to boost my language skills. I invited anyone who was interested in reading in another languages to join a challenge I called Summer in Other Languages. Now summer is coming to a close, so […]

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Am I addicted to reading?

Posted September 13, 2020 by Lory in discussions / 17 Comments
Am I addicted to reading?

I sometimes humorously refer to my reading habit as an “addiction.” Of course, addiction is no joke, and any kind of compulsive behavior is not a good thing. But what actually makes something an addiction rather than a healthy pleasure? I looked up some of the criteria and tried to apply them to myself as […]

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Month in Review: August 2020

Posted September 6, 2020 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 15 Comments
Month in Review: August 2020

This month, I planned a Robertson Davies Reading Weekend to take place around the author’s birthdate of August 28. It was a lovely long weekend of reading and discussing his wonderful books with fellow aficionados, and I hope it introduced him to some new readers. You can find all the details in the wrap-up post. […]

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