Are there too many books?

Posted March 8, 2020 by Lory in discussions / 35 Comments
Are there too many books?

  In my youth, books were not always easy to find; now they seem to be assaulting me from every direction. New, old, domestic, imported, print books, e-books, conventionally published, self-published…. This abundance is amazing, but it sometimes feels a bit oppressive. Even though I have a “no review requests” policy on my blog, I […]

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Month in Review: February 2020

Posted March 1, 2020 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 23 Comments
Month in Review: February 2020

This month, I thought more about my reading goals and how I might plan to meet them. I’m really enjoying reading books representing various countries of the world and I’ve finished a few more this month. I managed to finish one nonfiction book this month — the excellent The Body Keeps the Score. I’m interested […]

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Back to the Classics: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Posted February 23, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Back to the Classics: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) I’m not a horror fan, so I’ve never made an effort to read the classics of the genre — but for one reason or another, in the last few years I’ve read Frankenstein, Dracula, and now this brief but hugely influential tale […]

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Classics Club: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Posted February 16, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Classics Club: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) The publication of Maya Angelou’s autobiography (which eventually took up seven volumes) was a real landmark in many ways. It was a frank and deeply personal exploration of the Black American experience, from the chaos following slavery to our own muddled times. It gave voice […]

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Do you have a reading plan?

Posted February 9, 2020 by Lory in discussions / 46 Comments
Do you have a reading plan?

  At the beginning of the year, I love reading about other people’s reading goals and making my own. I also sympathize with those who want to have no or very few goals. Nobody should feel that reading has to be a chore. This year, I noticed that some people have more specific plans than […]

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Month in Review: January 2020

Posted February 2, 2020 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 31 Comments
Month in Review: January 2020

As I was reviewing and updating my reading goals, I decided that a major goal for me this year is to read more books from or strongly representing different countries around the world. I got a good start this month! I read Pachinko, a multi-generational saga about Koreans in Japan; The House of the Spirits […]

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New Reprint Review: Three by D.E. Stevenson

Posted January 26, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
New Reprint Review: Three by D.E. Stevenson

D.E. Stevenson, Vittoria Cottage (1949) D.E. Stevenson, Music in the Hills (1950) D.E. Stevenson, Winter and Rough Weather (1951) My definition of a comfort read is “a book about a place you’d like to be, full of people you’d like to be with.” With all the cozy literary havens out there, I’m always up for […]

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Beautiful Books: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Posted January 22, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
Beautiful Books: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1847) January 17, 2020 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Anne Brontë, bringing the attention of the world to the youngest and least celebrated of the three literary sisters from Yorkshire. The Folio Society has marked the occasion by releasing a new edition of Anne’s second […]

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Back to the Classics Challenge

Posted January 19, 2020 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 31 Comments
Back to the Classics Challenge

Having finished my goal of reading 50 books from my Classics Club list, I have a hankering for another classics-based challenge. And so I return to Back to the Classics, which I’ve participated in in the past and enjoyed very much. The categories chosen by Karen of Books and Chocolate give an added layer of […]

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Should I read more current books?

Posted January 12, 2020 by Lory in discussions / 50 Comments
Should I read more current books?

  At this time of year there are loads of lists of favorite books from the previous year, and of titles anticipated for this one. I’ve generally not read most of the former, nor do I tend to immediately stuff the latter onto my already groaning TBR list. I just do not keep up with […]

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