Posts Tagged reading

summer reading, pt. 2

I finished The Paris Wife last week and felt a little mopey for a few days. I enjoyed the book, but it was hard to know what to pick up next. I rummaged around the bookshelves and stacks of books that seem to flourish in our house. And came across We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I remember that I bought it because the forward convinced me, in just a few paragraphs, that I should.

Summer reading

Summer reading

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it instantly captured my attention. The first half has a wonderful amount of Hitchcockian suspense and when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it. When thinking about it, it reminded me of Arsenic and Old Lace, and Agatha Christie novels. It also reminded me of I Capture the Castlewith a little Dickens and Mary Shelly, just a bit.

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summer reading, pt. 1

There a lot more daylight right now and for me that means a little more time for reading outside in the evenings. I thought it would be fun to start an ongoing summertime series toshare some of the blogs, books, and magazines that are keeping me entertained these days.

Hand and Hand

I heard about this wonderful new zine from Jessica. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

Hand and Hand is a new zine celebrating the maker’s hand and mind. We believe that making is not simply about learning new skills or sourcing great materials, but about discovery, exchange and an intimate relationship with materials and practice developed over time that have connected humans for generations.

You can buy your copy over here.


I can’t get enough of Jen’s Scout Tee projects. They’re so smart and I’ve learned so much from seeing her process of pattern making and sewing. I really liked this post about making knit variations of the Scout Tee.

scout tee

You can learn how to make one for yourself over here.


We had a rare cloudy, stormy day in Austin and I stayed busy inside: baking cookies, planning a makeover for the balcony, reworking a mitten, and reading. After finishing A Moveable Feast I felt a little at a loss and couldn’t settle into any of the yet unread books I have around here. My friend Tiffany recommended The Paris Wife and it’s the perfect book to follow all the Hemingway.



It tells the story of Hemingway’s relationship with his first wife from her point of view. The writer’s style is very engaging and I’m breezing through it. It reminds me of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald in a good way.

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places for reading

Austin is having its share of thunderstorms and cloudy Spring days. The kind that are perfect for spending with a good book. Audra and I spent a sizable chunk of time yesterday at BookPeople and my “Books to Read” pile sure has grown!

As a result, I’ve been filling Pinterest boards with cozy, dreamy reading nooks:

summer night

One  Two  Three  Four  Five

weekly loves: blog posts

I had a chance to catch up on my blog reader the other day and found so many interesting posts. What is it about this time of year that makes us all a little more thoughtful and interesting? I’m not sure, but I like it. Here are a few favorite recent reads. You can click on the photos below to get to the posts themselves.

I so enjoyed Nicole’s post about the Five-Foot Book Shelf. A good and quick read for all lovers of books.

photo by Nichole of Obvious State

There are plenty of top [insert whatever number you wish here] albums of the year posts circulating about now, and though I’m biased, I think Joel did a pretty brilliant job on his this year. Some of my favorites are in there, too.

Sept 3

photo by me

This gorgeous post by Anabela makes me want to go to the ballet, too. Or maybe I just really want to sew ballet costumes. Sequins, beads, lace….I think I have an idea.

photo by Anabela of Fieldguided

weekly loves: three new reads

It’s a beautiful, rainy and chilly day here in Northern Illinois. This weather makes it kind of hard to believe that in just a few weeks Austin is going to be our new home. Super hot weather and all.

Between packing, I’ve had a little more time than usual for reading. I’m not sure how this has happened but I like it. This Week’s Loves are three new-to-me blogs that I’m especially loving.

What Katie Ate
Sydney-based Katie calls her blog a” foodie photography blog” and boy, is she right. It is a gorgeous! I love the photos and styling enough to follow the blog, and then there’s her travel style post oh, and the yummy looking recipes are the cherry on the top of all this loveliness. This Mad Men Inspired Lunch Ideas post is stunning.

mad men lunch ideas from what katie ate

I just came across this Anthropologie-run tumbler yesterday. The premise is kind of neat. Readers choose a word and then images are pinned. The glossary is a good way to browse the archives.

dress via Anthro

You’ve probably seen this blog or the photo below pop up somewhere this week. (I actually slipped it into last week’s Loves post.)  Mimi’s beautiful blog is about the food she makes and her life in the French countryside. It looks like a very happy and delicious place.

garden cake by manger

garden cake by manger

I want to try all of Mimi’s recipes. They look so beautiful and amazing. And I mean, just look at how happy those pups are!

new books

Summertime for me will always mean new books. Maybe it’s because my mom would always take us to pick out a few new reads to keep us busy on road trips. I’m still finishing up the book that I bought for New York trip, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t picked up a few new ones.

A book of Bob Dylan lyrics that we couldn’t resist at Project No. 8 in New York and a beautiful copy of The Great Gatsby that Joel found.

new books

new books

I’ve wanted to read The Great Gatsby for ages. It looks like this might be the summer that I actually do it. Speaking of Gatsby, have you seen the trailer for the new movie version? What do you think? I’m looking forward to seeing it.

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