NPR’s Book Concierge

Today, I found really great app and couldn’t wait to share it with other booklovers!  You must try NPR’s Book Concierge if you haven’t already tried it.  Use the filters to discover your next great read.

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Reading During the Holidays

booktree If you are like me, the thing you are looking forward tomost during the upcoming holidays is some time to sneak away from the festivities and read a good book. To that end Southern Living posted a list of twenty-eight new books to read during the holidays.  You can find the list here.  One title that particularly stands out to me is John Banville’s novel Mrs. Osmond, winner of The Man Booker Prize.  Christmas gift, anyone?

Life with 12,000 books

The Guardian published an interview with novelist Hanya Yanagihara last week.  She speaks to life in her one-bedroom apartment in New York City and on life with 12,000 books.  The interview is short and as much fun for an aficionado of interior design as a booklover.  Hanya Yanagihara is the author of “People in the Trees.”

Southern Living’s Summer Books

It wouldn’t be summer vacation without a few great books to throw in the travel bag or take outside with a glass of iced tea for some quality time!  Southern Living has put together a great list of summer books.

Commonweatlth by Ann Patchett and Before the Fall by Noah Hawley are two standouts on the list.  Both are excellent reads and I can’t wait to check out some of the others!  After all, summer reading is any booklover’s favorite activity!

Horse Verse for Poetry Month

12778890_986798008062222_8976598858103758785_oNational Poetry Month was inaugurated in 1996 and has become the largest literary celebration in the world.  April, as well as being National Poetry Month, is prime time for attending steeplechases.  This past weekend the Atlanta Steeplechase was held in Kingston, GA and it was a beautiful weather day with majestic thoroughbreds, playful hounds, bagpipers, and Clydesdale horses.

As at any event there are the requisite vendors and this year the Atlanta Steeplechase had someone special there.  Tennent Neville, a poet from Black Mountain, North Carolina was in attendance with beautifully bound copies of his book entitled Horse Verse.  Mr. Neville’s poetry is stream of consciousness verse, a literary style in which a character’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions are depicted in a continuous flow uninterrupted by objective description or conventional dialogue. According to Google, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Marcel Proust are among its notable early exponents. Mr. Neville gave me permission to post one of his poems here for my readers:

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a m n e a r t h e f a r a w a y
t u r n o f t h e s t r e t c h
y e t n o w o n m y o w n w a y
t o t h e h o m e s t r e t c h

a n d y o u a r e h a l f w a y
a l o n g b a c k s t r e t c h
y e t o n l y o n y o u r w a y
t o o w n h o m e s t r e t c h

o f h o r s e r a c e t r a c k

My most recent book purchase has brought me a great deal of joy during this National Poetry Month and month of steeplechases.  If you would like to enjoy Mr. Neville’s beautiful book and stream of consciousness verse you should write to him at P.O. Box 354, Black Mountain, NC 28711.  His slim volume of poems was $20, and is well worth that for such a beautifully bound book of Horse Verse.  Quite an unusual and wonderful find!

Literature of the World

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Reddit user BackForward24 has created a map where each country is represented by a book that is seen as either the most well-known or important work to come from that country. Bookstr has written a terrific post about the map and the literature the map represents.  Check it out here.  You will soon have 196 additional books on your “to-read” list.

It’s spring! Get hyygelit!

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The Booklover’s Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Late last month I sat down and read the best little book! Miek Wiking’s book The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well has become a bestseller all over the world and I can see why.  He has a way of bringing you back to earth and focusing you on what’s important in your daily life.

Many people have heard about Hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) and relate it to cosy homes, candles, cups of hot chocolate, etc.  They are right – all of those things are hyygelit and related to winter.  So, can you still enjoy hygge the rest of the year?  Yes, you can.

Spring has definitely sprung where I live.  So bringing hygge into spring means decluttering your home, bringing in some fresh flowers,  having a picnic on a warm day (preferably with friends!), and getting some fresh candles with a springtime fragrance.

One additional thing to do to make your spring hyggelit is read this book if you haven’t yet.  It has a way of changing the way you look at your life and changing how you set your priorities. So read it and get started on that emergency hyyge kit!

Book Details:  Published by William Morrow (January 17, 2017), 240 Pages, ISBN: 978-0062658807.