I always seem to be reading 5 or 6 books at a time and have a habit of taking books out of the library a little faster than I can read them (especially this time of year!)
Although I do love fiction (especially if it was written for the younger crowd – most of my favourites are children’s literature, it’s a job hazard I think) most of what I read would fall into the non-fiction category.
Here’s a sneak peek of what is on my night-stand (or, rather, on my nightstand, on the floor by my bed, resting on my favourite chair, sitting on the kitchen table…you get the idea) 🙂
Although I have moved past parts of this book (essential sewing equipment, measuring, using a commercial pattern) I love all of the step-by-step diagrams for making simple pattern alterations and am really excited about the chapter on making your own patterns. The full-colour pictures and diagrams really help in understanding the process – I might just need to purchase this book (because although I keep renewing it, I think the library might want their copy back at some day….)
This book, although older and not in colour, has really changed my understanding of patterns. I am only partway through and already feel like a more confident sewer. I am no longer afraid of darts!! I am pretty sure I could now tackle moving, removing and designing darts of my own – which is a huge step for this direction-following, the-pattern-designers-made-it-that-way-so-it-must-be-right sewer!
I took this book out of the library because I wanted to improve my food photography. Tom Ang thoroughly covers EVERY kind of photography in this book, except for food. 😦 On the bright side, it has encouraged me to play more with my camera and has definitely given me some ideas for improving some of my other photographs. Anyone know where I can learn to take a good food photo?
I feel like I have read a tonne of these craft business type books but it has been nice to see where the authors agree and disagree. I do appreciate that Meg touches on internet use both for marketing and sales and love the vignettes of successful crafters – will I be included in their number one day?
Outliers is still my favourite Malcolm Gladwell book, but I always enjoy how he looks at things from different angles and really makes you think about everyday things in a new way. “The Ketchup Conundrum” and “John Rock’s Error” are two of my favourite chapters in this book so far.
Ok…so I’m not really planning on making a six-figure income from this blog (I think I have enough jobs!) but I was hoping to find some tips on being a better blogger, (if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well, right?) and I was not disappointed. Lots of great tips and ideas here.
This book is full of yummy-looking bread recipes. I loved the corn bread recipe and cornmeal crackers are next on my list of things to make. This is another book I could happily withhold from the library for another few months!
And that’s it! (Well…there are the two I just picked up from the library, and the three that I haven’t started yet, but we won’t count those just yet….) Just a few to peruse in those minutes before I drift off to sleep…
What’s on your night stand? Any recommendations for my next library trip?
Read Full Post »