My 2016 in reading

Just as we wrap up the year, I was pleased to get a little reminder of my year in reading in the form of my Goodreads Reading Challenge update. It’s nice to see all the covers of books I’ve read throughout the year, set out very nicely on this review page. And my nerdy bookworm…

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Farewell to novelist Shirley Hazzard

Earlier this month, Australian author (later turned American citizen) Shirley Hazzard (1931 – 2016) died at the age of 85. Hazzard was probably best known for her novel, The Transit of Venus, which won the National Book Critics circle Award in 1980. But for me, the book I most closely associate with Hazzard is the…

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Getting into the holiday spirit in Berlin

Those who know me or who follow my blog know what a hopeless Italophile I am, with a ridiculous soft spot for my ‘hometown’: Rome. BUT, there’s one time of year when Rome disappoints me, and that’s the Christmas season. It’s not that there aren’t beautiful Nativity scenes in the churches  – the traditional Christmas…

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Enjoying the season at the Weihnachtstmarkt in Berlin

Earlier this month I was in Berlin for a weekend with my family. Berlin has become somewhat a city of family lore because some years ago, we missed a flight to Berlin for a similar weekend, albeit in springtime. When I booked those tickets, the airline was scheduled to fly from one Roman airport, and…

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‘Tis the season … to gift books!

I’m not one of those people who want or expect lots of expensive gifts under the Christmas tree, but I do appreciate the ever-thoughtful gift of books! Christmas is always a good time for me to curl up, a steaming cup of tea or cocoa at hand, ready to crack open the covers of a brand-new…

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New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

I once spoke to someone who visited New York in the cold of January. She complained on and on about how freezing and miserable the city was. I couldn’t help but ask her why she didn’t go to one of the ridiculous number of museums New York boasts to warm up and soak up some…

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How cool is this? #Booksonthesubway

I absolutely LOVE this idea. And now I find myself kicking myself, why one earth did I not discover this when I spent all of last August in New York? Okay, definitely time to get back to scour the subway for these books. The idea is remarkably simple. Every few days, Books on the Subway carries…

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