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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors that I've Read the Most Books By


On today's Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish, it's a freebie day. I decided to write the top ten authors that I've read the most books by. No great detailed lists have been compiled. Instead, I've written this list by memory. So, here are ten authors that I've read the most books by, including one book of each of theirs that I've read. They are in no particular order. 

1) Jack Cavanaugh 


2) Shakespeare

3) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

4) Carolyn Keane

5) Jane Austen 

6) Jacqueline Winspear

7) L. Frank Baum 

8) Gertrude Chandler Warner

9) Charles Dickens

10) Ray Bradbury 

Which authors have you read the most books by?

My best to you all,

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Writer Wednesday: Hallelujah!


On Writer Wednesday, I discuss another author and his or her work. Today's pick is Hallelujah: The Story of a Musical Genius and the City that Brought his Masterpiece to Life by Jonathan Bardon.

The Hallelujah chorus is instantly recognizable to many. What is not as well known is its fascinating back story. Bardon paints a portrait not just of Handel, its famous composer, but of the circumstances surrounding its creation and first performance. Furthermore, Bardon depicts 18th century Dublin society and Ireland as a whole, where Handel's masterpiece was first performed. He addresses why Handel's success was tied to a Dublin premier instead of presenting the work in London. I found it very interesting being able to picture the places and streets in Dublin that Bardon wrote about as I read about their place in this story. A colorful cast of characters helped to bring this piece to life. Their legacy continues through each new performance of the classic piece.

Handel's work, and Hallelujah in particular, have a unique place in the history of music and the Georgian world at large. Famine, scandal, concern for a loss of faith and debtor prison all have a piece in this story. Delve in to discover more!

My best to you all,

Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Inspiring Quotations


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are a few of my favorite quotations from him.

My best to you all,


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Writer Wednesday: Interwoven Globe The Worldwide Textile Trade 1500-1800

 On Writer Wednesday, I discuss another author and his or her work. Today's pick is a companion guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Exhibit: Interwoven Globe: The World Textile Trade, 1500-1800. This work examines the global textile industry from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century. 

Dyes from South America, designs from China, cotton from India sold to the American colonists through the British market, these are a few of the ingredients that went into creating the global textile market in the 1500s to 1800s. Global trade is not a modern phenomenon of the digital or even the industrialized age. Instead, it flourished in the personal and ubiquitous world of textiles. From clothing to bed coverings, to tapestry wall hangings to paintings, designs, textiles and colors criss-crossed the globe, informing each other and binding the world in closer contact. Art and industry combined in, perhaps, no other arena as strongly as they did in the global textile industry at this point in time.

The book is highly informative, beginning with chapters penned about the development of the global textile industry, including what styles originated where, how fabrics were printed and how trade developed between the disparate areas of the world. A full catalogue detailing each object that was in the Metropolitan Museum's exhibition of the Interwoven Globe finishes this book. For anyone interested in textiles, art, global trade or the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, this book is highly recommended.

My best to you all,

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: To Be Read!

Happy January and Happy 2016!
For the first Tuesday of the year, I thought I'd share with you the top ten books I plan to read next. I'm including what I'm currently reading within this list. They are in no particular order, with the exception that the first three are currently in progress...

1) Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800 by Metropolitan Museum of Art 

2) White Christmas and Other Merry Christmas Plays by Walter Bon Haro 

3) Hallelujah: The Story of a Musical Genius and the City that Brought his Masterpiece to Life  by Jonathan Bardon 

4) The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh: Exploring the Real Landscape of the Hundred Acre Wood by Kathryn Aalto

5) The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan

6) How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill

7) The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe by Graham Robb

8) An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs #5) by Jacqueline Winspear

9) Emma by Jane Austen

10) The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

What's on your to be read list?

My best to you all,