Saturday, June 4, 2016

May Books

Another month, warmer weather, slightly better wrists, a bit more activity and a new stack of books. Thus, with sun and actual warm weather (yay!), we end May.

I haven't been blogging because my wrists still aren't up to snuff, and I'm supposed to be resting them on the weekends, instead of, you know, trolling the internets, writing blog posts and making jewelry, etc., and so on. So I haven't been doing much of that - just the usual chores. Lifting a tasty beverage is an approved activity, so that's been helpful.

I can, however, lift my laptop with one hand, so there has been improvement. Also, walk the dogs and hold a leash without wincing, mostly. However, this blog post is being written in stages, so we'll shoot for sometime in early June... 

Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, Books 2 and 3: Because that's what they had at the library. Picked them up to see what all the fuss was about, and it's surprising how addictive these little tomes are! Going back for more... 

Spark Joy, by Marie Kondo: Picked this up, and promptly cleaned out my closet, packed up some books into boxes and cleared out three boxes of paper. I'm not sure what I was waiting for - a permission slip? - but in any case, the book boils decluttering down to one thing - does it spark joy? And if not, chuck it. There's also a bit about how to fold everything, if you're into that kind of thing. Really enjoyed this one, as she has such happy writing, and came back to it as a reference often over the month. Was sad to return, so may be a book buy later this year.

Above the Line: My Wild Oats Adventure, by Shirley MacLaine: I can't say why I picked this one out of the stack. Hadn't read anything by her before, although she has a few books from over the years. In any case, this is a hodgepodge of thoughts, ranging from the present moment to past lives and historical (?) context. Have not seen the movie - can't quite tell if it is released? Anyway, I kept reading mostly to see what the conclusion was, and while the movie wrapped up, I can't say that the book did, really. Pretty much what you'd expect if you picked up a book by Martha Levinson from Downton.

The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life, by Jessa Crispin: If you've never really understood tarot, or what the cards mean, this is an excellent book to solve all that. She writes in a way you'll understand, explaining what the different cards mean with life examples. Easy to read and well-written. Also more of a reference, than a read-all-at-once deal.

One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives, by Bernd Heinrich: Think what you would do if you had all the time in the world to watch and study birds, and then by some chance, you also had a scientific background to back those observations up, and then to top it off, you were able to write all this down in such a way as to bring the reader into the experience, rather than fob them off with dry facts and such. Then you would have this book. By the time I got partway through, I was thoroughly invested in this starling couple's lives and what happened to their offspring, and also had learned exactly what a starling chick eats. Amazing. Got an extension at the library for this one! 

Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, by Curtis Sittenfeld: I'm a bit of a P&P junkie - I own the BBC boxed set, have opinions about the most recent movie (the hair! the language! URGH!) and may have read the book a few (hundred) times. So, when my friend Amy brought up this new element, I had to try it out. Really impressed by the modern workover Sittenfeld gives the characters - and I think she did a bang-up job translating the family situation into the current world. At first blush, I thought her Lizzie possibly too outspoken. However, we have to remember how little it took to step out of decorum in the 1800s, versus the range of decorum today, and so she had to make it fairly out there to match up. I could go on, but really, P&P fan or not, quite a good read.

Figge Art Museum: Celebrating 10 Years, various: Having reported on the funding streams for this museum, I was curious what this book would entail. A lovely tribute, really, with a nice section on the history of the museum and how the collection started. Also, excellent photos and detail on the collections the museum has, which in the new building can be shown properly. I believe this is only available locally, so this is a library link. However, I imagine it might be in the local bookstores as well. 

So, there you have it. May books! ALSO, a quick note: I've mentioned my friend Darla's book, Oracle: Divination for Magical Babes on this blog a time or two. She is doing a MONTH of giveaways right now, to celebrate her second journal volume, Divina: A Journal for Magical Babes, Vol. II, being released later this month, and also some courses she is teaching for her School of Dreams and Divination. Free tuition! Also, jewelry, books, good stuff. Click on over to get the details. :)

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