The Time Traveller's Wife

August 12, 2005

On Wednesday I finished the Adrian Mole Diaries, and decided to ignore the queue and bought a new book to jump straight to - The Time Traveller's Wife. It appeared in a top 50 list from Books Alive 2005, and a top 100 all time list from Angus & Robertson and the description sounded interesting so I thought I'd give it a try. I was a little concerned from the description that it might be long winded -
but nothing could be further from the truth, it's fantastic. I'm only a third of the way through but it is an absolute pleasure to read and I heartily recommend you, dear reader, seek it out.

It has been a fantastic year for books, the last three months or so in particular. I have probably read more than one book a week on average the last three months, there has just been so much fantastic stuff.

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Must Read Book Review, plus new purchases

June 17, 2005

Last thursday a friend at work lent me the no 1 ladies detective agency and encouraged me to read it. I'd seen it around and knew it was popular but didn't know what it was about and it didn't look like my thing. Reading the back it still didn't look like my thing, but I had a go anyway and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was wonderful, really excellent reading. It was fascinating and whimsical, funny, thought provoking.. a genuine pleasure to read. She lent me the second book, tears of the giraffe, on wednesday and I've finished it this morning - knitting time suffered but I just couldn't put it down. I loved it for all the same reasons as the first, but it wasn't the same, you know what I mean? So it wasn't one of those sequels that is so like the first it was almost a waste of time. I can't wait to read the next one.. There are at least another two in this particular series, possibly more. I shouldn't glutton them all down at once as I so often do when finding a new tv series or author..

Anyway, this is definitely a recommendation, so give it a shot.. In fact, if you're Danielle or Sylvia for example, let me know if you do give it a shot, as otherwise this might be sitting pretty high on my what to get you for xmas lists..

I've done a bit of bargain book and shoe buying (Payday, budgetary funds replenished, craft freeze still on for one further month but everything else is back open).. May provide some more details on these (Definitely will eventually on sew easy and the baby gift one actually) another time..

Anyway, here's what I got

* Women's weekly craft library baby gifts (Has some great ideas, esp on the toy and applique fronts.. Lots of crap, too, not surprisingly, but definitely worth the measly $14

* Sew Easy.. a sewing book I'd seen before but didn't think was worth retail price. But for $22.50 it was definitely worth it and I've picked it up. My edition is different to the one I've linked to but I couldn't find another link! Has some great ideas in this..

* By the same author as my glowing recommendations above, The 2 1/2 pillars of wisdom - don't even know what it's about except that it's a different series to the detective one and it's three in one book. I will definitely give it a shot as his writing is just so lovely and wonderful.

* The new delicious mag, july 2005 (came with free june 2004 back issue, which I didn't have)

* and a couple of other really super cheap books that I'd been after and was thrilled to find on sale.. Eleven hours by Paulina Simmons (think that's the spelling.. the chick who wrote girl in times square) which I seem to recall reading in high school and was great, a sue grafton from the a is for alibi series (thought i'd read them all but found one i'd missed) and a new book from mary moody, as I really and unexpectantly enjoyed her two books au revoir and last tango in tolouse, autobiographical and about running away from home in rural Australia to move to France at 50!!! Now does that sound like something that would interest me, no way, but I loved it!!

* Oh and a new pair of shoes from rivers. some very flat mary janes. I'll try and update this post with a photo later..

Also last week I'd bid on a MON TRICOT - 1300 Pattern Stitches -KNITTING DICTIONARY on ebay that ended up going for $26 so i missed out, then found another and now i've been significantly outbid on that too. So I don't think it's meant to be. I'm willing to pay $20 including shipping.

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Mixed Yarn Shawl

June 15, 2005

I like this and this. I'd really like to fish out all my single and novelty skeins (some of them anyway) that I bought when I first started knitting (late last year and early this year) and wasn't into projects and patterns yet, and knit up something like this.

Especially if I could do it on bulky needles. I love the way the fringe is done on the first. Hopefully she's kind enough to post a pattern. This could be a nice quickie, if on big enough needles. Would look nice worn with all black.

By the way I had a comment from kerstin over at on the weekend which is very exciting cos I love to visit her beautiful tea cozies and get ideas for quilting and patchwork piecing. She also has a blog so visit her and say hello!

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Book Wishlist

July 21, 2004

Fast food Nation

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