May 20, 2017


How do you compile the books you decide to read? 

Yes, some come from the store, but others are purchased, sent to me, or are library books.  They sit next to my fat chair downstairs or live in piles upstairs near my side of the bed just waiting for my hand to reach for them. 

How do I choose what book to reach for….fabrics and styles lead to books on quilting or fashion.  I used to sew clothes, boy I wasn’t very good, but now I just quilt.  I’m not very good at that either.  But I am enthusiastic.  Why did I choose the recently read book on MRS O?  She wowed the president watchers, and she bought American.  Beast of all, she changed how American women shopped.  What designers did she choose and why…those questions interested me as a fabric person and as an artist.

Then too, I have always had a fascination about the White House building, its staff, and its many changes.  After my long delayed visit to Washington DC, I’ll read about anything to do with the city and buildings.  Not usually politics though.  The White House Museum is a favorite site.  Photos and illustrations of each room since the beginning through the Obama’s.

If a book leaps off the shelves at the store into my lap, It is often a mystery.  Books on books…yes, mam, I will read those no matter what.  Then again, I picked up a nicely illustrated paperback on Hemi’s this week for George.  I found a book on English WWII Air Force sites for Carol.  If I didn’t try and get rid of two or three books a week, I would sink into the sea weighted down by my books.

What do I save to reread?  Downstairs are the art, architecture, fashion and fabric, quilting, poetry, science fiction, and two authors of old fashioned fiction: DE Stevenson and Elizabeth Cadell.  After the latest hand surgery, they were just what I needed.  In front of my drawing board are several shelves of ship books, and to my left, in grandma’s old bookcase, live my cookbooks.    Yes, I use them.  Upstairs are the mysteries worth rereading.  Several shelves on WWII, and several more shelves on the White House.

What do you read, and what do you save to reread?  I’m just wondering.



  1. I see recommendations here and there so go to Powells to see if they have a used copy. If they do, I usually order it. Favorite authors can sometimes be gotten at Powells, but usually I pick those up at Barnes and Noble when they first come out. Sometimes I find a title that sounds promising in B&N's sale stacks.

    1. I love Powells. Today I ordered a book from a local small bookstore called Mysterious Galaxy. i like suporting locals.

  2. Thanks for answering this. I asked because for some reason a few of the last books I have selected have not been as rewarding (whether light fiction or other) as I would like and some of your interests are intriguing. I was curious about your process and this is thoughtful as an answer.

  3. I just finished "Jesus: Mything in Action" this morning. I have volume 2 coming. Mostly, I like mysteries, and British are usually best. However, I really like Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series set in Quebec.

  4. Books that I keep to re-read include my metaphysical collection (Eckhart Tolle, Susan Browne, Seth and more), Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear series (read 3x or more now), Dick Francis (or any murder mystery author) and books on the Melungeon race of people (they're part of my ancestry) as well as genealogical reference books. I have a corner niche bookcase that holds all of my art books, craft and sewing books and my cookbook collection.

  5. When left to their own devices, books just simply multiply.

  6. I just read The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Attwood and rereading 1984 again after many years. I was a mystery novel reader for many years. Now I read a lot of Canadian literature and enjoy it immensely. I have kept books written by aboriginal writers of this land since this country has many unresolved issues about how we treated and are treating them. I have learned a great deal from those writers.

  7. Just finished "Funny in Farsi" for my book club. Meanwhile I have a stack of seven untead books from fiction to nonfiction to accommodate whatever my mood when next I reach for one. These include an old John LeCarre', a biography, history, political. I'm overrun with books and bookcases. Seems unlikely I'll ever revert to re-reading any of them as I can't catch up on my unread ones.


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