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AustenToZafon

Austen to Zafón

Reading widely since 1972.

Currently reading

A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler
The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections - Amanda Blake Soule This book has lots of great ideas for family activities. The concept of "bad art night" sold me, but the first project we actually did was creating a "banging wall" in the yard. Getting the old pots and pans to hang up and utensils to hit them with was the most fun part! There's nothing like wandering Goodwill with a 5-year-old vigorously testing the bangability of various kitchen items. I read through the book and then reread it and took notes (it was a library book). It's nicely written even if it does make me feel just a teeny bit substandard as a mother. I bought supersize embroidery supplies and can't wait for the cold weather so we can see what cool abstract pillow covers my son can make!