I basically divide the books I read into three categories: so-called important books that I read to stay current with the literary community at large; interesting nonfiction, typically fixated on one topic at a time; and books that I think I’ll really love.
The first grouping is the easiest to identify. They’re the “it” books. These are the book titles that pop up everywhere, from Tumblr to publishing industry newsletters. The authors appear on podcasts, Twitter chats, even on television from time to time. The bestseller and award lists bear these books’ titles. Sometimes they don’t deserve the hype, but when they do, it’s wonderful to be swept up in the communal excitement. If you don’t keep up with these books, you get left behind. Lately, I’m growing more comfortable with being out of the loop on these reader fads. I figure I can just catch the next one. Continue reading “How I Curate My Reading List”
By my count, my family has adopted 13 cats since I was born (and I’m probably forgetting a couple). We are exclusively a pet adoption family, going to a local shelter when a new space opens up in the roster. Although more often than not, unwanted pets find their way to us regardless of our desire to add to the brood. Like the time our very independent Maine Coon cat went on an extended tour of the neighborhood, prompting us to put up “Missing” posters, and when our Coon came back a week later our neighbors had gifted us with three other brown striped cats in his absence.
Each of the cats in this baker’s dozen has had a unique personality, and a slightly different relationship to all of the human members of the family, but over time a few cats have stood out from the pack. One of those stars is Finn. Continue reading “Little Finn”
You should check out Janet Hill’s artwork if any of the following things interest you: oil paintings, portraits, readers, lion tamers, dancers, dogs, midcentury fashion, acrobats, beautiful homes, or any and all things twee.
I can’t quite remember what led me to discover Janet Hill, but I absolutely remember the first painting of hers that I saw, appropriately titled “The English Major.” I knew I had to see more. It turned out that Hill had a great website to showcase her work, including a lively blog. I loved the gallery of paintings depicting glamorous young women in Pinterest-worthy dream homes, and, most of all, the whimsical twist thrown into many scenes: a lion here, a flying woman there. Continue reading “Janet Hill’s World of Elegant Whimsy”