Books I love
This one's all about the books I've loved this month and here's why...
♥ 1, The Silver Linings Playbook Matthew Quick - This has been my favourite fiction book from the past month. I read it as I wanted to watch the film and I’m one of those people who HAVE to read the books first. The story follows Pat after his release from a mental institution. Having suffered a breakdown after the separation from his wife his memory of certain events is non-existent. He believes if he just makes himself the best person he can be his wife will return and all will be well. I just could not put this down, the characters are honest and believable as are the different ways they deal with his mental health issues. It’s funny and moving. The film, I suppose, is more Hollywood and less grit – but I still enjoyed it.
♥ 2, Pretty Pastel Style Selina Lake - I don’t normally buy interior books as I just don’t have the room (what with my craft and cookbook addiction!) but I love pastels in interiors and after seeing several snippets from the book I knew I had to buy it. I’ve been flicking though it all month. Some of the chapters include: Modern Pastels, Vintage Pastels, Handmade Pastels, Colour Palettes & Patterns, Furniture & Lighting along with chapters on using pastels in the different rooms of your home. The styling and homes featured are gorgeous; I know I’ll be returning to this one for a while to come.
♥ 3, Kaleidoscope: Colours, Patterns and Textures to Knit and Crochet for the Home Debbie Abrahams & Jane Crowfoot - I actually had the loveliest email from Jane a little while ago after she came across my small review of her last book Homespun Vintage. I can’t tell you how happy it made me, even more so when she offered to send me a copy of her new book by way of thanks! If I’m honest I didn’t expect to like this book as much as her last but I’m happy to say I did. Whereas Homespun Vintage had a more muted palette of colours (and a more feminine style) Kaleidoscope is full of bright, modern designs suitable for either sex. The book contains 12 crochet projects and 12 knit projects for the home; cushions, blankets, bags and throws mainly. I enjoyed the layout of this book; all the items are displayed at the beginning with the patterns then being separated by crochet/knit. There are also several patterns using beads, which is something I’d like to experiment with. I think my favourites have to be the crocheted ‘Giddy Blanket’ made up of repeated rectangles and the knitted circular ‘Groovy Cushion’.
♥ 4, The Handmade Home: Inspirational Craft, Food and Flowers Cherry Menlove - Cherry writes the sweetest blog, it was one of the first blogs I came across when I was looking for some sewing help a few years ago. Her first book The Handmade Home is full of crafts, recipes and decoration ideas. It is separated by seasonal events: Valentines Day, An Easter Picnic, A Children’s Party, Halloween etc. each chapter accompanied by beautiful photographs. I like Cherry’s projects because they are achievable, you don’t have to be a great sewer, baker or florist to enjoy her projects but you will always end up with something beautiful.
♥ 5, Crochet at Play: 30 Fun Hats, Scarves, Clothes and Toys for Kids to Enjoy Kat Goldin - A beautiful, fun book with 30 crochet projects for children. Kat blogs at Slugs on the Refrigerator and I’m big fan of her work. She has an eye for colour and texture (and photography) that makes me want to crochet every pattern she releases! This book is no exception, the patterns are divided into four chapters; Head and Shoulders, Fingers, Knees and Toes, Whole Self and The Play Room - even those chapter headings make me smile. Each pattern has a skill level and details to adapt the sizing. Ten of the patterns are labeled as beginner with the rest being intermediate (If you are a beginner don’t be put off by the intermediate projects all the special stitches used are detailed too). The majority of the patterns included make items for children up to the age of six. But I don’t think you are ever too old to enjoy a sleepy octopus pillow or a pair of hedgehog mittens!
I also re-read The Great Gatsby for the obvious reason. I really love that book - I always feel a bit sad that Daisy was so unworthy of him.
If you have any book recommendations you'd like to share I'd love to hear them.
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Bye for now. Em xx
* I purchased all the above-mentioned books myself, with the exception of Kaleidoscope which Jane kindly sent me, although in all honesty I would have bought it myself anyway! :)