Category: discussions

How should fiction and nonfiction mix?

Posted November 18, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 11 Comments
How should fiction and nonfiction mix?

This week’s Nonfiction November topic, hosted by Rennie of What’s Nonfiction, is Reads Like Fiction. Nonfiction books often get praised for how they stack up to fiction. Does it matter to you whether nonfiction reads like a novel? If it does, what gives it that fiction-like feeling? Does it depend on the topic, the writing, […]

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Is it time for a change?

Posted October 14, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 53 Comments
Is it time for a change?

  Almost five years ago, I started this blog on a total whim when I had some extra time during vacation. I used a free Blogger site and a very basic template. I began with some reviews I’d written originally for the Green Man Review, then slowly started writing about some of my current and […]

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Are there books you have outgrown?

Posted September 9, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 38 Comments
Are there books you have outgrown?

This question follows on from last month’s about rereading. As I grow older and reread some of my former favorites, I find that some of them have lost their luster. What formerly seemed so powerful and full of insight now shows its limitations. I might find it poorly written, or full of holes and inconsistencies […]

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Do you re-read?

Posted August 19, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 55 Comments
Do you re-read?

  There are two kinds of readers: those who re-read, and those who don’t. The latter group, represented in the extreme by Marie Kondo of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up fame, feels there is no reason to read a book again once it’s entered your brain. You’ve gotten what there is to glean from […]

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Are classics the best books to review?

Posted July 8, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 32 Comments
Are classics the best books to review?

  When I started this blog, I thought I would focus mainly on children’s books and fantasy, which for years formed my main reading interests. And I was excited to read and review new releases from many genres. But as things developed, and I discovered more blogs and The Classics Club, I began reading and […]

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How do you get rid of books?

Posted June 10, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 50 Comments
How do you get rid of books?

This query is twofold: how do you decide which books to pass on, and what do you then do with them? I’ve been dealing with these questions lately after completing my three-month book acquisition ban. I had gathered all (well, nearly all) of the unread books in my house into one place, and after three […]

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Do you read (or write) poetry?

Posted April 8, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 30 Comments
Do you read (or write) poetry?

I used to read a fair amount of poetry but have fallen out of the habit in recent years. Lately I’ve been hungering for it, though, and so I picked up The Heart’s Time compiled by Janet Morley, which offers a poem a day for the season of Lent and the first week after Easter, […]

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What books should I buy?

Posted March 11, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 44 Comments
What books should I buy?

  By this I don’t mean to ask for specific suggestions of books I should purchase (though you can feel free to make them), but to question what criteria I should employ when facing the vast multiplicity of reading material available. Now that my three month book acquisition ban is winding down, I can start […]

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What books do you want to read this year?

Posted February 11, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 26 Comments
What books do you want to read this year?

Even though I’m in the midst of a three-month book acquisition ban (that means no buying, no review copy requests, and no library checkouts) I can still dream of the books I would like to read that are not already on my shelves! A couple of years ago I made a list of ten books […]

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Can I stop acquiring books?

Posted January 21, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 59 Comments
Can I stop acquiring books?

Last week, I described how I tidied my bookshelves according to the “KonMari” method, and how I’m dealing with the problem of unread books, which are piling up at a rate that is uncomfortable for me. Rather than doing as tidying guru Marie Kondo suggests and discarding them all, I decided to put them on […]

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