Category: discussions

What counts as reading?

Posted October 13, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 37 Comments
What counts as reading?

As I keep track of my reading, I have to make some decisions as to what makes it onto my list of completed books. Does it count if I skim or skip a substantial portion? What if I stop reading partway through and then take it up again — should I start over from the […]

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Does reading get better as you age?

Posted September 15, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 29 Comments
Does reading get better as you age?

I used to be nostalgic for my childhood reading, when every new discovery was so fresh and exciting and the worlds on the page seemed vividly real. I still look back with fondness to that particular magic, but lately I’ve grown to also appreciate being a more mature reader. I understand more, I have more […]

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Should books be illustrated?

Posted August 18, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 25 Comments
Should books be illustrated?

  All books, in a sense, exist in order to bring forth pictures in the mind. But should those pictures be specifically embodied in a visual medium? When are illustrations helpful, and when are they distracting or disturbing? Is it better for readers to make their own images? Or can a good collaboration between author […]

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How do you remember what you read?

Posted July 21, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 37 Comments
How do you remember what you read?

  Reading is one thing, but remembering is something else. I love the experience of reading while I’m in it, but sometimes I wish the results were not so ephemeral. There are so many times a title is called to mind and I think “I know I read that — but I don’t remember anything […]

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Do I have to read depressing books?

Posted May 19, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 36 Comments
Do I have to read depressing books?

Since reading is not part of my job, nor am I currently in school, I don’t really have to read anything. But maybe because reading is and has always been a major avenue of self-development, we in the bookish community often carry a heavy sense of obligation. We feel as though there are books we […]

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Who wants to read Robertson Davies?

Posted March 10, 2019 by Lory in discussions, events / 33 Comments
Who wants to read Robertson Davies?

  A couple of days ago I saw the following tweet by librarian Nancy Pearl: In addition to everything else in the world I’m depressed about, I include the fact that nobody much (outside of Canada, I presume) reads Robertson Davies’ novels and they’re so so good — Nancy Pearl (@Nancy_Pearl) March 1, 2019 Well, […]

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Which books should I keep?

Posted February 10, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 44 Comments
Which books should I keep?

  As I mentioned recently on my other blog, Entering the Enchanted Castle, I’m going through a big transition in my life. My husband got a job in Switzerland and has just moved there to start working, while I plan to follow with our son when the school year ends. It’s been six years since […]

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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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What is a children’s book?

Posted December 9, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 29 Comments
What is a children’s book?

  Somebody once defined a children’s book as “any book that a child will read.” Which could be nearly anything–some children will read very strange and unexpected things, while other books earmarked for children languish on the shelf. I think our usual definitions have to do more with what adults think children will read, or […]

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How should fiction and nonfiction mix?

Posted November 18, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 41 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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