I’m with you, Groucho


When did you last sit down and read a book? I have to admit that, having formerly been a complete bookworm, I have been absolutely rubbish over the last few years. I could blame it on parentage of course, that really, it’s down to my scatter brain approach to life these days I think. I like to grab an immediate thrill and I get that from making stuff I guess. That or cocaine.

I sometimes wonder why I have never bothered to join a book club. They are as you know quite the thing. And of course, I can’t bring myself to think about reading a book that I hate. Even though, you normally end up loving the book. I remember how long it took me to finish 1984 but I still think it’s a brilliant read now.

The picture above is what’s on my shelf at the moment. Admittedly, I’ve tidied it and they do look a bit arty now. But, this is genuinely what I’m aiming to read even though I know I never will.

A quick look will show you:

Various children’s books Obviously brought in by the children at some point.

A couple of child psychology books for when I get to be a good parent.

The collected works of Dorothy Parker. I love the woman.

A copy of Revolutionary Road which i have been meaning to read for years now.

A book on reducing Parkinson symptoms with nutrition and drugs. That’s my current read. Sadly, wine has not featured in it yet.

Knitting patterns, Needlecraft Stamp set and some really cool Japanese picture cards that I got in the charity shop. No idea what I’m going to do with any of them. Since when has that stopped me?

The Blogesses’ autobiography. This is the second book, next.

And a ‘dip in’ book called things I wish my mother had told me – quite funny.

And that it. As with my stitching, most are works in progress and likely to never be completed. But hey, nice to look at. Well, at least they are now.

What’s on your shelf?


7 responses to “I’m with you, Groucho”

  1. What? apart from dust! One Shelf has the complete works of Dick Francis & his son Felix….. not mind bending, but enjoyable stories for holidays… the bookcase however is untidy & spilling over with every sort of craft book & project folders to be read & tried. On the top, are the books, CD’s of languages to learn & really gruesome forensic science thrillers!


  2. Best not to ask! I have LOADS of books on loads of shelves. As well as a craft blog I have a book reading blog, and one of my future posts on both blogs will be to cover my craft books in some depth. These are a mix of cross stitch, needlework, quilting, patchwork etc.

    I try and keep all my shelves in some modicum of order – it’s the best way to stop me going mad!


  3. Stacks and stacks of language books line my shelves! Books on etymology, books on learning languages, language history, novels in foreign languages, books about translation, dictionaries, thesaurus, books on writing systems… you get the picture! And then I have loads of historical novels, and lots of recipe books!


    1. We need Pictures of these collections! Send me a link to your blogs and we can show them to the world!


      1. Or how about arranging the books with a little more thought? I just discovered this idea! http://alexpolistigers.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/the-shepherd-avenger/


      2. Hmmmm good idea but best for fiction, no? Medical tomes are rather more prosaic than you would like!


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