Reading Round the Subject of Grief
Reading, and reading round the subject, has always helped me in times of sadness and grief. And this spring is no exception.
Surviving a Spring Black-Out
I survived the great spring black-out of 2023. With the help of a log fire, my ski underwear, and a really, really great book.
Finding My Inner Miss Marple
I just finished reading twelve new Miss Marple stories, not written by Christie herself. And I think I’ve found my inner Miss Marple.
My Week in La-La Land.
I’m spending too much time in la-la land. Reading books & watching films that transport me to another time & place. And getting stuck there.
On Books & Seasonal Lockdown
The time between Christmas and the start of school in January is a kind of seasonal lockdown for me. The best time to get buried in a book.
Tea with Hilary Mantel
Hilary Mantel died this past week. I’m sad for all the wonderful books she’ll never write. And sad we’ll never be able to take tea together.
Recalled to Life: Reflections on September
I always feel recalled to life in September. As if real life has been stalled all summer. And cooler weather kicks life back into gear again.
Family Drama: Literary and Otherwise
It’s been all drama all the time around here lately. Family drama, real and literary. And sometimes just drama.
All Roads Lead to Florence
In Sarah Winman’s beautiful novel Still Life, all roads lead to Florence. For me too this week, since I could not bear for this book to end.
Reading, Grumbling, and Waiting for Spring
This week I’ve been grumbling about spring and reading some great books. Reading. Grumbling about spring. More reading.