February 20, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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I had a good week with lots of quilting and some reading! I have been learning to free motion quilt where the control is in my hands and foot rather than the sewing machine, its all about co-ordination and believe me is harder than driving. However as I learn I have been working on actual blocks rather than practice blocks so that I have a quilt at the end of it. Using up scraps I have from other quilts. 

Quilt as You Go means I can quilt small areas but then they have to be linked which I am doing now.
Two blocks linked
Two blocks linked.

Rows of quilt ready to be linked

And three rows of blocks linked, the rows still have to be linked, but first I have four more rows to link. Thanks to Leah Day for her excellent teaching.  I enjoy the challenge.

And summer finally showed a little of itself for a couple of days which was rather good!!
                                                         

What I read/finished last week:

I finished listening to The Chocolate Thief. It was a light fun listen set in Paris and involved lots of mouth watering chocolate. While I enjoyed it I won't continue with the series.
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From the TBR shelf I read and liked...
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Contemporary women's fiction that involved a new start, a serious health issue and a side dish of quilting. Enjoyed it. #1 in series and would go on for sure at some point to read the next one.

From the Review shelf
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Well if you've read this one set in WW11 you'll know what a roller coaster this one was. Review pending.

What I am reading at present:

From the TBR shelf one that has been there for quite some years. Woman betrayed by her husband as well as stealing money and putting the blame on his partner. Husband dead, partner out of prison and sure the ex wife has the money! Enjoying it, early days.
About to start listening to
The Shadow Sister. Will be very long so will be listening into next month I suspect. #3 in a series. The narrator has been changed so am hoping, The first one was meh in terms of narration so I read the second one.

Up next:

Been looking forward to this one for awhile. Part of a favourite series that has me captured. For review.
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And then it will be...
For review as well and anything I have read by her I have enjoyed. So promising reading week coming up!

Reviews from Last Week.

Echoes in Death   J. D. Robb

On Second Thought  Kristan Higgins



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33 comments:

  1. The quilt is going to be beautiful. Narration is a huge part of being immersed in a story. I've got The Orphan's Tale on the stacks for when I am ready for another WWII book. Always look forward to a Susan Mallery book. Have a great week.

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  2. I love quilts! My mother used to belong to a group of quilters...they had regular Quilting Bees, and their meetings were also their excuse to get together and share stories.

    I always wanted to belong to one...but my skills are nonexistent. But I love using them to drape over rails, etc.

    As you know, I loved The Orphan's Tale...and I'm curious about A Single Thread.

    Enjoy your week!

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  3. That is a beautiful quilt. The Chocolate Thief sounds good.

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  4. Your quilt is really cool!

    I have The Orphan's Tale on my TBR pile. It sounded really good.

    We've had some warmer weather here too. Looking forward to spring.

    Hope you have a great week!

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  5. Your quilt is amazing! I read A Single Thread a long time ago. I may have to reread it to refresh my memory. I don't think I'll have a post for tomorrow. I did finish an audiobook but I have to work on cards tomorrow and keep an eye on the tween's baking.

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  6. Wow, nice quilt! And looks like you have some nice summer reading. :)

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  7. Your quilting look beautiful! I'm looking forward to your review of The Orphan's Tale and The Shadow Sister caught my eye. Enjoy more quilting and reading this week!

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  8. Gorgeous work on your quilting, the techniques used just amaze me. I do hope the narration is much better for The Shadow Sister. I read it last month and enjoyed it very much. I'm so looking forward to The Orphan's Tale, I'm a fan of Jenoff. I'll look forward to your review. So glad to hear summer made it's appearance, it did our way too!

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  9. That quilt is looking wonderful and the stitching looks fun and creative!
    Glad you got some summer finally.
    I like Patricia Rice and hope you enjoy The Shadow Sister audio. It looks good. Happy Reading!

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  10. Susan Mallery book looks good. I have yet to read one of her books yet. The quilt looks very nice.

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  11. That quilt is going to be lovely! I dug up one of my old creations to give as a gift this weekend, and have been eyeing the remnants of my once mighty quilting fabric stash ever since.

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  12. A Single Thread sounds like an appropriate read for when quilting - I love how your quilt is coming along; it's beautiful! I hope you have a lovely week!

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  13. I love the colors in your quilt and it is looking fabulous; great job, Kathryn! A Single Thread sounds like a really nice read (perfect for you, too!) and I'm interested to hear what you think of the new All Summer Long; enjoy, and I hope you have a great week!

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  14. That quilt will be beautiful. Enjoy your tbr list - looks like some good titles.

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  15. What a gorgeous quilt! I've always wanted to learn to quilt because I love to sew. I think the quilt as you go method is something I would like, and I love the free motion you did on the house. Simply beautiful.

    You really do have a great week ahead of you in reading. I love Dorothea Benton Frank's books, too. Have a great week!

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  16. Thanks for sharing your quilting pics - beautiful! I have DBF book on audio and hope to listen very soon. Have a wonderful week, Kathryn!

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  17. Love the quilt and the colours you have chosen.
    I've read a couple of books by Pam Jenoff and enjoyed them, so would like to read The Orphan's Tale. Also looking forward to your review. Enjoy your week!

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  18. Quilting was something I always wanted to do. Your is beautiful!

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  19. That is so awesome! I wanna make a quilt

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  20. That's awesome. I have a small quilting table that fits on my sewing machine. I've always wanted to learn how to free quilt like that. I love the idea of doing different squares that way! It makes something difficult seem more manageable!

    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but your seams are facing the back after you piece them together? Will you then have a backing over the whole thing?

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  21. Your quilt is absolutely GORGEOUS, Kathryn!! I admire your talent and patience. Thanks for the updates.

    Your reading week looks like it was a good one. I read The Orphan's Tale, and it was a roller coaster ride but oh so good. Love her books.

    Dorothea Benton Frank's books are always a pleasure.

    I just finished listening to The Seven Sisters. I enjoyed the book. I hope The Shadow Sister is good. I have read all of her other books. Lucinda Riley is another author I enjoy.

    Have a wonderful reading and quilting week, Kathryn.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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  22. I love your quilt! Lovely, and to think it's made from scraps! I have to read The Orphan's Tale soon. I expect it would make a good book club book!

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  23. The Orphan's Tale is on my wishlist. I just finished a biography about three women and their babies who survived Auschwitz. I have been fascinated with this time period, even though it's tough to hear.

    Your quilt looks great!

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  24. Sounds like a great week for you! Those books look so good. A couple are on my wishlist. Have a great week!

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  25. The quilt is coming along beautifully. I think have that Patricia Rice book in my tbr pile somewhere only with a different cover. I hope you enjoy it!

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  26. The quilt looks great! I do not have that skill but a friend of mine does and she's been working on a quilt for me. Every invoice I'm shocked at how much time goes into the minutia. My quilt is a barcode for a copy of East of Eden.

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  27. I can imagine the quilting is harder than driving. Anytime I've tried to do anything in the sewing realm I just kind of lock up. I'm going to eventually get over it but it hasn't been the time yet! I really want to start the Lucinda Riley series. It sounds really good. I've had the first one on my series for far too long. I need to just go on and read it. Have a great week!

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  28. Wow, what a gorgeous quilt-in-progress! Just beautiful and so creative - I am very impressed. I repaired a half-inch length of ripped seam in my son's pants last night, and THAT was a big sewing job for me! I gave up on trying to repair a rip in my cardigan - that one will need to go to the tailor.

    So glad you are going to listen to Miep's memoir on audio - it is so moving and immersive. And you will be able to look at the photos in the book you got for your sister, so you get the best of both worlds!

    Enjoy that and your other books this week -

    Sue

    Book By Book

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  29. The quilt looks great! I hope you have a good week.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  30. Beautiful quilt Kathryn! Have a great week!

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  31. Well done on the quilting front!

    The Orphan's Tale looks interesting and I haven't heard of it before.

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  32. I'm hoping to start The Orphan's Tale next week! I can't wait. Looking forward to your review :)

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