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Should books be illustrated?

Posted August 18, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 15 Comments
Should books be illustrated?

  All books, in a sense, exist in order to bring forth pictures in the mind. But should those pictures be specifically embodied in a visual medium? When are illustrations helpful, and when are they distracting or disturbing? Is it better for readers to make their own images? Or can a good collaboration between author […]

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How do you remember what you read?

Posted July 21, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 35 Comments
How do you remember what you read?

  Reading is one thing, but remembering is something else. I love the experience of reading while I’m in it, but sometimes I wish the results were not so ephemeral. There are so many times a title is called to mind and I think “I know I read that — but I don’t remember anything […]

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Do I have to read depressing books?

Posted May 19, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 36 Comments
Do I have to read depressing books?

Since reading is not part of my job, nor am I currently in school, I don’t really have to read anything. But maybe because reading is and has always been a major avenue of self-development, we in the bookish community often carry a heavy sense of obligation. We feel as though there are books we […]

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Which books should I keep?

Posted February 10, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 44 Comments
Which books should I keep?

  As I mentioned recently on my other blog, Entering the Enchanted Castle, I’m going through a big transition in my life. My husband got a job in Switzerland and has just moved there to start working, while I plan to follow with our son when the school year ends. It’s been six years since […]

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How do you organize your TBR?

Posted January 13, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 34 Comments
How do you organize your TBR?

  Recently I went through my Goodreads “want to read” list and took off almost 200 books. Now I have a little over 100, which feels more manageable. I removed books that I’ve already read (duh), books I own (I don’t need a virtual reminder when I have a physical copy), and books that have […]

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What is a children’s book?

Posted December 9, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 29 Comments
What is a children’s book?

  Somebody once defined a children’s book as “any book that a child will read.” Which could be nearly anything–some children will read very strange and unexpected things, while other books earmarked for children languish on the shelf. I think our usual definitions have to do more with what adults think children will read, or […]

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Are there books you have outgrown?

Posted September 9, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 38 Comments
Are there books you have outgrown?

This question follows on from last month’s about rereading. As I grow older and reread some of my former favorites, I find that some of them have lost their luster. What formerly seemed so powerful and full of insight now shows its limitations. I might find it poorly written, or full of holes and inconsistencies […]

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Do you re-read?

Posted August 19, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 55 Comments
Do you re-read?

  There are two kinds of readers: those who re-read, and those who don’t. The latter group, represented in the extreme by Marie Kondo of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up fame, feels there is no reason to read a book again once it’s entered your brain. You’ve gotten what there is to glean from […]

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Are classics the best books to review?

Posted July 8, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 32 Comments
Are classics the best books to review?

  When I started this blog, I thought I would focus mainly on children’s books and fantasy, which for years formed my main reading interests. And I was excited to read and review new releases from many genres. But as things developed, and I discovered more blogs and The Classics Club, I began reading and […]

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How do you get rid of books?

Posted June 10, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 50 Comments
How do you get rid of books?

This query is twofold: how do you decide which books to pass on, and what do you then do with them? I’ve been dealing with these questions lately after completing my three-month book acquisition ban. I had gathered all (well, nearly all) of the unread books in my house into one place, and after three […]

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