What I Read – May 2023

Read: Life and Holiness - Thomas Merton (Herder and Herder, 1963) Stone Blind - Natalie Haynes (Harper, 2022) Picnic at Hanging Rock - Joan Lindsay (Penguin Books, 2017) Cousins - Aurora Venturini (translated from the Spanish by Kit Maude) (Soft Skull Press, 2023) When Women Were Dragons - Kelly Barnhill (Random House Audio, 2022) Life… Continue reading What I Read – May 2023

Reading with Pearl & Rose: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

/ Princess Celie lives in a magic castle. Castle Glower creates new rooms (primarily on Tuesdays), growing and changing to meet the needs of the royal family and its guests. Celie is the youngest child of the current King Glower and the one who knows the castle best. She loves her castle, with all of… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Book Review: Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

I think I went about reading this book in the wrong way. A group of young ladies from a posh boarding school in Australia, two of their teachers, and a driver, spend St. Valentine's Day having a picnic at a place called Hanging Rock. Before they prepare to leave, four of the girls receive permission… Continue reading Book Review: Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

(Audio) Book Review: When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

One of the central points of When Women Were Dragons is an event referred to as The Mass Dragoning. In this version of our world, women have always possessed the ability to transform into dragons - either by choice or happenstance, no one is quite sure. But in 1955, unprecedented numbers of women across the… Continue reading (Audio) Book Review: When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

2023 Highlights: May

In no particular order... Finally getting some gardening done. Busy schedules and a digging dog prevented me from starting as early as I'd intended. Peter has been working hard at making my garden dog-proof and I'm so pleased with his work. We even have more gardening space than before. A tree that we were already… Continue reading 2023 Highlights: May

Book Review: Womb by Leah Hazard

The subtitle of Womb proclaims "The Inside Story of Where We All Began". Leah Hazard, with a background in both journalism and midwifery, delves into the sometimes taboo topic of women's anatomy. What is a uterus? What role does it play in women's health? What do we know and what do we not know? She… Continue reading Book Review: Womb by Leah Hazard

Book Review: Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes

The legend of Medusa is one that is known to most Western readers, I imagine. A hideous and fearsome monster. A Gorgon with snakes instead of hair who turns all who gaze upon her into stone. In Stone Blind, Natalie Haynes opens this legend up, showing us who Medusa is from birth, the curse that… Continue reading Book Review: Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes

2023 Highlights: Beginning of Springtime!

Life with a new family dog has been pretty absorbing lately. It's been fun and rewarding and has added a new cog to figure out in our family's schedule. Winnie continues to be full of energy and we are working on basic puppy skills like not barking at birds and not nipping at the children… Continue reading 2023 Highlights: Beginning of Springtime!

What I Read – April 2023

Read: Two-Part Invention - Madeleine L'Engle (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1988) Notes from Underground - Fyodor Dostoevsky (Vintage Classics, 1994) (translated from Russian by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky) Instructions for the Drowning - Steven Heighton (Biblioasis, 2023) The Memory of Animals - Claire Fuller (Tin House, 2023) Shrines of Gaiety - Kate Atkinson (Little,… Continue reading What I Read – April 2023