October 16, 2015


Recent Reads :: October 16, 2015

Every evening I read. And oftentimes when I hit a low, and need some tea, I'll pick up a book for a half hour in the afternoon... We go to the library about three times a week!

It's essential as a writer and a creator that I am consistently learning new things and experiencing life from a variety of angles. And reading is a big part of my life. Much of my reading comes from my editing job. Lots of submissions--always words around me. Thank goodness it's one of my very favorite things to do!

At home, here's a smattering of what I've been diving into lately.

Moomin Builds a House

We have several of these small Tove Jansson paperbacks now, and they are adorable. The Moomins are some of the silliest creatures around, and in this edition Moomin builds his own house, then gives it away. I buy these books to add to my own collection, that's how strange I am, but I will let my kids read them--if their hands are washed and the ice cream bowl is in the sink.

Kristin Lavransdatter

You can see by the size of the spine that it took me a while to read this modern-day classic. 1300 pages long, it follows the life of one woman, from childhood to death. I still have many thoughts churning in my head about this book--it will take me a long while to digest, but I loved it. I loved traveling back in time (1300's in Norway--I'm on a bit of a Scandinavian kick) and sympathizing with her many decisions, watching her turn from joy, to sorrow, to joy again. This edition, the one translated by Tiina Nunnally, is the one to look for...

The Hobbit

John Ronan and I are taking turns reading through this Tolkien wonder (for the second time). I can't get enough of the way he uses language. And the story's not bad, either! Oh, Bilbo. I do love you and take comfort, knowing you will return to your hobbit hole and your afternoon tea...

Sweet Song

It was the feast of Saint Romanos on October 1st, so this book came out and was passed around! Is it weird that I read my own books?

The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes and The Brilliant History of the Color in Art

Two books that I'm referring to often as the little one and I continue exploring color together this year. Today is purple cabbage dye, (and the doors are flung open because the house kind of smells stinky) so I'm using a recipe from the natural dye book. Did you know that adding salt to the water will make the dye more blue (cause of the alkaline) and adding vinegar or lemon to the water will make the dye more pink (cause of the acid)? Of course it all makes perfect, logical sense, but it sure is fun to have it happen right in front of you...

Other books I've read recently are: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Voyage to the Rock, Rules, Anything but Typical, Mockingbird, Jane, the Fox and Me, The 13 Clocks, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Rosie Project, and A Long Walk to Water. I keep track of the books I read, writing mini-reviews because I have a poor memory for details, on Goodreads.

A few upcoming books on my shelf are: Brown Girl Dreaming, Morning Offering, and maybe Franny and Zoey? Still deciding.

Would love to know what you're diving into right now...

Published: October 16, 2015 | Filed under: Books

Comments (4)
Kh. Tammy said:
October 16, 2015 @ 3:49 PM

Sweet Jane, keep inspiring me! I read a book I'm sure I one else would be interested in. I love to read but need to make it a daily habit. Love, Kh. T

James Anthony said:
October 16, 2015 @ 3:51 PM

Butler's Lives of The Saints; Book 1

Angie Kennedy said:
December 29, 2015 @ 8:26 PM

I am reading the Moomin series with my two kids (almost 9 and just turned 6). My older child has really gotten into the stories, which I was pleasantly surprised about. He loves comics/graphic novels, so I'm considering the Moomin comic strip collection for his upcoming birthday. We're getting ready to start Tales from Moominvalley.

jane g meyer replied:
December 31, 2015 @ 9:49 AM

Tales from Moominvalley, in which you meet both the Hemulen and a small Whomper! Enjoy :)

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