2018 My year in Books

I love reading, especially on my Kindle which allows me to have a library of over 200 books in the palm of my hand. This year, I surpassed the goal I had set to read 2 books per month. I also read 2 books with the kids. These are fantastic chapter books that all my kids thoroughly enjoyed and were engrossed in the stories:

These are my books, mostly read on a Kindle and a few as audiobooks.

The book that has had a huge impact on my physical and mental health is Gut by Giulia Enders. I highly recommend this book – it is a long read but worth it IMO.

Half the books were from joining the Reese Witherspoon Book Club – I decided that I needed to get out of my comfort zone. A book club seemed like a good idea as I got to read books that otherwise would have never piqued my interest. I will try to keep up with it in 2019 too.

For the first time this year, I ventured into audiobooks and I must say I am a convert! It all started with our trip to France/Switzerland/Italy this summer. We got Phillip Pullman’s His Dark  Materials Trilogy for the trip. 2000 miles later we had were only 1 chapter shy of the end of the series. The kids (being a captive audience) really got into it and when we got home they were keen to also watch the movie based on the book. Spoiler alert – the movie is really bad :-(. Even the kids were disappointed but it was quaint to hear them discuss the differences between the book and the movie.

My oldest son is on the spectrum and dyslexic, he is not at ease around books as I am despite much cajoling from me. But it turned out the audiobooks were the thing for him. When it came time for him to read 1984 for school he asked me to find him an audiobook. We installed an app on his phone and he finds it much easier to listen to books.

I am looking forward to 2019 and what reading delights I will venture into. Have you read any of the books here? Any recommendations for my 2019 reading list? Please share, I’d love your input.

Thanks for stopping by,

Peace and love,

Hila

 

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MCBN December: Grainline Studio Archer Button Up Shirt

It amazes me that I have had Grainline Studio’s Archer shirt pattern printed, taped and cut for over 2 years! I faltered at the step of pairing it with a fabric. Still better late than never. I finally used it for my December MCBN make. When I opened the package with the fabric, it immediately clicked for me that the twill weave cotton would be an Archer. I am mildly irritated with myself for taking so long to make this pattern but that’s something I want to tackle in 2019.

In the meantime…..

Here is the link that will take you to the post on the Minerva Craft Blogger Network. Enjoy!

Grainline Studio Archer Shirt (It was a cold day!)

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Peace and love,

Hila

 

The Sew Essential #sewgift Christmas charity raffle

I just wanted to let you know about a Christmas charity raffle Lucy Regan has organised with a grand prize of £125 of sewing goodies for the winner. You can see full details on the SewEssential blog here  or on their Just Giving page, where you can buy tickets.

Tickets are just £2 and all monies go directly to the Kids Out charity – a charity, which supports children who have escaped domestic abuse in the form of sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

Often these children arrive at a refuge with only the clothes they stand up in and have never experienced the things many children take for granted – a brand new toy, a day at the beach or a theme park.

Each year Kids Out makes these dreams come true for hundreds of thousands of children and Sew Essential are supporting the cause with their Christmas charity raffle.

The raffle closes on the 20th December so please share as much as possible now to increase the fundraising potential.

I hope you can help with this wonderful cause.

Peace and love,

Hila