Discussion challenge: 2019 review and 2020 signup

Posted December 18, 2019 by Lory in challenges / 22 Comments
Discussion challenge: 2019 review and 2020 signup

I’ve been doing the Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight since it began five years ago. That means I’ve posted more than 50 discussions so far, and I still haven’t run out of ideas! I always enjoy the lively conversation generated by these posts, and so […]

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How do you know a book is going to be good?

Posted December 15, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 32 Comments
How do you know a book is going to be good?

How do I know a book is going to be good? Well, I can tell you what does not necessarily help: A description that sounds good A blurb by an author I like Reviews that make it sound great I’m always getting sucked in by these marketing ploys, but even when they are from trustworthy […]

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New Reprint Review: Miss Carter and the Ifrit

Posted December 8, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Reprint Review: Miss Carter and the Ifrit

Susan Alice Kirby, Miss Carter and the Ifrit (1945) One of the latest of the ongoing series of Furrowed Middlebrow books from Dean Street press, Miss Carter and the Ifrit is a grown-up fairy tale that reminded me of the works of E. Nesbit (another FM author with The Lark). As so often with Nesbit, […]

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Month in Review: November 2019

Posted December 1, 2019 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 20 Comments
Month in Review: November 2019

This month, I read a book in French! I was not blown away by Coeur de Cristal by Frédéric Lenoir, a fairy-tale style novel about a prince who is unable to love, but it was easy to read and helped me with my efforts to improve my French skills. I hope to move on to […]

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Beautiful Books: Kindred

Posted November 24, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Beautiful Books: Kindred

Octavia Butler, Kindred (1979) Not that far into the reading of Octavia Butler’s fourth novel, recently released in a beautiful new edition from the Folio Society, I realized that the title is a pun. The innocuous term kindred — denoting likeness, similarity, or shared ancestry — can also be split into kin – dread — […]

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A wish come true: Howl’s Moving Castle

Posted November 21, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 15 Comments
A wish come true: Howl’s Moving Castle

For a long time, I’ve been wishing that the Folio Society would publish something, anything, by Diana Wynne Jones. And this year, my wish finally came true! Howl’s Moving Castle was the title for the 2019 House of Illustration competition cosponsored by Folio, and the winning entry has duly been published just in time for […]

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Do you find some book titles confusing?

Posted November 17, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 26 Comments
Do you find some book titles confusing?

  With the ever-proliferating number of books out there, it’s hardly surprising that some titles are similar or identical. What I do find surprising is that some of these books are not separated by years or genres, but are published close together, making confusion quite likely. One would think publishers and authors would take more […]

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Classics Club: My Brilliant Career

Posted November 10, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
Classics Club: My Brilliant Career

Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career (1901) Here’s a book I’ve heard about for so long, but never read — the perfect pick for a Classics Club Spin, as well as a chance to take part in Brona’s Australian Reading Month event, and to represent another country in my Reading Around the World project. But even […]

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Nonfiction November: Book Pairing

Posted November 6, 2019 by Lory in events / 12 Comments
Nonfiction November: Book Pairing

Hooray, it’s Nonfiction November, one of my favorite blog events! Click on the link for a complete schedule. This week’s topic is “Book Pairings,” hosted by Sarah’s Book Shelves — pair up a fiction and nonfiction book you’ve read, that are linked in some way. I did not have to look far to find a […]

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