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Danielle
Interests: books, needlework, altered art, walking, travelling, museums
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I like having plants but I am not a very good plant-carer! I need plants that don't require too much maintenance! :) Good to hear the chickens are fastidious--maybe most animals are--I guess they have to be really. Imagine a sloppy cat or something! :)
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Yes, this is one mystery series that really focuses on the characters lives. Talk about major upheavals--I think everything that could happen, has happened! Of course more than a dozen books out now means the author has had lots of time to add to their life stories. That's right--I forgot about that Francine Prose book that is about reading and writing--I think I might have a copy somewhere on my shelves (or maybe I am just thinking of a library copy I borrowed....will have to go in search of it). I am really enjoying the novel--it was made into a film and now I think I might look for the adaptation when I finish the book!
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I had a much smaller reading pile, that's for sure! I will let you know how Lady Mechanika goes. I was thinking it was brand new but as it was published in 2015 the egalley copy I have must be in promotion of the second volume--but even that came out last spring. I have yet to read anything steampunk related but those stories always look so tempting.
I do far too much looking for my own good. It is hard to resist. I keep adding more and more titles to my pile (or my written list) and then look at my actual reading pile and see just how Slowly I am working my way through it. An impossible task it seems. I have read the first page or so of Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and it seems a very promising read!
I had not heard of Bookburners but it sounds like fun, too. I will have to at least sample it! Do you get both the audio and access to the printed version when you subscribe I wonder?
You know it is just a perfect excuse to pick up another book to read. Only I am trying to not be too eager and start Ever book suggestion before finishing the last one. Of course, I don't own that particular Highsmith, so that made it easy! ;)
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Lots and lots of interest hit my email inbox, so I will just get to it and share the highlights! I do love a good book list and all the better when it comes in the form of an award... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Work in Progress
Thank goodness for projects like these! I feel like here in the US we are digressing at rocket speed--every progressive and creative and thoughtful decision and laws are being repealed daily. It disgusts and saddens me. I am sure there will be pockets of progressive people here who will have to take those ideas up and show leadership on grass roots levels as our elected leaders are firmly planting their heads in the sand. Ugh. I will have to look for those websites and Twitter feeds--I need something cheery and light to combat all the other ugliness!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Meh! Inspiration Please? at A Work in Progress
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How is it possible to add seven books and a podcast over the course of a mere half hour online? What did I do before the internet? I have never been at a loss for something good to read. But... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Work in Progress
They are great fun--you should look for them. I only wish the library got individual comics so I could keep up on the story!
I seem to be of the 'starting a new one' group. I have finished a few books this month, but they seem to only be easy graphic novels or really short books, and somehow it feels like I am cheating! Crazy!! Your comment intrigues me--I am going to have to search for those videos now. It sounds like art journaling--though maybe with a different purpose perhaps. Anything creative like that is inspiring!
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Have less started?! Naw! Well, maybe.... I try to just work in rotation--choose a few books from the bigger stack, but lately my reading has been pell mell. I think a good cleaning in any creative space makes you feel more creative--room to think and dream. I do that often in my bedroom--clear out and clean up! Good luck finishing a book or two in this last week of the month!
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Seeds need to be planted before Easter, don't they (or before Lent even)--I have been told. Doesn't it make you feel good to grow things? Do the cats bother the plants or are they kept under cover? I bet the Dashwoods have been going a little stir crazy in their coop--we are all ready for nice weather (even though this winter has been strangely mild). This is a weird question--but do chickens groom themselves? All that mud and dirt and them scratching around....
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Yay--it is time for more stories. I need something nice to look forward to in the mail. How did you manage to walk away from the Persephone bookshop with only two books!! :)
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That is so cool! I love how they do things in Paris! In the past they have created a beach in Paris, too, haven't they? Everyone needs a little nature in their lives--I would be happy with a cat in the library! ;) Thanks for sharing the link--those photos tell the story perfectly!
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Ah, yes, thank goodness for satire! The one highlight of this madness--it does bring out a lot of creativity!!
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I know--I have to stick with SOMEthing, since poor Jane Smiley is trying to be patient while I neglect it. I am on a less exciting section but it is short at least. It makes me want to hurry and finish it so I can get back to Lata's story!
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on A Suitable Boy: Part 7 at A Work in Progress
Serendipity! It did sit unread for a while, so your question was a good one. I am trying to at least read a chapter or two every day. Slowly but surely....
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on A Suitable Boy: Part 7 at A Work in Progress
I really never mean to set it aside--sometimes I am just trying to finish some other books that are much shorter and then it has to wait a bit. I hate to admit that cutting it into smaller sections has been the best thing I could do with it!! It makes it so much easier to carry it around and even just read a few chapters--it all adds up over time. Hopefully I will be back on track for posting weekly or so as I finish the sections. Will you read A Suitable Girl? Which I have heard is a loose sequel, if I understand correctly.
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I love that Betrothed Sampler, too. Although I have started working on the house (since it was already started and so easy to just pick right back up where I left off), I think I will also start the other one, too. I think it is the same for me--I love just working on samplers (or whatever project is in hand) as often when I finish, it just sits there waiting to be framed or sewn into something else. I like the idea of a patchwork quilt or hanging where you piece together lots of different designs. I tend to stick with little cushions of of laziness, but I have some pieces that are really meant to be connected together.
What a great idea and I am going to do just that!! I can stitch the 'N' a little unobtrusively--maybe over one thread rather than two. Thanks for the compliment--I wish I had more time to spend on stitching--I used to stitch far more but then I was reading less--such a hard trade off when you love doing both things!
It does look nice now that all the flowers are added. It will be even nicer when I pull out my sewing machine and turn it into a cushion. I have a number of 'finished' projects that just need to be sewn into something else. I think I will indeed go a little subversive with this one. It's my own creation once the stitching starts, so why not!
I have actually picked up the house sampler first as it already had some stitches put in and seemed the easiest one to start right away. I love house samplers, though all that initial solid stitching (I tend to work in the center out--first filling in the right side and then the left since I don't use a hoop but stitch 'in hand') is sort of tedious. I am working on the green vine at the moment, next to the house and it makes for more interesting work. But I love that Betrothed sampler and (like a book) always mean to start it. Maybe I will this weekend--variety is good!
Every morning I look at my TBR pile and pick up a few to peruse as I eat breakfast. Almost always they just go back to the pile, but it makes me feel like I have something good to look forward to. Of course sometimes I can't resist and just know the time is right to actually tuck one or two....into my bookbag. Sometimes it feels like I am reading the same books for-Ever and then I really do need an infusion of some new story! I love Ray Bradbury but have only read his shorter fiction (short stories and several reads of Fahrenheit 451)-really must read more of his work. I am very intrigued by Living with Bob--or a very long time I also kept journals with the books I read along with the dates I finished them. I have gone over to using an Excel spreadsheet online, but I do miss having a paper journal. I could easily start another one for this year. Maybe I need to do just that!
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Teaser Tuesday: New Starts at A Work in Progress
Of course! See, it is better to have an extra in case something has to go back to the library sooner rather than later or if something just turns out to be a wrong book at the wrong moment and you decide to leave it for later.... I understand completely! ;)
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