bed and a book

i love reading through the previous hobby posts by my fellow o+u ladies. no surprise that we share so many similar likes in hobbies.
knitting. i too loved knitting, but i have come to realize what i really love is all the squishy delicious colorful yarn. the actual act of knitting left me a bit frustrated, and so my needles sit idle.
sewing. YES! i do love my little hand-me-down sewing machine and adequate sewing skills, but once the weather breaks (like now) it too collects a lot of dust. sewing is more of a winter thing for me.
biking.  this is on my to do list. i always loved bike riding, but for the past few years i have been bikeless. that is all about to change very soon. now that both my young ones are at the riding age momma needs a bike too!
gardening. sigh. we rent, this means no garden. because of this, i have been making a concerted effort on houseplants this past year. i am happy to report i have only killed one. 1 out of 6, i am calling that a win.

right now i have not been very active in a lot of hobbies except that last one jessica mentioned, reading. reading used to put me right to sleep. i am NOT joking. if i needed to fall asleep all i needed to do was crack open a book and goodnight world! i was out like a light. this went on for husband is an avid reader and it made him sad that i just couldn’t get through a book. eventually i stopped trying. magazines i could do, but any big books i suddenly became a narcoleptic. last year i decided to try again. i was visiting the library more and more since both my kids became independent readers. they LOVE bringing home stacks of books. so i tried again, and i have no explanation as to why, but this time it stuck. now i get to catch up on SO many great books that most everyone else has read and re-read long before me. i even joined a bookclub in my neighborhood. non reader me! i like it because each month a new book is chosen by a different member of the club. this has exposed me to books i would never have picked for myself. plus we get to gather and have some wine, snacks and laughs. that’s always good.

some of my recent reads:

Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed (though i have to admit, i loved her memoir Wild even more)
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
The Bean Trees (another Kingsolver book)

i started, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, just last night.  already over 100 pages in.  LOVE it.

have you heard of Goodreads? i am probably the last one to know. i am forever the last one to the party. seems like the happening place for all book lovers. like i need another site to become a habit. LOL

most nights this is where you’ll find me, in bed, tucked in under my covers, with a book.

what are you reading these days?



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  1. April 26, 2013

    You make me want to read that book again. I read it years ago and a book has to be really, really good to get me all the way through. This was one of those books. LOVED IT. You being a non reader and all I should check out the list you left up there, maybe I would like some of those too.

    • April 26, 2013

      i really like barbara kingsolver’s stories and characters. so if you are going to read one of those i LOVED Prodigal Summer best, read that last summer, and then i bought these other 2 by her becasue i loved prodigal summer so much. animal dreams was good, bean trees was my least fave of the 3.

  2. April 26, 2013

    Disgrace by JM Coetzee and Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller. Two books from my book group. We’re on an Africa jag. Both are somewhat dark, but meaty. Just finished Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Long, but in a good way. Of the three, I’d recommend that one first. Also I would recommend “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” which I describe as Royal Tennebaums meets Portlandia meets Jonathan Tropper. Funny, snarky and a little weird.

  3. April 26, 2013

    Plus I totally agree with you on the knitting, and I have the bins of yarn to prove it.

  4. April 26, 2013

    I just started The Red Tent too! People had been talking about it forever and the other day I saw it at Goodwill for a dollar. Winning!

    • April 26, 2013

      i got my copy at goodwill too!
      happy reading.

  5. April 27, 2013

    The Bean Trees is in my top ten favorite books of all time! I read 16 books for college this past semester, and was considering taking a break. But then i checked out Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace from the library, which is kinda massive and intimidating but I’m excited to read something for me!

    • April 30, 2013

      its good when its not “required” and just for you.

      • April 30, 2013

        It is!! And it was actually 18 books this semester. Ridiculousness

  6. kate #
    April 28, 2013

    Waiting for the new Khaled Hosseini. The Kite Runner was good, but A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of my absolute favorite books ever. I’ve read it three times, and I still sob my eyes out. Brilliant.

  7. April 30, 2013

    I’m on goodreads, kristin. same handle as everywhere else. find me. i’m a huge reader and love giving suggestions. let me know a few things you really and truly loved and i’ll try to come up with a few. it’s non-fiction, but i really enjoyed Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

    • April 30, 2013

      i will look you up! i still have no idea what the heck i am doing over there, but i’m there! 🙂 i finished the red tent above in 3 days flat. i could not put it down. and i read animal vegetable miracle years ago. i think i need to reread it. LOVE Barbara Kingsolver books. my fave of hers is Prodigal Summer. LOVE!!!

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