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Monday, February 8, 2016

Blessed by books

 "Thine is the Trick and the Treat" came out of my WIP basket for this week. I enjoy it for relaxed stitching. Just the one color, and the chart is pretty simple to read. I have been slow working on this one, I think it has been in my WIP basket two or three years now. But I enjoy it and am in no particular hurry to have it done with. 

Here is my "blessing of books" I picked up this week. I am already 75% done with "Bellman & Black". It is interesting so far, not quite a fantasy novel, but there are fantastical parts of the story. This is my first time reading this author and I will be looking for her first book "The 13th Tale". 

Next on my bookshelf is "Austenland". A friend recommended the movie based off this book, and I loved it! The movie is so funny and just light, and so far the book (yes I always read a few books at once...hmmm just like my cross stitching) has been as good as the movie! The main character is a Jane Austen fan, and books a vacation to a resort that gives you the full "Pride and Prejudice" experience complete with your own Mr. Darcy. Honestly I have never read any Jane Austen books, but I still really really liked this story.

I also picked up "The Alchemist" which is apparently another classic that I have missed. It is a fairly short book, less than 200 pages so it should be a quick read. I have heard nothing but good things about this book, so I am hoping not to be disappointed. 

And the only non-fiction book of the bunch, "Who, What, Where, When". I love books of useless information, and so far I have found this an interesting read. There is another author Mary Roach, who wrote "Stiff", "Gulp" and "Bonk" which are all books that talk about the little details of death, food and sex. Anyway, I enjoy her books and they give me the feeling I have learned something and actually read something other than just pulp fiction. 

So that is my week, books and easy stitching. This weekend we are going to try and get our garden ready to grow. Here in Arizona our gardening season starts early, it is supposed to be in the 80's already by this weekend!


KimM said...

I don't usually like Halloween patterns, but the one you're doing is intriguing. I find I really LIKE it. Well done. Enjoy the books -

Heather said...

Sounds interesting I think in most intrigued by bellman and black. I LOVE trick or treat. The fabric you chose is awesome!

Melinda Forbes said...

I so agree with your Mindless Stitching. I always call it my Laundry Mat stitching. These are those charts I can do while waiting. I love your chart. Thanks too for your book reviews. I love to read reviews written by stitchers.

Barb said...

I think a week is just about perfect when it is about stitching and reading. I love the fabric you are using for Thine is the Trick or Treat.

Brigitte said...

Great Halloween project you are stitching on.
I read "The 13th Tale" a while ago and I loved it. A page-turner for me.

Maggie said...

I love you Halloween project, you know i have never stitched for Halloween, not one! I do have one in my 'to do' pile for this year though :-)
The books are new to me, I read 2 at a time sometimes, keeping one at work, unless it's one i can't put down.
Have fun getting your garden ready, here in the Midlands we have been predicted snow for the weekend, what strange weather we have been having!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I love your Trick and Treat. It was my "Bathtime" stitch last year, the one I work on when the Small Boy is in the bath!

jakera13 said...

I love this one. If only I could find it!