Category: discussions

Socratic Salon Discussion: A God in Ruins

Posted June 4, 2015 by Lory in discussions, elsewhere / 2 Comments
Socratic Salon Discussion: A God in Ruins

  Today, I’m thrilled to be part of the Socratic Salon discussion of A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. This newly released companion novel to Atkinson’s brilliant Life After Life offers a different perspective on the tragic events of the Second World War, with mixed results for some readers. In our discussion a range […]

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How do you find “under-the-radar” books?

Posted June 2, 2015 by Lory in discussions / 26 Comments
How do you find “under-the-radar” books?

A while ago, a couple of book podcasts that I listen to both featured this question. Readers are frustrated that everywhere they turn, the same books are being promoted. It’s hard to get beyond the hype of the season’s “hot reads” and find other books that may be equally good, but just haven’t gotten the […]

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Does reading matter?

Posted May 5, 2015 by Lory in discussions / 19 Comments
Does reading matter?

Today, with the ongoing barrage of terrible news of every kind from far and near, I scrapped my planned discussion post to address this burning question. Why, with all the other worthy causes that could claim my time and attention, do I spend time on reading, and on writing about reading? On books that take […]

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Does spelling matter?

Posted April 7, 2015 by Lory in discussions / 43 Comments
Does spelling matter?

English spelling is a nightmare, and spell check does a miserable job of correcting it — because there are so many homophones, words that sound the same but have different meanings and different spellings. It seems as though every time I read something on the Internet, I come across homophone errors, and they are driving […]

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What makes a good book title?

Posted March 2, 2015 by Lory in discussions / 28 Comments
What makes a good book title?

Last month’s discussion topic was “Why do so many books have the same title?” Not exactly the same title, of course, but there are some titling trends that have gotten out of hand. I was glad to find that I’m not the only one who is bothered by this —  now, if only publishers would […]

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Why do so many books have the same title?

Posted February 2, 2015 by Lory in discussions / 37 Comments
Why do so many books have the same title?

All right, not exactly the same title. But there are some current titling trends that have proliferated to such an extent that many books start to sound the same to me. And I really wonder: what are the publishers and authors thinking? Don’t they have any concern that this may be a wee bit confusing […]

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What makes a great book blog design?

Posted January 12, 2015 by Lory in discussions / 41 Comments
What makes a great book blog design?

Graphic design is an art form that we don’t always think about because it surrounds us every day, yet I’m fascinated by how it subtly influences our experience of everything we read. I recently had my own blog redesigned to reflect my own preferences, and I’ve noticed both that it both gives me significantly more […]

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