Are you a reader too?

I’m an obsessive reader, always have been… my mum used to say that I would read the back of the ketchup bottle at the dinner table, if nothing else was available.  I love fiction, and I’m never without my book at bedtime (currently it’s How to Be a Woman) , but I’m also utterly addicted to cookery and craft books, and now I’ve got this developing thing about the history of textiles….

So, I’m always hearing about books on the radio or TV, or reading about online or in newspaper reviews, and thinking ‘ooh, that sounds great’, and then forgetting all about the next time I’m at the library/bookshop. Which is why, I’m so glad Goodreads has come into my life. It’s such a great way to keep track of all my reading wishlists… This is me, if you want to come and be friends…

You can set up different virtual shelves for your books, ones you’ve already read, or stuff you hope to get hold of. This is the beginnings of my Craft Shelf. What I really like are the recommendations and reviews… So I tell them I own and enjoyed this:

Patchwork Style: 35 Simple Projects for a Cozy and Colorful Life

and the clever old computer suggests that I might like this (I’m sure I would!).

Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures

I know, I know, you get all that on Amazon but it’s great to do my browsing without the hard sell. And then you can read all the straight talking reviews all on the same page – I love it…

So tell me what I need to add to my craft book wishlist  – all sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery books considered for inclusion.  And if you  have a few cookery book recommendations I’d love to hear about those too…

25 thoughts on “Are you a reader too?

  1. I’ve just bought The Gentle Art of Quilting by Jane Brocket, I’ve only peeped inside (I’m saving it to curl up with one evening) but from what I’ve seen so far it contains the most inspirational colour combinations I’ve ever seen!

  2. Favourite cookery books include Tender Volume 1 & 2 by Nigel Slater. I’m not so up on craft books because I always ‘mean’ to go buy ones I like the look of but never seem to quite get around to it!

  3. I love to read but it comes way down on the priority list I’m afraid. I manage just over a book a month but there are so many books out there and so little time! I think it would be too frustrating for me to have a list of want-to-reads.
    Teresa x

  4. When I was little I used to read the labels on shampoo bottles whilst sitting on the loo! I like the sound of Goodreads (I used to do Virtual Bookshelf before it disappeared) I love picking up old sewing/cross stitch magazines in charity shops. 🙂

    1. Well when you have a shampoo label reading issue, it’s probably a good idea to keep tabs on your to read list… Next on your list, Herbal Essences! Charity shops can be a total treasure trove for ancient (but still rather good) craft mags.

  5. I had to laugh at the comment about reading the ketchup bottle! My mom always claimed I would read the label on a soup can if that was the only thing available. :-)) I’ll have to check you out on Good Reads and see what you’re reading.

  6. Oh I have that Handmade Home book – possibly one of the first I bought – you would love it – I have used it for tips rather than making any of the projects specifically, as they are a bit more ‘rustic’ than would look right in our home unfortunately x

    1. Thanks Hadley, it’s always good to know what other people think of books (which is one of the advantages of Good Reads), and I am hugely enjoying writing (or composing in my head!) a few reviews of my own…

  7. Oh I love a good read 🙂 My latest craft book purchase was Zakka Style for the sew along, but one I really want to get round to reading properly, rather than just flipping through, is Desire To Inspire, Mason Miller. It covers all sorts of crafty endeavours 🙂

    1. I would love to get Zakka Style, but have slightly been avoiding it because I don’t want to get sucked into the Sew Along – I don’t have time!! Thanks for the tip about Desire to Inspire, it looks great.

  8. I love reading, when I was a teenager I would read almost a book a day but now that children/life/business are in the way I’m lucky if I read a book a month 😦 So sad, I so want to read more.

    I’ve made a Pinterest board of my favourite craft books here: if you want to take a look. There’s lots more to add, just trying to remember them all!


    1. Am following you now Fi (not sure why I wasn’t before… I lose track sometimes…!). What a great board you have there – I shall be nicking plenty of those for my ‘to read’ list. If it gives you a bit of hope, I have a bit more time for reading now that my kids are a little bit older.

  9. I used to be an avid reader Ali and trying to get back in to it. I’ll look you out on GoodReads.
    I’m delighted to say I think my 7yr old will be a reader and the most amazing thing is she has only been reading English since end of January. We were stopped at traffic earlier and she was reading no smoking signs on the bus in the lane next to us.

    1. Sometimes, with reading, it’s just making time for it.. It took me a while to get back to reading fiction after the boys were born (too busy reading books about infant sleep in a total panicky way!), but now I like to have a little read of some fiction every day at bedtime. Even when I’m going a bit cross-eyed with tiredness!

  10. HellO! we are both avid readers…
    Patchwork with pizzazz is a great book to have

    thanks for sharing the link, sounds like an interesting one to keep on top of! Jen@madeinminch

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