Category: discussions

Are classics the best books to review?

Posted July 8, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 23 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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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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What makes a nonfiction favorite?

Posted November 19, 2017 by Lory in discussions / 40 Comments
What makes a nonfiction favorite?

This week’s topic for Nonfiction November, hosted by Katie of Doing Dewey, is Nonfiction Favorites: We’ve talked about how you pick nonfiction books in previous years, but this week I’m excited to talk about what makes a book you’ve read one of your favorites. Is the topic pretty much all that matters? Are there particular […]

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Witch Week Day Six: The Buried Giant Readalong

Posted November 5, 2017 by Lory in discussions, reviews / 19 Comments
Witch Week Day Six: The Buried Giant Readalong

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant (2015) A few days after I announced that The Buried Giant would be our Witch Week readalong book, author Kazuo Ishiguro became a Nobel Laureate. The magic of Witch Week may be stronger than we realize… Intrigued by the synchronicity, I embarked on my third Ishiguro novel. I had been […]

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Have I gone off fantasy?

Posted October 22, 2017 by Lory in discussions / 42 Comments
Have I gone off fantasy?

When I was growing up, I almost exclusively read fantasy. C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, Ursula LeGuin, Madeleine L’Engle, E. Nesbit were the writers I read again and again, devouring every one of their books. In my teen years I idolized Robin McKinley, and became passionate about Diana Wynne Jones. Well […]

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