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Val

Off the top of my head I'd suggest "The Well of Loneliness" by Radclyffe Hall as a possible addition? (Aussie Gutenberg have it )
Love the needlework... share the need for bright colour! it's icy greys and blacks here....darn it.

Judy Griffith

I should have Giovanni's Room by Thursday from the main branch of my local library. I have wanted to read it for a while and just needed you to spur me on. Right now I am reading Giant by Edna Ferber after a friend and I were talking about the movie-planning on watching it Feb 25 on Turner Classic. I haven't started it yet but have The Cherokee Rose by Tiya Miles lined up for my library book club this month - I think it would fall in the category of more diverse The author is a professor of Afroamerican, African ,Native American and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan.

LizF

Not so icy, just wet and windy here - the only good thing I can think about it is that even if we get a long hot summer (I wish) there will be no talk of hosepipe bans or water shortages!
I can relate to your reading piles - I seem to be flitting about like a mayfly from book to book and have even more on the go than usual because like you I can't quite resist looking out 'just' one more when I see a mention of something which interests me.
Don't think I can be of much help with this project though as I am pretty sure you will already have the writers I have read (Maya Angelou, Zorah Neale Thurston and Andrea Levy) on your list.
I think that I have only read Beloved and The Color Purple by Toni Morrison though I am pretty sure that I have one or two others of hers on my shelves and I had to look up Nella Larsen as she is not familiar to me.
Another potential reading journey opening up!

Joan Kyler

I have made almost no progress on my birth sampler fro Grace. I was hoping to follow your '15 minutes a day' regimen, but I haven't done that. When you wrote today about the colors in your sampler, I realized that that may be why I'm not enthusiastic about my sampler. I don't like the colors. It's too late to start over, but maybe I can work more pleasing colors into it.

cath

It looks to me you've made a lot of progress since you showed us last. The moon is gorgeous.

Stefanie

Your stitching is progressing nicely! I had to laugh at your "how did that happen?" I understand all too well! :)

Kathy

Look at you go! You're making stately progress in your needlework, too (I love that phrase).

I hear you on the "How did that happen front?" I currently have at least seven books on the go, and it's the library's fault for sending them all to me at once! Don't buy that? OK, I guess it's my own fault for having the equivalent of eyes bigger than my stomach, but they're all just too tempting!

LindaY

I had to laugh when you mentioned putting more than one book in the book bag. A similar thing would happen to us when we went on vacation. We usually spend the days going to museums or attractions (I can't even contemplate how boring laying out on a beach would be) and evenings I will blog and we ALWAYS bought a book at a historical site or museum. BUT I would pack a current book and hubby would pack a current book. Then I would think--well, what if I don't feel like this book while we're away? So I'd put another book in the bag. So would husband. Then I would think "But I wanted to read this next..." and a third book would go in the bag (one for each of us). We'd end up going on vacation with about 10-12 books and we'd still buy books. Now we bring our e-readers. :-)

Danielle

Yes, thanks-I even have a Virago edition of that. I might have one or two other books by her. And it is always nice to be able to add the ebook version for free to my ipad. I will be adding little birdies and some berries to the stitching very soon. ;)

Danielle

I hope you enjoy it. It is a tragic story but so very well done and his use of language is really beautiful. It makes me want to read all his books now. Let me know what you think when you get to it. I liked So Big by Edna Ferber, and eventually I would like to read more of her work. How fun to read the book and then watch the film--I wonder if they made So Big into a movie? The Miles sounds good and I will look it up--I had not heard her name before, but I imagine she must have some interesting things to say--I wonder if it is a novel or nonfiction?

Danielle

You have been having a wet winter, haven't you? Ours has been sort of wet, but then it freezes and makes the sidewalks a mess. Once again they are finally looking better and I can wear normal shoes and not boots! I need to make a better plan/rotation for my books. I did well with my reading and finishing in January and it would be nice to do the same this month. I have finally received the book you suggested (the thriller set at a hen party--name escapes me now). As much as I want to open it and start reading, I will try and finish some other book first??? I have not read any of the authors you mention-though I do have books by all three. Good ideas (and I own them so no need to buy more books--or borrow! Now where are they exactly is the question!). I've read a number of books by Toni Morrison and a few by Alice Walker, but it is probably time to revisit both authors. I have just started the Nella Larson and am liking it very much--I think you might as well! :)

Danielle

Poor sampler, but I sympathize. I can't tell you how many projects I have started that have been neglected for far too long. And just like with books, I think you can easily lose interest in stitching on a project--my problem exactly. I think as I get more added to this I will like it, but the muted colors are not really thrilling me as much as I thought they would. Still, I'll wait until it is finished to decide--and I have three more seasons to stitch....

Danielle

Slowly but surely. Since I know I am going to share something each week, it is amazing how much it helps keep me working on it and motivated to stitch daily. I like the moon, too. I was thinking it might not show up very well, but you can indeed see those outlines.

Danielle

Maybe I really will finish before the end of winter. If I stitch fast enough and get to the spring design maybe spring will come early??? ;) How DID that happen. And I had things so under control early in January....

Danielle

Isn't that a great phrase--I am sure I got it out of some book! I have gotten a little out of control with my reading lately, so I need to really focus on a few and rotate them out of the pile. Easier said than done. Sometimes it is the library's fault--why do they always all show up at once??! ;)

Danielle

It is totally ridiculous how I cannot make a simple decision on what to take in my bookbag! Sometimes on Monday I start out with such a heavy bag as I go over the top but then I regret it after working all day and have to lug home a bag filled with books. So by the middle of the week it has at least gotten down to a more reasonable number (or I choose thinner books to pack with me!). See, that is totally the problem--you Think you know what you will be in the mood for, but then you might change your mind--yikes! To be stuck with a book you don't feel like reading. In this case, ereaders are pretty convenient--and you can move from book to book so easily! I like my ipad for that reason too. So much lighter to lug around.

iliana

Your needlework is coming along so nicely! I didn't get a chance to do a lot of reading this weekend and from what I have read all year to now makes me realize I need to start branching out a bit more myself. So, I definitely understand the quest you are on! Will look forward to hearing what new authors/genres you'll find!

Judy Griffith

The Cherokee Rose is a novel based on historical figures. I am really enjoying Giant and also want to read more of her work ( and reread since my Goodreads account reminds me that I read Ice Palace back in 1984 but I remember absolutely nothing about it.

LizF

After I posted my comment I kept looking at it and thinking that I had got something wrong somewhere but couldn't work out what but your reply made me realise - Alice Walker wrote The Color Purple not Toni Morrison! My only excuse is that I am full of cold and the synapses are not working as well as they should be!
I investigated Nella Larsen after I read your post and a volume of her collected work is now in my online shopping basket though it might have to sit there for a little while as I have already ordered three books this month!

I think that In a Dark Dark Wood will wait ... but if you do start reading it might be hard to put down (I found it near impossible!)

Danielle

I find that books I read ages ago have often faded from memory. Sometimes I see a title and haven't a clue what the book was about--how sad is that! I looked up Cherokee Rose--it does look good and with an interesting combination of characters-will have to add it to my diversity list, so thanks!

Danielle

That's okay--I knew who you meant. And I mess up some of their books, too. I have read more of Toni Morrison than Alice Walker--I think I have only read Walker's Color Purple but I have read a number of Toni Morrison's books. Hah--I do that, too. I put books in a virtual basket but then don't hit the order button for a while. Sometimes in the end the books will revert to my wishlist if my mood has veered in a new direction, which so often it does. Now, of course I had to go grab In a Dark Dark Wood...maybe I will start it after all. I don't have a thriller on the go at the moment, and it would balance out my other reads nicely....

Danielle

I am going to try and be more aware of what I am reading-I mean I will read what I like and what my mood prompts me to pick up, but then I might try and fill in gaps the following month (and keep in mind that initial list I made at the start of the new year). For example I noticed that I have not read much in the way of translated fiction and it is only my short story collection that I am reading at the moment that is translated. Might have to do something about that. It sounds like this past weekend was not the busiest with books for a lot of us!

LizF

It certainly sounds as though it is a bit different from your other in-progress books so maybe it will act as a kind of bookish palate cleanser if you do give in to temptation.

I am resigned to the fact that I will almost certainly order the Larsen sooner rather than later as I am now very curious about her.
As my other half regularly says, I am capable of resisting everything apart from temptation and then ability to order online is far too much of a temptation!

Danielle

Variety is always a good thing--and I never do scrimp on it when it comes to reading! ;) I am enjoying the Larson-and it ALSO came with me today. It is a very short read--not more than 150 pages I think and it grabbed me right from the first page. NOT that I am trying to tempt you (truly!)--me, who last night ordered several more books by Caro Fraser as I want to read the rest of her Caper Court books--I read one ages ago and for some reason I keep thinking about them as the last time I went looking for books (Toni Morrison's fault) I came across one of Caro's....and well, you know how that goes.

LizF

Ah yes Caro Fraser. I remember reading several of hers when they first came out. At the time I was spending a lot of time in courts of various types (as a newspaper reporter I hasten to add) so they were particularly interesting and I spent a fair amount of time waiting for a verdict musing on which of the real life lawyers I knew were the northern counterparts of her characters!
I haven't actually read any of her books for going on 20 years but by pure coincidence I came across one by accident today.
I was looking for books by Margaret Forster (who has sadly just passed away) and who should pop up but Caro Fraser - just after I had read your reply! Serendipity or just plain weird?
I'm STILL looking for Margaret Forster books though and face having to go through an entire set of shelves for the third time in ten days which as you know can take quite a while when each shelf is double lined!
I either have to get properly organised or resist the temptation to go off on bookish wild goose chases at the drop of a hat!

Danielle

Oh, I had no idea she passed away--thanks for telling me. I had to look at her obit-did I know she wrote Georgy Girl? Must have come across it at some point and now must look for a copy. Maybe I will join you in picking up one of her books (oh no, look at me adding to the reading pile...oops). I have really enjoyed the books I have read by her. And I read one of Caro Fraser's Caper Court books and now have an overwhelming desire to go and pick up the first and start from the beginning--have The Pupil on a pile right next to my bed as a matter of fact... I think she is not really actively writing these days--but I see that she has written much more than I realized.

LizF

I have her second book Judicial Whispers which picks up after The Pupil which I know that I read - but so long ago that I have almost no recollection of the plot at all if a quick look at my book is any guidance.
I'm trying to resist the temptation to track down a copy of The Pupil as I really don't need to set off on another reading trail right now - I have far too much on the go already!

Danielle

I have way too many books as well. I have the Pupil sitting on a pile of books by my bedside, but the night table pile has grown to rather mammoth proportions and in a few cases I am nearing the end of a book, with the 'next book in line' already waiting. And then I keep adding books to the read next pile--like season two of Grantchester is going to be on PBS soon and of course, I want to read that second book first.... And it is not as though I have any vacation time lined up at the moment, so no extra reading time for me... Not sure when I think I am supposed to get all these books read....

LizF

I seem to have a never ending pile of books which 'have' to be read - mostly because I have renewed and renewed them and am now no longer able to renew them on line. I either have to read them at the gallop or take them back and run the risk that I can't get them out again because they have to go back to another library.
Not being helped by there being quite a good crop of TV shows on at the moment which I have got into and others, mostly historical programmes, that I have to record and then find time watch when my other half has gone to bed because they are not his cup of tea.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could somehow stretch time to allow us to do all the nice things we want to and still manage to sleep as well?

Danielle

At least one extra hour a day purely for reading would be nice, wouldn't it? I have not been sleeping as long as I should each nice and it is beginning to show and so I need to make myself be more reasonable about it all. Nothing much appeals to me at the moment when it comes to TV, and it doesn't help that you are constantly bombarded here with political ads and news of the politicians or the wannabes, anyway. I can only take so much and then it is complete overload. I have sort of given up on library books as it seems to be an endless to-ing and fr-ing back and forth just dragging books out and then returning unread, so I have been trying to be really selective. It has mostly been helpful as then if I check out just one book I am more likely to read it--and I am trying hard to actually Read the books I borrow these days.

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