Month: December 2015

Holiday break

Posted December 24, 2015 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 17 Comments
Holiday break

I’ve decided to take a blogging break over the holidays — I wish everyone peace and joy at this special time of year, and I’ll be back after Epiphany. I’m looking forward to the launch of the Reading New England Challenge, and sharing my other reading adventures with you. I’ll leave you with some of […]

Divider

Challenge Wrap-up

Posted December 22, 2015 by Lory in blog housekeeping, challenges / 20 Comments
Challenge Wrap-up

As the new year approaches, it’s time to review how I did with the challenges I took on this year. Top on my list was the Back to the Classics challenge hosted by Books and Chocolate, and I’m pleased that I did manage to read one book from each of the twelve categories. A 19th […]

Divider

Month in Review: December 2015

Posted December 20, 2015 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 12 Comments
Month in Review: December 2015

Book of the Month This month, I’m in the midst of a book that selects a poem for each day from Advent through Epiphany, with commentary on each poem’s origin and meaning. It’s a lovely way to thoughtfully mark this time of year. The flurry of challenges and events has died down, and now I […]

Divider

Love Letters: 84 Charing Cross Road

Posted December 18, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
Love Letters: 84 Charing Cross Road

Helene Hanff, 84, Charing Cross Road (1970) I don’t remember when I first read 84, Charing Cross Road, but I think I must have been between ten and twelve. I vividly remember the cover of my parents’ paperback edition, with its red British pillar box and squat American mailbox spewing postmarks at each other on […]

Divider

Gems of 2015

Posted December 15, 2015 by Lory in blog housekeeping, lists / 37 Comments
Gems of 2015

It’s so hard to pick favorites when I read so many great books, but here are some of the outstanding titles I encountered this year, to which I’ve awarded the Emerald City Book Review Gem. Check out Top Ten Tuesday for many more year’s best lists. 2015 Releases: Fiction – Girl Waits with Gun / […]

Divider

Link Love: December 2015

Posted December 13, 2015 by Lory in links, lists / 2 Comments
Link Love: December 2015

Review of the month: The Swerve This month, I’m highlighting a book about religious and intellectual history that looks awfully relevant in light of today’s cultural strife. Thanks to Tales from the Reading Room for bringing it to my attention. Elsewhere this month: Behind the Books From the Guardian, the story of the real Winnie-the-Pooh […]

Divider

Casualties of War: Saplings

Posted December 11, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
Casualties of War: Saplings

Noel Streatfeild, Saplings (1945) For fans of Noel Streatfeild’s children’s fiction, encountering her adult novel Saplings can be rather unsettling. We start out with a typical Streatfeild British family — two boys, two girls, of varying temperaments and characters — but instead of working out their talents and foibles in a heartwarming, positive way, they […]

Divider

Literary Pilgrimages: Emily Dickinson’s House

Posted December 8, 2015 by Lory in places / 20 Comments
Literary Pilgrimages: Emily Dickinson’s House

This visit was made in anticipation of next year’s challenge, Reading New England. To learn more and sign up, click on the link. In Amherst, Massachusetts stands the house where Emily Dickinson lived during most her life and wrote much of her incredible poetry. It’s now a museum where you can see some of the […]

Divider

Is blogging worth it?

Posted December 6, 2015 by Lory in discussions / 36 Comments
Is blogging worth it?

As the end of my second year of blogging approaches, this question arises. Blogging uses up a small amount of money for me and a huge amount of time. Is it worth it? Should I keep going? What is its value in comparison to my other activities? What I value most about blogging is the […]

Divider

The Wolves Chronicles, Part Three

Posted December 4, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
The Wolves Chronicles, Part Three

Joan Aiken, Dido and Pa (1986) Joan Aiken, Is Underground (1992) Joan Aiken, Cold Shoulder Road (1995) Joan Aiken, Midwinter Nightingale (2003) Joan Aiken, The Witch of Clatteringshaws (2005) This is the final entry in a three part-series covering the twelve books in Joan Aiken’s “Wolves Chronicles” series. Click on the links to visit Part […]

Divider