Category: lists

Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2017 (so far)

Posted June 27, 2017 by Lory in lists / 34 Comments
Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2017 (so far)

I haven’t been keeping up with Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but when I saw some lists on other blogs I could not resist this topic! Here are some of my outstanding reads so far this year: The Winged Girl of Knossos The Book of Joy May Cause Love Bronze […]

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Gems of 2016

Posted December 27, 2016 by Lory in lists / 31 Comments
Gems of 2016

It’s always interesting to look back over the last twelve months and think about which books have really stayed with me. Here are some of my favorite reads from this year, to which I’ve awarded the Emerald City Book Review Gem. Check out Top Ten Tuesday for many more lists (I couldn’t stick to just […]

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Top ten gift books from The Folio Society

Posted November 22, 2016 by Lory in lists / 16 Comments
Top ten gift books from The Folio Society

Next week’s Top Ten Tuesday encourages us to make a holiday gift list — and if you’re looking for a really special gift for the booklovers in your life, The Folio Society has much to offer. In case you haven’t yet encountered this amazing repository of beautifully designed, illustrated, and bound books, have a look […]

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Witch Week Day Two: Top Ten Reasons to Read Shirley Jackson

Posted November 1, 2016 by Lory in events, lists / 24 Comments
Witch Week Day Two: Top Ten Reasons to Read Shirley Jackson

Witch Week is about celebrating all kinds of fantasy literature, which can evoke many different moods and experiences — but because it takes place in the darkening days following Halloween, our reading choices may tend toward the creepier end of the spectrum. And for intelligently creepy entertainment, there is no one quite like Shirley Jackson, […]

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Top Ten Books on my Fall Review List

Posted October 25, 2016 by Lory in lists / 20 Comments
Top Ten Books on my Fall Review List

I’m so fortunate to have several publishers who send me review copies on a regular basis, and I want to do them justice by at least cracking them open for review consideration. However, fall seems to be an especially busy time all around, both for the publishers and for me, so I’ve been getting terribly […]

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Top Ten Villains (that aren’t)

Posted October 4, 2016 by Lory in lists / 28 Comments
Top Ten Villains (that aren’t)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic invites us to identify our favorite villains. Bad they may be, but one has to admit that without them to cause trouble, most stories would not even begin — so we need to be grateful for them too. The kind of villain I prefer, though, is not the pitch-black […]

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Top ten back to school books

Posted August 30, 2016 by Lory in lists / 27 Comments
Top ten back to school books

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from The Broke and the Bookish is “Back to School,” so I’ve come up with a list of ten of my favorite books that are set in schools, both realistic and fantastical. This list focuses on children’s and YA novels; I could do a whole different list of books […]

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Posted July 18, 2016 by Lory in lists / 31 Comments
It’s Monday! What are you reading?

This is my first time taking part in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by The Book Date, a popular meme that many bloggers I follow participate in. Kathryn of TBD is my partner for the July Comment Challenge, which inspired me to finally join in the fun. Three Men in a Boat is […]

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Top Ten Funniest Books by Women

Posted July 5, 2016 by Lory in lists / 32 Comments
Top Ten Funniest Books by Women

When I was writing my review of Lucky Jim, one of the most acclaimed comic novels of all time, I looked around to see what else was included on lists of the funniest books. I found that they were heavily dominated by male writers; this one from AbeBooks, for example, was chosen by British readers […]

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