Month: January 2019

My first Jane Gardam: Bilgewater

Posted January 27, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
My first Jane Gardam: Bilgewater

Jane Gardam, Bilgewater (1976) 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 stamped […]

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A neverending story: Sword at Sunset

Posted January 20, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 20 Comments
A neverending story: Sword at Sunset

Rosemary Sutcliff, Sword at Sunset (1963) Can a story still be compelling when we already know how it ends? In the case of the Arthurian legend, the appeal never seems to wane. Something about this doomed hero, who will be betrayed by friend and wife and sister and son, yet still strives for goodness and […]

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How do you organize your TBR?

Posted January 13, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 34 Comments
How do you organize your TBR?

  Recently I went through my Goodreads “want to read” list and took off almost 200 books. Now I have a little over 100, which feels more manageable. I removed books that I’ve already read (duh), books I own (I don’t need a virtual reminder when I have a physical copy), and books that have […]

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On my other blog: How tidying up changed my life

Posted January 9, 2019 by Lory in elsewhere / 5 Comments
On my other blog: How tidying up changed my life

On this blog, I’ve mentioned how I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and tried to apply some of its principles (some of my tidied bookshelves are pictured below). On my new blog, Entering the Enchanted Castle, I describe some ways tidying up really did seem to change my life, and why it’s […]

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Month in Review: December 2018

Posted January 6, 2019 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 18 Comments
Month in Review: December 2018

I’ve been doing a lot of rereading this year. Sometimes I have the urge to revisit beloved favorites such as Robin McKinley’s classic fantasies; sometimes I’m reading books that have sat on my shelves for a while to see if I really want to keep them. Such was the case with The Three Damosels by […]

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Gems of 2018 and Year End Survey

Posted January 1, 2019 by Lory in lists / 39 Comments
Gems of 2018 and Year End Survey

Well, this has been a year. Due to the emotional roller-coaster of my personal life (now thankfully settled down), I did not get as much reading done as usual. But when I was able to muster up the time and energy to open them books were always there for me, with their messages of wisdom, […]

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