Thursday, December 29, 2011
It's that time again! Time to excitedly tally up the books I've read this year, to mull over favorites, and think back to what was happening in my life around the time I was reading each book. (I can remember years better when I can look back and see what I was reading at a specific time.)
I have to say that this year my list is...not that impressive. A lot of things happened this year that were stressful and when I'm stressed I don't read very fast. I also did a lot of re-reading of books that I've read before, which I almost never do! I guess I've always felt sort of guilty doing that when I think about all the great books I haven't read yet. But this year it was so nice reading the new Murakami novel that I had to go back and read a few of his older books again, and it felt good. Sometimes you just have to read the books you're craving.
My favorites this year were Just Kids, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1, Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead, State of Wonder, 1Q84, The Marriage Plot, and especially The Tiger's Wife.
What are some books you read this year?
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Don't Tell the Grown-Ups: The Subversive Power of Children's Literature by Alison Lurie
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2: The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood
Mr. Palomar by Italo Calvino
Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken
The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
Villette by Charlotte Brontë (I don't know if this was a favorite but it's definitely one I keep thinking about)
The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead by Barbara Comyns
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me compiled by Kate Bernheimer
Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov (another I wouldn't call a "favorite" but one I can't get out of my head)
The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk
The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
The Twelve Chairs & The Golden Calf by Ilya Ilf & Yevgeni Petrov
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (Re-read. First read when I was 13 and I liked it to much better this time)
Wildwood by Colin Meloy
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami (Re-read. First read in 2009)
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (Re-read. First read in 2009)
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Woolgathering by Patti Smith
The Art Of Fielding by Chad Harbach (Currently reading)
Posted by Julianna at 5:24 PM
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Currently I'm in Michigan relaxing with family but before I left Aradan and I did our gift exchange and I was a very lucky lady this year because I am now in possession of a tiny original drawing by Evan B. Harris!! It's framed in a specimen case which is (completely accidentally) appropriate because Aradan has given me butterfly collections for my last two birthdays. Also pictured my new Classy brass pencil case.
Stay tuned for my end of the year book list!
Posted by Julianna at 2:01 PM
Friday, December 16, 2011
I found some pictures from last spring on my old camera. I like my new apartment, but I sure do miss my old view of Mt. Tabor. It was one of my favorite things to look out at the mountain a hundred times a day to see what the weather was like over there.
That snow fall was maybe back in March? It's almost time for snow again! Or rather, I'm about to head to the land of snow ie Michigan to spend time with my family for the Holidays. I can't wait!
Delicious savory pie I got in Seattle.
Posted by Julianna at 3:39 PM
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
I had a great time as the Bazaar this past weekend! Tons of people, great vendors, good music, & delicious Pine State biscuits all weekend. Huge thank you to everyone who came by and said hello, it was wonderful chatting with you.
As you can see it was very busy. We were lucky enough to be neighbors with Woodblock Chocolate, they were so nice and their chocolate is amazing!
Posted by Julianna at 6:41 PM
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I'm so happy I can finally share this project with you! One Handspun Day is a new website that offers several collections of unique and beautiful wedding paper goods, designed by artists, for you to download and print yourself for your own handspun wedding.
I was excited to be asked if I would design a collection, I love designing wedding invitation (I've done several). It's a fun challenge for me to bring to life someone else's ideas for their dream wedding invite but I've also been wanting to try designing a collection using my own inspiration, so of course I jumped at this chance! Actually, as usually happens when I can do pretty much anything I want I got overwhelmed with choices and ideas and ended up designing three collections (maybe someday I can show you the one I called "Black Forest Formal")! We decided to just go with one of the collections for now but I think it's one that is the most coherent, cheerful, and appealing, and I hope you think so too!
You can buy the entire collection of Love Is A Flutter or just individual paper goods as you need them on the One Handspun Day website.
(Thanks to Christy for the lovely photos)
Posted by Julianna at 11:10 AM
Sunday, December 4, 2011
I'm still busy getting ready for the Bazaar next weekend etc. I'm going to have a few small originals for sale including several of these tiny legged horses.
Besides working on that I've been running a lot and it feels great. I started running last spring but took a long break over the summer while it was hot. Now that it's cool again though it's so wonderful to get rid of stress by running so hard that I just cant be bothered to care about anything besides my aching lungs! Believe me that doesn't take very long right now, but hard as it is little by little I can run farther. Lately it's been foggy in the mornings and the leaves are still coming down from the trees, it's just magical running though white mist with golden leaves falling on me. Also, the bonus is that I can eat all the holiday baked goods I want, no guilt!
Posted by Julianna at 9:48 PM