Away on vacation

Posted July 15, 2018 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 4 Comments
Away on vacation

I’m away for a couple of weeks visiting my old haunts in the Pacific Northwest, thus my silence here and elsewhere. I’ll be back to post and catch up with other blogs soon. Hope you’re having a great summer!

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Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2018 So Far

Posted July 10, 2018 by Lory in lists / 31 Comments
Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2018 So Far

It’s been a while since I did Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. But seeing others’ posts about their top reading of the first half of the year made me want to join in. Here are my picks: The Sixth Extinction explored our environmental disaster-in-process, scary but strangely heartening in that […]

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Are classics the best books to review?

Posted July 8, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 23 Comments
Are classics the best books to review?

  When I started this blog, I thought I would focus mainly on children’s books and fantasy, which for years formed my main reading interests. And I was excited to read and review new releases from many genres. But as things developed, and I discovered more blogs and The Classics Club, I began reading and […]

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Les Miserables: The first six months

Posted July 4, 2018 by Lory in challenges / 10 Comments
Les Miserables: The first six months

I’ve been reading Les Miserables for half a year now, and it’s been a very interesting experience. I fall behind a few chapters occasionally, but it’s not hard to catch up when the chapters are usually so short. At times it’s hard to stop when the action gets exciting, but I feel it’s a good […]

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Month in Review: June 2018

Posted July 1, 2018 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 22 Comments
Month in Review: June 2018

This month I took in a mix of fiction and nonfiction, discovering some classics and rereading some of my old favorites while delving into topics from poetry to Christianity to psychology. The mythic currents that flow between are always of interest to me. And as current events become more and more dire, I need to […]

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Classics Club: Invisible Man

Posted June 24, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Classics Club: Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952) Race is a topic I’m reluctant to even approach here on the blog. I’m mindful of my privileged status and hesitant to make any pronouncements about people whose experience I cannot truly share or comprehend. However, I do not think it’s helpful to isolate ourselves in separate racial camps and […]

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Classics Club: The Shuttle

Posted June 17, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Classics Club: The Shuttle

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Shuttle (1907) The Secret Garden and A Little Princess were iconic books for me growing up, and I also read and reread Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Lost Prince. So when Frances Hodgson Burnett’s adult books began to resurface, some (like this one) gaining the kiss of approval from Persephone, I […]

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How do you get rid of books?

Posted June 10, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 50 Comments
How do you get rid of books?

This query is twofold: how do you decide which books to pass on, and what do you then do with them? I’ve been dealing with these questions lately after completing my three-month book acquisition ban. I had gathered all (well, nearly all) of the unread books in my house into one place, and after three […]

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Classics Club Year Four

Posted June 6, 2018 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 26 Comments
Classics Club Year Four

It’s hard to believe I have only one more year left in my five-year plan! I joined the Classics Club soon after starting this blog, but since then I’ve freely added to my list beyond the original 50 books. I found that having more choices made reading from The List a more enjoyable experience for […]

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