During the Renaissance, cabinet of curiosities came into fashion as a collection of objects that would often defy classification. As a precursor to the modern museum, the cabinet referred to room(s), not actual furniture, of things that piqued the owners interest and would be collected and displayed in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Collectioun of Cunnynge Curioustes is my 21st century interpretation of that idea.
As of late in the mornings I am finding myself as the sun begins to ascend into our lives or in the evenings as TheHusband gets wrapped up in sportball, snuggling deep under heated blankets with my Kindle in hand. I have traded in my old Kindle for the Paperwhite because as much as I loved the Kindles portability and technology, I was still reading ebooks on my iPad, even with its heft, simply because of the preferred backlight. The Paperwhite solves several issues for me: Diminished weight and heft compared to my iPad or bigger novels, backlight allows for better reading AND the backlight means I can read in the dark.
Below is the most current list of titles I’m reading as right now, in print and ebook forms, and as you can see I’m all over the place in taste, genre, content, and subject matter. While I made boasts of reading a book a day while on holiday shutdown, I think the most reasonable expectation is to at least clear out the list below.
- She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
- The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles
- Cocaine Blues: Phryne Fisher Mysteries #1 by Kerry Greenwood
- The Stores of John Cheever by John Cheever
- Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England by Amanda Vickery
- The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 7 edited by Jonathan Strahan
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
- Dodger by Terry Pratchett by Terry Pratchett
- Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
- Pompeii: The Mystery Of The People Frozen In Time
- BBC Secret Knowledge
Last four episodes before it ends — what will happen?
Weekly watching: BBC Tudor Monastery Farm, Reign, Dracula, Project Runway All-Stars, Breathless, Atlantis, Masters of Sex, Elementary, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sleepy Hollow, Survivor, Boardwalk Empire, Doc Martin, QI, Peaky Blinders, Sons of Anarchy, The Vampire Diaries
- PETA Goes After Assassin’s Creed For Its Depiction Of Whaling; Ubisoft Responds With A Heaping Dose Of Sarcasm
- Why “Love Actually” Matters
- CBS Honors Mandela With Toto’s “Africa” Instead of South African Music
- Lonely Planet has named Grand Rapids and the Lake Michigan Gold Coast as the top visitor destination for 2014
- Teddy Girls – The forgotten girl gangs of the ’50s who mashed up Edwardian and rock and roll
What have you read/watched/listened to this week?