What Are You Reading?

Last week, with the dog grabbing the chickens saga, I totally neglected to do the What Are You Reading post.  I thought about it several times during the day but just never had time to stop and do it and by the time I did take the time, it was just too late in the day.  Sorry . . and I’ll do an update on Mean Chicken this afternoon.

I have downloaded several interesting sounding books this week but my book of choice — the owner’s manual for the APQS Millennium.  There are enough things different that it’s interesting reading and it’s well over 100 pages.  Not very exciting for a non-longarm quilter but I’m actually enjoying it.


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    Quiltinggranna says

    Left Neglected, about a career woman with young children who is in an accident and a brain injury leaves her with “Left Neglect.” She does not realize (or see) there is a left side of anything. Told from her point of view. Very interesting.

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    Patty says

    Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow! My favorite book of all time! I discovered Gwen Bristow in high school and have enjoyed her books many times over the years.. It is a nice clean romance set during the revolutionary war.

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      Oh, I *loved* Celia Garth. I bought a copy at a booksale (I was 14 or 15) and read it probably two dozen times. Maybe more! “Sassy-face”! We went to Charleston (our first Elderhostel/Road Scholar trip) in 1996 and I felt as thought I was making a long-overdue pilgrimage.

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    Penny Hankey says

    I’m reading The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of A Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. It’s a really funny tale of a pensioner with attitude who does exactly what the title says in order to avoid his birthday party in the retirement home in which he lives. The comedy is a bit black at times but still enjoyable. Set mainly in Sweden, the book flits between the present day and the old man’s colourful earlier life. I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

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    Melanie says

    I would love to see the manual for my Millennium. I searched APQS site and did not find it. Do you have a suggestion as to where to go to find it?

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    lynne quinsland says

    well, i clicked on darling jills quilts link above and surfed around her blog a bit and found THE CUTEST quilt called converging corners. did a google search on that and found the best tutorial for making it. DEFINITELY going on my to do list! so, what am i reading? besides jan karon’s out to caanan, the 6th book in her mitford series, for the 6th time, (these are just THE best feel good happy books!!!) i am reading judys posts and following links to great finds on blogs ;o)

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    WiAmy says

    Call a Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth. It is several stories about different individuals a midwife encounters during her training by nuns in London during the 1950’s. I have worked with ill infants in the past so it is particularly interesting to me as I understand the medical aspects of her stories. Even if I didn’t have this knowledge, it would still be interesting because of her descriptions of real life situations and people during that era. Like the title implies there is joy (and some humor) along with hard times and difficult situations. I am listening to this one–have it checked out of the digital library.

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      Kate says

      WiAmy, have you seen the series, “Call the Midwife” on PBS? It’s not on right now, at least here in the northeast, but I’m sure it will be back. It’s based on the book you mentioned, and it is WONDERFUL! I cried every single episode, sometimes because it was so beautiful, sometimes because it was so sad. Each one was marvelous! My sister watched it, too, in Florida, and would email or text me every Sunday, “Get the tissues ready!”

      • Penny Hankey says

        We’ve just had the second series here in the UK. There is a third series planned for later this year/early next year.

        • Kate says

          I just looked it up! The second series starts here THIS WEEKEND! Now I see why it’s so important to read each and every comment, no matter how many dishes are piling up in the sink! 🙂 Between this, Downton Abbey and Doc Martin, just to name a few, I’m totally hooked on British TV series! As an added bonus, I’m getting much better at interpreting the British accents! When I lived in London for a year, I used to have to tape each show I watched, so I could play back the bits of dialogue I couldn’t understand. Pathetic, I know! (Sorry for taking this reading comment off on a jog! I read, too!)

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    Kim W. says

    I am reading Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich right now.. I love her books. They crack me up.

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    Nancy says

    I am currently reading Truth Like The Sun by Jim Lynch. This is a novel about the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle and the man who oversaw it. Jumping back and forth between 1962 and 2006, the same man is in his 70’s and running for mayor of Seattle. A newspaper reporter uncovers an interesting life and many coverups of the man that makes for an interesting read.

    I just finished reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette. This is a quirky but fun read with a few novel twists. I did enjoy it a lot.

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    Nancy Angerer says

    I am reading “The Kingmaker’s Daughter which is a historical novel taking place in England in the late 1400s. I have read several books by the same author about the same period of time. They are well written and I have been learning a little history. But sometimes it gets a little confusing with all the Edwards, Richards, and Elizabeths:)

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    Karen Sutton says

    I just finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Excellent book. Once I started it was hard to put done.

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    Jean says

    Judy, I don’t have a blog so want to put my book recommend here…Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – A Year Of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver. A nonfiction book about her family’s experiment to live for a year eating only what they grow or can purchase from local growers and producers. Also to eat only organic and nongenetically modified foods. Talks about GMO and giant agribusiness practices I found horrifying. She is a well known author of some very well known fiction also. She does tend to focus on social issues in her books, so for someone wanting a light beach read, she might not fit the bill. Excellent writer, though. One to be tried.

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    LisaS says

    I just finished listening to “One Second After”. I think you were the person who recommended it a while ago. I’m not sure I’ll ever be the same again! How disturbing!