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…
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.
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…
Brief reviews of my favorites of the books I read in February 2023, including some nonfiction book on watercolor and personal transformation, as well as several Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice) variations.
Brief reviews of my favorites of the books I read in January 2023, including mystery fiction, nonfiction, and several Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice) variations.
This seems as good a day as any to finish up my year-end transition for reading books, since I just finished the last Christmas story I’d set aside to read in 2022, day-before-yesterday, nearly two weeks into 2023. Sometimes, in rebellious moments, I wonder why we insist on these demarcations between time periods, especially ending the year in the middle of a season. It feels so arbitrary to me, especially this year, for some reason. Maybe it’s that the same weather patterns are continuing, and I have some ongoing projects that are the same projects now as they were in December.
A peek at the background of Jane Austen’s stories, and an exploration into how she might have celebrated Christmas. Links, quotes, and further reading sources included.
The Classic Tradition of Haiku: An Anthology, by Faubion Bower. The collection in this anthology of classic haiku is gathered from the works of traditionally recognized haiku masters from Japanese history.
If you love the English language, if you do a lot of writing, or if you want to communicate on a deeper level in everything you write, then this book might interest you. Even if you don’t write that much yourself, but enjoy reading thoughtful writing in the form of essays, I recommend this.