Are you going to Book Expo?

Posted April 16, 2017 by Lory in discussions / 29 Comments
Are you going to Book Expo?

A year ago, I was so envious of all those who got to go to Book Expo America in Chicago that I thought I would make it a priority to attend this year, when it would be in New York and not require a plane trip. I would have to get time off from work, […]

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The 1951 Club: My Cousin Rachel

Posted April 12, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 38 Comments
The 1951 Club: My Cousin Rachel

Daphne Du Maurier, My Cousin Rachel (1951) The 1951 Club is the latest in a series of events put together by Simon of Stuck in a Book and Karen of Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings, which encourages us to read books published in a particular year. Please visit Simon’s blog for links to other 1951 books — […]

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New Release Review: May Cause Love

Posted April 9, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 13 Comments
New Release Review: May Cause Love

Kassi Underwood, May Cause Love (2017) At the age of nineteen, Kassi Underwood had an abortion. She was a directionless college student, drinking too much and pursuing a road-to-nowhere relationship with a drug dealer in the absence of her childhood sweetheart from her Kentucky home town. Abortion seemed the only logical, the only compassionate option, […]

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Mount TBR Checkpoint #1

Posted April 4, 2017 by Lory in challenges / 19 Comments
Mount TBR Checkpoint #1

Mount TBR Challenge host Bev of My Reader’s Block has posted some questions for our first quarterly checkpoint here. Here are my answers along with a list of what I’ve knocked off my pile so far. Tell us how many miles you’ve made it up your mountain (# of books read).  I’m impressed that I’ve […]

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New Release Review: Bronze and Sunflower

Posted April 2, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
New Release Review: Bronze and Sunflower

Cao Wenxuan, Bronze and Sunflower (Candlewick, 2017) A Chinese children’s classic finally comes to the English-speaking world with this gently absorbing tale of sorrow, friendship, and growth. Set in rural China during the Cultural Revolution, it centers on the relationship between Sunflower, a city girl who has come to the country with her artist father, […]

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Month in Review: March 2017

Posted March 26, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 29 Comments
Month in Review: March 2017

I’m quite chuffed with my progress on the Mount TBR Challenge. I had been intimidated by the height of my TBR pile, which had been steadily building up in the three years I’ve been blogging, but once I determinedly started out to read at least five books a month I enjoyed them all tremendously, and […]

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Three from Furrowed Middlebrow

Posted March 22, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Three from Furrowed Middlebrow

E. Nesbit, The Lark (1922) Elizabeth Fair, A Winter Away (1957) Ursula Orange, Tom Tiddler’s Ground (1941) As I’ve mentioned before, Furrowed Middlebrow Books represents what must surely be every blogger’s dream: a publishing imprint devoted to bringing back one reader’s list of forgotten favorites (mainly mid-century British fiction by women in this case).  The […]

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Trying to Understand Part 2: Dark Money

Posted March 19, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Trying to Understand Part 2: Dark Money

Jane Mayer, Dark Money (2016) As my highly non-political brain tries to grasp what is really behind the political and social upheavals of our time, I’m grateful for the books that are helping to give me some insight into these difficult and complex topics. Such a book was the first entry in this series, The […]

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To be a king: Mary Renault’s Theseus books

Posted March 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
To be a king: Mary Renault’s Theseus books

Mary Renault, The King Must Die (1958) Mary Renault, The Bull from the Sea (1962) What is a true king? That question runs throughout the two historical novels that Mary Renault wrote about Theseus, the legendary ruler of Athens. As the young hero grows up, from mysterious beginnings, through trials that test his strength both […]

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Stagecraft and swordplay: Scaramouche

Posted March 12, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Stagecraft and swordplay: Scaramouche

Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche (1921) After watching the 1952 movie of Scaramouche, with its brilliant fencing matches between Mel Ferrer and Stewart Granger, I became curious to read the book. How would the author deal with these exciting action sequences? And would the book give more context and background for the historical and political aspects of […]

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