Category: discussions

What books do you want to read this year?

Posted February 11, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 24 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 / 57 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 / 40 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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My Contemporary Reading Adventure

Posted September 13, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews, discussions / 36 Comments
My Contemporary Reading Adventure

Back in June, I asked Why do I not read contemporary fiction? and invited you, dear readers, to recommend some books you thought I might enjoy. You came through with a plethora of suggestions, and I managed to read a good number of them over the summer. I didn’t love all of them, but some […]

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Do you read in other languages?

Posted August 13, 2017 by Lory in discussions / 41 Comments
Do you read in other languages?

  I’ve returned from my trip to Switzerland as usual with a renewed wish to learn German, but I generally lose the impulse once I’m back in my English-speaking environment. However, I’ve made some small steps, and I’m now trying to read simple stories. I never properly learned another language — French was what I […]

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Why do I not read contemporary fiction?

Posted June 18, 2017 by Lory in discussions / 49 Comments
Why do I not read contemporary fiction?

I think of myself as an eclectic reader. In the last few months I’ve read fiction, historical fiction, classics, children’s books, YA, fantasy, mysteries, memoirs, diaries, romance, science fiction, nonfiction about history, science, and social issues, biographies, and more. What I have NOT read, though, is contemporary fiction — by which I mean realistic fiction […]

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