Thursday, 12 January 2012

On the bookshelf


For Christmas several people gave me books: one of my very favourite gifts to receive. For the last few years my sister has given me cloth-bound copies of Penguin's classics and this year my Mama continued with this loveliness. These books are such a wonderful gift, not only for the obvious reason of them being the type of book that leaves you reading late into the night, but also because they look so lovely on a bookshelf: they are almost like a double present.


On the fiction and poetry pile I have: The Woman in White, Persuasion, Wuthering Heights, Tender is the Night, The Bees, Happenstance and The Apothecary. I can't speak for the Apothecary yet, but if you haven't yet discovered Maile Meloy's books then she's most definitely worth reading. I read Liars and Saintsseveral years ago and have loved her ever since, devouring every book she has to offer. I lent her book of short stories to my father when he took my little boy swimming each week thinking that they were the perfect length for such an interval...unfortunately one of them wasn't so perfectly sized and he only remembered to pick his grandchild up when the last word had been read - testament to what an engrossing storyteller Maile Meloy is, I think, although the reader was thoroughly reprimanded for good measure anyway!


In sewing related literature there is Kaffe Fassett's V&A Quilts, the wonderful Colette Sewing Handbook, Sarah Fielke's Quilting: from little things..., a fiction book entitled Knitting and The Colette Clover pattern so that I might make some of my very own trousers. Not strictly a book, but it seems to have ended up with them anyway. I first dabbled in trouser-making here, but I love the look of these slim-leg cropped trousers and can't wait to try the pattern out - they remind me of the ones below from EmersonMade, which I've fallen hopelessly in love with.  Unlike the top halves, past evidence tells me that the bottom half of Colette Patterns tend to be a perfect fit for me, so I'm even thinking that I may go totally wild and leap in without making a muslin).


Did you get any wonderful books for Christmas? I'd love to hear what you've been enjoying recently.

Florence x

12 comments:

  1. I love books I am reading "Books" by Larry McMurtry he owns a bookshop in Archer City, Texas comprised of 400,000 used, rate books. He is author of "Lonesome Dove" and 28 other novels.

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  2. Hi I got 4 books at christmas which are stacked lovingly on my bedside table. I have so far read Sister, very good and waiting to be opened, The Room, Afterwards and The Group (although this one I have heard nothing about) I too love books and if I haven't got one ready to read then I have this inner panic set in. Weird I know.

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  3. I love seeing what others have got on their bookshelves. And those trousers look amazing, I can see why you love them!

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  4. I love those cloth bound books! Need some for my new bedroom bookshelf. I didn't get any books for Christmas this year, but it is my birthday soon so who knows...

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  5. I love books too! This is my first time here on your blog and I really like it!

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  6. I love those books - they are like 2 presents in 1! The covers are so gorgeous and then you get to read what's inside too! I've just read 'The Book of Human Skin' by Michelle Lovric which was the best book I've read in ages, despite being a bit gruesome. I'm mainly focused on 'The Gentle Art of Knitting' at the moment though - trying to master the hot water bottle cover at the mo!

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  7. The best book I've read recently is one I bought myself, The Night Circus. On the sewing front I received Natural Patchwork, but I've only flipped through it so far. Thank you for the reading suggestions and good luck with the trousers!

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  8. I didn't get books this year as people combinde forces to buy me a Wii which I'm really enjoying. I do, however have some left-over cash and a books wish list! (Not that there's any shortage of reading matter in this house). I must try Maile Meloy's books.

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  9. I really hope you win at the Company Blogger Awards! Your blog is brilliant! :)

    Joelle
    xoxo
    http://februarygirlldn.blogspot.com/

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  10. I only got one book for Christmas, which is something of a rare occurrence as I usually get lots. It was actually your sister's book, the Penguin Poems for Life. I've read quite a few of them already, as I was stuck in hospital with my 8 week old over Christmas and New Year (he had brochiolitis, along with many other babies, judging by the number of them on the ward with us - he's fine now though...) so I had an unusual amount of time on my hands to indulge in a gratifying amount of reading.

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  11. I only got one book for Christmas, which is something of a rare occurrence as I usually get lots. It was actually your sister's book, the Penguin Poems for Life. I've read quite a few of them already, as I was stuck in hospital with my 8 week old over Christmas and New Year (he had brochiolitis, along with many other babies, judging by the number of them on the ward with us - he's fine now though...) so I had an unusual amount of time on my hands to indulge in a gratifying amount of reading.

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  12. Books, books, books - you can never be given too many. I too had some fab books for Christmas from Heston at Home to Liberty Book of Sewing and some wonderful novels. Enjoy. x

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Florence x