It’s been another month of eclectic reading, some more culling, and new finds in the quilting/sewing genre. Another load of books went to the library bookstore, and I made my decision on the cookbook series. The Cooking Light series was donated, mainly due to its lack of photography, even though the recipes are lighter and healthier. I just don’t get inspired from mostly printed words. When you are cooking, those pictures really do make a difference. I still need to cull just a bit more from the cookbook shelves, and donate the rest of the novels I’ve read and don’t plan to read again. I’ve been utilizing the library more too, for books I’ve had on my look-for list for some years and haven’t found. Affiliate links are provided for those wanting to see a synopsis or purchase the book. I appreciate you using my links when you can.
Vintage Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball. Another delightful visit to Ladybug Farm, and as more things change, the more things remain the same. There are the usual funny mishaps, but this one gets a bit more heartfelt as the two young people make decisions that change their lives forever. Getting to the end, I immediately want to read the next to see what happens, and the spin off series Hummingbird House introduced in this book. Easy reading, wonderful story.
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. Expectations were high after the first novel in the series, The Rosie Project, but this one just felt like a train wreck in slow motion. I hate when characters make stupid decisions, and do things that a reasonable person wouldn’t do. Even with Don’s brain wiring being a bit different than the majority of the world, the lack of understanding and communication on Rosie’s part goes against her character development in the first book. It just wasn’t fun to read about the slow destruction of a marriage, and the lack of communication, even though it turns out well in the end. The situations Don gets himself into seem forced and contrived, not naturally flowing (like the first book) from funny ways that he views the world and other people around him. So, not great even though a few moments were funny.
Sepulchre by Kate Mosse. As I read this very long (500+ pages) novel, it seemed that the same story was being told in the two timelines. Perhaps that was by design, but I found it a bit tedious. It was interesting in the use of a fictitious tarot card deck and the supernatural power it contains. As usual, some really stupid decisions are made by the main characters in both timelines, which I find irritating. But, the story was entertaining enough to finish the book. Overall, I rated it as OK, not great, but not bad.
Sourdough by Robin Sloan. There is only one word to describe this story – quirky. It pulls the reader along, stretching credibility just a little and then a little more until the ridiculous becomes believable. It was a quick, easy read. The story is centered around a sourdough starter that takes on a life of its own, becoming stranger as the story goes on. Overall enjoyable, for fantasy fans particularly. It will make you want to bake some bread!
A Week in Winter by Marcia Willett. Thoroughly engaging book, difficult to put down. The story is complex enough to keep the reader’s interest, with characters that are drawn from real life. There is a bit of fantasy, in that the week in winter referred to in the title is love at first sight yet doomed from the start. The motivations of the characters are believable, even though there is a bit of being a bit too neat in tying up the ends. But it is a lovely story, will make you laugh in parts and bring tears in others. What more could you want from a fiction novel? Recommend.
On the crafting front, C&T Publishing has released several new titles. I’ve begun using more ebooks to save the space, but these are also available in real book form too.
The Ultimate Quilt Finishing Guide by Harriet Hargrave and Carrie Hargrave-Jones is a fabulous reference book, with detailed instructions on planning and applying borders including over 60 pages of border design ideas, dealing with corners and combinations. Then it covers batting, backing and binding. There are 130 pages packed full of great information for both the novice and advanced quilter. This one you’ll come back to again and again.
Harriet’s Journey from Elm Creek Quilts by Jennifer Chiaverini. For fans of the Elm Creek Quilts series, here is a sampler of 100 blocks to make, mix and match, make smaller sampler quilts, or go all out and make all 100 for a large bed quilt. Excerpts from the novel Circle of Quilters brings you back to Elm Creek, and the inspiration for the blocks.
Sew Home in the Kitchen by Abigail American Bennett. This fun book has 18 projects for the home, dining room and kitchen, along with tips and advice on fabric choices and working with insulating fleece. A special treat are the cookie recipes included.
So that is what I am playing with for now. I’m still sewing secret projects, and I have Pachanga on the longarm now. Would you like to see it? Well, here is the border, LOL!! I’m picking up the thread order today, and I expect to begin quilting it tomorrow. Next clue is Friday!
Next I need to tackle the bookshelves in the basement. I have five sets of Christmas books!! Southern Living Christmas, Spirit of Christmas, Christmas with Victoria Magazine, American Country Christmas, and Gooseberry Patch Christmas. Good grief, what is up with that!!!
What are you reading now? Do you like ebooks, or audiobooks, or do you prefer real ones?