Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What I'm reading.

I love to read and often have two or more books going at the same time. I tend to forget where I put one down so it helps to have another one nearby to pick up and read.

1. Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy by Richard Davis and associate professor of philosophy at Tyndale University College and William Irwin a professor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

For some of us we simply can't get enough of Alice in Wonderland. Who knew when I received my first hard bound copy that I would fall so deeply in love with it. To have a movie coming out in March of this year is just over the top.

This books takes a look at why Lewis Carroll introduces a blue caterpillar who smokes a hookah, to why a cat whose grin remains after its head has faded away. Is it all nonsense? Are there life lessons in the book?

I'll let you know. :)

2. Barnes and Knoble has wonderful three packs of Moleskine journals for sale. There is a 5 "x 8 1/4" and a 7" x 10" one. I have both the black bound set and today I picked up the brown wrapping paper colored ones. I mean can you ever have enough Moleskines?

3. I want to learn how to cook more Indian food. I absolutely love the spices and many are healthy for our body systems. I found one called The Everything Indian Cookbook by Monica Bhide. Three hundred recipes for any occasion and lots of favorites are in the book, like Malabari coconut rice and Tandoori chicken.

4. For inspiration I picked up a copy of Patchwork Quiltmania, The quilt magazine. I sometimes fall in love with a cover design only to find the inside of a magazine is all fluff. This one isn't. Lots and lots of gorgeous quilts. Something to get your creative juices going. There is a good healthy mix of traditional and art quilts in this magazine.

5. Quilters Newsletter - hmmm well I have to admit I stopped buying this a while ago. I probably would have passed on this issue if it hadn't had been left out by somebody, on the bench, and I wanted to sit down. I opened it to the last page and there was an amazing piece by Nancy DiDonato. She said that in February 2008 she set out to make one circular piece each day. No plan. She attached them with fasteners so the circles are all linked together but can be rearranged and are even reversible. Just amazing! The fasteners are like the kind in Riley's car seat that snap her arm belts together.

6. My Library Murder Mystery group meets on the first Monday of the month. I'm going to be missing February but Liz, the Librarian that leads the group gave me the book anyway to read.
She suggested I do a book report. Isn't she cute?
So, I'll be reading Winter and Night by S.J. Rozan, a woman writer. The story features the private investigator Bill Smith and his partner, Lydis Chin.
In March we will be meeting to talk about A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church.

7. I am also reading Fire Light, The life of Angel De Cora, Winnebago Artist, written by Linda Waggoner

8. For reading on the plane I've got The Riddle of the River by Catherine Shaw. A 19th century mystery concerning a woman found drowned in the river. "Have notions of respectability really changed so much? Or are the new found female freedoms merely a thin veneer, masking social expectations that, for women at least, are no less restrictive than they were in the past?"
I'll also be taking The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas, another woman writer. Blue chalk circles begin to appear on the pavement in neighborhoods around Paris. Detective Commissaire Adamsberg does not think they are amusing. Each circle contains bizarre objects.
Can't wait to read this one.

9. My new free bookmark from my local library features Masterpiece Classic EMMA, All new Jane Austen Miniseries.

10. Lost starts on February 2nd. John asked me if we were watching it again this year and since it's the last season, OF COURSE. SIGH I've stuck it out this long by golly I'm going to finish watching it.

11. The regular book club at the library is reading Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner for February 9th. I need to pick that one up for my trip, to read.

12. And the First Thursday Book Club, for the March 4th meeting, is reading The Invisible Wall: a Love Story That Broke Barriers by Harry Bernstein.

That's it for now. Got lots of books on my nightstand.



Wolynski said...

How do you have time for all this and blogging as well? Makes me dizzy. Somerset Maugham only wrote from 10am to 1 pm every day and then played bridge, his true passion. I suspect he wrote only to maintain his bridge habit. His output was only second to Balzac's.
Love Indian food, especially if there's mango chutney involved.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

How do hold your concentration to make art? write? photograph? plus write incredible blogs? I am going to see if my library has The Chalk Circle...this sounds fascinating. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I was so happy to hear from you...you have never left my heart and I am sending you warmth and gentle hugs as you face this next chapter in your life. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart