What I Read This October

Here’s what I read this past month:

Summer of the Danes – Ellis Peters
Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach – Barbara Nickel
Spellbinder – Melanie Rawn
The Limits of Enchantment– Graham Joyce
Forest Mage – Robin Hobb
Watchers of Time – Charles Todd
The Fourth Bear – Jasper Fforde
Uniform Justice – Donna Leon
Poison Study – Maria V. Snyder
Childbirth Wisdom from the World’s Oldest Societies– Judith Goldsmith
The Manner Born: Birth Rites in Cross-Cultural Perspective – ed. Lauren Dundes
Charlotte Sometimes – Penelope Farmer (reread)
Stradivarius: Five Violins, One Cello, and a Genius – Toby Faber

Mostly good. I’m still dragging on the final chapters of Poison Study, though. I just can’t settle into it. It’s interesting, just not as engaging as I was hoping it would be.

2 thoughts on “What I Read This October

  1. Talyesin

    Little known fact about Strad violins:

    Apparently the decades leading up to Strad’s era (totally clueless on my part, sorry) were really lean years, a mini-ice age that caused very little growth in the trees of Europe. As a result, the wood grain was abnormally tight, which gave the wood an uncommon strength, resilience, and tonality. Hence, the distinctive sound of the master’s violins comes from climatic change.

  2. Owldaughter Post author

    Yup. More interesting facts: the slow growth affected the wood mostly used for ships. It’s thought that perhaps Stradivarius (late 17th-mid 18th century, actually, Tal — now you know) somehow got some of the wood he used during a specific period of his lutherie that produced instruments with very specific tone from a lot of wood intended for shipbuilding.

    Neat, yes?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *