I have quite an eclectic mix of books to share today. I actually allowed myself the pleasure of devouring a few fiction selections in the last few weeks, and devoured they were! I also discovered a new non-fiction favourite and attempted some projects from a crochet book.
I told you I would come back to this. The author describes the Renaissance Soul as a person who is multi-passionate. The kind of person who loves change, variety, and moving in new and different directions all the time. (She had me from the title – I know who I am!) I absolutely love this book! It has been instrumental in helping me to find focus, weigh priorities, deal with my want to do everything and all at once, and with more than a little help from Michelle Ward, is helping me to design a life and business that fits my dreams and personality. A must read for anyone who struggles with balancing diverse interests and passions.
Ok…I know I’m a little late in picking this one up. (After all, the book was released years ago and the movie hype has long died down.) But I’ve never been one to do something when everyone else is anyway….(hmm…or at least not since I left high school…) I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have not seen the movie, so was not tainted by visions of actors dancing in my head. This book takes you an a journey, lets you spend a year in the life of the author, and allows you to meet a host of wonderful people in the process. It’s not a high-action, can’t-wait-to-see-what-happens-next page- turner, but it’s honest, engaging, and satisfying. I will definitely be seeking out more from this author!
This was a book that I loved, until I actually started trying to make one of the projects in it. I love all of the full-colour photos, the wide range of projects, the fun and casual writing style. Where I ran into problems was in trying to follow the patterns. And perhaps I just happened to pick the project with the most errors, but errors there are. Enough errors to fill two pages on the errata link (although I believe these have been corrected in the 2nd edition), and then I discovered some that were not on the errata list at all! Although I gained a lot of crochet practice and was really proud of myself for not only finding the errors, but figuring out how to fix them (After all, I’m no expert crocheter) in the end, it just seemed like too much work and time when there were other projects I wanted to tackle, and I gave up on the book.
This was a fun read! Especially if you are a fan of food tv (which I am!) The characters are interesting, the story enjoyable, and I was happy with the ending. It’s one of those books that makes you smile and then you pass it on to a friend so they can smile too (which is how I ended up with my copy, which I then passed on to my mom!)
What books are on your nightstand? Please share your favourites in the comments – you can never have too many books to read!