Wrap Up

Lori's Book Loft Archive  My blog's purpose is to showcase books and I’m excited to have independent authors and traditionally published authors, agents, and publishers approach me asking for a review. 

Recently,  Feedspot notified me that Lori's Book Loft made the Top 100 Book Review Blogs from thousands of top Book Review blogs in their index using their search and social metrics. 

My reviews are listed by author's last name. I have a special selection for Children BooksPoetry, Comics & Graphic NovelsMilitary/War Reads,  Cat ReadsDogs Reads. I try to include a synopsis, my thoughts, and links to the author, or photos from the galley packet. 

You can find a few of my author interviews here

Since I read a number of books, I've highlighted my monthly wrap-ups and special selections with links below. 

2018 Loft Reads
November Loft Reads
October Loft Reads
September Loft  Reads
August 2018 Loft Reads
July 2018 Loft Reads
June 2018 Loft Reads
May 2018 Loft Reads
April 2018 Loft Reads
March 2018 Loft Reads
February 2018 Loft Reads
January 2018 Loft Reads

2017 Loft Reads

December 2017 Loft Reads
November 2017 Loft Reads

October 2017 Loft Reads 

June 2017 Loft Reads
The 2017 Loft Book Challenge Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge.

Special Selections

Author Gene Stratton Porter's Home and nearby Ceylon Covered Bridge

The Mazza Museum is the world’s largest collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators. The Museum’s goal is to promote literacy and enrich the lives of all people through the art of picture books.

The Brumback Library 
Nestled in the heart of Van Wert, Ohio, amid antique stores and vintages shops is the first County Library formed in the United StatesThe architecture is a combination of Gothic and Romanesque. The library has turreted towers and a Ludowici tile roof and I found it to be the perfect place to find your next best read.

Christmas Joy “He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.”  Jack London, The Call of the Wild

What Makes a Book Worth Reading A good book is one that makes the reader feel. It takes the reader on a compelling journey. Calling a book “good” is an opinion that can be applied to any book

Devoted to Reading “No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet.” ― Mary Wortley Montagu 

Reading Styles and Views
Style in literature is the literary element that describes the ways that the author uses words — the author's word choice, sentence structure, figurative language, and sentence arrangement all work together to establish mood, images, and meaning in the text. 

Mary Higgins Clark Reads

The Promise of Prose
Promising is the very air of the time; it opens the eyes of expectation; performance is ever the duller for his act; and, but in the plainer and simpler kind of people, the deed of saying is quite out of use. To promise is most courtly and fashionable; performance is a kind of will, or testament, which argues a great sickness in his judgment that makes it.

A Beautiful Day Here In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time. Leonardo da Vinci

A Thankful Thought 
Many years ago, we were on a crowded beach and everyone cheered as the sun went down. We learned this is a nightly celebration done to reinforce the idea of being thankful for each day. Photo of sundown near our home.

Book Loving Instagram In all honesty, what I have learned while pouring over coffee, and clicking through page after page of Instagram accounts, is more than it being visually interesting with antique typewriters, and gorgeous shelves, and shops,  I find it is a quick way, for me, to find a variety of personal perspectives on  everything from contemporary to rare editions, while providing helpful recommendations on new releases and I love that it permits me to translate languages with the click of the button. 

Special Thanks 

Guest Contributor Greg Hickey for Six Philosophical Fiction Portraits

 An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language." - Martin Buber   

My dog Monroe says, "It's a Wrap Up!"

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