Wednesday, August 26, 2009

We Love Books!

This week is Book Week over at Land of Meg and we've decided to join in the festivities.

We are big readers in our house; out loud, to ourselves, picture books, catalogues, newspapers, fiction, text books, non fiction....

I have to admit that I have found it hard to get right into a book since starting to crochet 4 months ago. Quiet times that would in the past have been spent absorbed in the pages of a book are also valuable crochet times. Crochet is taking over my life!

I do have 3 main (non crochet related) books on the go at the moment, each chosen for me by other people and each in different stages of being read.

The main book I am reading is The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper. It is the story of an Aboriginal death in custody on Palm Island. Usually I read fiction and love the escapism but this book, whilst non fiction is filled with drama, conflict and interesting characters.

The Tall Man was bought by my sister Meg and I think I am the last member of my family of 6 to read it.

On the other hand Bren usually reads manuals and catalogues. On top of his pile of books at the moment is a book about bee keeping, an Elliot Coleman book The New Organic Grower, a mushroom growers manual and this book about the Woodstock festival.

I think he is enjoying the different world inside the pages of the Woodstock book but he was surprised to find that the festival wasn't mentioned until page 70 something.

Indi is reading Utterly Me Clarice Bean by Lauren Child. I'm not sure I've ever actually seen her reading this book but every now and then she refers to it in conversation. Miley Cyrus's autobiography is her real love.

Jazzy is reading Mr Men books.

And Pepper just loves this fire engine book, a book on wheels.

I am always hunting around for new books to read for me or for the girls, so if you have a favourite or a recommendation I'd love to hear (read) it.


  1. Kate, you're reading 'The Tall Man' and Jazzy's reading 'Mr Tall'. Which just goes to show that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Bookwise, anyway. Happy reading, dearest ones. xxxxx

  2. oooh UNO's Garden by Graeme Base, every baby that is born in out family gets a copy!!! I tackled my first classic this year "pride and prejudice" - Jane Austen. It was hard at the start, but boy oh boy did I love it!! Currently I have "cradle to cradle" and "in the defense of food" looking at me to start (both I am sure will be totally educating and informative) but to be honest I'm-a-thinking i'll sneak in "sense and sensibility" first!

  3. Ooooh, go the bee keeping, if we can keep those pesky mites away from our shores, you are on to a gold mine!!

  4. Have just ordered The Tall Man from the library - this month's book group read. Looking forward to it - hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think.

  5. It is for this reading reason alone that one day I WILL be able to knit without looking. It's, um, taking quite some practise. (I haven't a hope on the crochet front).

  6. Happy Book Week, y'all! Including to your chickens. Book, book, book, book, book.

  7. Hi Kate - thanks for commenting on my crochet scarf (to-be) Hopefully I get some tips from experts such as yourself!! My favourite book to read aloud to my girls has been "Tale of Despereaux" by Kate Di Camillo (NOT the movie version - utterly horrible and so untrue to the book). The author writes beautifully, dramatically, endearingly to the reader and we all get sucked in wonderfully to the plight of the characters!


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