A Reader’s Journey: My Life in Middlemarch

Posted July 18, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
A Reader’s Journey: My Life in Middlemarch

Rebecca Mead, My Life in Middlemarch (2014)   Why aren’t there more books like this? Rebecca Mead takes us on a deeply personal, yet wide-ranging tour of one of her life’s touchstones, Middlemarch by George Eliot. In the process we learn about Eliot’s own life and times, gaining insights into the origins of the book’s […]

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Library Loot: July 16

Posted July 16, 2014 by Lory in lists / 7 Comments
Library Loot: July 16

  Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire of The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, check out those blogs on Wednesdays to link up your post. Here’s my loot for this week: Old […]

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Delighting in Absurdities: Barchester Towers

Posted July 11, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Delighting in Absurdities: Barchester Towers

Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers (1857) For me, the key to Barchester Towers was found near the end, in this passage: The sorrows of our heroes and heroines, they are your delight, oh public! Their sorrows, or their sins, or their absurdities; not their virtues, good sense, and consequent rewards.  Indeed, Trollope’s gift lies in creating […]

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Brought to you by the letter O

Posted July 5, 2014 by Lory in lists / 6 Comments
Brought to you by the letter O

This is a meme started by Simon of Stuck in a Book. He picked his favorite book, author, song, film and object starting with a randomly-chosen letter, and said he would assign a letter to anybody responding in the comments who wanted to do the same. I responded, and got assigned…Z. Ouch. He took pity […]

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Beautiful Books: Picturing Jane Austen, Part Three

Posted July 4, 2014 by Lory in design / 2 Comments
Beautiful Books: Picturing Jane Austen, Part Three

After a brief hiatus, we’re back to Jane Austen with the third part of a series looking at different illustrated editions of her six novels. (Click here for Part One, and here for Part Two.) Today’s volumes under consideration are not as striking as some of the others, but they have a quiet charm of […]

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Top Ten Classics You Might Not Have Heard Of

Posted July 1, 2014 by Lory in lists / 22 Comments
Top Ten Classics You Might Not Have Heard Of

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is “Top Ten Classic Books,” or variations thereof. My favorite classic books don’t really need any more publicity from me (e.g. Great Expectations, Twelfth Night, Leaves of Grass), so I decided to make a list of classic books I love that aren’t […]

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The Magic of Friendship: Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth

Posted June 27, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
The Magic of Friendship: Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth

E.L. Konigsburg, Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth (1967) Realizing that I’ve read many, but not all, of E.L. Konigsburg’s fantastically-titled novels, I’ve decided to try to read all fourteen of them in publication order…no deadline. If you’ve any interest in reading along, let me know! First up is Jennifer, Hecate (etc.), a […]

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Beautiful Books: Picturing Jane Austen, Part Two

Posted June 20, 2014 by Lory in design / 8 Comments
Beautiful Books: Picturing Jane Austen, Part Two

This is Part Two of my series covering different illustrated editions of the six novels of Jane Austen. For Part One, click here. My earliest Austen acquisition was the 2007 Folio Society edition of Emma, illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat, which I purchased as part of my membership renewal. This is one of three matching Austen […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten TBR Books This Summer

Posted June 17, 2014 by Lory in lists / 17 Comments
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten TBR Books This Summer

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, here are ten books I want to read this summer. 1-3. Old Filth Trilogy by Jane Gardam: Old Filth, The Man in the Wooden Hat, and Last Friends With the third volume out now, I’m due for a reread of the […]

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