Month in Review: April and May, 2018

Posted June 3, 2018 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 21 Comments
Month in Review: April and May, 2018

For the better part of these two months I took a break from blogging to deal with some personal issues, but things have settled down and I’m so glad to be back. Not to mention so grateful for all the support from this wonderful book blogging community. Thank you, again. I’ll just list the books […]

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I’m back – and thank you

Posted May 27, 2018 by Lory in personal / 54 Comments
I’m back – and thank you

I was not very comfortable with real-life social situations when I was growing up. I was shy, even withdrawn, and deeply sensitive. The aggressive, outward-oriented demands of school were often too much for me, so I retreated into the world of books. That was where I could engage with and learn from people, events, and […]

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Do you read (or write) poetry?

Posted April 8, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 30 Comments
Do you read (or write) poetry?

I used to read a fair amount of poetry but have fallen out of the habit in recent years. Lately I’ve been hungering for it, though, and so I picked up The Heart’s Time compiled by Janet Morley, which offers a poem a day for the season of Lent and the first week after Easter, […]

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Month in Review: March 2018

Posted April 1, 2018 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 18 Comments
Month in Review: March 2018

  I completed way fewer books than usual this month — my attention has been scattered and divided with lots of things going on at work and home, so it’s been difficult to concentrate. I actually have several ongoing reads I’m working on simultaneously, so I’m still reading, just not very fast. I do hope […]

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My book acquisition ban: How did it go?

Posted March 28, 2018 by Lory in challenges / 31 Comments
My book acquisition ban: How did it go?

We’ve nearly made it to the fourth month of the year, so I’m also nearly done with my self-imposed three-month book acquisition ban. My goal was to not acquire any books from any outside source — bookstore, library, online, publishers — and only read books I already have in the house. So how did it […]

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Les Miserables: The first three months

Posted March 25, 2018 by Lory in challenges / 18 Comments
Les Miserables: The first three months

As I proceed through the Chapter-a-day Readalong of Les Miserables, I thought it might be good to check in every quarter or so rather than leaving it all till the end of the year (when I might have forgotten all about what happened in January). These months took us through the first part, “Fantine,” which […]

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New Release Review: The Maze at Windermere

Posted March 18, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
New Release Review: The Maze at Windermere

Gregory Blake Smith, The Maze at Windermere (2018) As regular readers of this blog know, I have the joy and honor of being a graduate of Carleton College (model for Blackstock College in the novel Tam Lin – click on the link for a tour). So when I learned one of my favorite professors in […]

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Classics Club: The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

Posted March 14, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 21 Comments
Classics Club: The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

Penelope Lively, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (1973) When I read Penelope Lively’s Booker Prize-winning Moon Tiger, I was underwhelmed. Unfortunately, I can’t remember quite why. I think it was because I could not connect emotionally with the main character, and found the novel ultimately empty and dull in spite of the literary skill of […]

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What books should I buy?

Posted March 11, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 44 Comments
What books should I buy?

  By this I don’t mean to ask for specific suggestions of books I should purchase (though you can feel free to make them), but to question what criteria I should employ when facing the vast multiplicity of reading material available. Now that my three month book acquisition ban is winding down, I can start […]

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