Friday, December 31, 2021
I read 10 fiction books this year.
The first I read was The Swiss Summer which I wrote a bit about here. I am currently reading a second book by Stella Gibbons, and am just as happy with it. Thanks again to the Dean Street Press for publishing these wonderful works by women whom most of us have not heard of. I also read three by Molly Clavering. You may read about her here.
I read three works of Japanese literature that I thought so original, so different from anything I have read before.
I thought The Bishop's Wife by Robert Nathan to be quite odd, not anywhere near as good as the movie!
I wrote about the Boy... by Charlie Mackesy here. Not impressed.
The other fiction was the prequel James Runcie wrote - the prequel to the Grantchester mysteries, called The Road To Grantchester. It was excellent.
Only 3 non-fiction but all of them were utter gems! The Splendid and The Vile, Citizens of London, and A Child's Christmas in Wales.
8 children's books. Most were so-so but Cynthia Rylant's The Old Woman Who Named Things and The Railway Children by Edith Nesbitt were wonderful.
1 mystery thriller still scares me to think of it.
1 book of poetry - A Shropshire Lad by A.E. Housman. I was sure I would love it, but I didn't. I loved some lines but was not interested in much of it.
I'll save the stats for another post.
In 2021 I read 62 books, of which 39 were mysteries.
Finished the Harriette Ashbook series that I raved about last year.
Monday, December 27, 2021
How do you feel? The Old Woman Who Named Things
Describe where you currently live: On - A High Wire in Nuala
If you could go anywhere, where would you go? A Child's Christmas in Wales
Your favorite form of transportation: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse - the last named
Friday, December 24, 2021
I want to thank my most loyal and kind readers. I love it that you are always there even when I rarely do a blog post. I am so hoping for, as The Kinks say, better things in the coming year. So here is our 2021 Christmas card for you. It may not have come through the mail but it is just as heartfelt.
Monday, December 20, 2021
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Each year I bring out this dear little book with all the other Christmas books. I don't think I have ever read it in its entirety until now. Most people seem to catagorize it as "prose poetry". Whatever it is called, I loved it so much, and I find myself admiring the film version even more because it is very true to Thomas' words. I've written about the movie here, if you would like to read it.
I had forgotten that I gave it to my mother.
It clutches at my heart and makes me cry - the way she wrote "my Nan". She died three years later.
Two years earlier, Tom had given her this album on the first Christmas after my father died.