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Quo Vadis and Divine Mercy

My read for the second part of Lent and rounding off the Easter octave has been Quo Vadis a historical novel of ancient Rome by Nobel Prize winning Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz, I read the modern translation by W.S. Kuniczak, which I highly...

Book Notes March 2021

Finished in March: 1. O Pioneers by Willa Cather Cather’s second novel, not quite as good as Death Comes for the Archbishop, but still a good read. Alexandra Bergson is a Swedish immigrant whose father takes up a homestead in Nebraska, despite...

Book Notes February 2021

“At a Book” by Marie Bashkirtseff, 1882. 1. Thrawn Ascendency by Timothy Zahn A spin-off Star Wars novel about Grand Admiral Thrawn who appears in the Star Wars Rebels television series. This is the first novel of a new prequel trilogy...

The Day’s Catch

The Day’s Catch by John Neville Day’s Catch If I were a bird flying above  If I were a bird watching the waves ripple like a girl’s hair that falls over her shoulders blue and black and silver in regular ripples thick and thin— If I was a bird...

Reading Notes January 2021

Lisbeth Reading by Carl Larsson Books I’ve Finished 1. Mixed Magics by Diana Wynn Jones A collection of short stories in the Chrestomanci series.   2. Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline  A werewolf tale by a Canadian Native author...

Favorite Books of 2020

The Reader by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot I think I completed 46 books this year– not counting audiobooks or books I read with the kids, which would add another dozen or two or more if I counted them. And I might have missed one or two, I...

Books Read in November and December

A Girl Reading by Berndt Abraham Godenhjelm November: I had a hernia repair surgery mid-month and went on a Georgette Heyer kick, both before and after. Lighthearted romances were definitely the order of the day. Six of them, mostly checked out from...

The Shelton with Sunspots

The Shelton with Sunspots by Georgia O’Keeffe Like a bride bedecked with her jewels she arises With the sun as her diadem, soars into the skies, Clouds as her veil, face obscured by the radiance That shines through her dark solidity As if it...

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