November 22, 2009
Good morning to all my readers! I’m getting a little later start this morning as Kip let me sleep in while he got up with all the animals (Raven is a very early riser). It is raining here, and the sound of the rain dripping through the trees was like a lullaby. We had our first snow of the season – on Friday the winds howled and the temperatures dropped…and down came the snow. It was a wet snow, and didn’t really accumulate. Now it is pretty much a mud pond in the back yard (the dogs think this is wonderful).
Yesterday I went to a free-motion quilting class which was absolutely wonderful…but much harder than you would imagine. Free motion quilting is like flying a plane without a pilot. The feed dogs are dropped and instead of the machine controlling stitch length and direction, the quilter is in complete control. Stitch length is controlled by how fast or slow one moves the fabric (my stitch length left much to be desired – I would not say it is consistent in the least!). There was a lot of laughter…and by the end of the class we were starting to get the hang of things. I can see I will have plenty to keep me busy in the creative realm over the cold, wet winter months.
This past week I plowed through Wally Lamb’s latest novel: The Hour I First Believed (read my review). I was not enthralled with the book although I give Lamb credit for his ability to write and for the first half of the book which captivated me. But, I think he tried to tackle a little too much in this giant tome. Some have agreed with me, others not, so you may want to try it out for yourself.
My current read is delightful. Rosy Thornton’s novel Crossed Wires takes place in England and is a light romantic comedy of sorts. I’m half way through it and really enjoying Thornton’s writing (although it is taking a little work to sort through some of the British phrasing). I should get this finished soon, so watch for my review.
Not sure what is next in the reading pile. I have a few choices and think I’ll just wait and evaluate my mood when it is time to pick. How do you pick your next book?
Have you been following any of the controversy surrounding the top ten list for Publishers Weekly? There were no books written by women on the list, and that has gotten some attention. My library is about 55% female writers vs. 45% male writers…and many of the books I’ve read this year which are in MY top ten are by women. Florinda at The 3 R’s Blog wrote a great post about this topic and she lists some of her favorite books this year by women. The Weekly Geeks is asking for YOUR top ten books for the year, and I am eager to see how many of the finalists will highlight women writers. Finally, author Katherine Center (whose books I absolutely adore…see my review of Everyone Is Beautiful and The Bright Side of Disaster), was motivated by the Publisher’s Weekly controversy to create a fabulous You Tube video For the Girls . If you haven’t seen it yet you should. It is a trailer for the book Kirtsy Takes a Bow…a celebration of women on line (which is now on my wish list). I would be remiss not to also mention an on line magazine which celebrates women writers from around the world: Belletrista. Have you checked this out yet? It is wonderful. And I suppose this is the perfect time to once again mention the Women Unbound Challenge. Readers are already posting their reviews for this challenge…so if you want some terrific book recommendations which celebrate women, this is the place to go.
For my American readers, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving this Thursday – stay safe and eat to excess! For those of you who have a mellow Thanksgiving weekend planned, don’t forget about the Thankfully Reading Weekend – a chance to relax and read next weekend along with other bloggers.
As for me, I’m having a relaxing morning and plan to read and quilt today. Kip and I will be with friends on Thanksgiving. What are your plans today? Whatever they are, I hope they involve a great book!