Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

What I Read on my Summer Vacation (a round-up)

Just because the Foxes were on holiday doesn’t mean we weren’t reading. Unlike some of my fellow Foxes, I wasn’t traveling, so in a way, I had more opportunity to … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Princess by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

When we were planning this week, Bookfox Kate suggested this poem to me and I thought it was a great idea. I’ve read lots of Tennyson’s works, but to my … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · 4 Comments

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Revisiting a VL Classic, originally posted in December 2007 I am always startled by how short this book is. A cultural icon ought to be the size of Micheangelo’s David … Continue reading

December 15, 2010 · 4 Comments

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

Nearly all of us have read Alice in Wonderland and most of us know it was based on a real little girl. Some of us wonder what happened to her … Continue reading

March 22, 2010 · 6 Comments

Unquiet Slumbers

From time to time, the Foxes own up to their personal literary favourites.  Jackie’s is Oscar and Lucinda, Lisa opted – rather endearingly – for Victoria Plum.  Today, it’s Moira’s … Continue reading

May 8, 2009 · 21 Comments

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch

This is a perfect example of a cozy mystery. The characters frequently repair to a book-lined library, where they have tea and toast before a warm fire while it snows … Continue reading

June 23, 2008 · 5 Comments



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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)