I’ve mentioned the book reviews in the blog Pas Grand Chose before. While some of my favourite authors are there–Rose Tremain, Sebastian Faulks, Julian Barnes and Kate Atkinson–there are also some unfamiliar ones. Based on Karen’s recommendations, I have recently read The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell and Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido. I had never heard of either author before–and found both books to be new favourites. I highly recommend Karen’s reviews and in particular these two books. I will be looking for more by these authors!
Brainpickings is my favourite website, bar none. Each day it makes connections to some of the most interesting books and ideas going. Today’s post features the TED lecture given in March by Frank Warren. I encourage you to listen–it will give you a boost on this cloudy day. And I encourage you to make Brainpickings one of your favourites–it will take you to places you never dreamed.
And just so we don’t stray to far away from things hookerly, my absolutely favourite wool is honeycomb from Rebecca Erb. It dyes beautifully in every colour and has multiple uses. You may have noticed I have begun using it in the windows of my houses. But just so we don’t all forget, I included an ‘as-is’ turquoise piece of 100% wool, already cut for the back of one of the chairs seats. And the source of this skirt? My favourite local thrift shop for less than $5.00!