As has been my practice this year, I'm posting the photos as is without transcribing the text. If you need help deciphering a line or two, please let me know in the comments below.
I read John Keahey's Seeking Sicily: A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Meditteranean aloud to Paul over several weeks as he cooked dinner and when it was his turn to drive during our road trip in August.
Digression: I got sidetracked in putting this post together because I couldn't find the sketch I made months ago of Keahey's book. I was sure I'd sketched it in my 5x8 sketchbook, but it wasn't there. So I looked through all the boxes on the shelves of my new workspace, flipping through pages of whatever I might have drawn and painted on. Some boxes I looked through more than once. More than twice, and maybe even three times. Then I had to take a break because I was on a short road to Frustration and Flipping Out, not a good destination.
Then this evening, I decided to sort through a maximum of three boxes, not necessarily looking for that sketch, but beginning the inventory I obviously needed to take. . . And tucked at the bottom of a decade or two of travel journals, there was the "miscellaneous-use, incomplete, mishmash" watercolour Moleskine with the sketch of Seeking Sicily as its last entry. Whew! That feels better.
Want to see?
And now I can move on through the rest of what I wrote this morning. . .
I'd been looking forward to Elly Griffiths' The Stone Circle, but this series featuring archaeologist Ruth Galloway is flagging, and there are too many elements recycled from earlier titles. I hope Griffiths manages to reinvigorate the series, and I'll certainly give it one more chance, but this one's disappointing. . . .
Deborah Levy's Swimming Home, though. . . no disappointments here. . . Luckily I have my own print copy of this, because I suspect I'll want to dip back in. Posted photo and comments on IG
I love reading aloud to my grandkids, and sometimes I get to dig into a chapter book with N (almost 11) although it can take weeks, even months, of occasional visits to complete. Natalie Babbitt's The Search for Delicious kept us both entertained,. Imaginative adventure with a clever premise. N is better than I at recalling details from earlier chapters. . .
Rae Dunn's In Pursuit of Inspiration.. . .
Siri Hustvedt's The Blazing World is a standout. Not a light read at all, but a compelling one, thoroughly engaging, and connected serendipitously for me with my recent reading of Ninth Street Women. IG post here
Mario Giordano's Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna was a fun way to prepare for some future travel. I posted a photo of it on Instagram, and made a few comments in my journal
here and here.
Possibly interesting trivia: I did my 7-minute presentation for my French class on this book. . .
This post gets the blog much closer to where I am in my hand-written record -- in that journal I've just finished entry #60, so I'm only eleven behind here. . . the gap is closing, although not rapidly. Let me know, please, if you've read anything here, or if you have any complementary suggestions -- and, as always, I love to know what you're reading and I know other readers do as well. In fact, if I ever should get caught up here, I'd love to post a list of all the suggestions you've made between you over the last few years. Probably won't happen anytime soon, though. In the meantime, you might enjoy browsing your way back through the comments on earlier posts -- they're a treasure trove.