January--and 2018--is off to a great start on the reading/book front here! Last year I was happy to discover that I read 50 books. That count actually might be higher, but according to the list I was keeping, my end tally of books read in 2017 was 50. A book per week, almost. So I'm excited to start a new list of books read, and share them! I keep another, separate list of books I wish to read. It's very satisfying to be able to read through the books on one's reading-wish list!
Anyway, the stack of books above is part of a few trips to the library this month... Shall we start from the bottom and work up? Most of the books are in Norwegian, apart from one in English. And there's been a mix of genres that I've been reading. The links are to Norwegian sources...
Moderne kalligrafi by Cecilia Skogh... to translate-- Modern Calligraphy. The art of calligraphy from a modern perspective, while paying homage to handwriting of the past. I borrowed this hoping to clean up my handwriting a bit, which is not so nice anymore since I hardly write by hand. And I'm using this as inspiration for a little project idea for February.
Grøt by Vibeke Klemetsen... simply translated-- Porridge... a whole book of recipes all about porridge/oatmeal! We've been trying some of them...mmm...
Den moderne jeger by Gry Hammer... my simple translation-- The Modern Hunter. How the town or city-dweller can use modern technology--mainly the internet--to become a modern day hunter, tracking down quality, healthy, sustainable food and improve health by eating better. Lots of recipes and inspiration for a modern way of living and eating.
Also in my library stack--two books by Per Arne Dahl, who is a pastor and bishop of the Norwegian State Church (Den norske kirke), which foundations are in Lutheranism. I've read other of Dahl's books, finding in them great inspiration for my spiritual life. I've been reading Velsignet er de enkle ting. My English translation of this title would be: Blessed Are the Simple Things. Isn't that lovely?! And that is what the book is about--finding the beauty and spiritual solace in the "simple" things of life--which are usually right in front of us. Also read, Større en meg selv, which could translate as Greater Than Myself. The deep questions about finding God, and one's place in the world explored in this one. Unfortunately, I can't find a link to his books in English...he's not translated into English, which is a great pity...
But now for some links that are in English! At the top of the book stack is The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene. When I began the first pages of this book, I must admit I was a bit unsure of this one. Worried it was going to be too "chic lit lite" for me... but I kept going and it was an OK read. Some nice "lite" reading after busy Christmas holidays.
Not shown, as they were returned to the library before I could take a pic, Bill Granger's Everyday Asian cookbook. This provided some good inspiration for Asian style/fusion food--our focus for the table this month, and which I'll share a little bit more about later this week.
Another January read was A Perfect Love --book 4 in the Heavenly Daze series by Lori Copeland and Angela Hunt.
For some extra reading... revisiting Little Women. TJ & I are reading this together, which is quite special, as it's one of my favorite books, and it's TJ's first time reading it!
Oh, and my lovely friend Marie sent me A Knitter's Home Companion, written/compiled by Michelle Edwards, and is a delightful collection of stories about knitting, the knitting life, patterns, recipes and more--VERY sweet!!
What about you? What book(s) is/are on your nightstand, or coffee table, in your bag, or on your tablet/device... or even on your wish list?! Any recommendations?!