Tag: Book Reviews

Gertie’s New Book For Better Sewing-Book Review

Gretchen Hirsch began her blog, Gertie’s New Blog For Better Sewing, began when she tried to follow the 1950’s book, Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing.  As well as sewing and fashion, she has written about gender and body image.  Her popularity grew and she ended up publishing several books herself.  Gertie’s New Book For Better Sewing, there are 14 projects inspired by the original Vogue book with patterns including.  They are all pretty vintage in style, but modeled by Gertie with her fuller figure and tattoos there’s definitely a modern touch.

I was given this book as a gift which was sweet.  But it didn’t take long for me to realise that none of the outfits suited my body type, style, or lifestyle.  And, while full patterns are included you have to trace them first before cutting out as they all overlap.  When I got this book I hadn’t used patterns in a book before, and just used single patterns that you can just cut straight out.  I understand why books do this, it saves a lot of paper and expense but it’s a real pain to use.  I attempted to make a skirt a while back but it ended rather disastrously and looked atrocious.  Although I really appreciate Gertie’s work this was not the book for me!

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6 Top Books of 2017 So Far

My incredible reading has slowed a little this year.  I was doing quite well but I’m currently having a lull. Perhaps reviewing the best books I’ve read this year so far will help

1.The Science One

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

2. The Sad One

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

3. The Feminist Ones

Men Explain Things To Me/Nasty Women

4. The Classic American One

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

5. The David Mitchell One

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

6. The Teen Lit One

My Heart And Other Black Holes

 

10 Weird And Wonderful Books To Read

I suppose this is mainly sci-fi and fantasy fiction but some of my picks don’t seem to fall into that category. Or they do really but you might not think they do. And they aren’t necessarily my favourite books ever, or necessarily always a pleasant read but they are worth reading.

  1. Ice by Anna Kavan
  2. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  3. The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adam
  4. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  5. Times Arrow by Martin Amis
  6. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  7. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
  8. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  9. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Days by Salman Rushdie
  10. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  11. Ubik by Philip K Dick
  12. This Book Is Full Of Spiders by David Wong

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Book Review- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Well this may be my new favourite book.  It’s not perfect but certainly got me right in the feels. It’s hard to really talk about without giving loads away, and it’s one of those books where little bits of information are drip fed to you until it all comes out.  But then it was made into a film with Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield a few years ago so maybe everyone knows the plot anyway…

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Books of 2015

So I wanted to read 10 books this year, how did I do?

1.This Book Is Full Of Spiders by David Wong

Anyway, it’s two in the morning and we’re taking turns pissing off of the tower (rather than going at the same time, because we weren’t raised by wolves).

2.The Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey

I don’t mean to pry, but saving people is my calling.

3.Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

So strange an incident has happened to us that I cannot forbear recording it…

4.Dr Who: The Seeds of Doom and The Deadly Assassin by Philip Hinchcliffe and Terrance Dicks

A monstrous, hybrid creature lay on the bed, half human, half vegetable.

5.The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Every woman is the architect of her own fortune.

6.Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

The act of memory is an act of ghostwriting.

 7.Yes Please! by Amy Poehler
Plus, I am forty-two, which is smack-dab in the middle. I haven’t live a full enough life to look back on, but I am too old to get by on being pithy and cute.
8.The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan
The Australia that took refuge in his head was mapped with the stories of the dead; the Australia of the living he found an ever stranger country.
9.The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Dr Marinus was the first Chinese person I ever met, apart from the ones at the Thousand Autumns Restaurant where me and Brendan were sometimes sent for takeaways if Mam was too tired to cook.
It looked like it was going to be 9, but I managed to read my 10th book The Bees by Laline Paull in the last week of the year!  Woo!!

Books of 2015 So Far

Well we’re 6 months into the year and my reading so far has been rather woeful.  Generally, I only read when I’m traveling my bus or train, mainly the train as you have more time and space.  But I often sat with my work colleagues on my way to my old job and since April I haven’t commuted by train, instead I just take a 15min bus to work. I’m hoping that blogging about reading will force me into in!

So here are my books so far, you can click the link to read my review:

This Book Is Full Of Spiders by David Wong

Anyway, it’s two in the morning and we’re taking turns pissing off of the tower (rather than going at the same time, because we weren’t raised by wolves).

The Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey

I don’t mean to pry, but saving people is my calling.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

So strange an incident has happened to us that I cannot forbear recording it…

Dr Who: The Seeds of Doom and The Deadly Assassin by Philip Hinchcliffe and Terrance Dicks

A monstrous, hybrid creature lay on the bed, half human, half vegetable.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Every woman is the architect of her own fortune.

And my current book is Ghostwritten by David Mitchell.  I liked Cloud Atlas by him but I really liked The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet which I recommend if you found Cloud Atlas’s structure tough going.