Thursday, June 30, 2011

Guilty Pleasures

In my last entry here I made some excuses for my lack of attention to this space. I think I made a pretty good case based on my busy schedule, garden demands and general spring fever. Any of you are welcome to use these excuses yourselves! However, today I have to admit to a guilty pleasure that has perhaps taken up some of my weaving time.

Daughter, Celia, has been enjoying a summer reading list, challenging herself to read some classics, try some books that she might not normally choose herself and just enjoy those lovely summer reads that we all love. Oh, and doesn't that sound nice! Summer and immersing yourself in books! Yes, yes, I was sucked in.

I finished The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. This book was a gift from Pat, Celia's partner. A good read and I am a big Barbara Kingsolver fan! I also really, really enjoyed Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. It was a very engaging story in a captivating setting. I now have reread an old favorite after Celia read it for the first time and fell in love with it. Pride and Prejudice, of all things, is her new absolute favorite. I could not put it down although I have read it more than once in the past!

Now I have taken up Storms of My Grandchildren by James Hansen, nonfiction about climate change and our part in it all! Lots of technical stuff - very interesting but slow reading in order for me to absorb it. It is important and revealing on several levels.

My list is long for the rest of the summer. It includes:
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
The End of Faith - Sam Harris
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCann
Bossy Pants - Tina Fey
The Bell - Iris Murdock
We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver

Some of these are recommendations from Celia, some from other friends and some call to me from the Amazon book store site. And the list changes and gets longer daily!

Because I am feeling bookish I am going to try (once again) to read 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It is the all time favorite book of husband, Patrick and both kids, Joseph and Celia. I have started it at least once before and given up after 60 or so pages. They insist I need to try again so this might be the time. I'll let you know.

Have these books drawn me away from my fiber work? Well, I'm at my day job 9 hours a day. So I have limited hours left just like everyone else so yes, realistically, I'm reading instead of weaving. But it's summer!! Come on, grab a good book and ENJOY. . . . . . . !


  1. Oh I love your guilty pleasures, Kris!!! And Barbara Kingsolver is one of my very favorite authors. 100 years of solitude is an amazing book and I am reading it for the second time after 30 your reading list and I'm copying it for my own!

  2. Ah, another vote for 100 Years of Solitude - I guess I really must try! Love getting reading suggestions,perhaps you will share some of your favorites.

    By the way I am a huge fan of your weavings - beautiful!!

  3. I too have a full-time job and limited hours to spend as I choose. I've got a reading list and keep buying books, but I only think about them and never get to them. My constant custom weaving orders pull me forward and I guess that's good. Maybe I'll read in the fall.

  4. Annie you are obviously more disciplined than I am most of the time. I do most of my reading late at night and on my lunch breaks at work but I do love spending a whole summer day lost in a book.

    Your inkle woven straps are quite wonderful and I am glad to hear that you keep busy with orders.

    Hope you let yourself enjoy a good book this summer. Enjoy. -Kris