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Margaret Drabble May 4, 2018

Filed under: Authors,Book Collections,Book covers,Books,Margaret Drabble — Janet @ 3:19 pm

I am currently reading books written by an author from the past – that is author Margaret Drabble.  She was particularly popular in the ’80’s but is still writing today.  My current book is The Radiant Way, written in 1987.  My copy is a discard from the library in La Connor, purchased in the Library Thrift Shop in La Connor.  This Thrift Shop is a great place for finding books you wished you had read but somehow passed you by.  Or maybe you read it so long ago you have forgotten all about it.  The prices are right and you are supporting a good cause.

IMG_1567     a-very-young-margaret-drabble  a very young Margaret Drabble

Looking back at previous blog posts, I find I wrote about her and her writing in 2010.  A post titled Reading Margaret Drabble.  Most interesting.

 

 

 

 

Book Illustrations February 22, 2018

Filed under: Art works,Book covers — Janet @ 7:52 pm

28336655_10214540023589612_6338929805233291968_o  I couldn’t resist sharing this splendid book cover for a book published in the late 19th century by L. Prang & Co.

 

 

Reading Treasures February 5, 2018

Filed under: Book covers,Book Recommendations,Books,Illustrations,Reading — Janet @ 12:08 am

IMG_5128       IMG_5129     Apologies for the orientation of these 2 photos,  What a splendid book by the Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard – Winter.  His book Autumn came out a while ago, now Winter, and I’m sure Spring and Summer are sure to follow.  Just collections of kind of random essays appropriate to the season.  Excellent – and thought provoking.  Plus beautiful paintings.

 

Binge Reading April 24, 2017

IMG_3020   Alexander Hamilton – yes I finished it.  A bit slow at times ……but the concluding chapters made it all worth reading.  Now I want the music!

 

Good Reading November 1, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Book covers,Books,Native Indian Tribes,Reading — Janet @ 4:36 pm

empire-summer-moon     This is one of the books I read while I was in Glastonbury Connecticut last week.  A lucky find on my son’s bookshelf.  It made for grim but gripping reading.  And it was sad too.  We whites were the immigrants pushing aside the Native Indian peoples.

 

Reading Surprise April 22, 2015

Filed under: Authors,Book covers,Book Reviews,Books — Janet @ 5:31 am

stephen king 003   Joyland by Stephen King.  A good author but going by the cover I had my doubts about this one.  Much to my surprise it turned out to be a potboiler or a cheap thriller/horror.  It was a very GOOD READ.   I liked it a lot.  And it’s small size made it easy to carry about.  A good one to have for airplane travel.  I’m still an old fashioned reader of paper copies.

 

A Bit of Knitting August 15, 2011

Filed under: Book covers,Books,Knitting,Socks — Janet @ 5:17 pm

Nothing like thinking and writing about my ideas for doing a rug (see previous posts) to make me pick up the knitting needles again.  At last I’m getting around to knitting a pair of socks that I was supposed to knit some time ago – I won’t say how long.  Two balls of Mini Mochi Crystal Palace Yarn (80% merino wool, 20% nylon) have been sitting in my knitting basket for several months.  My knitting basket is actually a Janet Basket ,yes, that really is the trade name of my basket, a present from my brother-in-law in Canada.

 the yarn and the first sock, 7 inch bamboo needles no. 6 (4.0 mm).  The needles were purchased in Victoria when I went to that nice yarn store,  the Button and Needlework Boutique, and couldn’t resist buying a skein of green yarn and of course had to buy needles to use when I got back to the hotel, etc. etc.  I didn’t get around to the knitting on that trip but I’m now glad to have the needles for knitting the socks.  The yarn and needles are a joyful combination.

Add to the knitting a good book –  Henning Mankell’s latest Kurt Wallander  novel.