Month: May 2016

Armchair BEA: A Question of Aesthetics

Posted May 12, 2016 by Lory in design, events / 22 Comments
Armchair BEA: A Question of Aesthetics

Today’s Armchair BEA topic is about aesthetics: what we think about the purely visual qualities of books, and also of our blogs. To what extent do looks matter to us? How do they affect our reading experience? Although I can look past the drawbacks of an ugly or poorly designed book if the content is […]

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Armchair BEA: Introduction

Posted May 11, 2016 by Lory in events / 22 Comments
Armchair BEA: Introduction

This week, many lucky bloggers are heading to Book Expo America, held in Chicago this year. Those of us who can’t make it to this bookish mecca get to share a conference from our favorite armchairs, with discussions, giveaways, updates from the real BEA, and more. Today is the day to introduce ourselves, so here […]

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How do you deal with comments?

Posted May 8, 2016 by Lory in discussions / 57 Comments
How do you deal with comments?

Comments! There seem to be so many ways of dealing with them in the blogging world. You might answer them religiously, ignore them, read them but respond little or not at all, subscribe to the “comment back” philosophy, or turn them off. What’s your style? I really value the potential for interaction and community that […]

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Reading New England: Vermont

Posted May 6, 2016 by Lory in challenges / 14 Comments
Reading New England: Vermont

In our Reading New England challenge, I’m focusing this month on the lovely Green Mountain State, Vermont. This is the least populous of the six states, the only one with under a million people, in spite of being larger in area than either Rhode Island or New Hampshire. In early American fiction, Vermont is often […]

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My First Georgette Heyer: False Colours

Posted May 3, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
My First Georgette Heyer: False Colours

Georgette Heyer, False Colours (1963) The first book you read by a favorite author has a special quality. Even if there are other books by the same author that you realize are more worthy of recognition, the joy of discovery lends your “first” a lingering glow. Sometimes, the particular circumstances of finding the book are […]

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Elizabeth Goudge Day Wrap-up

Posted May 1, 2016 by Lory in events / 8 Comments
Elizabeth Goudge Day Wrap-up

Thank you to all who joined me in celebrating Elizabeth Goudge’s birthday last Sunday, April 24. Whether you read a book in her honor, posted your own review, or just enjoyed the contributions of others, I’m so glad we got to take this day to celebrate an author who has fallen out of fashion, but […]

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