Month: December 2017

Blog break

Posted December 24, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 9 Comments
Blog break

I’m taking a break from blogging, as well as commenting on and checking other blogs, during the Christmas season. I’ll be back on January 6. Warm holiday wishes to all!  

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Challenge Update

Posted December 20, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping, challenges / 20 Comments
Challenge Update

How did I do with the reading challenges I undertook this year? Here’s a round-up of my progress, or lack thereof, along with my intentions for next year. I always do well with the Book Blogger Discussion Challenge, perhaps because I set a reasonable goal for myself (one discussion per month), and so far I […]

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Can a book change your mind?

Posted December 17, 2017 by Lory in discussions / 17 Comments
Can a book change your mind?

All the conflict and struggle going on in the world seems to me to signal that we need to change our thinking. Old, inherited forms do not work any more, but the new has not yet come to pass, and sometimes seems impossibly distant. We look to leaders to save us from this chaos, yet […]

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Classics Club: East of Eden

Posted December 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 15 Comments
Classics Club: East of Eden

John Steinbeck, East of Eden (1952) East of Eden is one of those books that I’ve seen mentioned by many readers as an all-time favorite (though there are a few haters as well). When the Folio Society did a poll to gather suggestions for publication, it was at the top of the list … and […]

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Gems of 2017

Posted December 12, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 24 Comments
Gems of 2017

I always love going back over my year’s reading, and remembering all the wonderful books I’ve discovered. This year seems to be a particularly rich crop … I had a hard time limiting my favorites to ten, or even twenty! A few of these never got a review on the blog, but definitely belong in […]

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Around the World project so far

Posted December 10, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 20 Comments
Around the World project so far

This project is an open-ended one, with the intention to read books from or about at least fifty different countries of the world. Here’s what I read this year so far: War Diaries by Astrid Lindgren (Sweden) – January 2017 I Was a Stranger by John Hackett (Netherlands) – January 2017 Bronze and Sunflower by […]

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Month in Review: November 2017

Posted December 3, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 21 Comments
Month in Review: November 2017

November was book-ended for me with Witch Week at the beginning, and hosting the final week of Nonfiction November at the end. It was busy and full and a bit hectic, but as usual I loved all the blogger interactions. What was a highlight for you this month? Reviews The Buried Giant, our readalong book […]

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Nonfiction November wrap-up: New to My TBR

Posted December 1, 2017 by Lory in events / 6 Comments
Nonfiction November wrap-up: New to My TBR

It’s been a veritable feast of nonfiction books this month! Thank you to everyone who has made this such an amazing event once more. Here’s a roundup of those who shared their new TBR additions this week. (Sorry about the linky problems everybody — I’m not sure what happened, but most links seemed to come […]

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