Category: discussions

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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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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Are there too many books?

Posted March 8, 2020 by Lory in discussions / 35 Comments
Are there too many books?

  In my youth, books were not always easy to find; now they seem to be assaulting me from every direction. New, old, domestic, imported, print books, e-books, conventionally published, self-published…. This abundance is amazing, but it sometimes feels a bit oppressive. Even though I have a “no review requests” policy on my blog, I […]

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Do you have a reading plan?

Posted February 9, 2020 by Lory in discussions / 46 Comments
Do you have a reading plan?

  At the beginning of the year, I love reading about other people’s reading goals and making my own. I also sympathize with those who want to have no or very few goals. Nobody should feel that reading has to be a chore. This year, I noticed that some people have more specific plans than […]

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Should I read more current books?

Posted January 12, 2020 by Lory in discussions / 50 Comments
Should I read more current books?

  At this time of year there are loads of lists of favorite books from the previous year, and of titles anticipated for this one. I’ve generally not read most of the former, nor do I tend to immediately stuff the latter onto my already groaning TBR list. I just do not keep up with […]

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How do you know a book is going to be good?

Posted December 15, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 32 Comments
How do you know a book is going to be good?

How do I know a book is going to be good? Well, I can tell you what does not necessarily help: A description that sounds good A blurb by an author I like Reviews that make it sound great I’m always getting sucked in by these marketing ploys, but even when they are from trustworthy […]

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Do you find some book titles confusing?

Posted November 17, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 26 Comments
Do you find some book titles confusing?

  With the ever-proliferating number of books out there, it’s hardly surprising that some titles are similar or identical. What I do find surprising is that some of these books are not separated by years or genres, but are published close together, making confusion quite likely. One would think publishers and authors would take more […]

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What counts as reading?

Posted October 13, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 38 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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