Month in Review: January 2015

Posted January 26, 2015 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 20 Comments
Month in Review: January 2015

One of my blogging goals this year is to write a monthly review post. Here I can keep better track of my reading overall, since I don’t post about every book I read. I would also like to highlight some of my favorite posts by other bloggers, and maybe some other fun things that I […]

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A Party for Margery: Two by Margery Sharp

Posted January 25, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
A Party for Margery: Two by Margery Sharp

Margery Sharp, The Nutmeg Tree (1937) Margery Sharp, Cluny Brown (1944) When Fleur in Her World alerted me to the existence of a charming and witty but largely forgotten mid-20th-century novelist, I was glad to join in with the fun of celebrating Margery Sharp’s 110th birthday by reading and reviewing a book or two. And […]

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Beautiful Books: Pinocchio

Posted January 23, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
Beautiful Books: Pinocchio

Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio (1883; Limited Editions Club, 1937) Growing up, I was lucky to have a few books illustrated by Richard Floethe: Ballet Shoes and Circus Shoes by Noel Streatfeild, as well as Pinocchio. Floethe’s strong, minimalist images were very striking to me, with their clean lines and simple shapes. Like many who develop a […]

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New Release Review: The Just City

Posted January 16, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
New Release Review: The Just City

Jo Walton, The Just City (Tor, 2015) Nobody can take an idea and run with it like Jo Walton. This is the writer who gave us a Trollopean social satire populated by dragons (Tooth and Claw), a country house murder mystery that turns into a chilling alternate history of a Fascist England (Farthing), and a […]

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Put the Library on Hold: Mid-month check-in

Posted January 15, 2015 by Lory in challenges / 12 Comments
Put the Library on Hold: Mid-month check-in

It’s the middle of January, and as promised here is a status update on my Put the Library on Hold challenge. So far I’ve read five of the books lurking on my shelves, a nice mix of fiction, non-fiction, new-to-me books and rereads (see the original post for which ones). They have all been wonderful, […]

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What makes a great book blog design?

Posted January 12, 2015 by Lory in discussions / 41 Comments
What makes a great book blog design?

Graphic design is an art form that we don’t always think about because it surrounds us every day, yet I’m fascinated by how it subtly influences our experience of everything we read. I recently had my own blog redesigned to reflect my own preferences, and I’ve noticed both that it both gives me significantly more […]

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Back to the Moors: Wuthering Heights

Posted January 9, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
Back to the Moors: Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights (1847, Folio Society, 1991) Illustration by Rovina Cai Wuthering Heights has never been my favorite Bronte novel. I first read it in high school as one of the required texts for my British Lit class (the gloomy purplish Signet Classics cover is still stamped on my brain). All the characters with […]

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Words and Pictures: My Brilliant Friend

Posted January 5, 2015 by Lory in quotes / 6 Comments
Words and Pictures: My Brilliant Friend

There was something unbearable in the things, in the people, in the buildings, in the streets that, only if you reinvented it all, as in a game, became acceptable. The essential, however, was to know how to play, and she and I, only she and I, knew how to do it. Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant […]

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