Tuesday, March 3, 2015

February Reads

When I look back at February it is clear that I spent a lot more time in my Quilting Room vs. on the sofa as 7 of my 10 reads were audiobooks. I'm starting to get a little nervous about running out of audiobooks via my library as my searches are getting longer. I might have to explore a paid rental option if I can't find any new authors to enjoy soon.

I have two 4 star reads to share:
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Girl on the Train was an excellent psychological thriller that kept me guessing and it has been getting a lot of attention from other readers on Goodreads. I enjoyed the movie version of The Remains of the Day in January and requested the book from my library. It is an interesting glimpse at the buildup to WWII through the eyes of an English butler.

I also checked off three items on my PopSugar Challenge - a book published this year, a book set in a different country and a book that takes place in your hometown. I had to change "hometown" to "nearby" so that I could use one of the four William Kent Krueger books I listened to. They are set in northern Minnesota and that's about as close as I can get! You can find the Challenge HERE if you are interested.

Since I didn't finish any of these books (I've got 2 in progress) from my shelf in February I'll try again in March.
On sunny days this is Elsa's favorite napping spot on the corner of my cutting table. She loves batting as you can see.

This leads her to be too helpful in the Sandwich Shop however. Not only is she fond of sprawling out on any exposed batting but she is obsessed with the basting pins. As in nabbing one and running off with it. It's for your own good Elsa that I chase you down and take them away!

I'm linking up to the Bibliophile Files@sarahdidit!.


  1. thanks for the book suggestions--my daughter just finished "Girl on A Train" and highly recommended it too...hugs, Julierose

  2. I just watched Remains of the Day (I think based on your BF report last month). I find this genre quite interesting but it's always disappointing when people in service miss out on love or speaking their own minds. I'm just too much of a 21st century girl...

    Dear Elsa - Please stay away from your Momma's basting pins. Nothing good can come from it, other than a good game of chase, and we don't want you to have to go to the V.E.T. in the P.T.U!! Love, Midgie, Squeaky and Zorro

  3. Lots of people reading "Girl on the Train" I think I may read that one for one of my reading challenges. Thanks.

  4. Your books provide some great ideas for me too. I got onto Amazon right away to see what the William Kent Krueger books were about. I do like this type of mystery so I'm probably going to end up reading his first book for sure.

    Elsa cracks me up, but hopefully she won't hurt herself with the pins. Sammy steals fabric pieces occasionally, but not as often as he did when he was younger and more energetic.

  5. When my daughter had kittens one of them liked to watch the needle on the machine as I sewed. I was afraid I would sew through his paw if he decided to catch it. Another liked to pull the straight pins out of the pin cushion with his teeth. I had to keep it in the drawer.
    I am glad you are quilting again and blogging about it!

  6. eeek Cole ate three flower head pins when he was about 4 months old. The vet said to wait and see if they came out!!! I couldn't believe it. Luckily they came out in some toy fluff he also ate. He does not come in the studio often any more. He must feel it's dangerous. LeeAnna


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