Month: August 2015

Month in Review: August 2015

Posted August 30, 2015 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 22 Comments
Month in Review: August 2015

I’ve been wanting to create some new post graphics, and above you can see my latest design. What do you think? I’m especially proud that I figured out how to change the colors of the balloon and some of the books in Photoshop — some of those books went through quite a few changes, and […]

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Blog vacation

Posted August 28, 2015 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 24 Comments
Blog vacation

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed with blogging on top of various life responsibilities, not to mention trying to get some actual reading done, so I’m going to take a short break following my monthly wrap-up on Sunday. I’ll be back after Labor Day, hopefully with renewed energy and reading zest! Here are just a few […]

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More Women in Translation: Two by Astrid Lindgren

Posted August 23, 2015 by Lory in brief reviews, elsewhere / 2 Comments
More Women in Translation: Two by Astrid Lindgren

To celebrate Women in Translation Month, today I’m highlighting a piece I did earlier this summer for Shiny New Books, in which I reviewed two classics by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren that are now available in lovely new editions from the New York Review Children’s Collection. Lindgren is one of the world’s most-translated authors, but […]

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Women in Translation Month: The True Deceiver

Posted August 21, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Women in Translation Month: The True Deceiver

Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver (1982) If all you know of Finnish author Tove Jansson are her Moomin books, delightful as they are, you’re missing out. Jansson also wrote some of the most finely crafted adult fiction to be found anywhere. It’s a shame that not all of her novels and stories are available in […]

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In Brief: New and Noteworthy

Posted August 18, 2015 by Lory in brief reviews / 8 Comments
In Brief: New and Noteworthy

It’s time again to play some catch-up, with quick reviews of recent releases that have come my way. All are heartily recommended! Uprooted by Naomi Novik I don’t have much to add to others’ reviews of this stellar new fantasy. If you like immersive, otherworld fantasy, you will want to read it; if you think […]

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Celebrating Slightly Foxed

Posted August 16, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
Celebrating Slightly Foxed

What makes Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Quarterly so great? As I perused the latest issue, I realized that in many ways it’s exactly what I wish my blog to be, and what I appreciate about other blogs. Each issue contains around a dozen and a half essays in which readers of many stripes celebrate […]

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The Merits of Melodrama: Armadale

Posted August 14, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 23 Comments
The Merits of Melodrama: Armadale

Wilkie Collins, Armadale (1864) Having enjoyed Wilkie Collins’s two most famous novels, The Woman in White and The Moonstone, I wanted to read more of this Victorian author’s wildly popular sensation fiction. Recommendations from several quarters led me to Armadale, his longest book and the one of which TS Eliot said “It has no merit […]

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Tagged: Book Title Acrostic

Posted August 11, 2015 by Lory in tags / 21 Comments
Tagged: Book Title Acrostic

Nicole of Feed Your Fiction Addiction tagged me in her impressive Tagapalooza post some time ago. This was a chance to pick one of four tags to play along with, and the idea of making an acrostic of book titles using my name was most appealing. I have a short name, so for extra fun […]

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Are there too many book blogs?

Posted August 9, 2015 by Lory in discussions / 40 Comments
Are there too many book blogs?

Before I started blogging a year and a half ago, I was not a regular follower of book blogs. I encountered them now and then when I was searching for a review or information about a particular book, but that was about it. So I had no idea of the vast extent of the book […]

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