When the going gets tough, the tough curl up with a good book. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately…
Lolita (audiobook, read by Jeremy Irons) – Vladimir Nabokov – Is it a masterpiece? Yes. Did it depress the hell out of me for weeks? Yes.
The Art of Learning (audiobook, read by author Josh Waitzkin) – Ian bought this. Since I’m 0% interested in either chess or tai chi, many of Josh Waitzkin’s insights landed on deaf ears. He tells some good stories, though.
Fashion Sewing – Joi Mahon – An overview of designing, sketching, draping, and/or flat pattern-making. The book itself is high quality, with nice heavy paper and a wealth of photos, illustrations, and diagrams. Very pleased.
Create a Perfect Fit – Joi Mahon – This whole book is about how to measure yourself, and how to adapt paper garment patterns to fit your measurements. I also bought Fast Track Fitting, which is Mahon’s Craftsy class, and is a video version of the same concepts. Either the class or the book would stand alone just fine.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – While the plot was too sweetsy and my-isn’t-that-convenient for me, I enjoyed learning a little about the Channel Islands. For starters, I now know they exist. -cough-
The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge – Pia Edberg – Not a lot of surprises here, if you’re someone with more than a passing interest in coziness.
Beauty – Robin McKinley – A delightful retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The ending felt a bit hasty, but that’s a minor quibble. Will definitely read more McKinley in the future.
Zero Waste Home– Beá Johnson – Loved it, went to see her speak days later, got it autographed. Will definitely read repeatedly as I try to reduce the truly embarrassing amount of waste me and Mr. Jaunty produce.
The Worn Archive – edited by Serah-Marie McMahon – A fine collection of essays about style and clothing, but nothing spoke to the depths of my soul.
Stop Walking on Eggshells: taking your life back when someone you care about has borderling personality disorder – Paul T. Mason and Randi Kreger – Helpful. Judging by the title, I was afraid this book would be too hard on people with BPD, but it did a good job describing both sides of the situation. First-hand accounts from people with BPD were especially interesting.
Read anything good lately? Anything lousy? Anything you’d recommend?