Thursday, March 5, 2015

Featured Blogger: Lory from The Emerald City Book Review

Today please welcome Lory, 


What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?

Many years ago, when I was teaching elementary school and living in the Seattle area, I produced a few issues of a newsletter about children's books. I called it The Emerald City Book Review, a nod to Seattle's nickname and to my own origins as a reader in the Land of Oz. When I decided to start a book blog, I named it in honor of my original publication (even though it's not exclusively about children's books, and I no longer live in Seattle). I gave it the subtitle "A Reader's Journey" -- because to me reading really is a wonderful adventure.

How long have you been blogging?

Just over a year.

Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?

It's completely based on my personal reading tastes, which are rather whimsical and will vary with the season and my mood. I hope that's not too confusing for readers, but I want it to have a personal touch.

What genres do you write about most, and why?

In my first year I wrote a lot of reviews of classic fiction and children's books, but that might change at any moment.

What's one book you think everyone should read?

If I forced everyone to read one book, some of them would hate it and me, which would be very distressing. But I wish more people would try Diana Wynne Jones. She's absolutely brilliant (if you are not allergic to fantasy).

Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?

I don't write in books any more, though I did plenty of underlining and highlighting when I was in school.

What's your favorite place to read or blog?

Right now (February in New Hampshire), a cozy chair by a roaring fire, or else I'd love to be whisked off to a hammock between two palm trees on a balmy beach.

What have you learned from other bloggers or your readers?

Be honest and true to yourself. Don't be afraid to reach out. If you're not enjoying it, it's not worth it.

Do you judge a book by its cover, or its lover?

Both! I am definitely swayed by appearance and I'm a sucker for beautifully produced books. I also love to discover new books and authors through readers I know and trust. Blogs are great for that.

One book you like that no one else seems to, or vice versa?

The Fault in Our Stars -- I hated the characters, the story, the writing style, the whole terrible pretentious package. I did finish it for some reason, however.

To DNF or not to DNF?

I used to try to finish books that were not working for me, just to give them a chance, but I've decided life is too short for that.

What's one book that intimidates you?

War and Peace.

If you could go to any literary destination, where would you go?

Real: Yorkshire, England
Imaginary: Narnia

How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?

I sing in a small a capella choir, which at least gets me out of the house once a week. I'm also a spinner and knitter, though I go through definite crafty and non-crafty phases. Cooking and baking are part of my day job, but I enjoy those as well. I also love hiking in the mountains with my husband and son.

What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?

Some of my favorites include The Wizard of Oz, A Room with a View, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Princess Bride, and Much Ado About Nothing.

What are 3 favorite posts or reviews you've read by other book bloggers?

Ten Favorite Illustrators at Behold the Stars
Cover trends at River City Reading
Charlotte vs. Emily debate at Vulpes Libris


Thank you for joining us today, Lory! Remember to check out Lory's blog, The Emerald City Book Review, and leave a comment or question.


  1. Great interview! I got my start as a serious reader in the Land of Oz. I did not know the Emerald City is a nickname for Seattle -- why is that?

    I love your favorite book to movie adaptations!

  2. Thanks Irene! This was a fun interview to do.

    I'm assuming the nickname is because Seattle is very green (due to the mild climate) and very beautiful--the natural setting between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, flanked by the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, is pretty spectacular. When the sun shines, it's really like an emerald city!

    1. I have never been to the West Coast, but my son and I will be spending a weekend in Seattle in a couple of weeks. I am so excited! I just wish we could stay longer.

    2. Nice! I'm going to visit family in April and I can't wait.

  3. I love the name and idea behind your blog!

    I'm a newbie fan of DWJ. Did you know that We Be Reading hosts DWJ March, a month completely devoted to the author?!? If you haven't checked it out, I highly recommend you do so. She's the one who introduced me to her!!

    1. Yay for DWJ! Yes, I've been excited about DWJ March ever since I found out about it last year. And Kristen of We Be Reading was kind enough to write a guest post for my "Witch Week" event in October/November. Enjoy the month!


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