Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Just peeking in...

Shhh...I'm not really here. I just wanted to whisper a little hello to you all.


I've been squirreled away at my desk, tap-tapping away at the keyboard, putting one word after the next, miraculously churning out phrases then sentences, paragraphs then pages, and somehow, finally, full drafts of essays. I wish I had thought to take a picture because at one point I looked up to find myself completely surrounded by stacks of books, not to mention the books splayed open across my desk and the ones with pencils tucked inside them as place holders. Oh those poor books.

Since my life is all tied up with books right now, I thought I'd tell you about some fun books that have been on my mind lately.
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Ok, I've already delved into this one. It's the book I've been reading in those 10 minutes before I fall asleep each night. Luckily, it's a collection of short fiction (some pieces are as short as a paragraph), so it is perfect for when I only have a few moments to read. The problem is that it's a library book and someone else has requested it. I usually don't mind sharing but I want to finish it!

I've also got this one checked out from the library, though I haven't made anything from it yet. I've got my eye on these projects: tote bag, pillowcases, elephants, and the not-so-crazy quilt. Lots of inspiration here. I have to say that I first discovered this book through Amy on her blog During Quiet Time. She made these adorable elephants!

I am such a big Alice Munro fan, and I'm ecstatic that she's got a new book coming out. Reading a book of hers always seems like hanging out with an old friend.

Wait, how did Calamity Jane get here? This is one of the dime novels I've been using for my research, Deadwood Dick on Deck, Or, Calamity Jane, The Heroine of Whoop-up. It's a pretty entertaining read and is available to read online. Just saying, if you're in need of some 19th century cheap fiction, this one's got lots of thrills and exciting adventures.

What have you been reading lately? Or what do you want to read?

Any books you've read recently that you'd recommend?

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  1. I think I need that Patchwork & Quilted Gifts book. I could add it to my ever-growing collection. And it's so funny that you're sneaking in a little blog time. I usually tip tap away in the wee hours of the morning when the rest of my family is sleeping.
    -- Jodi

  2. What a sweet post, dear..! I'm so happy you squirreled away a little time to visit..! I am not really reading anything cohesively - bits and pieces, trying to keep up with the New Yorker, which is impossible for me... And mostly just leafing through the many design magazines that fill my home - it's a good escape for me when I have down time...

    Hope the rest of your week goes well. I really enjoyed this - thank you.



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