Tuesday, October 15, 2013

In serious trouble - Building Blocks Tuesday

It has been an interesting week.  I can't say that I have sewed that much.  I was nursing a cold and really got hooked on a book, well several books.....but before I really get into non-quilty stuff, here are the only blocks I have finished this week.  Swoon #11 and #12, finished this morning.

Swoon block 11

Swoon block 12

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,



  1. OMGyes! I've totally had that happen to me before! And that fear about buying the next book because sleep! but the insatiable need for the next one! I end up in a weird haze for a while due to sleeplessness and my brain being totally in the other world, not this one.

    I may have to check out that series...when I'm on vacation. :D

  2. I feel exactly the same way about books. I only allow myself library books once a month otherwise nothing would get done... Nice swoon blocks too.

  3. I am afraid you are going to have to do without sleep for a while yet! There are several more books in this series for you still to read, not to mention the spin off books on Lord John (although I haven't read them yet myself) and the fill-in book about Jamie Fraser called the Scottish Prisoner and a new one in the series due next year I think:) Better get working on those Swoon Blocks while you still can Jen :)

  4. OMG...I've read the entire series and have all the books set aside to re-read again in the future. You definitely have to get the rest. You can sleep after you have finished them...LOL

  5. You need audible books. They are wonderful, and you can listen anytime. I honestly don't know how you have actually read all those books, I am totally impressed. But, I do sincerely recommend Audible.com They have every book I have ever looked for
    Oh, and I love your Swoon blocks, love them

  6. I do read&sew and drive&sew - audio books!!!! I plug in the iPhone and escape into a book! Isn't it lovely when a book is that good

  7. A while back someone recommended Outlander to me too, because I like historical and time travel. I haven't picked up it yet, but I'm off to order it NOW!


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