What's listed under your "Favorite Hobbies" section on Facebook?
For me it's always the same three, knitting, reading and baking pie. In that order. Sometimes when I sit down to knit I'll also watch whichever show on Netflix I'm binge watching at the time, currently it's Supernatural (for the third time.) It is easy to do this if I have a "no-brainer" pattern and I can listen to the dialogue and look up from my work on occasion to follow the action in the show.
What about that other favorite hobby, reading? I have not found a full proof way to read and knit. Yes, There's audio books and I know a lot of stitchers that use them and love them. Unfortunately, unless they are being narrated by several people, my brain starts to wander. I've been an avid reader all my life. My mother taught me to read before I entered school because after asking her to read everything to me, including billboards, store signs, etc. she just figured it'd be easier if I could read them myself!
And when I read, I don't just read. I interpret the dialogue the way I think the character would sound. I imagine their facial expressions and paint myself a mental picture of their gestures and surroundings. My father is a speed reader. He can read an entire book faster than I can read the book jacket and remember every word he read. This is not me. I'm not a slow reader per say, I just love to take my time reading the book and making it come to life. I'm that person who always reads the book, watches the movie and says "the book was better." Don't get me wrong, I think movie directors, writers and producers have done amazing things with book to bigscreen movies, but there's just something magical about reading a book and be able to get lost in it.
With all the cool new technology it is easy as pie to digitally download a book on our phones, iPads or Kindle readers, but I still love the smell and feel of a well loved paperback or the crinkly sound of a hardcover book being opened for the first time. I don't judge though. However you read your book is your preference and I'm just glad to see people still enjoy the written word.
So why all this yammering on about books on a knitting blog?? Well, to incorporate my second love with my first, I've decided to start an online book club! That's right! The first blog of the month will be all about books. I will give a review of the book we just read as well as announce the new book. So to start this off right I've chosen a book recently loaned to me by a good friend. The book is titled "Last Chance Llama Ranch" by Hilary Fields. I will give a warning that this book does have some profanity in it but is also filled with hilarity. I'll be honest and tell you I've already begun reading it but I'm only a few chapters in. If you would like to join in on the fun you can purchase the book on sale right now thru Amazon.
Most of the books I'll be selecting will be fiction books that have some kind of knitting, crochet or yarn theme. If you would like to join us you can subscribe to the blog for email updates when I post a new blog. I've also created a Facebook Group for everyone to post and join in the discussions about the book. There is no pressure to read every book we cover nor do you have to rush to finish it in a month. There may be times I don't even finish the book in a month! Life gets crazy sometimes and we all have things come up or important yarn projects to finish so don't get down if you don't finish in time or decide not to read the current book. If you do decide to read a different book and it turns out to be one of the greatest books you've ever read please feel free to let me know! I will always be open to suggestions!
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