Besides quilting, reading and collecting books are big hobbies for me. In addition to a couple of the half dozen books I got for Christmas and still haven't read (A Discovery of Witches, Building Stories (graphic novel in a box)), there are 4 or 5 books coming out this month that I want to buy and read. I love Carl Hiassen, and he has a new Florida send-up"Bad Monkey" that I'm sure will be a laugh riot. An author named Meyer has a new Texas-based multi-generational novel call The Son. And one of my favorite novels of this century is Colum McCann's "Let the Great World Spin", and he has a new novel called "Transatlantic", a multi-generational book about Ireland. And another of my favorites, John Favorite has a new Lucas Davenport Minneapolis police procedural, Silken Prey.
I need two weeks on the beach to devour all these!
My current bedside reading is Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, (multi-generational novel in Italy, Hollywood, elsewhere), and my car audio book is What is the What by Dave Eggers about one of the Sudanese "Lost Boys". Beautiful reading, and powerful content.
I just finished "Fall of Giants" by Ken Follett (another audio book beautifully read), and I have the book sequel, Winter of the World.
I also listened to a short set of novellas, called "Road Rage." The first was "Duel", which was the story that the TV special with Dennis Weaver from the 70s was based on. (Old tanker trunk pursues driver relentlessly in an almost wordless drama). The other was a similar story by Stephen King and Joe Hill but with motorcycles.
I also just picked up some used quilt books at $1 a pop to browse through.
And sort of book related, our summer "Challenge" for our Guild is a quilt using Nancy Drew fabric.
My idea is to make a checkered counterpane, and make computer copies of book covers that an adolescent girl would read, and applique them on the counterpane, scattered about, and have the head of a girl at the top of the counterpane, reading the Nancy Drew book. A lot to do by the end of August! (plus my day job!)
the link photo is my son and his fiance!