Thursday, January 12, 2012

Good Reads

Hello Everyone,

Like many of you, I love to read!  I don't use an e-reader though.  I have toyed with getting one, most likely (because I am a MacoPhile), but I just can't seem to bring myself to do it as I love the feel of being able to turn a page in a book!

All these books are on my to read list this year.


Currently I am reading Steve Jobs' biography, the big book near the bottom.  I am about halfway through it and am finding it really fascinating.  However, reading does take me longer than probably your average person as I read when I go to bed and it takes me all of 20 minutes for me to start dozing off.  Then that is it for the night.  If I am lucky I finish about a chapter.

Does this happen to any of you?  I just wish I had more time to read.

You will notice just under Steve Jobs' book is a magazine.


It is Quilt Almanac, just into the shop.  It is a yearly publication put out by the editors of Quilt Magazine.  Lots of great quilty projects inside for inspiration.  But I wanted to draw your attention to one in particular....


My good friend Victoria of Bumble Beans has been published!! Her gorgeous quilt Festive Cheers is highlighted.


Isn't it fantastic?  If you haven't seen the magazine and you want a copy you can find it here in my shop.

Another book that is just fabulous is ...


Lone Star III.  It is the third installment in this series of books.  I mean just look at the cover... WOW!  I was able to see some of these quilts up close and personal in Houston this fall.  They were fabulous.  If you would like a great historical chronology of quilts, this is a great one!  You can find it on Amazon by clicking here.

What is on your reading list?

By the way...


Just thought you might like to see that the boys are getting along!! Pavi doesn't seem to mind that Watson lays on him and they enjoy playing together.


Until Next Time...

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30 comments:

Stephanie said...

What a sweet photo of Watson and Pavi. They look so content. Love Victoria's quilt. I used to read several books a month and now I'm lucky if it's several a year! I love the feel of a real book. No e-readers for me. :o)

Christine said...

Those boys are so sweet .. love the picture. I've been re-reading the Harry Potter series this holiday. Half way through book 4.

karenfae said...

I never thought a kindle was right for me because I like the feel of turning pages, but you know I got one and after the first week I loved it. I do read a lot, I pick up my kindle off and on all day and before I go to bed at night.

Karen

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

I like turning those 'real' pages too, Jackie. If you figure out a way to keep the eyes open past 20 minutes, let us know. I can't even last 5 minutes.

AnnieK said...

I got a Kindle for Christmas, so far I like it for short stories. I can't imagine trying to read a novel on what is basically, an etch-a-sketch screen. I'm in the middle of a bio of Lauren Bacall...have your King book, Jailbird, by Kurt Vonnegut, and When We Were Grownups, by Anne Tyler, waiting in the wings. That's about as far ahead as I ever plan, but I work in a library, so I always have the next book handy. :-)

Nedra said...

So many wonderful books to read! My brother called me the other day and told me about the new Stephen King book and how much he is enjoying it. And I love Victoria's quilt!

Mommarock said...

Love that quilt. Now about the e-reader. I cannot tell you how much more I read now that I have my Nook. Oh my goodness. They have...umm FREE books.. Ut oh!! addicting!! And, they don't take up space :) Bingo!! !And you can loan them to friends, and you can borrow them from the library.. Ahhhh!! So addicting. I think I have probably read over 100 books in the last few months.. sometimes a book a day. LOVE IT!

Editfolt said...

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http://editfoltmuhelye.blogspot.com/2011/11/almas-konyvborito.html

krisgray said...

Cute photo!! I like to read actual books, too. However, I do use the Kindle app on my iPod to download free books. It is handier to take along than a book. I also do most of my reading at night - my DH usually asks me if I'm reading through my eyelids!

Beth from Texas said...

I read on an Kindle and love it and listen to books on my Ipod. Helps me get to sleep. I am listening is the new Stephen King book now. I am really liking it. The audio version of The Help is wonderful. I also recommend Room.

Nancy said...

I always have a book going.. We just moved and now I have the BEST library...and have just recently found the DVD shelves...I am watching (well really listening) to Downton Abbey right now..

I have an iPad so I can get Nook and Kindle on it...I do read some free books on it, but nothing takes the place of a paper book...

Mary said...

I want to read more too. I read at night and it is just not enough time. If I read during the day, nothing gets done. I have a huge stack of books. Sigh, so much to do and read, so little time!!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

I wan to read the Stephen King book on JFK... It's a time travel book and my all time favorite book is TIME AND AGAIN by Jack Finney(best time travel book ever!)... That book and just about anything historical to NYC, sucks me right in. I'm a NYC book junkie. Thanks for the nice words about my Quilt. grin. I'm blushing.

LT said...

I'm also a reader, and I can say those Jennifer Chiaverini are enjoyable, especially the Union Quilters one. The best thing about an e-Reader is being able to get free samples of books. Usually it's the first chapter or two, and that is enough to let me know if I want to go acquire the book, or if I should pass. So it's worthwhile from that perspective and if you're going on a long trip and can't haul the 5 books you might read in that time along with you!

And thanks for sharing the kittens! Very cute!

Anonymous said...

I have read both of Jennifer's newest and I found the Wedding Quilt very enjoyable. Not a fan of Steven King, he looks as scary as his books and movies....ugh! I like Jennifer, Jeffrey Archer, John Grisham, Patricia Cornwall, Fred Mustard Stewart, Sue Grafton, Earlene Fowler, and the Murder She Wrote books. Jeffrey Archers "Kane and Abel" was awesome, made into a mini series years ago. I get excited about books the same way I get excited about quilting, sorry! Enjoy! ninepatch@hotmail.com

sandra said...

I got a Kobo reader for Christmas from my kids. So far it has taken me ages to just get it set up and learn how to download from library etc. so I am not sure yet if I like it or not. Like you I love to read but dose off after 20 mins and sometimes my book falls on floor so I don't know what that will do to my reader? Anyway I will let you know what a think of it after I have used it for awhile. Those kitties are so sweet.

sandra said...

I got a Kobo reader for Christmas from my kids. So far it has taken me ages to just get it set up and learn how to download from library etc. so I am not sure yet if I like it or not. Like you I love to read but dose off after 20 mins and sometimes my book falls on floor so I don't know what that will do to my reader? Anyway I will let you know what a think of it after I have used it for awhile. Those kitties are so sweet.

YankeeQuilter said...

I was dead set against getting an e-reader but then last year my DH got me one for Christmas. Now I read about half on e-reader and half "real" books. The e-reader is great for traveling and keeping in my bag for appointments. I have over 100 books on it and I'd say half of them were free! Important since I read about a book per week...

Sharon T said...

Get an iPad! You can download free apps such as Kindle and Ebook Reader. I use (free) Dropbox and send quilt PDFs to my iPad and set it up near my cutting and sewing area to follow the pattern. You will love it!

Josie McRazie said...

I am dyslecsic and read VERY slowly. My Honeyman bought me an e-reader for my b-day/our anniversary and although I would not have asked for it I do love it. I have to say I read the Hunger Games books and LOVED them! And ME who takes weeks to get through a book got through each of these books in a matter of days!!! Check them out!! They have spent over 500 days on the top 100 list!!!

Venus de Hilo said...

I spend at least as much time reading as I do sewing, and love my Kindle. I still buy quilting books in print (gotta have those big color photos!), but the only paper fiction I read these days comes from the library.

Clare said...

I HATE the idea of a Kindle or an iPad to read books. A friend was given one for her birthday and let me have a go. Yuk!

I'll be interested to know what you think of the Steve Jobs bio. An Apple freak friend said it was a real eye opener. I'm not an Apple freak so have no interest in reading it.

I may steal the idea of your post if that's ok. My bookshelves are spread all over the house and it may just help me focus on what to read this year, rather than just pulling a book out. For me it's a bit like pulling fabric LOL. Happy reading.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

I felt the same way about Ebooks until I got my Kindle and I really do like it. The even more amazing thing is you can download the Kindle app on your iphone and it will pick up exactly where you are on your Kindle...how do they do that? It's great for when you get "caught" without something to read, never again!!
I do read "real" books too, but love having this option!!!

Christine M said...

I'm like you and only read when I go to bed. It also takes me a while to get through a book (I keep dozing off and dropping it). I see you have The Wedding Quilt. I just loved that one. I've read all of the Elm Creek Quilters books. Looking forward to the next one coming out.

Patchwork and Play said...

20 minutes! That's about 15 minutes more than I can generally manage!

Renee said...

thanks for stopping by my blog, Im sorry about the video, I usually put
Turn Off Music to watch under a you tube.

Elisa Black said...

I'm the same way with reading before going to bed-- don't usually get v. far before falling asleep. You have an interesting selecction of books (and magazines). I love Victoria's quilt!!! So glad the cats are getting along, too :0) They look cute together.

Elisa Black said...

P.S. I love the purple coin sections! Looking forward to seeing what you are making with them!

Cathi said...

The Steve Jobs book had me riveted but then I started the 11/22/63 and could NOT put down my eReader. It's one of those books that you just can't wait to find out what happens next.
Love the photo of the two kitties! That is adorable.

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