Of Blog Posts
I was thrilled to count readers from 86 different countries here on the blog in 2017– grazie di cuore! Thank you from the heart, I’m truly honored! Here’s what got the most attention:
Short and sweet from the archives, posted at a time when I thought readers, especially in the US, could use a virtual hug.
A tiny history of “toasting” and how to say cheers in Italian.
The “how I study…” posts are always a favorite — 2018’s version coming soon!
Romantic words to say in a most romantic language.
We are still captivated by this 500+-year-old work of art. I was overwhelmed at seeing this capolavoro (masterpiece) for the first time, and I thoroughly enjoyed putting together this list.
Spending time in Sydney this summer was a most grateful travel experience!
And the posts I most enjoyed writing this year featured churches, the reason Florence has so many treasures, a comprehensive review of books for Renaissance lovers, and a glimpse inside the Medici home in Florence. (hmmm, there seems to be a common thread here…)
As for my book list from 2017, I had quite a few stops and starts this year, due to my personal policy of putting a book down if I’m not hooked by page 100. I also didn’t have many superstar reads. So, instead of a list, here’s what I most enjoyed reading:
Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr: A must read for those who love Rome, and if you are a parent, you will especially appreciate that angle. Doerr’s twins had just been born when he received a grant to live and write in Rome for a year. So, he and his wife packed up their newborn boys and set off! This book is a touching and humorous recap of that experience. (The book he was working on during that year turned out to be his Pulitzer prize winner, All The Light We Cannot See, an incredible work.)
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld: a light and sweet modern take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Honest disclosure — this one’s probably more for the ladies. 🙂
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman: a very heartwarming story about a grouchy old, widowed man to whom I became very attached by the end. His other books are definitely going on my list this year.
At the beginning of 2017 I set a goal of reading 10 Pulitzer Prize for fiction books, and while I didn’t get that far, here’s the ones I read (and enjoyed)…
- Tinkers by Paul Harding (Pulitzer 2010),
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Pulitzer 2017)
and the ones I got through, mostly…
- A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Pulitzer 2011)
- The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (Pulitzer 2013)
On the reading list for Pulitzers for this year: Olive Kitteridge (2009) by Elizabeth Stout, The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao (2008) by Junot Diaz, The Road (2007) by Cormack McCarthy, March (2006) by Geraldine Brooks, and whatever is named as the 2018 winner.
As 2018 gets underway, I hope you have something(s) wonderful in the works! May the coming year bring you health, happiness, and whatever inspires you and brings you joy! ❤