- Dancing Goddesses: Folklore, Archaeology and the Origins of European Dance, by Elizabeth Wayland Barber. I love reading history, I love reading about textiles and women's history, I have kind of a thing for Russia (and India, and the British Isles), and I love Barber's work. This is a fabulous book that I'm planning to re-read this year.
- Fire and Hemlock, by Diana Wynne Jones. Regular Howling Frog readers are well aware that DWJ is my all-time favorite ever. And Fire and Hemlock is her strangest, most complex, novel. I'll let this post cover my love of embroidery too, because I actually have a DWJ sampler in progress...that I haven't touched in a while, actually, but I'm looking forward to working on it more. I'm making it up as I go, and hope to include something from almost every book.
- The Queen's Diadem, by C. J. L. Almqvist. In my misspent youth, I was a comparative literature major, specializing in English and Scandinavian. This was possibly even less useful than it sounds, but I had a good time and luckily, had the sense to become a librarian in grad school, so now I can indulge my love of world literature by purchasing books for my library. This post thus covers my interest in odd corners of classic literature and my bit of Scandinavian scholarship.
- Kindly Inquisitors: the New Attacks on Free Speech, by Jonathan Rauch. As a librarian, I'm a tad preoccupied with free speech issues and I read all the books I find. My all-time favorite, the best one, and my pick for best book read in 2014, is Kindly Inquisitors, which lays out in beautiful detail the system of liberal science: how and why free speech is the best and possibly only way to an open, diverse society that is fair to all.
- Patterns of Thought: the Hidden Meaning of the Great Pavement of Westminster Abbey, by Richard Foster. This post not only tells you about my obsession with the pavement, it talks about my quilting mania as well. I've now actually started a cosmati quilt! AND---drumroll, please--my mom and I are planning a trip to the UK with my kids in a few months, so I will actually get to SEE the pavement. For reals, live and in person. Just thinking about it makes me giddy. So this post also covers my love of travel and desire to see places all over the world.
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