Thursday, December 28, 2017
What Are You Reading?
books, new memories. I hope we all make wonderful discoveries in 2018. And, don't forget, if you want to do a "Favorite Books Read in 2017" post, feel free to send it anytime from Dec. 31st on.
In the past week, I finished two Ben Aaronovitch Rivers of London urban fantasies. I finished the first in a new mystery series for a journal review - just so-so. I may have been reading Anne Fadiman's The Wine Lover's Daughter for a while now, but I'm over halfway through it, so the end is in sight. I've enjoyed it, but other books have distracted me. (In fact, I brought all the rest of the Rivers of London books home from the library.)
And, today, a wonderful book arrived in the mail, a gift from a dear friend. It's called Vanishing Ireland by James Fennell and Turtle Bunbury. I've only glanced through it, and read snippets here and there. But, here's part of the description from Amazon.
"Short-listed for the Eason's Irish Published Book of the Year Award 2007, Vanishing Ireland is a unique collection of portrait interviews looking at the dying ways and traditions of Irish life and taking us back to an Ireland virtually unrecognisable today. Illustrated with over a hundred evocative and stunning photographs, we meet the people and customs that shaped the cultural identity of the Irish nation. Through their own words and memories, sixty-four men and women transport us back to a time when people lived off the land and the sea, when music and storytelling were essential parts of life, when a person was defined by their trade. Divided into five parts -- Children of the Field, Children of the Music, Children of the Horse, Children of the Trade and Children of the Water -- Vanishing Ireland brings together the stories of those who lived through Ireland's formative years."
So, what are you reading this week? What are you ending the year with? We're all waiting!