Month: February 2016

Month in Review: February 2016

Posted February 28, 2016 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 20 Comments
Month in Review: February 2016

Book of the Month This month, I was blown away by Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal. I was expecting to learn a lot of difficult but important information from this book about “medicine and what matters in the end,” but I wasn’t expecting it to be so beautifully written or so personal — I really appreciated […]

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The Reluctant Romantic: Relationship Status

Posted February 26, 2016 by Lory in brief reviews, challenges / 17 Comments
The Reluctant Romantic: Relationship Status

For Doing Dewey’s Reluctant Romantic challenge, I decided it was a good time to read some graphic…something. I don’t actually have a good name for this genre, because “graphic novels” doesn’t quite cut it. Many of the books that often get lumped into this category are memoirs or nonfiction, and even the fiction books are […]

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New Release Review: Nelly Dean

Posted February 23, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: Nelly Dean

Alison Case, Nelly Dean (2016) Upon rereading Wuthering Heights last year, I finally realized what a major role Nelly Dean — the servant who tells most of the story-within-a-story to hapless outsider Mr. Lockwood — plays in that novel. Far from being a passive observer of events, she lies, withholds information, and manipulates situations to […]

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Link Love: February 2016

Posted February 21, 2016 by Lory in links / 16 Comments
Link Love: February 2016

Review of the Month At Literary Ramblings, a truly epic review of War and Peace (both the book and the miniseries) has gotten me even more excited to take the plunge into that sea of words myself. And I have to give honorable mention to Majoring in Literature, for summing up Eugene Onegin in “one […]

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Avoiding burnout

Posted February 19, 2016 by Lory in events / 30 Comments
Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Avoiding burnout

For the final day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, the question is One of the unfortunate side effects of reading and blogging like rockstars seems to be a tendency toward burnout. How do you keep things fresh on your blog and in your reading? Now that I’m entering my third year of blogging, I can […]

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Community Connections

Posted February 18, 2016 by Lory in events / 25 Comments
Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Community Connections

For Day Four of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, the topic is How do you stay connected to the community? Examples: social media, regular commenting, participation in blog events, etc. Tell us your faves! All of the above, for me. I try to respond to comments on my blog and comment regularly on others. I use […]

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Introductions

Posted February 15, 2016 by Lory in events, lists / 52 Comments
Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Introductions

It’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week, hosted by the Estella Society! What a neat idea to spread some positivity and joy in the book blogging community. The first of five daily topics is: Introduce yourself by telling us about five books that represent you as a person or your interests/lifestyle. Here goes — it’s hard to […]

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Am I a writer?

Posted February 14, 2016 by Lory in discussions / 26 Comments
Am I a writer?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. When I was young, that meant writing the kind of three-decker high fantasy novels that I loved. I couldn’t think of any higher ambition than giving others the pleasure these books had given me. Fast forward through high school and college, and my attempts at fiction writing stutter […]

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