I've given up reading novels. Well, I've put it on hold till I have gained the skill of self-control (snort!). I just can't put a novel down until it's done. Instead, I'm picking up books that you can delve into for a few minutes here and there and enjoy.
So what am I
reading looking at?
The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien. This one I am actually reading, in sections, to my boy at bedtime. He in enthralled. And I'm rapidly running out of pages. Any suggestions for our next read?
The Diary of a Farmer's Wife 1796-1797. This is a reading one too. But as it's a diary and written in ye olde style English, it was put downable. Interesting to read, not sure if it's genuine or a well done fake.
Twelve by Twelve. The International Art Quilt Challenge. Now this is a fantastic find. Lusciously and generously photographed, this book is a round up of a collaborative challenge. Twelve art quilters, making twelve 12" x 12" quilts. Each artist took turns picking a theme and it was fascinating to see the different interpretations. Each month features one quilt in depth and profiles the art quilter who made it. This is well worth a read and has entertained and inspired me.
1000 Artisan Textiles. Sandra Salamony and Gina M. Brown. This one is a great find too. Page after page of rich colour, fantastic shapes, texture and design. There are five sections; wearable art and couture, fashion accessories, soft furnishings and vessels, tapestries and display art and art quilts. The only beef I have with it is that the only information shared under each was the name of the maker. The title, size and materials were all in a directory at the back, awkward to keep flipping back and forth.
The Crafting of Narnia by Weta Workshop. This one I picked up for my boy and he has loved looking through it. The illustrations are enchanting and incredibly detailed. I was taken with it too and enjoyed flicking through it. I can't say I read too much of the text, but it is well worth it as a picture book.
The other two in the stack are:
The Quilt. Beauty in Fabric and Thread by Marie Salazar. Again, lovely pictures. But published in 1997, some of the quilts are a bit dated. Interesting to see style progression though.
And The Nude by Giovanni Civardi. This is the odd one out! I borrowed this from the library to help me with a quilt I'm planning.
So what books are on your nightstand?