what I read in April 2022

305 Lost Buildings of Canada by Alex Bozikovic and Raymond Biesinger

I love the idea of preserving these lost buildings in print, but it would have been much better with photographs of the buildings, where possible, and more detailed illustrations, where no photos are available.

The Art of Circular Yokes by Kerry Bogert

My favourite method of sweater construction. Some very nice patterns.

Best East Coast Jams, Pickles, Preserves and Breads by Alice Burdick

I don’t make a whole lot of any of these things, but maybe I should. A nice collection.

Helen McNicoll: A Canadian Impressionist by Natalie Luckyj

A great introduction to an incredible artist. Now I need to learn more about her.

Hello, Habits by Fumio Sasaki

A boring, self-indulgent rehash of other people’s research on habits. I’ve probably read a dozen other books on habits that are more useful than this one.

High Vibe Home by Kirsten Yadouga

Declutter. That’s pretty much it.

Lazy Baking by Jessica Elliott Dennison

I am lazy and I like baking so I thought I’d love this book, but I didn’t. Just didn’t suit my tastes.

Nature Crafts by Yukinobu Fujino

Bizarre and impractical “leaf designs” from six Japanese floral designers. I actually laughed out loud at how weird some of these designs are.

The Obesity Code by Jason Fung

He asserts that high insulin levels are the cause of obesity and the way to lower them is a low carb diet and intermittent fasting. I skimmed a fair bit because I just don’t buy that more meat is the answer.

One Tin Bakes Easy by Edd Kimber

Now this baking book I liked a lot. One worth buying.

Pattern Motifs by Graham Leslie McCallum

A great resource.

Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners by Elspeth Jackson

An interesting variety of techniques for using fabric, but nothing that interests me, other than rug hooking.

The Rug Hooker’s Bible by Gene Shepherd

Some good information, but a strangely amateur production.

Strong Poison by Dorothy L Sayers

Another Lord Peter Wimsey book. I enjoy these well-plotted mysteries, but wish Sayers had realised her use of slang and unconventional punctuation would make certain passages hard to decipher for future readers.

When Someone You Know Has Dementia by June Andrews

A lot of really good, practical information and advice.