Saturday, May 2, 2009

More Reading, Less Sewing

The past few weeks I have been doing more reading than sewing. Not really sure why, maybe just my mood, the weather, who knows. I can take a book outside and sit on the swing, can't do that with my sewing machine! LOL!
And lately I have been into alot of stories about the concentration and labor camps of WWII. Don't ask me why, I am just finding it interesting! I haven't really read anything BAD yet that has made me cry horribly or give me nightmares (although I did dream about Colorforms last night!?!? - don't know what that is about!)

It started with the Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is a fiction about a girl whose father will not join the Nazi party and is sent off to fight. She steals books and her father teaches her to read and there is much more to the story, but I don't want to spoil it.

Then I read Sala's Gift; My Mother's Holocaust Story by Ann Kirschner. Her mother has a triple bypass and decides its time to share her story of her life in a labor camp for 5 years during the war. It is a NF and was very eye opening!

Then a nice light read to break it up! Nice to Come Home To by Rebecca Flowers. Its a chic book, about a girl who finds herself single and alone when she is 36 and should be pregnant and happily married. The story involves her sister and a soon to be divorced guy John. Nice light easy read!

Then back to the war. The Long Walk Home: The True story of a trek to Freedom. Non-fiction, by Slavomir Rawicz. The year is 1941 and he is imprisoned in a labor camp about 1000 miles from the arctic circle in Siberia. He and 6 other prisoners escape and head south through Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet and over the Himalayas into British India. The journey is over 4000 miles, and takes over 12 months. How they survive is amazing and unbelievable! I really enjoyed this book and would definately recommend it.

And I just put this book on the hold list at the library and I can't wait till I get it!!!

I love the Elm Creek Quilters and so wish that they were real and I could be part of them!

Hopefully more as the week progresses on some quilts! I mowed the front law today and now I am going to do some sewing, then I think I will either head to T's first umpiring game of the year or I will ride or both...we shall see!!! Oh and stop by Plain and Fancy. She is a newer blogger and recently did a giveaway with only 3 participants! Say Hi!

Hope everyone has a good weekend! And hopefully we don't get more rain!


Serena said...

I loved the Book Thief and the Long Walk....I've not read the others....Those two are magnificent though...especially the first for being a thought provoking kids book...

Sandy said...

I LOL'd about the colorforms dream, how funny.
I just bought The Lost Quilter, but haven't started it. I have all of her books and love them. I, too, wish it was real and could be a part of a camp like that. I wonder if there are any somewhere.

karenfae said...

I am like that too, sometimes I go through my reading phase and I hardly touch my sewing. We left home yesterday morning and I have read maybe 5 pages of the paperback of Nevada Barr's and I don't even remember what I read! I will look for the Book Thief this trip.

Marilyn R said...

I haven't been reading much lately, but I have done more sewing. I do have quite a few books on my ipod waiting for a good listen!

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Funny I've been reading more too than sewing! I just finished The Master Quilter from the Elm Creek series.

Candy Schultz said...

I have a lifelong addiction to books about the Holocaust and WWII. There seems to be an invisible cycle which decides when it is time to read some more. I have read tons of nonfiction though and it is all horrific. I have had nightmares.

Granny Lyn said...

I, too, am waiting for the Elm Creek book,

I just got done with "Prayers for Sale" by Sandra Dallas,,,run, don't walk, to get it! it was wonderful! (I've read every one of hers)

metrosupialdesigns said...

I'm going to have to check out some of these books! I'm for some reason drawn to books about the Holocaust.