Thursday, March 1, 2012

Why my Sewing Gets Behind

I love to read!  No, I mean, I really love to read!

I read during lunch time at work.  I read when waiting for long traffic lights.  I have been known to read in avoidance of housework and my bedtime.

I have a huge spreadsheet that shows books and their authors.  That is to say, books I have read and want to read.  I use it to keep track of my library books - when I've requested them and when they are due.  I can sort them by author, title, year, or series name and number; but I usually keep it sorted by due date and whether I currently have them in my possession.

Here's a screen shot of my book list:

If I think I've read everything an author has written, I check it at this really cool web site:
Fantastic Fiction  (OMG, another Mitch Rapp book!)

Something interesting about what I like to read:  My two favorite genres are black ops and bonnet novels.  An understatement would be: "These genres are opposite of each other."  Let's see:  undercover dirty work vs. a peaceful existence.  Yup.  Crazy Mary ...

Bonnet novels are mostly books about Amish girls and women (and sometimes Mennonites).  My favorite authors of this sort are:
Mary Borntrager
W Dale Cramer
Suzanne Woods Fisher
Paul L Gaus
Beverly Lewis

I also happen to like certain other  Christian writers, and they are:
Lynn Austin (historical fiction through many ages)
Terri Blackstock (modern)
Janette Oke (American historical fiction)

Authors I like who write about pioneer or western women are:
Mona Hodgson
Vickie McDonough
Kathleen Morgan
Catherine Palmer

Black ops are secret military-type missions, which may include killing and/or rescue missions.  My favorite authors of this type are:
Vince Flynn
Cindy Gerard

Some of my other favorite authors are:
David Baldacci
C J Box
Gerald A Browne
Carol Clark
Mary Higgins Clark
Robin Cook
Sandra Dallas
Nelson DeMille
Jude Deveraux
Dorothy Gilman
Kristin Hannah
Victoria Holt
Faye Kellerman
Jonathan Kellerman
Jayne Ann Krentz
Johanna Lindsey
John D MacDonald
Michael Palmer
James Patterson
Jodi Picoult
Nora Roberts
Sidney Sheldon
Patrick D Smith
Lowell Teal
Kate Wilhelm

So, what am I currently reading?  "Birthright," by Janette Oke, book 3 of the Song of Acadia series..

What types of books do you like to read?  Do you ever let a hobby (like reading) overrun your life at times?


  1. I used to be a prolific reader, but not sew much these days - on the go are several library books but they are all knit/baking related and thus don't count in the same way as reading a novel?
    I was brought up to read.
    My childhood was filled with books, we had a book shelf in our own bedrooms and our dining room had extensive "library" of books.
    When my late-Mother was alive, we would "share" books as our tastes were similar (to keep costs down) but she liked to keep books and often duplicated them.
    When she died, the hardest part was selecting some books and parting with others - lots of charity shops here don't take books (in large numbers) but my stepfather was fortunate to find a charity glad to have them and donated the majority for good use).
    Your idea/spreadsheet sounds very organised!
    Sue x

  2. I also love to read and try to read at least 15 min right before going to bed, which often turns into 30 mins. lol.
    Have you read the hunger games series? Once I started, I couldn't put it down. When I finished the first one, I had to continue until I read all three books in the series!
    Also have you heard of a site called goodreads? You can keep track of your reading there also. If you decide to use that site, let me know and I can put you down as a friend.
    Happy Reading!


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