Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Catching My Breath


One thing I love to do post-holiday is curl up with new books. Here's what I'm reading right now:

Tales of Beedle the Bard - I can't resist another J.K. Rowling!

Martha Stewart's Cooking School - Arranged by cooking technique and full of insight into equipment, ingredients, and every other aspect of the kitchen.

The Gentle Art of Domesticity
by Jane Brocket - A look at domestic crafts such as knitting, quilting, baking, and sewing as artistic endeavors. A premise that everyday things can and should be aesthetically pleasing, and that there is value in the homemade.

The Camera by Ansel Adams. This is actually a book I gave Alexi years ago. He suggested I read it recently after yet another conversation with him about "how do I"... The book has detailed advice on camera components such as lenses, shutters, and light meters. (I have had an interest in photography as far back as elementary school, when I learned to develop film and print pictures. Alexi has also long been interested in photography and is greatly interested in its technical aspects. I am not interested in the technical, except as a means to an end. )

What are you reading right now?

taken by my father-in-law Ed


19 comments:

KPiep said...

I am also reading Jane Brocket's excellent ode to domesticity! My husband went to his Dad's last night to watch a game, and I curled up in bed with my new book and a heated rice bag and had a very happy three hours!

I'm also rereading A.S. Byatt's "Possession" - which is an all-time favorite, so beautifully written that it almost hurts - and Martin Miller's bitingly funny "Lonely Werewolf Girl."

Ina J Offret said...

That last picture is so cozy! I too loved Possession... wonderful book and read it a few years ago in Aruba....

Just started Who the Hell is Pansy O'Hara by Jenny Bond & Chris Sheedy..it is our January Library Book Group selection. "The fascinating stories behind 50 of the World's Best-Loved Books.

Vanessa said...

For Christmas I got The Silver Spoon Cookbook, which I can't wait to try out in the kitchen. I am also going to start reading The Secret Life of Bees. Better late than never, right?

Coffee with Cathy said...

Lecia -- Great reading list! I just finished "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" and I'm still trying to figure out if I enjoyed it or not. I like to see authors explore new ground and take chances, but on the other hand I like to know what the author is trying to say -- and I'm not sure I got it in "Edgar Sawtelle."

Frau said...

I just stocked up on many books...I think I will start Water for Elephants. Was reading Book Thief and could not finish it, but my husband loved it!

preppyplayer said...

Lecia,
I too, have a stack of books ready for reading. And, I read cookbooks like novels as well. My son gave me an amazing New Orleans cookbook this Christmas. It has all our favorites. The kids are already begging for Beignets. Because I prefer nonfiction, tops on my list are, Outliers and Growing Your Business with Google.
Not too exciting, but interesting for sure.


So weird, my comment is under my sister's!

Joyce said...

Oh good I thought I was alone reading cookbooks and magazines like a good novel.

I received the Martha Stewart's Cooking School too.

The Camera book looks interesting. I'll have to check it out the next time I'm at the bookstore.

Thanks for sharing Lecia! Have a golden day!

Mel said...

i love that photo of you two - so sweet!

{this is glamorous} said...

Such a sweet photo! Very interested in the Ansel Adams book -- would you recommend it?

Gina Italia said...

I asked for the Tales of Beedle the Bard for Christmas! Haven't gotten to it quite yet, but who can resist! Have you seen the handmade ones Rowling made and auctioned off?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?ie=UTF8&docId=1000179911

...Just scroll down to the bottom to see the photos!

x

Jodi Renshaw said...

Thanks for asking!

I am reading:

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer.

The Original Peter Pan.

Expressions: Taking Extraordinary Photos for Your Scrapbooks and Memory Art by Smylie & Jones.

and my son is enjoying Dr Seuss's Cat in the Hat.

Happy Reading.

Love,
Jodi

Sarah said...

I got Martha's Cooking School for christmas, and it looks really great! I can't wait to properly delve into it. How to Eat Supper is on my nightstand at the moment though...

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

I am reading a book about reading and also T.H. White's "The Goshawk" about training a goshawk. I believe a lot of what he learned found its way into his great book on King Arthur: "The Once and Future King."

Loved A.S. Byatt's "Possession." The film version is also very good, though it leaves out much from the book — not surprising considering what a big, dense read it is.

Your holiday posts have been lovely and enjoyable. And the picture of the boys in their jammies!!

Cote de Texas said...

what an adorable picture = you should frame this, what a moment in time!!

btw - don't worry, my father noticed the terrible food and complained bitterly about it that night to my mom. don't ask!!!! know why I hate to entertain?

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Thanks so much everyone for visiting and thanks to those of you who let me know what you're reading! I forgot to say in the post, my father in law took the last picture - I'll make an addendum to give him proper credit.

I read Possession years ago and loved it - haven't seen the movie.

Yes - I recommend the Ansel Adams book! Also dpreview.com for photography related info, as my husband mentioned in an earlier post.

xo Lecia

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Joni, I am very, very sorry to hear about your father's behaviour! Hugs!

Debbie said...

Reading...hmmmm! what would i like to be reading is the question!!! i really hesitate to get started on the Twilights in fear i may like them... i am a non-fiction reader. i would love to read more often, but i am soooo busy with work, kids, that my leisure time has been spent reading all of my friends blogs. so i would say blogs at the moment...and i love it!!!

pve design said...

Wonderful photo and sharing books has been high on our list during this week off - My daughter and I are enjoying reading a series of books, "Beacon Street Girls" which are so much fun!
I always say yes to reading and to books.
Love your pile!

SierraMoon said...

very nice portrait !
Ansel Adams is one of my favorite nature photographers because I'm a Yosemite lover ! ;)