Month: March 2015

Month in Review: March 2015

Posted March 29, 2015 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 18 Comments
Month in Review: March 2015

  This month, inspired by some Bloggiesta posts, I installed Disqus for comments on my blog. Then I removed it again less than 24 hours later. It was annoying that when I imported old comments into Disqus, all the reply threading was lost and commenters’ avatars and links were gone, plus all comments on static […]

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Battle of the Books

Posted March 27, 2015 by Lory in brief reviews, events / 7 Comments
Battle of the Books

The School Library Journal Battle of the Books is nearly over! One of the things I enjoy about this tournament-style contest is that rather than being handed a winner by some group of more or less anonymous judges, we get to read their responses in detail, with some very individual and sometimes controversial reasoning behind […]

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Once Upon a Time challenge

Posted March 22, 2015 by Lory in challenges / 16 Comments
Once Upon a Time challenge

I said I wasn’t going to join any more challenges, but I couldn’t resist this one: Once Upon a Time, hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings. It only runs for three months, so I have the rest of the year to catch up on other reading, right? There are many different options for joining this fantasy […]

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New Release Review: H Is for Hawk

Posted March 20, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
New Release Review: H Is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald, H Is for Hawk (2015)   H Is for Hawk does what many of my favorite non-fiction books do: it makes connections between things and ideas that are surprising and genuine and painful, enriching us by raising our experience of life to a new level of consciousness. It reminds us what it means […]

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#DWJMarch: Year of the Griffin

Posted March 16, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
#DWJMarch: Year of the Griffin

  If you’re not already aware of the fact, We Be Reading is hosting the fourth annual DWJ March event, celebrating the fantastic fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones (who, sadly, died in March, 2011). Please stop by to check out the month’s readalongs, review posts, giveaways, and many other wonderful things. After a grueling winter, […]

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Camels and Anglo-Cats: The Towers of Trebizond

Posted March 13, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 5 Comments
Camels and Anglo-Cats: The Towers of Trebizond

Rose Macaulay, The Towers of Trebizond (1956)   Judging from just the famous first line of The Towers of Trebizond (” ‘Take my camel, dear,’ said my Aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass”) you might think you were in for a humorous travelogue, sort of a […]

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Words and Pictures: The Madman of Piney Woods

Posted March 9, 2015 by Lory in quotes / 0 Comments
Words and Pictures: The Madman of Piney Woods

How is it possible that one person can use only words to make another person laugh? Without tickling them, without making a silly face, without doing something foolish, they just make those twenty-six letters fall in a certain order, and for no good reason, I can see your eyes narrow, your cheeks get pulled up, […]

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New Release Review: Echo

Posted March 6, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Release Review: Echo

Pam Munoz Ryan, Echo (Scholastic, 2015)   Echo takes an unlikely candidate for bearing mysterious, magical powers of healing and protection — a harmonica — and weaves a surprisingly compelling tale around this humble instrument. This middle-grade novel tells three stories of young people during the years surrounding the Second World War, with music as […]

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