Sometimes, while reading certain passages in The Moonspinners this time around, I got the impression that Mary Stewart was already, in 1961-1962, working on what I consider her masterpiece, The Crystal Cave.
This is the kind of writing that holds me spellbound in that later book, and it’s typically a point of interest in any of her romantic suspense novels, when it occurs.
Back at the start of 2022, I deliberately set out to read less than in 2021, because I read at night before sleep, and I have trouble getting enough sleep. So I started 2022 with a reading challenge of just 12, and when I reached that I doubled it to 24, though I ended the year 2022…
The future of my favorite reads posts I’m covering two months of reading with this post. That would cause it to be extra long if I listed all the four or five-star reads as I have in the past, so I’ll place the Jane Austen variations last, and include only those I like so much…
I’ve written here before about my love-hate relationship with movies from books, or at least about the dichotomy they present. I found this video about how the story was adapted to film a fascinating look at the process of taking a story from one medium to another, and why certain things are done.
It’s early in the year yet, but Awaken Your Genius, by Ozan Varol, may turn out to be, for me, the best nonfiction read of 2023.
I just had the pleasure of reading this book, which is not so much a pleasure-reading experience as it is eye-opening, even mind-opening, though it’s also a pleasure to read. I’m 66, and I have to say, this book made me feel young and ready to look at myself more clearly so that I can navigate a path forward with more self-knowledge. For the same reasons, if I knew a teenager I wanted to buy a gift for, I’d get them this book.
I want to take a moment to share this here while it’s on my mind. I’ve watched/heard this video a number of times because it’s a favorite of my spouse’s, and sometimes we watch music videos in the evenings. This one, every time we come back to it, amazes me yet again. I love how it brings musician friends from around the world together in one performance.
Bach’s Prelude in c minor for 6 Instruments played by Sansar Sangidorj and friends.
For those who, like me, can’t seem to get enough Jane Austen, whether it’s her books, information about her, variations on her works, or discussion of her works, I thought I’d share some of my finds. This will probably span several blog posts. First, there are a few YouTube channels I follow that provide content about Jane Austen or her fiction, some of them only occasionally, some more frequently. Here are a few of my favorite videos they’ve shared.
An Affectionate Heart by Heather Moll is one of those novels that I thought about immediately rereading as soon as I finished it. It’s a fresh take on Pride and Prejudice that mostly takes place in Meryton. There are so many passages I wanted to linger over, yet I also wanted to find out what happened next, so I frequently moved along too quickly to savor everything I wished to.
My 4- to 5-star reads for April 2023. Note, some of these books may only be available from Amazon and/or as Kindle ebooks. April was a busy reading month, and I also pored over a number of yarn craft books. I posted about those on my other blog, Swatches Yarns and Frogs.
I can’t believe it’s late April already. This year is speeding by so far. Here — finally — are the books I rated as 4- or 5-star reads in March 2023. Note, these aren’t necessarily new or even new-to-me books. I read lots of older books, and I tend to reread favorites. Some may not…