Saturday 29 December 2012

I've been reading

Because I mostly read ebooks, I don't have photos of book covers and don't want to take them from other locations on the web without permission. I apologise for the lack of pictures but it is, after all, a post about reading! LOL

 The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society is the one fiction book that I have read lately which stands out; not because the writing was particularly brilliant, but because it is set in post-war, previously German-occupied Guernsey -- something I've not thought about before. It's a simple story, told well enough to become compulsive but easy reading.

The book is obviously popular, over 10,000 people on LibraryThing have read The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society. The book was written by Mary Ann Schaffer, a retired librarian in her seventies who died before the book was published. The revisions were done by her niece, Annie Barrows. Written in the format of letters, it is an unusual format but works well in this case.

While travelling to my mother’s earlier this month, I finished the first section of Mao’s Last Dancer (by Li Cunxin), the autobiography of a poor Chinese boy who became a famous classical ballet dancer. I have not seen the movie and probably never will now that I am reading the book. I am actually reading this book in print format; perhaps that's why it's taking me so long to get through it! ;-0

While sitting around the motel room in Moree after mum's surgery, I read Head Over Heels (by Sam and Jenny Bailey). It is the biography of an Australian country boy who dreamed of following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a farmer – and how he reached his goal despite becoming a quadriplegic in a dreadful car accident when he was just nineteen.

Currently I’m reading another Australian book: In Search of A Wild Brumby by Michael Keenan. Brumbies are wild horses, introduced to Australia and considered by some as pests.

I also have in my pile of non-fiction books, Life at the Edge and Beyond: Living with ADHD and Asperger Syndrome (Jan Greenman) -- this directly impacts on my family and I really need to take the time to read this carefully.

But wait .... there's more!

How can one go to the library and not borrow craft books, more specifically books related to stitching! At the moment I am being inspired by these four:
  • French Girl Knits (Kristen Griffen-Grimes) -- a book of patterns, two of which I would like to knit
  • Design Your Own Knits in 5 easy steps (Debbie Abrahams) -- I need more time to take this one in!
  • Long and Short Stitch Embroidery (Trish Burr) -- also known as needle painting, thread painting or silk painting; I would love to learn how to do this but not right now!
  • Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again (Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston) -- a book written by two well known quilters with two very different styles; I love it and have added it and its predecessor to my wishlist!
 If you're over at LibraryThing and want to take a look at my whole book-list (I am adding to it slowly), I am, not surprisingly, ellebee57.

What are you reading?
Did anyone give you books this Christmas? 


  1. No books for Christmas for me under the tree, but I do a lot of reading on my Nook. Nothing weighty, I go for pretty light, fluffy stuff since my job requires a lot of technical reading.

    Enjoy your books.

  2. Hi Lynne,
    That French girls knits is a fantastic book, I've had that out from our library. There are so many crafts books out there that are full of wonderful ideas...but they don't make new ones fast enough. lol. I am re-reading Jane Eyre at the moment. It's meaty reading and I love it.
    Cheers, Anita.

  3. I did receive a few books. My favorite so far is Tacky and the Emperor. It is a fantastic children's story about a penguin named Tacky and is the latest in a series. He makes me laugh every time.

  4. Very good list-thanks for some good ideas! I would recommend The Blue Bottle Club-I am 75% of the way through it and would say it is the best read in quite a while...check it out!

  5. I read the Guernsey Literary book a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    And I had two knitting books for Christmas - No Finish Knits and Swing, Swagger, Drape. (I dropped heavy hints!)

  6. i'm currently reading the book 'Call the Midwife' - which the recent tv series was based on. Utterly absorbing and beautiful. No books for me this christmas though!


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