Author: Lory

A spontaneous challenge: Summer in Other Languages

Posted June 17, 2020 by Lory in challenges / 26 Comments
A spontaneous challenge: Summer in Other Languages

As part of my personal language learning goals, I’ve decided to challenge myself to read only French for my pleasure reading in the month of July. I’m pleased the lovely Emma of Words and Peace has agreed to join me for a buddy read of Complètement cramé by the popular contemporary novelist Gilles Legardinier. Paris […]

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Do you dislike first-person narratives?

Posted June 14, 2020 by Lory in discussions / 50 Comments
Do you dislike first-person narratives?

I’ve seen some comments around the blogosphere from people who say they categorically dislike first-person narration. I find this puzzling, and a bit ironic considering how deeply this form is rooted in the history of fiction; many early novels were written in the first person as “letters” or “memoirs” so the authors could present them […]

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Month in Review: May 2020

Posted June 7, 2020 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 28 Comments
Month in Review: May 2020

I’m back from my blog break — returning at one of those times when it seems a bit strange and self-indulgent to just talk about books. But I still think that reading is one of the things that holds us together in this broken world, and an act of courage and conscience. We readers are […]

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Blog Break

Posted May 6, 2020 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 37 Comments
Blog Break

I’m taking a break from the blog for a few weeks to try to catch up on some other projects — notably the course I’m doing to earn a CELTA certificate in English language teaching. Online teaching is challenging and takes a huge amount of preparation, and so I think I’d better focus on that […]

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Month in Review: April 2020

Posted May 3, 2020 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 37 Comments
Month in Review: April 2020

During this time of doubtfulness and confinement it’s hard to settle down to reading. I’ve found myself gravitating to books that pull me in and carry me along with a story, letting me live in another world for a time. Along with some dependable rereads these included a couple of outstanding new-to-me titles (most notably […]

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Words and Pictures: A sort of vantage

Posted April 26, 2020 by Lory in quotes / 0 Comments
Words and Pictures: A sort of vantage

Our affection towards others creates a sort of vantage or purchase which nothing will supply. I can do that by another which I cannot do alone. I can say to you what I cannot say to myself. Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Representative Men (1850) Image: […]

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Back to the Classics: The World I Live In

Posted April 19, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Back to the Classics: The World I Live In

Helen Keller, The World I Live In (1908) When I read Helen Keller’s The Story of My Life, I was intrigued by one of the last letters quoted in the book, written to a college professor who found her compositions too derivative and wondered when she would write of her own unique experiences: I have […]

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Do you like books about fighting?

Posted April 12, 2020 by Lory in discussions / 42 Comments
Do you like books about fighting?

  Not long ago I read The Lord of the Rings to my son — or most of it; when books get exciting he usually takes them away and ends up finishing them himself. The battle scenes, though, were often parts that neither of us found exciting. We ended up skipping some of those pages […]

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Fourteen books about freedom

Posted April 8, 2020 by Lory in lists / 10 Comments
Fourteen books about freedom

This is a list I came up with during the first two weeks of semi-quarantine, posting a book a day on my personal Facebook page. I found it an uplifting exercise, and I hope you enjoy it as well! Day #1: The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones This is a small book full of […]

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