Month: January 2017

Month in Review: January 2017

Posted January 29, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 26 Comments
Month in Review: January 2017

This month I’ve been bridging the old year and the new, sharing my favorite reads from 2016 and wrapping up the Reading New England challenge with a giveaway, while also looking forward to some new challenges and other projects. I also shared my intention to post a bit less often for a while, with just […]

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Margery Sharp Day: Britannia Mews

Posted January 25, 2017 by Lory in events, reviews / 16 Comments
Margery Sharp Day: Britannia Mews

Margery Sharp, Britannia Mews (1946) For the third year in a row, Jane of Beyond Eden Rock is hosting a birthday celebration in honor of the author Margery Sharp, to encourage everyone to read and enjoy her witty, entertaining novels. As Jane notes in her announcement post, for the first time in quite a while […]

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Trying to Understand Part 1: The Unwinding

Posted January 22, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 42 Comments
Trying to Understand Part 1: The Unwinding

George Packer, The Unwinding (2013) This post is part of a series based around the New York Times’s list of “books to understand Trump’s win.” Rachel of Hibernator’s Library suggested doing a readalong of these six books, and I thought it was a great idea. So did several other people, and I hope that we’ll […]

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New Release Review: The Bear and the Nightingale

Posted January 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 28 Comments
New Release Review: The Bear and the Nightingale

Katherine Arden, The Bear and the Nightingale (2017) I opened The Bear and the Nightingale with great anticipation and not a little trepidation; since the trend for fairy-tale fiction exploded some years ago, there have been some brilliant entries in the genre and some derivative duds. Katherine Arden’s debut novel looked promising, with its half-magical, […]

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What books would you like to bring back?

Posted January 8, 2017 by Lory in discussions / 32 Comments
What books would you like to bring back?

In the three years that I’ve been blogging, it’s been quite inspiring to see how in their capacity as enthusiastic and articulate readers, bloggers really do have the power to influence publishers. In particular, there have been several instances where books were brought back into print largely due to bloggers’ support. Several novels of Margery […]

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Backlist Reader Challenge

Posted January 6, 2017 by Lory in challenges / 18 Comments
Backlist Reader Challenge

  Another challenge! Okay, I know I said I was going to post less in 2017 but I just had to get these set up first. Lark created the Backlist Reader Challenge to try to help us focus on those books that have been on our TBR lists for a while, and I certainly do […]

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Discussion challenge

Posted January 3, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping, challenges / 11 Comments
Discussion challenge

In the flurry of year-end events I neglected to wrap up my Book Blogger Discussion Challenge participation for 2016. It’s always interesting to look back and see what topics I tackled each month, so here they are: January: Do you write reviews? February: Am I a writer? March: Do you know what you’re saying? April: […]

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A New Blogging Year

Posted January 1, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 42 Comments
A New Blogging Year

It’s the first day of the new year and also my blogiversary — ECBR is three years old today! To help me celebrate, I hope you’ll enter the Reading New England giveaway, which is still open for a few more days. You do not need to have been a challenge participant to enter — although […]

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