Thursday, 27 November 2014

Not so current reading

Thankfully this isn't my actual TBR!!

I've always read more then one book at a time. I'm the kind of reader that gets excited by each new book that I get and has to start it RIGHT NOW!!  But lately, I'm thinking it's getting a little out of hand. Earlier today I had 16 books on my goodreads Currently Reading shelf. (I've since moved 7 of them back to my To Read shelf.

A couple of them I'd started in 2011 - I'd read 50 or so pages and gotten frustrated by a character or storyline. Another one had an inordinately large amount of bullet points. little things really, but I'd stopped reading, intending to pick it back up after I'd read another book, but never coming back to it.

So I decided I needed to get realistic with myself - most of them, I can't actually remember what I've read, so I'll need to read them from the start and I would really like to have all of the books on the list read by the end of the year.  I'm fine with having unfinished books on December 31st - but they need to be ones I've started in the week of Christmas/New Year.  More than likely I will get some books for Christmas - Maggie is such a good present giver.  PLEASE tell me I'm not the only one who receives presents from their fur babies ;)

What about you - are you able to read more than one book at a time?  Or is one your limit?  Let me know

Until next time, happy reading :)

C.

Essay Review: Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and America by Don Watson

Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and AmericaRabbit Syndrome: Australia and America by Don Watson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting comparative look at Australia & the US.  I went to an author talk for Watson's new book 'The Bush' on Tuesday evening and it was interesting to hear him mention some of his thoughts shared in these essays - that we as a nation tend to pretend that awful things didn't happen when European Settlers first arrived here.  That our history with the Indigenous peoples was a peaceful handover, instead of the massacre(s) that it really was. I'm looking forward to reading more from Watson, I bought The Bush on Tuesday night, but I'd also like to learn more about the history of Australia - the good and the bad.



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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

WWW Wednesday 26.11.14



WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Miz B over at ShouldBeReading.  If you'd like to join in here is what you need to do - answer these three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you just finish reading?
What are you going to read next?

Once you're done, go and visit everyone else who is participating - simple :)

What are you currently reading?

This is completely creeping me out, but it is a great read, (or listen in my case, I have this going in the car).  As the cover says, it's about our fictional Lewis & Alice.  I love all the little Alice tidbits that are popping up throughout the story.
 What did you just finish reading?

I liked this, it wasn't quite what I expected it to be, but really, I didn't know what to expect - literary werewolf fiction, who would've thought.
What are you going to read next?

This should be - what are you going to continue to read...because this has been on my currently reading pile all month so far.  And I need to finish it for the 8th Dec as this is when we are discussing it for Book Group.










I'm looking forward to finding out what everyone else has been reading or is about to :)

Until next time, happy reading.

C.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Book Blogger Hop 21 - 27th November



The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer

If you haven't participated before, here is what to do: 

On your blog, post the answer to the weekly question.  once you've done that, link up your post over on Coffee Addicted Writer and then check out everyone else's answers.

This weeks question: Do you have any advice for new bloggers?


  • I think the biggest thing is to be yourself.  
  • Blog about what interests you.  
  • Join a few weekly memes, they can be a great way to meet other bloggers


I'm in no way an authority on how to blog, I've been going for a number of years, but I still look at myself as a beginner.  I know I've improved from when I first started out, but I've got so much more to learn and improve!

That's it, I'm looking forward to hopping about and seeing what other advice everyone else has given.  Enjoy your weekend :)

Until next time, happy reading.

C.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

WWW Wednesday 12.11.2014


WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Miz B over at ShouldBeReading.  If you'd like to join in here is what you need to do - answer these three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you just finish reading?
What are you going to read next?

Once you're done, go and visit everyone else who is participating - simple :)

What are you currently reading?

I've still got a few on the go, I haven't actually done that much reading in the past week, but I started listening to The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.  Which I'm enjoying and finding it hard going, some of the stories are difficult to listen to.








What did you just finish reading?

After Tex by Sherryl Woods.  I was enjoying this so much when I first started it, but I didn't enjoy the second half as much, my full review is here










What are you going to read next?

I don't think I'm going to start anything new, I have too many books on the go at the moment and I really need to focus on finishing my book for book club, Ape House by Sara Gruen.  Our get together is coming up in a couple of weeks and I want to close out the year by actually reading the book!







Another week of reading is over!  As I said, I didn't get much done, hopefully the next week isn't so busy and I can read to my hearts content :)

Until next time, happy reading.

C.

Unfinished Projects

I love crafting, I'll admit that sometimes the end results are less than perfect, but I don't mind.  For me, the main thing is to have fun.  I'm a terrible crafter really, because I have so many ideas and I'll buy fabric or wool for a new project before I finish the one I'm working on.

At the moment I've got a project I started a year ago, all it needs is some hand stitching and it's done, but do you think I can 'find the time'.

Close up of the fabric, as this was my first patchwork quilt, I started with a basic pattern.  Once you get the hang of it, it's quite easy to put together.

This is before I added the border and the backing, it is a cot quilt - although Willow is almost too big to use it as that now.

This is the next quilt I started making, once it's finished will be for my bed.  I was blocking out the pattern here, with help from Maggie.  I just need to add the backing to this, put it on the big embroidery machine and then edge it and it'll be finished!

Below is proof that I can finish a project - my peg apron :)  This is halfway through, this took around two hours to make all up.

The finished product - the instagram filter makes the green look neon which is why I put the other photo in.


Have you got any unfinished projects, or are you a super efficient crafter that gets all their projects completed?  Perhaps you've got some tips to share :)  I am planning on setting aside some time this Christmas to finish off a few more, I bought some beautiful fabric to make a couple of dresses and a bag so Maggie can put all her things in when she goes visiting.

Until next time, happy reading.

C.



Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Lest We Forget



Blood swept lands and seas of red

The current installation by Paul Cummins, that is on display at the Tower of London, is to commemorate the 100 anniversary of World War One.  

(I've used images from a Google search, I'll switched them to ones that I'e taken later as I took the wrong USB to work with me.)

Until next time, happy reading.

C.

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