Saturday, June 28, 2008

"Catch up" for the July 7th Etsyblogger Carnival

When I was thinking about topics for our etsyblogger carnival, the phrase "catching up during the summer" popped into my head. This year, I want to catch up on leisure reading. Since my book club won't be meeting for a couple of months, I thought I'd get a reading list together. I have a few suggestions from friends and family, and wanted to share them with you.

Was it Yvonne who suggested Reading Like a Writer, by Francine Prose? This book is a guide for people who love books and for those who want to write them. Yes, my name is Debby and I am a closet writer. I guess I’m a blog writer now, which is probably one and the same. I started this book a few months ago, and finished just two chapters. So far, it’s told me about “close reading,” which I do anyway - reading word by word and paragraph by paragraph. It also stressed paying close attention to your choice of words.

At the library book sale, I picked up a couple of volumes with interesting titles. Here’s three - they might not be light reading, but sounded appealing nevertheless:
A history of historical writing, by Harry Elmer Barnes
Selections from 119 years of the Atlantic
Savage beauty: the life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
, by Nancy Milford.

This summer I want to take a closer look at some jewelry techniques I'd like to use in the future. Earlier in the year I bought Jewelry: fundamentals of metalsmithing, by Tom McCreight, who's supposed to be one of the top authors on jewelry metalworking. And palleikodesigns was nice enough the give us “Basic Soldering 101” on her blog. She suggested a great title a few days ago: Amulets, Taslismans & Magical Jewelry. I immediately filled out an interlibrary loan form. Thanks for sharing, Heather.

I mainly read non-fiction, but would love to sit down with some good fiction, especially historical fiction. OK, this is the time to spill your guts and tell me what’s tucked under your arm, as you head out to the lounge chair by the pool {:-D What ARE you reading?


Cozy said...

It sounds interesting. Let us know when your book comes out of the closet. I don't know that I could ever write a book. It's kind of like I enjoy driving too but could certainly not build a car.

Kim Smith said...

Since you know me a little better now that you have been to my home, you should not be surprised to learn that I am reading "Swine Not" by Jimmy Buffett.

palleikodesigns said...

I am currently reading "The Highest Tide" by Jim Lynch. I will probably finish that today so next up I think will be "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini since I still haven't read that one by him yet.

Lily - Tulip's Talking from the said...

Excellent as always!

The only reading I am doing these days is on the computer.

So sad for the days of getting totally lost in a great book.

I have got to slow down.

knitting dragonfly said...

Great post!

A Keeper's Jackpot said...

I just started a book on a young woman fire tower observer, shouldn't surprise you, huh?

I def should read more books, too busy reading blogs though :)

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