We’re well into winter and the beginning of a new year and more good reading ahead. Many of the reviews and literary comments which have been coming in to my mailbox have to do with ‘best books of 2015’ …In looking over my log of what I read last year–a total of 94 books, I find that I had 2 or 3 favorites. They were not necessarily those of the well known literary critics. At the top of my list is Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman. It is the richly imagined story of the life of Pizarro, the father of impressionism.
I recently read. for library book group, Dreaming Spies. by Laurie King. This is the thirteenth in the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series which was created by King. Some diehard Sir Conan Doyle fans may not ‘buy into them’, but I find them delightful. This one, set in Japan and England exposes one to quite a bit of history, so you can learn while being entertained. An added plus, if you’re a Downton Abbey fan, is that it is set in the same time period.
Currently, I am reading Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. This book is the companion to Kondo’s earlier, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which I liked very much. I like this one even better than the first, because this gives specific ideas and plans for organization. Kondo includes diagrams of how to fold garments, arrange cabinets and cupboards, and tips for keeping the items in one’s life ‘tidy’. She even has a section on organizing one’s workspace or office where a lot of time can be wasted looking for misplaced items. Kondo’s message is that “the purpose of tidying is to impart joy into every day of your life.”