A week ago, Acid Free Pulp very kindly offered a blogger award to me, and as I posted elsewhere, I am not too keen on the rules and obligations but instead prefer to posting links towards blogs I read and enjoy. So, here is a second list!
Acid Free Pulp, a writer and translator, and her blog is a pick-and-mix of book reviews, issues of translation, literary asides and fun diversions. Also in the literary vein is Multo (ghost). Multo is the Tugalog word ghost, and the blog is full of fascinating insights into the mythology and folklore of the Phillipines and other places. This is of particular interest to me since the ‘schie’ part of this blog’s name also means something close to ‘ghost’ (or spirit or fairy, the lines are a little blurred), and Kilea was full of the impact of folklore on the lives of the characters.
Two really interesting book review sites are Eve’s Alexandria and A Year of Reading the World. Eve’s Alexandria is made up of contributions from a number of dedicated readers, and their reviews are always intelligent and insightful. The current post is on a favourite book of mine, George Mackay Brown’s Greenvoe, which is about life on a fictionalised Orkadian island – a first novel produced by the poet at the age of fifty. A Year Of Reading the World is the perfect destination for those wanting to read more widely. The writer of the blog is trying to read a book from as many as she can of the 196 sovereign states of the world.
Draw and Shoot‘s Karen has a marvelous eye for detail and composition in her photography. She has recently captured the most delicate aspects of the Canadian winter, in the brittle, frosted stems of plants and the interplay of light and fabric in a window. The last blog I’d like to highlight here is The Vintage Cookbook Trials, which is another group blog adventurously making recipes from, as you can guess, old cookbooks. Some of the recipes, from the fifties and seventies especially, are a little on the frightening side, but they are always made and photographed with humour and willingness to try out new things. And where else would you find out about curry from the 1740s, or ‘Herman the German Friendship Cake‘?