In the place of honour during 2015:
The wonder of curating your own magazine of images, with the possibility of conversing directly with artists and photographers and dog-owners. and making actual friends that you might otherwise never encounter...it's a winning formula and I have enjoyed many happy hours looking at and reading Instagram posts. And posting.
And despite feeling like I read less because of the appeal of Instagram, I controlled my reading more carefully and got thru a lot of great books.
Luckily I still keep LibraryThing active so I can be reminded of books read and enjoyed over the past two years.
I enjoyed a mini-theme around the artist JMW Turner featured in an exhibition at the AGO. They were showing clips from, and I was able to see Mr Turner the movie. It was a great period piece and I thoroughly enjoyed it. And I reacquainted myself with Dark Clue by James Wilson, a lovely dark Victorian-style gothic novel around an investigation of Turner, altho she was born late in his life, so he is not really a Victorian character.
the novella Mortal Coils by a very young Aldous Huxley. Both were incomparably lovely.
I participated in the frenzy over My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. I quite enjoyed it, and I could feel it in relation to the stories of the youth of my Italian in-laws, but when it came time to read on, I just wasn't motivated. If the rest of the books fell in my lap, I might read them, but I didn't seek them out. There was a different kind of frenzy of comment when the real identity of the author was revealed, and I found it distasteful.
Here are the stats
total books: 48
best books: 17 plus 2 alsos
short stories/novellas: 3
about books: 4
It was a good year!