Monday, June 29, 2009

Something I Cannot Live Without....

Books. The books in this pile are in my "non-fiction" next to my chair.

The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Yarnstorm (Jane Brocket in real life!) is getting a lot of attention from me as of late . Her vignettes resonate with me. I admire her commitment to all things domestic. This is not a staunch, passionless commitment. Her domesticity is not a chore to her. It is enjoyable. I would be remiss if I did not mention that I am a bit jealous of her *things* and her *lifestyle* but I am also very aware of the fact that she is a woman of some means and I am not (not so much, at least). My limitation in that arena doesn't mean I cannot enjoy this stylish book, though, because I thoroughly do.

The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper is another one that has kept my interest as well. If you are a listener to this fabulous podcast, you can actually hear the host's voice throughout the book. And honestly, the recipe for thawing/cooking frozen shrimp is worth the price of the book. Seriously.

An inordinate amount of books have been purchased this month - mostly through credit at Chamblin, the local used book store. The list of recent non-fiction purchases include:
  • Sew What! Skirts
  • Socks from the Toe Up
  • Law of Success
  • Nourishing Traditions
  • Ratio
  • Amigurumi Knits
  • The Secret
  • Teach Yourself Visually: Hand Dyeing
  • Handmade Nation
What is notable about these purchases? The fact that I read non-fiction like a snail. I have enough books in this list alone to keep me going for at least a year. Hill's Law of Success is a billion pages long alone.

However - I have already begun a new list of non-ficction books I want to purchase. I am an addict. It is clear.

ON THE NEEDLES: Betty Bangs Jaywalkers and Hanami
ON THE BOOKSHELF: Hooked on Murder by Hectman
ON THE iPOD: Gabbing with the Gurus podcast
ON THE TABLE: shredded Boston butt on rolls for the family, on salad for me!


  1. I had a little "have that one, that one and that one" moment when your first picture came up. My next thought was "I need that one" and am now off to add The Spended Table's How to Eat Supper to my amazon list. Of all the addictions to have reading is probably the best.

  2. I love books - and I see a couple on your stack that I'll have to check out!

  3. I could not live without books! I get very anxious when I think I'm going to run out of books to read.

  4. That is a very appealing pile of books you have there!