I have had a few pre-order books come in over the past few weeks. Of course then, I was distracted by Spinzilla and the Hill Country Yarn Crawl, so the books have had to wait. Today, I get to start diving in. The following are in no particular order.
From the publisher: In the Footsteps of Sheep: Tales of a Journey Through Scotland, Walking, Spinning, and Knitting Socks details the completion of a mission the author, Debbie Zawinski, a Welsh-born Scot, set for herself: to travel and camp throughout Scotland, find cast off tufts of wool from 10 Scottish sheep breeds, then spin the wool on her spinning stick while walking (or waiting for ferries), and finally design and knit one pair of socks to represent each breed…all the while writing about her adventures and taking plenty of photographs.
I have glanced through this book and the photography is lovely. I think it will be a savor as long as possible sort of read and I hope to spin and knit at least some of the socks.
OF course, there is also a new cookbook in the mix. The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure by Alana Chernila. I read her blog and like her writing and this book also has some lovely photography going on. I have already cooked one of the recipes and am excited about trying many more.
Another cookbook recently acquired is My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients that Make Simple Meals Your Own by Alice Waters. Definitely enjoyable reading. I feel there is a little too much taken for granted about how the reader might already cook or have an established kitchen somehow, but the ideas still certainly come across.
Somewhere recently, I came across something written by Pico Iyer. The writing itself was so very well crafted and I was drawn in. It made me look him up and I discovered many titles. I ordered 2 right away, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere. From the publisher: Why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer, who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room might be the ultimate adventure? Because in our madly accelerating world, our lives are crowded, chaotic and noisy. There’s never been a greater need to slow down, tune out and give ourselves permission to be still.
I was immediately intrigued, and having read just the introduction I am captured. I want more from this writer.
As already established, I ordered 2 of his books. It was hard to pick because they all sounded intriguing in one way or another. Then I saw The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
This became a bit of a no-brainer because you simply can’t go wrong with the Dalai Lama. I am looking forward to this book greatly.
Last on my little list for now is The Grave Soul by Ellen Hart. Definitely my favorite for lesbian fiction. I really love her Jane Lawless series and am always greedy for more. The characters are so very well developed. As soon as Ellen Hart announces her next book is available for pre-order, I sign up, and then happily await its arrival. I will reserve cracking this open until I have (or take) a long weekend because I already know I will not want to put it down.