Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Reading Material

I love books.  I received several books for my birthday and Christmas in December, mostly knitting, at least one gardening.  I have a friend who's recently moved her office and cleaned out some books and gave them to me, and my in-laws are moving.  They are cleaning stuff out and giving us books.  While BFJ snoozed on the couch the other night, I stacked the books up on the mantel.  Actually, I still had half a box to go when I quit.  Here's what I've been given in the last three months: 

And in case you've always wondered, here's the top of my bedside table: 

Oops, I didn't draw an arrow to the one I'm reading, that would be The First Circle by Solzhenitsyn.  I also usually have a Bible and a glass of water on this table, too.  I love having a bunch of different books to look at before bed, especially if I'm not in the middle of a gripping story.  And I have a stack of quilting and knitting magazines and seed catalogs on the floor by my bed.  We also have two bookshelf cases full of books downstairs.  Maybe three!  I'm very glad our boys like to read, too.  There's just nothing like a good book, is there? 

What is your all-time favorite book or series?   


Shawn said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for sharing your love for books. I always read (real books, not magazines) before I go to bed but never during the day. Whenever I have spare time during the day I love sewing, knitting, gardening etc.. Have you traveled to Italy, my daughter just got back from a snowboarding trip to Italy on Sunday!

Thimbleanna said...

You're hysterical! Love the arrows and narration. What a fun stack of book and wow! Look at that knitting pile you've been given. WooHoo! I always have a hard time picking favorite books (partly 'cause I love so many and partly 'cause I can't remember half of them LOL) but two that stand out that I loved are Beloved by Toni Morrison (I do have friends who didn't like it) and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Have fun reading!

quiltmom said...

Hi Karen,
Very fun pile of books- I have read the Earlene Fowler series and loved them all. I also liked the Elm Creek Quilt series by Jennifer Chiaverini.
I am currently reading her one of her newest ones called the Lost Quilter.
One of my favorite recent reads is " The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It is a powerful thought provoking book. As I am a child of the 60's I found the social commentary particularly interesting.
I have other favorite authors- Catherine Coulter, Iris Johansen, and many more.
I also have the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie society on my night table.

One you may wish to check out is The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. I loved it and the sequel Knit Two.I have the third one on the wait List from the Library.

Happy Reading,

Allie said...

I love books too and I really love your photo's....I like your stacks/piles very much.

I haven't read many novels lately, although I did start The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo yesterday, but you can always, always find a quilting book by my chair. Anything Kaffe Fassett writes is always a favorite.

Oh and I think To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all time best reads. I've read it several times actually.

Steve said...

Outside of THE book (Bible), my all-time favorites are "The Chronicles Of Narnia." As usual, the books better than any movies.

Marlaina said...

Um...I like what I see but...why isn't TWILIGHT on your bedside table?



P.S. Looks like you have a great knitting selection going...those are some of my favorites!

larissa said...

so much goodness here - i love books too. some of my favorites are Gilead and Home by Marilynne Robinson, Suite Francaise by Nemorovsky, anything and everything by Anne Tyler and Barbara Kingsolver. I recently finished The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Chabon and really liked that too. Love that you're reading Solzhenitsyn - do you like it? I want to read that book too - the uncensored version just came out. And i just read you last post and now i feel terrible for not having taken my kiddos rollerskating either - maybe during the summer when we'll have lots of free time...ha!

Jeremy said...

"His Majesty's Dragon", "Kitchen Confidential", "Fellowship of the Ring", "The Scorers Stone"... oh my so many good books out there. Stephen King's "It" is one of my all time faves though.

audreypawdrey said...

I love books! Your picture is fabulous. I could never choose my all time favorite; I would be neglecting all the fabulous books I have read. I really enjoy Barbara Kingsolver, Ellen Gilchrist, Jane Smiley-although not the last book she wrote, Anne Rice, Pat Conroy, Larry McMurtry, McCarthy, and I do love To Kill a Mockingbird; I've read it six or seven times now.