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The Blog of Melanie Bettinelli

All Good Things Come to an End

I passed my 20 year blogging anniversary in February. 20 years of The Wine Dark Sea. It’s with a heavy heart that I realize that this chapter of my life has come to an end and that it’s time to close the book and let it go. Dom and I...

Winters in the World

One of my current reads is this lovely book, Winters in the World: A Journey through the Anglo-Saxon Year. It’s kind of a had book to categorize satisfactorily because musings on the calendar doesn’t sound exciting. But really this book...

Immediate Book Meme

Playing along with Darwin Catholic— just like the old days!! One of my favorite blog-alongs. 1. What book are you reading now? A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet by Eavan Boland. Boland was one of the poets I read while I was doing...

Favorite Reads of 2023

I read 65 books in 2023– probably more if I counted all the books I read with the kids, all the books I picked up and didn’t finish, and I probably missed one or two because I’m not good at keeping track. Favorite Fiction: 1. Never...

The Garden in Winter

Dom created this blog for me before we were married. It’s seen me through a lot of time. Beautiful times. Hard times. It’s hard to see it lying fallow, unused, like a garden in winter. The last few years have been hard. But I don’t...

Reading Log: February-March 2023

8. A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane Re-read, except sort of not. You see, Diane Duane rewrote the Young Wizards novels and this is the New Millenium edition, updated from the original book which was originally published in 2002. Diane Duane’s Young...

Reading Log: January-February 2023

I am slow, slow, slow in updating. It’s June already and I haven’t even logged my reading for the first three months of the year. Life is busy and other writing has taken precedence over updating here, alas. I started off the year with...

Windows in My Name is Asher Lev

My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok was one of my favorite books of 2022 and I suspect it will be one of those books that I cherish and re-read many times in the future, the sort of book that speaks to the heart, that changes you. It’s the...

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