Autumn Flowers [Monthly Reading Love]

Last month began with warm weather, I felt almost sure that a cool autumn with the low bright sun that I have been craving all summer would never arrive. As we moved slowly into October the trees began to change colour and the air became cooler.

Mikey had Bronchitis last week, and I am just now getting over my own sinus cold. I’ve been grumpy all week, my eyes have been prickling and watering to the point where I haven’t even been able to sit down and read a book or look at a screen for any length of time. I’ve been hiding out at home as much as possible, housework piling up around me, only emerging from darkened rooms to take Mikey to Preschool when he began to feel well enough to go again.

On the weekend though, I slowly began to feel better. Beautiful sunshine streaming through the windows and my husband not having to go out for almost the whole weekend, we spent some time just enjoying one another’s company. We slept in, made French Toast for a late breakfast and spent time relaxing and recovering.

Before my sinus cold, I spent some time reading yet more Game of Thrones. I’m not sure what I’m going to do when I reach the end of the last book. Before starting the fourth book, A Feast For Crows, I had been told that it was slower paced, less interesting and perhaps just more filler than the other books so far but I thoroughly enjoyed it just as much as the previous books in the series. I need to drag myself to the bookstore to pick up the next book A Dance with Dragons, I’m hesitant though because I know that I’ll just want to read more right away after that but I’ll have to wait for the next book to be published.

I’ve also been slowly picking my way through Lens on Life by Stephanie Calabrese Roberts. I haven’t read all of it yet, despite the fact that it is relatively short, because it is so full of inspiration that I have had to put it down after each section to be able to properly process all that I’ve read. It’s such a wonderful book on documentary photography, I’ve been utterly captivated by every word and every photograph in the book so far. A beautiful book, I can’t wait to finish it and then read it over again.

I’ve been reading a few fun and interesting things online last month too, some of them a little more frivolous, like this blog post on Apartment Therapy about Modern Classic Bath Toys, and this lovely post via Simple Mom: 25 years after The Princess Bride, he’s not tired of that line on NPR.

This great post by Veronica Armstrong about How to Critique your own Photographs.

These Light Paintings of 1970’s New York City via Enpundit are just breathtaking. As are these One World photos by Jamie Johnson, seen at the Medium Photography Festival in San Diego and featured on Lenscratch.

A fascinating interview with Howard Greenberg on the new exhibition of photographs from his personal collection: An Autobiography Told with Others’ Photos on Lens blog at The New York Times.

And finally, required reading for all people. How I discovered my Secret Powers by Keri Smith on the Penguin Community Blogs.

What have you been reading this week?


    • I can’t even remember what the background even was to make that colour…. it must’ve been reflecting off of something in my kitchen 🙂

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