Category: discussions

Do I have to read depressing books?

Posted May 19, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 35 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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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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