My Contemporary Reading Adventure

Posted September 13, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews, discussions / 36 Comments
My Contemporary Reading Adventure

Back in June, I asked Why do I not read contemporary fiction? and invited you, dear readers, to recommend some books you thought I might enjoy. You came through with a plethora of suggestions, and I managed to read a good number of them over the summer. I didn’t love all of them, but some […]

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Classics Club: The Return of the Native

Posted September 10, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 22 Comments
Classics Club: The Return of the Native

Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native (1874) This was one of the first nineteenth-century classics I ever encountered in school — in my high school freshman class on British lit, along with Hamlet, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, and The French Lieutenant’s Woman (a rather odd assortment, now that I come to think of it). […]

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Month in Review: August 2017

Posted September 3, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 40 Comments
Month in Review: August 2017

Laurie has started a new event, Blogging the Spirit, which I’m participating in on the last Sunday of the month, and so my monthly review will now be on the first Sunday of the following month — just in case any of you were desperately waiting for its appearance. Since I asked for recommendations of […]

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#BloggingtheSpirit: A new monthly event

Posted August 27, 2017 by Lory in events / 21 Comments
#BloggingtheSpirit: A new monthly event

Laurie of Relevant Obscurity has started a new ongoing event: #BloggingtheSpirit, Adventures in Spirituality on the Last Sunday of the Month. Laurie says, “I am proposing that we connect on the last Sunday of this month, August 27th with any kind of post you chose: on a book, a piece of art or music, a […]

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Austen in August Review: The One That Got Away

Posted August 23, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 22 Comments
Austen in August Review: The One That Got Away

Melissa Pimentel, The One That Got Away (2017) Since I’ve been trying to read more contemporary fiction, this new release looked like it had some potential, as well as being the perfect tie-in for Austen in August. Described as a modern take on Persuasion, it concerns Ruby Atlas, a successful New York advertising executive, who […]

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Trying to Understand, Part 4: Listen, Liberal

Posted August 20, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 13 Comments
Trying to Understand, Part 4: Listen, Liberal

Thomas Frank, Listen, Liberal (2016) Listen, Liberal, my latest read from the NYT list of “Six Books to Understand Trump’s Win,” can be summarized as follows: 1. Our country is screwed. 2. Don’t go blaming those crazy Republicans for this mess. Democrats (or at least the higher levels of the Democratic Party and especially the […]

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Do you read in other languages?

Posted August 13, 2017 by Lory in discussions / 41 Comments
Do you read in other languages?

  I’ve returned from my trip to Switzerland as usual with a renewed wish to learn German, but I generally lose the impulse once I’m back in my English-speaking environment. However, I’ve made some small steps, and I’m now trying to read simple stories. I never properly learned another language — French was what I […]

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Classics Club: Frankenstein

Posted August 6, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 19 Comments
Classics Club: Frankenstein

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818) Frankenstein is one of those stories that everyone knows, even if you haven’t read it. Except once you do read it, you realize that the version in the popular imagination has little to do with Mary Shelley’s actual creation. There, you will find no mad scientists robbing graves for body parts; […]

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Niantic Book Barn haul

Posted August 3, 2017 by Lory in places / 22 Comments
Niantic Book Barn haul

Last Friday, I took one of my few remaining days of vacation to make a trek to the Niantic Book Barn on the Connecticut coast, a sprawling complex of barns, huts, sheds, trolleys, outdoor shelving, and even a former outhouse filled with used books on every imaginable subject. Three additional, more conventional buildings down the […]

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