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Danielle
Interests: books, needlework, altered art, walking, travelling, museums
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Summer reading. To plan or not to plan. I seem to be on the 'lazy reader' plan when it comes to reading these days. I am (barely) keeping up with my Goodreads reading goal, for what that's worth. Mostly I... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2022 at A Work in Progress
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It's been a while, hasn't it? I am not sure where the time has gone, but I seem to move at a slower pace these days than before? I am not sure how I used to be so industrious, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2022 at A Work in Progress
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Last year was not the worst reading year ever, but it was a disappointing one. I did manage to read more than a few books that I really enjoyed, and I still plan on sharing some of the books that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2022 at A Work in Progress
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I say 'sort of' in regards to my 2021 subscription. While I have ten of the twelve books (plus the freebie they always send at the start of a new year), I have two more to go. Sadly, I have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2021 at A Work in Progress
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It's been a while since I have had the urge to write an 'in seach of' post, but the mood is hitting me now. When it comes to the way I read these days--I tend to do a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2021 at A Work in Progress
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In the more recent past I was feeling pressure by having too many plans or making too many goals. If I didn't reach them or feel like I accomplished what I set out to do it was disappointing. Reading is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2021 at A Work in Progress
Enjoy--I really like her writing!
I know--I think I am just tired of this feeling of being so very adrift. I think nothing is going to be quite the same--not for a while anyway--so I want to try and figure out how to live within these very strange parameters. I am going to let a few subscriptions lapse and try and go back to a few goals--I wanted to get away from them--added pressure, but now I think maybe it is time for some structure in my reading life? What bigger books have you been reading? Part of the fun of reading is thinking about it--as weird as that sounds!
Hi Michael--The world is just so wonky. I want to be normal in a wonky world and I guess I need to stop waiting for it to right itself and just right myself, if that makes any sense at all. So, what better than to just focus on something that is more or less under my own control. I feel good about thinking about reading again--not just trudging along blindly, but actually thinking about it and being more 'thoughtful'. That is very cool you are blogging and reading and you are reaching your goal. I think I may have to settle to my almost goal, which is okay, too. But there is still time this year and I can keep thinking about what I am going to do next year, and maybe I will just go ahead and start on next year now--lol! It seems I read something about exercise and sometimes thinking about it is like mentally doing it--well, that doesn't actually make sense, but maybe you need to just think about swimming until you are ready to follow through. Good luck on those finishes and on marathon swimming!!
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Another strange year. You, too? Do you feel closer to normal or still adrift? I kind of hate that term 'new normal', but I think the world has, and I too need to, reinvent(ed) itself/myself. My reading did not come... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2021 at A Work in Progress
I love it when one book leads to another--you can supplement a novel with a book of letters or memoir about the actual person. Serendipity in reading! I must look up the last three titles as they sound interesting and are new to me! Happy reading!!
So, in the end I have picked up Helen Macdonald's book of nature essays. I read one or two a day, sometimes I am by a computer and will look up things she mentions--places, kinds of trees or flowers or insects and I am finding it utterly delightful. I love her writing style and this is really the right book for the moment.
You are right--there was a very brief moment when life really did seem to be getting back to normal and taking off your mask was okay. So sad that was short lived. Now it seems like there are all kinds of problems related to covid beyond the obvious. I guess we just have to be patient that things will eventually turn the corner for the better! At least, at the moment I am out of my reading slump. I hope things are going well for you and you are enjoying lots of wonderful books, too!
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2021 on End of Year 'Clean-Up' Reading at A Work in Progress
That looks SO good. The only thing from keeping me picking it up now (it was the book I was most interested in) is the fact it is a cloth book. I am carrying around a hardcover now for a book club and I know toting two to work and the gym might not be the best idea. It is high on my list, though, and I am very happy to hear you enjoyed it. I hope to be here regularly again. (Fingers crossed).
I miss chatting here for sure. I am not sure where my time goes these days... I feel like I have fallen into different habits, but I would like to get back to posting here occasionally anyway. I am not sure I can manage actual reviews, but maybe a little bookish chatter? I miss my virtual reading friends for sure!
My reading has been wonky. I have had to reduce my GR challenge goal two or three times now. Not, in the long run, that it actually matters, but... I loved Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe. A chunky book that I managed to get through quite nicely. I think I need to pick up Vesper Flights as it seems universally popular with commenters!!
I am here--life has been just very strange and my sense of time is very off! Those essays look great--a little nature reading sounds very appealing right now, too.
I will definitely share when I pick it up. I should really keep it by my bed--a book of essays and one of short stories--perfect before bedtime reading! I need to read her other book as well!
I think our tastes change over time. I have discovered I like/or no longer like certain kinds of stories. Sometimes I find I have no patience for some genres. I do love NF and just wish I could read it as fast as I purchase new NF books! Have you read anything particularly good recently?
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First, many thanks for the comments on my last post--I appreciate them all and next on my to-do list is to get back to chatting again. Here we are in October, nearing the end of yet another very strange year.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2021 at A Work in Progress
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Hello. It's been a while, hasn't it? I am sorry I have been so absent (I seem to say that often here, don't I?). I have more than a bit of clean up to take care of, but once the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2021 at A Work in Progress
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Bent Creek Halloween Cracker (OOP) The Trilogy Secret Pumpkin Patch Kit The Trilogy EEKology chart with linen cut. Just Cross Stitch Halloween Collectors Issue from 2015. Bent Creek Glory Chart and Supplies. Mirabilia's Le Nouveau Paris inspired design. Victoria Sampler's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2021 at The Peacock's Feather
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I have been posting charts and kits from my stash that I am ready to part with. I have such an abundance of lovely needlework items, but I know I cannot stitch all of them! Do take a look--maybe you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2021 at The Peacock's Feather
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I have long wanted to really start downsizing my belongings in general, but more specifically I have a lot of crafting materials that I need to give away or recycle. I have started by weeding books and recycling magazines, but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2021 at The Peacock's Feather
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Hello Summer. No introduction needed since you seem to have arrived early this year with the heat of mid-July even before Solstice. Here we are at the 'longest' day of the year. I think a new reading plan is in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2021 at A Work in Progress