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Topic: Bookmark Swap- Rd. 2 SENDOUT DATE HAS CHANGED!!! IT IS NOW: 1/19/10  (Read 31686 times)
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« Reply #150 on: January 06, 2010 07:34:21 PM »

has anyone read Push? I want to read it before I see the movie. Also I recently read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, and just picked up Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel. I love her!

I liked the book although it was difficult to get through some of the language. However, as will all books and movies, there are some differences. The book, in my opinion, is usually better. It really won't make a difference if you read the book first or not.
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« Reply #151 on: January 06, 2010 07:42:23 PM »

My friend got me Mark Montano's "Big Ass Book of Crafts" for Xmas.  I like it alot!  theres a bunch of stuff in there that I'm gonna make.  Smiley

I got that for Christmas too!  From the lovely Pinkleo in the 12 Days of Christmas Swap!  It is all kinds of lovely.  So many different genres of crafty goodnes...  
I was also fortunate enough to get:
AnitCraft
Charmed Knits
the Cool Girls Guide to Knitting
1-2-3 Knit
I Taught Myself Knitting
Making Felt Accessories in Minutes
The Christmas Cookie Book

I got sooooo spoiled!  

**Note:  I don't knit!  At least I don't knit YET.  Pinkleo knew I was curious, but afraid to take the plunge.  So she pushed me into the shallow end!   Wink  So far I taught myself to cast on, and the knitting stitch, but nothing else yet.  Too many gifts to finish before I go back to work at the end of the month!

As for other craft books that I have that I love, there is:
The Encyclopedia of Needlecrafts
The Complete Crafts Compendium (includes everything from painting, to papier mache, to quilted bags!  Both of the above were purchased at Sam's Club years ago, and seem to have been published in the U.K.
Quilting With the Muppets (This is the most amazing book I ever found for $1.  It was at The Christmas Tree Shoppe years ago.  Do any of you all have a Christmas Tree Shoppe?  No, it's not actually a holiday themed store... Anyways, it is full of the most beautiful quilts, made by members of the Muppet Workship for theiri members who either have had babies or retired.  It also includes blocks for this quilt:  The Muppet Quilt by roxy nova
Celtic Quilting (I freakin' love this one!  It has tons of patterns for making celtic knots from bias.)
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« Reply #152 on: January 06, 2010 07:52:09 PM »

O do not own a single craft book, Im way too poor to buy books, thank god for the library tho! too bad they have next to nothing when it comes to craft books!
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« Reply #153 on: January 06, 2010 08:31:55 PM »

O do not own a single craft book, Im way too poor to buy books, thank god for the library tho! too bad they have next to nothing when it comes to craft books!

Go to yard sales when the weather is nice. Seriously. I buy books upon books at yard sales... enough that I can read most of the winter without having to go shopping. Also, look online for local used book sales at libraries and schools. Most have craft sections and even bag days where you can get super-great deals. Another option is to find used book stores in your area. We've got a great store here called Jellybeans. There is a whole row of used craft books... and a shelf or two with nothing but those little project/pattern book thingies. I spent a good two hours in there one day digging through just the craft stuff!!

'Wild and Wonderful Fleece Animals' is a great book if you make stuffed toys. Fleece is one of the easiest fabrics to work with and the patterns/directions are easy to follow. It's one of my go-to books when I have kids to craft for.
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« Reply #154 on: January 06, 2010 08:58:40 PM »

Oh, and:
Stupid Sock Creatures by John Murphy
Plush-O-Rama by Linda Kopp

DH and I found Stupid Sock Creatures while browsing Barnes & Noble one day, and just fell in love with it.  He even made several himself!
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« Reply #155 on: January 06, 2010 09:11:08 PM »


I go through phases with books...biographies are a big phase. So many interesting people. A lot of people who think they're interesting, too.  Wink

It's been ages (not really, but seems like it) since I've read a book geared toward anyone over the age of four. A lot of my (non-biographical) reading seems to happen on vacation. I like to pop in to charity shops and pick up a couple fiction books. Usually return them to a shop, too. Sometimes I'll bring home a book or two and share with friends here.

I'm another one who reads craft and cook books. Have a stack of books to return to the library -- better remember that soon. They're already wayyy over due. oops!

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« Reply #156 on: January 06, 2010 09:21:17 PM »

Well guys, we're almost there.  54 swappers now!

In more serious announcements, I would like to ask that we stick to talking about "books we love", and not "books we hate", which someone else in the swap might really love.  There is a wide variety of people in the swap, with an even wider literary range.  So if someone mentions something your not into, just let it go by, and perhaps mention something you really like in return.  Let's keep it positive.  Thanks!  Smiley

Okay, my fault!  And I don't "hate" those books I mentioned - I haven't read them so I can't hate them.  I just have no desire to read them and feel a little bit alone in that.  It seems everyone I know in virtual or real life loves them.

The initial question I posed was stemming from my feeling like the whole thread was going in one direction that I wasn't (something that was happening simultaneously on another swap thread I'm on).  And it's happening again because as crafty as I am, I have hardly any craft books and can't remember the names of most I've checked out from the library and read.  Not that I haven't been impressed with some, but I have a bad memory for titles and am usually not bowled over by them.  Actually, at the moment, the only craft book that I can think of that I own and love is a beginner's guide to knitting, crocheting, tatting and embroidery.  The reason I love it is because in the knitting section it gives tons of different stitch patterns that I can never seem to remember without a guide (aside from stockinette, garter and now the trinity stitch).
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« Reply #157 on: January 06, 2010 09:23:18 PM »

Okay, this started awhile back on the board, but here are my 3 favorite books today. (My list changes daily!)
1. Sophie's World
2. Persuasion
3. The Shunning
(I also love Brave New World...so hard to choose favorites...aaahhhh...oh, and Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle...and...anything by Roald Dahl (The BFG) and... the Nancy Drew mystery series and...)

On that same note, my favorite "3" authors (right now...)
1. Jane Austen
2. Beverly Lewis
3. Charles Dickens
4. Roald Dahl
5. Laura Ingalls Wilder (gotta love the Little House books!)
6. Robin Cook

Right now I'm reading a bunch of books - I'm another of those read what I'm in the mood for people:
1. The Twilight series (2nd time through book 1, 1st time through rest of series)
2. A historical book about Queen Victoria's Daughters
3. History of the Amish (I'm really interested in the Amish and their history of genetic disease - Yes, I know I'm a nerd!)
4. A "bonnet book" series called The Quilter's Daughter
5. Pride & Prejudice (for the umpteenth time!)
6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (slow going but I've always wanted to read it...)
7. I'm also rereading the Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe series - I've read some of them, but not others, so I'm going through the whole thing again...I love C.S. Lewis!

I can't narrow my favorite genre because I read such a variety of things from 19th century novels to sci fi to historical fiction to Christian romance/historical novels to biographies and so on...I just read what sounds interesting to me! lol!

My favorite craft book is from Joann's craft store. It has tips and how-to's on many different types of crafts, so it's a great "go-to" book. I got it super-cheap when our Joann's went out of business.

Can't wait to start crafting...is it the weekend yet?Huh??
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« Reply #158 on: January 06, 2010 09:35:38 PM »

On that same note, my favorite 3 authors (right now...)
1. Jane Austen
2. Beverly Lewis
3. Charles Dickens
4. Roald Dahl
5. Laura Ingalls Wilder (gotta love the Little House books!)


Hehe...your five 3 favourite authors. Wink
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« Reply #159 on: January 06, 2010 09:39:04 PM »

Okay, my fault!  And I don't "hate" those books I mentioned - I haven't read them so I can't hate them.  I just have no desire to read them and feel a little bit alone in that.  It seems everyone I know in virtual or real life loves them.

The initial question I posed was stemming from my feeling like the whole thread was going in one direction that I wasn't (something that was happening simultaneously on another swap thread I'm on).  And it's happening again because as crafty as I am, I have hardly any craft books and can't remember the names of most I've checked out from the library and read.  Not that I haven't been impressed with some, but I have a bad memory for titles and am usually not bowled over by them.  Actually, at the moment, the only craft book that I can think of that I own and love is a beginner's guide to knitting, crocheting, tatting and embroidery.  The reason I love it is because in the knitting section it gives tons of different stitch patterns that I can never seem to remember without a guide (aside from stockinette, garter and now the trinity stitch).

There's no "fault" here.  Just wanted everyone to keep this in mind when posting.  I'm big on keeping things positive, so as not to turn anyone off to swapping or even just sharing within the thread.  And if you don't want to/can't remember any craft books to discuss, then feel free to post about something you do remember liking.  We all like hearing about a good read.  Wink
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