Sep 082011
 

Twenty minutes a day.  Those are the rules.

I love reading.  I tend to get sucked into books.  They grab hold of me and don’t let go until the story is over.  I do nothing else.  I mean nothing. (Like skip meals, don’t shower, forget about cooking…kids? I have kids? kind of nothing.) I think it’s one of my character flaws to let things become all encompassing but with books, it’s one of my favorite things. :-)

So that I can tie this into sewing, I’m going to mention the plethora of modern fabric related books that have come to the market thanks to Stash Books. I’m actually really excited about the book Modern Mix from Jessica Levitt.  It’s one that I’m going to buy for myself. I can’t wait because just based on the photographs (amazing!) there are at least 6 projects that I want to make! (and no one is paying me to say this or has even asked me to post this. I’ll have to buy a book just like everyone else. I admire Jessica, love her style and am honestly excited about her book.)

Now back to my little reading corner – Michael’s is where I purchased these letter. I painted them white, cut up a charm pack and just decoupaged the squares onto the letters. I have actually finished the quilt that goes in the reading nook since the last time I mentioned the area – but it’s at the quilters – so I’ll have to show it later. ;-)

I am wondering, when I have time to loose myself in a book, what book do you recommend I read? (I asked this on twitter the other day and received so many great suggestions! But I’m always looking, so let me know your favorites!)  What have you read recently and loved?  Do you belong to any book clubs? (either virtual or in the flesh ;-)  ) Also, I’m wondering if you usually “real” books or electronic versions?

  12 Responses to “R-E-A-D”

  1. I am so glad that I’m not the only one that forgets about my family when I get sucked into a good book! I love reading. I tend to really get sucked into some of the YA fiction books out there: Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, etc. I’m not sure if this counts as a book club or not, but I am a member of goodreads.com which is a great place to see what your friends are reading, if they liked certain books or not, and see other people’s reviews. I also have a hard time keeping track of what I’ve read, so it does that for you, too. I have a Nook, so I usually only read electronic versions of books now. :)

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    Melanie Reply:

    I’m signed up on goodreads too but i haven’t taken time to really go in and manage it. I need to get the percy jackson books and try them!

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  2. I get sucked into books, too that’s why I try NOT to read! Read some good ones this summer: Seabiscuit, Under the Banner of Heaven, Where Men Win Glory, Outliers and a couple of others that weren’t good enough to recommend. Time to stop reading now that school has started!

    Love the letters. I want to do some for my laundry room.

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    Melanie Reply:

    Oh good recommendations. I figure that on holidays, summer, long weekends etc. I can sneak in a book. :-) oh and I want to see your new laundry room!

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  3. I love reading. But I am just like you – if the book is good I get nothing else done! So I try to not do it – unless I really do have time for it! :-)

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    Melanie Reply:

    It seems many of us are like this! Yes, long weekends, holidays etc are the times for it. I’m trying to read a little at night and not get carried away….we’ll see how it goes! lol

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  4. I see someone already mentioned The Hunger Games – excellent series of books! I just finished The Help – awesome book!! And if you love a great romance that goes on and on – seven books and counting (big thick books!) be sure to check out the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Jamie and Claire will become good friends!!

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    Melanie Reply:

    I have read the hunger games and the help! But not the outlander series! Is it going to drive me crazy that the series isn’t over yet? (so I can’t get my hands on the next one)

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  5. Ohhh. I have to look at that book. I was just trying to dream up some pillow designs.

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  6. I have not read the Outlander series but have also heard great things about it. I have a Kindle and they offered Redemption by Karen Kingsbury for free so I tried it out and it was excellent. I need to buy the rest in the series but haven’t yet.

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    Melanie Reply:

    Oh good to know! I have a kindle too and I love it!

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  7. I have to highly recommend THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver (my fav novel of all time), THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett, CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese, anything by Pat Conroy and also Jennifer Chiaverini’s quilting novels/series. And that’s just a start. I would not own a kindle or anything like it, I just love to touch the book and feel it in my hands. I also like to highlight and underline in non-fiction books, especially spiritual books, even writing in them sometimes. Books are my addiction! I have a library in my home, and then bookcases in every room, even the kitchen!

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