About Me

Arizona, United States
I'm a work-at-home mom who enjoys the beautiful sunsets here in the high desert.

My Designs

For the free patterns for these afghan squares I designed for My Reading Afghan, click here.

My Recently Completed Projects

On The Hook

Ravelry CAL Afghan 1 in progress
Ravelry CAL Afghan 1

Ravelry CAL Afghan 2 in progress
Ravelry CAL Afghan 2

Ravelry CAL Afghan 3 in progress (squares 1-4)Ravelry CAL Afghan 3 in progress (squares 5-8)
Ravelry CAL Afghan 3

Ravelry CAL Afghan 4 in progress (squares 1-4)Ravelry CAL Afghan 4 in progress (squares 5-8)
Ravelry CAL Afghan 4

Ravelry CAL Afghan 5 in progress (squares 1-4)Ravelry CAL Afghan 5 in progress (squares 5-8)
Ravelry CAL Afghan 5

Ravelry CAL Afghan 6 in progress (squares 1-4)Ravelry CAL Afghan 6 in progress (squares 5-8)
Ravelry CAL Afghan 6

Ravelry CAL Afghan 7 in progress (squares 1-4)Ravelry CAL Afghan 7 in progress (squares 5-8)
Ravelry CAL Afghan--Flower Burst 7ARavelry CAL Afghan--Flower Burst 7B
Ravelry CAL Afghan 7

Ravelry CAL Afghan 8 in progress
Ravelry CAL Afghan 8

Ravelry CAL Afghan Blocks:
Dream Catcher
Cross My Heart
Chocolate Delight
Flower Burst

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Click on the button here or on the sidebar to participate.

Let's talk about books this week.

1. What are you currently reading?
In the morning, I'm reading the Scriptures in chronological order, and as time permits, a little bit of Restoration by D. Thomas Lancaster. The book I'm reading before going to sleep at night is Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. When I'm in the car, I'm listening to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen on CraftLit.

2. Where is your favorite place to get your books from?
I prefer getting them from the library because they are free and only temporarily add to the clutter in the house, but the drawback is that sometimes I'm not able to finish them by the time they're due. If I can't find a book I want at the library, or if it's on a long waiting list there, then I look on Amazon or eBay for a used copy. If I can't find it that way, then I put it on my Amazon wish list and try to find it the next time I'm able to go to a used book store.

3. Name a book you read and did not enjoy.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I think that maybe my expectations were too high, but I found it boring and annoying, and so I had to force myself to finish reading it. I wanted to read it because it was a selection for a reading group I belong to (Knitting 19th-Century Novels on Ravelry) and also because it is such a classic and I had never read it before.

4. How has your taste in books changed over the years? What types of books do you read now as opposed to five years ago?
Many years ago I used to love to read romance novels, but finally got tired of the formula. I've always enjoyed historical novels and still do. A few years ago I went through a cozy mystery phase and really enjoyed those. I also went through a true crime phase shortly before or after that time. Also, a few years ago I discovered Harry Turtledove's alternate history books and loved those, but I haven't read any since then. I used to read a lot of fantasy, too, and still do, but not so often and regularly as I used to. I once tried to collect and read all the books on Oprah's list, but eventually got sidetracked. I did like nearly all of those that I did read, though. Since joining some reading groups in the last few months, I've been enjoying the reading selections (which are various genres) and the social aspect of the discussions about the books. The older I get, the more picky I tend to be about what I read (the 'so many books, so little time' factor becoming more and more relevant as time goes by), and the reading groups have helped me with that because the books are either classics or books that others have read and recommended. Out of the last 11 books I've read there was only one I didn't enjoy ('Alice' noted above).

5. When you walk into your favorite bookstore, where do you go? Mystery...Romance...Latest Releases....Non-Fiction...etc?
I tend to look at the new releases, the bestsellers and the staff picks first. Even if I'm there to look for a specific book (which could be in almost any section) and go there first, I'll still usually look at those three sections before I leave. I never know what treasure might be discovered there.


Joyce said...

Hi, Tuppence,

Thanks for your comment on my blog.

I use an online daily Bible reading plan that I really like, too:
They have several different ways you can choose to read, and you can stop to study along the way, too.

I admire your Shabbat button. Does that mean you and your family honor the Lord's Day to keep it holy? Does it mean that you are a converted Jew? If these questions are too nosy, kindly forgive my curiosity. :)

Shannon H. said...

Nice answers.

Tuppence said...

Joyce, thank you for the link to the reading plans. I try to use a different one each time through.

We keep and set apart the seventh-day sabbath, from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. We are not Jews (of the tribe of Judah) as far as we know.

We believe that through the Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, we are grafted into Israel, so Messianic Israelites and also Nazarenes--since our Rabbi is Yeshua of Nazareth--and Ephraimites, as the tribe of Ephraim came to represent the 10 tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, which were scattered among the nations.

I used the Shabbat Shalom button to link to the Hoshana Rabbah website, as the Torah portion commentaries available there are among the resources we use for our study on Shabbat.

naida said...

hi tuppence, great answers! enjoy your weekend...beautiful knitting as always.


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