December 28, 2013

Favourites of 2013

I think it's fitting that my last post of the year (60th) should be about books.  In particular, a few of the books that are on my favourite list for the year.

About two years ago, I heard about a British writer named Penelope Fitzgerald. At that time, I couldn't locate one of her books on Chapters or Amazon. So I ran to the local library found one of her books and ordered a few more via inter library loan. In the meantime, I kept searching the book stores databases and eventually that led to more and more success. Now, among others, Amazon offers a boxed set of three of her {in my opinion} most outstanding books:
The Bookshop, Offshore, and The Blue Flower. 

Fitzgerald has a subtle yet skillful style that becomes more evident as you turn the page. There's a succinctness to her style, but that doesn't mean her books are without depth. When you read the last page and close the cover, you are left contemplating that book's depth and marveling at the genius behind the pen.

 Covers via Goodreads


This year, I also enjoyed reading Tan Twan Eng's novels. I featured Eng in a spotlight that you can read here.

                                                                Eng's second book.

Another  excellent book that I enjoyed reading this year was The Purchase by Linda Spalding.

I began blogging back in April, and, so far, it's been a journey of fun and mayhem. Many thanks to all of you for bearing with me and reading along this year.

I would like to wish all of you a healthy, happy, creative, and prosperous New Year filled with love and great memories!

For old times sake or Auld Lang Syne...


  1. Happy New Year, Dixie! Thanks for the book recommendations!

    1. You are welcome. Happy New Year to you, Carolyn! Enjoy..

  2. Anonymous12:16 am

    I like your blog, lots of content and nice photos! - Jesse


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