Hi all, and thank you so much for the wonderful comments on my last two item posts. I can report that I have worn the seersucker jacket and it is great, that fabric is kind of indestructible, remains unwrinkled which is great. As for the bias stripe outfit, well, I have not worn that one yet. It was more of an experiment but you have convinced me. Here are photos and links to those posts if you are curious. Apologies for the repeat photos, I have a LOT of items to blog in the next few weeks that are all sew up, photos taken and ready to go. But first.....please scroll down and give me your advice.
Sewing is not the only leisure / hobby / passion / obsession to hold my interest, and everyone needs to step away and recharge a bit. I have a lot of summertime rest and relaxation planned for the next few weeks and I need some recommendations on books.
I thought I would toss this out to you and see if you have any great books to suggest. But not without a little guidance. I love mysteries and have a bunch ready to go as well as some lighter reads. But in my other favorite category: literary Fiction, I need your help. Perhaps to many videos, tv, magazines, websites have taken over my eyeballs and I haven't paid much attention to book releases this year. While I have very mixed feelings about Amazon these days as it seems they are taking over everything, I do like that feature when you are looking at a book and it shows other items that customers bought. Consequently I decided I would list some of my favorite books in the literary fiction category, you can see what type I like, and if you have any recommendations - please let me know.
Possession by A.S. Byatt
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Magus by John Fowles (actually all his books)
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Rule of Four: A Novel by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
And some books that I thought were only so-so or couldn’t even finish
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius by Dave Eggers
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
So recommend away ! I do have one book on my iPad which I started and then decided to save until summer, Beautiful Ruin, hope it is good. And last summer I read Gone Girl in about two days (feeling obligated to take breaks for time with the family on vacation :)
This weekend it will be back to sewing posts. Tomorrow I start on a silk jersey dress for my friend Alice. This is the test version, in a fantastic soft grey-black linen. It worked so well in this fabric so I am crossing my fingers for the silk jersey. Looks a bit wrinkly here but it is fantastic as worn so stay tuned for more details and better photos.
Happy summer sewing, Beth