Monday, November 12, 2018

Break Time

Taking a few weeks off from blog. Still reading & keeping track on Goodreads.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

October (third week) 2018 Reads and day trips

These posts are getting briefer and briefer...

Sunday - roamed back roads, checked out Hidden Lake and  Robert's Food Center at the 79/80 Rotary Circle

Wed -  Milford - Silver Sands State Park - walked on boardwalk and a short stretch of sand for lunch at The Greek Spot Cafe and Grill, 726 East Broadway, Milford. Then drove around Milford and headed home trying to hug the coast (not easy) to Madison and then cut inland.

Read this week:

The "Deal Me In" card this week is the King of Hearts; the selection is Transcription of an eye by Carmen Maria Machado (in Watchlist)

from the library....

In the Café of Lost Youth by Patrick Modiano: translated from the French by Chris Clarke

The Literature of Inequality by Nicolas Léger

Sunday, October 14, 2018

October (second week) 2018 Reads and day trips

Saturday - a return to Rodgers Orchards in Southington. In addition to an apple pie for home we got an apple cider slush and an apple cider donut each. Couldn't wait to get home so we stopped by Memorial Boulevard Park in Bristol for a snack.

Sunday - Picnic - food from River Valley Provisions (95 Bridge Road, Haddam); Picnic at
Hurd State Park, East Hampton.

Wednesday (an unseasonably warm day) - Picnic -  Food from The Bronx Deli in Oxford CT. Picnic and walk at Southford Falls State Park Southbury. And on the way home ice cream at Sweet Claude's Ice Cream in Cheshire.

Saturday - Leaves are turning so we explored Suffield, Granby, and a little of the part of Massachusetts that dips into Connecticut. Lunch at Three Figs in Suffield. Went for dessert at Lost Acres Orchard in North Ganby. Too full from lunch to eat more so we got some apple dumplings, some gingersnaps, and a loaf of cheese bread. Had the dumplings for supper at home. Delicious.

Read this week:

The "Deal Me In" card this week is the Eight of Hearts; the selection is Viewer, Violator by Aimee Bender (in Watchlist : 32 stories by persons of interest)

Gutenberg find...
Hawaiian Flowers by Loraine E. Kuck and Richard C. Tongg; Illustrated by Ted Mundorff
Pretty to peruse.

from my shelves...excellent issues of two of my favorite periodicals...

Korean Literature Now (Vol. 41, Autumn 2018) edited by Agnel Joseph
Two Lines: World Writing in Translation (Issue 29), The Japanese Vanguard edited by CJ Evans

Saturday, October 06, 2018

October (first week) 2018 Reads & day trips

Two neat walks this week
Thursday - revisited Chatfield Hollow to walk the boardwalk and picnic (food from home)
Friday - Picked up picnic stuff at The Cooking Company in Haddam and went to Ferry Landing State Park, Old Lyme for picnic and walk on boardwalk.

Reading this week:
The "Deal Me In" card this week is the Nine of Diamonds; the selection is Bartleby (in The Piazza Tales  by Herman Melville) 

from Project Gutenberg... 

The Orkneyinga Saga, edited by Joseph Anderson, translated from the Icelandic by Jón Andrésson Hjaltalín and, Gilbert Goudie 

from my shelves...
Bogotá 39: New Voices from Latin America,  introduction by Gaby Wood, edited by Juliet Mabey.
Excellent! I won this on LibraryThing.

An anthology of short stories by thirty-nine Latin American writers under forty, from fifteen countries. The featured authors are: Carlos Manuel Álvarez, Frank Báez, Natalia Borges Polesso, Giuseppe Caputo, Juan Cárdenas, Mauro Javier Cárdenas, María José Caro, Martín Felipe Castagnet, Liliana Colanzi, Juan Esteban Constaín, Lola Copacabana, Gonzalo Eltesch, Diego Erlan, Daniel Ferreira, Carlos Fonseca, Damián González Bertolino, Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón, Gabriela Jauregui, Laia Jufresa, Mauro Libertella, Brenda Lozano, Valeria Luiselli, Alan Mills, Emiliano Monge, Mónica Ojeda, Eduardo Plaza, Eduardo Rabasa, Felipe Restrepo Pombo, Juan Manuel Robles, Cristian Romero, Juan Pablo Roncone, Daniel Saldaña París, Samanta Schweblin, Luciana Sousa, Jesús Miguel Soto, Mariana Torres, Valentín Trujillo, Claudia Ulloa and Diego Zúñiga.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

September (fourth week) 2018 Reads & day trips

Sunday afternoon drive: back roads around Chamard Vineyard area of Clinton, CT (did not go for wine tasting, it's not a good idea if you are exploring twisty, narrow, pretty roads).  A few leaves are already changing and there is a nip in the air but still not to cold to give up on an ice cream stop at Ashley's in Madison, CT.

Thursday drive - a short one to Rocky Hill CT - picked up picnic stuff at West Side Marketplace
and ate it at Dinosaur State Park. No ice cream because the place we planned on has closed for the season. So we had some fruit for dessert.

Reading this week: only finished one book because I'm simultaneously reading two books of short stories and a saga. 

The "Deal Me In" card this week is the Three of Spades; selection is
At the Amusement Park by Jung Young Moon (in A Most Ambiguous Sunday, and Other Stories)

from my shelves....

Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir by Jean Guerrero
A journalist searches for family roots in Mexico.