Now for the book talk:
I enjoy listening to the Crafty Garden Mom podcast while I am driving my children to and from all their activities. Tanesha's day job is as a book buyer, so she reads a substantial amount and often recommends books on her blog and in her podcast. A while back I decided that I really wanted to start reading again. I come from a literary family and the love of reading is in my genes. However, with 3 young children at home, I had given up reading anything longer than a magazine article, for lack of time and energy. Listening to Tanesha's recommendations, sparked the desire to get back to reading. While on my Mom-cation, I read Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. It was excellent. I never knew how much I didn't know about the pacific conflict of WWII.
Another recommendation of Tanesha's was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It is the first book in a series and not something I would have chosen myself. It is a historical based novel set in Scotland in the 1700's. A few other podcasters in addition to Tanesha had recommended it also, so I thought "what the hey!". What can I say exactly? The first book flew by, I quickly ordered the second, Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander), and before I knew it was downloading the third book, Voyager (Outlander). WOW! was it good! I just finished it last night and I'm exhausted. The first two books really sucked me in, but with this third one I was insatiable to find out what was going to happen with the characters. Every page left me in suspense. To say I was invested is an understatement. I don't think I've gotten more than 5 hours of sleep each night for the last 5 nights because I've been reading. And even as I slept, I was dreaming about the events of the book. I couldn't put the darn book down. It is action packed, intense and suspenseful. I was reading while cooking, reading while cleaning. If I could have figured out a way to read and sew, or read and drive at the same time, I would have been doing that too. It was THAT good. And now that I am completely exhausted, yet panting for more, I am AFRAID to get the next one. Seriously, afraid. I need sleep! I have stuff to do, a house to clean, stuff to sew, children and a husband not to ignore. But like a crack addict, I just want another hit! There are still events from the first book that I KNOW mean something and haven't been explained yet. I gotta know what happens........
I am in serious trouble.
Enough about that for right now. There are a bunch of things here on the blog that I want to let you know about:
- One Block Wonder Quilt Along - the linky to show off your finished tops will open this Thursday and stay open till the end of the month.
- I am hosting TGIFF on the 25th! Because it is the 2nd anniversary of TGIFF, there is actually a month-long link up for finishes. You can enter as many of your finishes from this month as you like and there are prizes. Check out the TGIFF OctoberQuest post for more info.
- Wicked Blog Hop - It starts on the 22nd! this blog hop is hosted by Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt and will have loads of Halloween eye candy. The schedule is still being finalized, but so far I am set for the 29th. Building Blocks Tuesday may have to be postponed a day or it might come a day early. I won't know until that week.
Thanks for reading,