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Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. -C.S Lewis

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I haven't updated this site in awhile but that doesn't mean I haven't been reading! For some reason updating this site is more of a chore, opposed to my sewing blog which I love to update when I finish something.

Lets see...

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. Jeremiah and I both wanted to read this one. He finished it first, but only because he hogged it. :D It was good though, we both thought so. There are more short stories in it that I hope to get around to reading someday.

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. I saw this at S*m's Club (they have the best book deals there) and thought it was historical fiction, but I don't think I could call it that, more of a romance I guess?

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. This was another that Jeremiah and I both wanted to read. I won this time :D I really liked this book, Jeremiah said it wasn't really what he expected. The only thing I don't understand is the author's very broad definition of economists. To me, economists study the economy. The author seems more of a sociologist/statistician to me but refers to himself as an economist.

Escape by Carolyn Jessop. This is true story written by a woman who fled the polygamist FLDS cult near the Utah/Arizona border. Bih. Zaaaarre. It's a very good book but my eyebrows were perpetually raised as I read it. I just cannot believe that people live that way. It really makes you realize how victimized women are in polygamy.

How Do You Know You're Not Wrong? by Paul Copan. This is the book we decided on for our Bible study. I haven't read it yet, but it looks pretty good at glance through.

Main Street by Ann M. Martin. I actually borrowed this from Melissa's daughter. I used to LOVE the Baby-Sitter's Club books, and I wanted to see what Ann M. Martin was writing these days. This series is about two young girls who lose their parents in a car accident. They go to live with their grandmother who owns a sewing shop in a small Northeastern town. The town reminds me of a Star's Hallow type of place (from Gilmore Girls). I love the references to sewing (even smocking!), and I love that the sisters are true friends. So often in contemporary literature friends are only people your own age, not siblings.

The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolff. Gathering, godets, flounces, tucks, cording ect... These are things that can be tricky, so I'm hoping to pick up a few hints in this book.

A-Z of Bullions by Counry Bumpkin Publications. I am so happy with their A-Z of smocking that I had to check this out. Bullion is a type of embroidery (often used in smocking).

Creative Smocking by Chris Rankin. This book touches on a few things that my A-Z doesn't. Otherwise though, I like the A-Z of smocking MUCH better and I'm glad I purchased that one.