Giveaway Day: Armchair BEA Day Four

Posted May 29, 2014 by Lory in giveaways / 20 Comments
Giveaway Day: Armchair BEA Day Four

Today is Giveaway Day at Armchair BEA, that wonderful virtual conference for bloggers who can’t attend the live-action Book Expo America in NYC. I’m giving this topic a somewhat personal spin: as I mentioned in my introduction post, one of my jobs is working as Managing Editor for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North […]

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Keeping It Short: Armchair BEA Day Three

Posted May 28, 2014 by Lory in lists / 12 Comments
Keeping It Short: Armchair BEA Day Three

  Confession: I do not generally like novellas or short stories. If a story is worth telling, it seems to me it should go on for as long as possible — or at least for a good couple of hundred pages. I’m usually left unsatisfied by shorter works of fiction, and my favorite books tend […]

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Author Interactions: Armchair BEA Day Two

Posted May 27, 2014 by Lory in events / 17 Comments
Author Interactions: Armchair BEA Day Two

For Day Two of Armchair BEA, we’re sharing something about interactions with authors. I’ve met a few authors and attended some readings I enjoyed, but my favorite interaction has to be the letter I received from Robin McKinley when I wrote to her at age 14. Among other questions (advice for would-be writers, favorite books), […]

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White Magic: Thornyhold and The White Witch

Posted May 23, 2014 by Lory in brief reviews / 4 Comments
White Magic: Thornyhold and The White Witch

Mary Stewart, Thornyhold (Morrow, 1988) Elizabeth Goudge, The White Witch (Coward-McCann, 1952) I was inspired by many recommendations to pick up one of Mary Stewart’s romantic novels at the library this week, and chose Thornyhold, the story of a young woman who unexpectedly inherits her cousin’s house in Wiltshire and finds that said cousin seems […]

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Quick Quotes: Bilgewater

Posted May 20, 2014 by Lory in quotes / 0 Comments
Quick Quotes: Bilgewater

You can’t pray for my trouble. Infatuation, it’s called. Being in love. Christianity is supposed to be all about love but it’s utterly useless when you’re in love. There’s not a blind thing you can do about being in love it seems to me except sit it out. Jesus said love one another. He said […]

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The Last Island: The Islands of Chaldea

Posted May 16, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
The Last Island: The Islands of Chaldea

Diana Wynne Jones (completed by Ursula Jones), The Islands of Chaldea (2014)  Like many who love the books of Diana Wynne Jones, I was intrigued last year to learn that her sister, Ursula Jones, was completing a final manuscript left unfinished at the author’s death. How could anyone take up the mantle of one of […]

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Joining the Classics Club

Posted May 12, 2014 by Lory in challenges / 5 Comments
Joining the Classics Club

For some company in my quest to expand my reading horizons, I’m joining The Classics Club — an online community that encourages bloggers to read and blog about classic fiction. The challenge is to make a personal list of at least 50 classics (the definition of which is up to you) and read and post […]

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From Austen to Atwood: The art of the Balbusso sisters

Posted May 9, 2014 by Lory in design / 4 Comments
From Austen to Atwood: The art of the Balbusso sisters

Eugene Onegin The Handmaid’s Tale The artwork of Anna and Elena Balbusso first caught my eye in the Folio Society catalog, with their stunning illustrations for two very different books, Alexander Pushkin’s classic novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin and Margaret Atwood’s modern dystopian nightmare The Handmaid’s Tale. Then I noticed that they were the cover artists for […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten book covers

Posted May 6, 2014 by Lory in design, lists / 18 Comments
Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten book covers

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt, sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish, is “Top ten book covers I’d frame as pieces of art.” I love beautiful book covers, so this was a fun list to create! Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order).     1. I love the work of […]

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