Month: November 2016

Should I keep blogging?

Posted November 13, 2016 by Lory in discussions / 52 Comments
Should I keep blogging?

Once again, events in the outer world make me question the very existence of this blog. My small thoughts and interests seem trivial in comparison. Can I justify continuing to write about books and reading, about my personal pleasures and achievements, when there would seem to be so many other, more important battles to be […]

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Reading New England: Connecticut

Posted November 11, 2016 by Lory in challenges / 5 Comments
Reading New England: Connecticut

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve reached the last state for the Reading New England challenge: Connecticut. Some would argue that this state doesn’t even belong to the region, so influenced is it by the sprawl of New York City. But though it does host a large number of bedroom communities along its commuter corridor, […]

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Nonfiction November: Choosing Nonfiction

Posted November 7, 2016 by Lory in events / 36 Comments
Nonfiction November: Choosing Nonfiction

Now that Witch Week is over, it’s time to turn to another favorite event that takes place at this time of year: Nonfiction November! This week’s question, posed by Rachel of Hibernator’s Library, is: Choosing Nonfiction: What are you looking for when you pick up a nonfiction book? Do you have a particular topic you’re […]

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Witch Week 2016: Wrap-up and Preview

Posted November 6, 2016 by Lory in events / 13 Comments
Witch Week 2016: Wrap-up and Preview

It’s been another amazing Witch Week here at ECBR! Once again, I’d like to thank the many people who made it possible: Kristen of We Be Reading, for starting off our journey with Neil Gaiman’s American Gods Jenny of Reading the End for giving us her Top Ten Reasons to Read Shirley Jackson Deb of […]

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Witch Week Day Five: Author Interview with Kat Howard

Posted November 4, 2016 by Lory in interviews / 8 Comments
Witch Week Day Five: Author Interview with Kat Howard

This year, I’m pleased to present an interview with New Hampshire author Kat Howard, whose debut novel Roses and Rot is a refreshing new take on the perennially popular story of Tam Lin. Here, the traditional woman-rescuing-her-lover plot is complicated by the presence of a pair of sisters, both talented and creative in different ways, […]

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Witch Week Day Four: An Appreciation of Oz

Posted November 3, 2016 by Lory in events / 20 Comments
Witch Week Day Four: An Appreciation of Oz

At the center of Witch Week this year, I wanted to place a set of books that were central to the development of American fantasy: the Oz series by L. Frank Baum. They’ve also been important in my own reading life, as you can perhaps tell from the title of my blog. I knew that […]

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Witch Week Day Three: Giveaway Day

Posted November 2, 2016 by Lory in giveaways / 16 Comments
Witch Week Day Three: Giveaway Day

What would Witch Week be without a great giveaway? This year, I have two fabulous sets of books that you can enter to win, all in keeping with the Made in America theme. And one giveaway is international – so read on! US entrants can win three gorgeous hardcovers from some of the most exciting […]

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Witch Week Day Two: Top Ten Reasons to Read Shirley Jackson

Posted November 1, 2016 by Lory in events, lists / 24 Comments
Witch Week Day Two: Top Ten Reasons to Read Shirley Jackson

Witch Week is about celebrating all kinds of fantasy literature, which can evoke many different moods and experiences — but because it takes place in the darkening days following Halloween, our reading choices may tend toward the creepier end of the spectrum. And for intelligently creepy entertainment, there is no one quite like Shirley Jackson, […]

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