Giveaway Day!

giveaway day! Hello! Welcome to Girl For All Seasons. Thanks for stopping by this week. I know you are busy, but I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself in the hopes that you might stop back during a less busy time of the year. I’m a high school English teacher who like to make things in her spare time. I’ve put together a mosaic of things I’ve made in the last few months to give you an idea of what I get up to–a little patchwork, a little paper piecing, a little super hero costume making, a little knitting, some zipper pouches, and lots and lots of hand stitching. I’m also learning to letter press and am looking forward to sharing my excitement about that process here. I know you are busy today, but if you like what you see, maybe you’ll come back for a visit another time. I’ll be happy to have you.

 some things i've madeAnd now the giveaway:

giveaway day fabricI’m giving away this stack of fabric–it’s a hodge-podge of FQs that I’m ready to share. The top four are Robert Kauffman sewing related fabrics and the bottom five are a grab bag of fun prints. All told, it’s more than 2 yards of fabric looking for the right home. I’m also giving away the Ruby Star Rising coin purse you see pictured at the top of the post.  I’ve been making these as stocking stuffers this year and saved back this one for today.

To enter: I’m a huge reader and fan of the printed word, so to enter please leave me a comment with a book recommendation or a book-related quotation that you like. I’ll choose one winner using at the end of the week. My favorite reading related quotation is from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice:

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

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577 Responses to Giveaway Day!

  1. Manda says:

    I love Pride and Prejudice! I’ve just finished reading a discovery of witches by Deborah Harkness – I would definitely recommend that!

  2. Katy (Lethargiclass) says:

    I absolutely loved The Book of Negroes… the story was amazing and I learnt so much… some I didn’t want to learn LOL

  3. I love the book called “Roots” its a really good book, long but good!

  4. ♥Duff says:

    Well, if you’re a high school English teacher, then you have to read Jane by April Linder. It’s Jane Eyre, updated for today’s teens. It has class issues (she’s the nanny , he’s a famous rock star), etcetera. It’s a little over-the-top, but that truly encapsulates today’s teens, doesn’t it? I am recommending it because it’s an excellent primer for Jane Eyre–you can discuss myriad issues through a modern-day context and then explore them in Jane Eyre.
    I would also highly recommend Persepolis by Majane Satrapi. It’s a graphic novel but don’t let that fool you–this memoir is about a girl growing up in Iran during the tumultuous ’80s is sad, funny, frightening, and hopeful. Use plenty of intertextuality to teach this one!
    Rock on with your bad self, teach! And thanks for offering the goodies–I’d love to see that coin pouch in my purse!

  5. Sue Brown says:

    I love the Elm Creek Quilters series, very interesting and great reading.

  6. ljinmaryland says:

    There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  7. Becky M says:

    I’m currently reading “bossypants” by Tina Fey. It’s been good for quite a few laughs!

  8. I am currently reading “The Scottish Prisoner” by Diana Gabaldon which is part of her historical series beginning with “Outlander” – I have loved reading all of the books in the series.

  9. Mary says:

    I am just about finished reading the Drakon series by Shana Abe. The books are amazing and I just can’t put them down!


  10. Laura says:

    If you haven’t read it, the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins is fantastic. Thanks for the chance!!

  11. bess says:

    fun giveaway! i’ve recently read ‘inside the creative studio: inspiration and ideas for your art and craft space’ (not fiction, i know, but inspiring nonetheless). fiber artist renay leone has this quote in her studio: ‘use the talents you possess, for the woods would be silent if no birds sang except the best’ – henry van dyke. love it!!

  12. I have so many favorites {and way too many books in my house!} I am currently reading “A Walk on the Beach: Tales of Wisdom From an Unconventional Woman” by Joan Anderson

  13. Alison says:

    I recently read “Little Britches” by Ralph Moody to my kids and husband when we were doing a long road trip. We all loved it.
    aliben7 (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Bree says:

    My all-time favorite book is The Princess Bride, I can’t recommend it enough!

  15. Leanne says:

    Lately I have been reading mostly non-fiction. A Short History of Everything by Bill Bryson is a favourite. Your pouch is beautiful, it is a lovely give away, thank you.

  16. What a stack of great fabric and I’ve been coveting your coin purses, for sure!!! I haven’t been reading much lately, but my fav book from the last couple of years is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I just wanted to go to that island and meet all of the characters so badly.

  17. Ellen says:

    I just finished reading “Jayber Crow” by Wendell Berry. It’s lovely and thought-provoking. I cannot recommend it enough. Thanks for the chance to win! I’ve been wanting to learn to make the change purses. They are too cute!

  18. I am currently reading Bill Bryson’s History of Home. Fascinating minor history of all things related to our homes and how we live in them. Thanks for the giveaway, love your work!

  19. jennifer says:

    pillars of the earth, best book i’ve ever read

  20. I love “Promise Me’ by the founder of Susan G Komen foundation.

  21. Laura says:

    The Book Thief is a great read.But my friend’s dog ate it – literally – so I can’t quote from it until I get a new copy 😦

  22. Anne says:

    Everyone loves the movie, but few have read the book. I highly recommend, “The Princess Bride”.

  23. Robin says:

    I love the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

  24. Ana says:

    I love science fiction. And lord of the rings is one of my favourites!

  25. Bailey says:

    I’m reading the Elm Creek quilt series. It’s fun and light.

  26. Great giveaway! One of my all time favourite reads was the Time Travellers Wife. I also like to indulge in what I call mindless reading and for that nothing beats the Sookie Stackhouse series, trashy but fun!

  27. Laura W. says:

    I do love re-reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books around Christmastime. If you haven’t read The Hunger Games or The Shadow of the Wind, those ones are very good too!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  28. Pam says:

    I love anything by Tim Winton. Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway…

  29. Love your giveaway!! I’m not much of a reader but I’ve heard “the help” is amazing!

  30. Stacy says:

    I’m a big fan of Kurt Voonegut. Thanks 🙂

  31. Not sure if you’re interested at all in cyberpunk, but one of my favorite books is Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. I would also recommend Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I’m currently reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell….jury is still out. 🙂

  32. Kat says:

    I love all the little purses you have been making! Just starting to have a go at those myself 🙂
    My all time favourite classic book series is “the little house on the Prairie” series. Doesn’t matter how old I get I still love it 🙂

  33. Joey says:

    I love Sidney Sheldon’s If Tomorrow Comes.

  34. Vicky says:

    I wish I was a reader but haven’t read anything in a while. I just recently saw Mao’s Last Dancer and was told that the book is better.

  35. Tara says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I really enjoy the books of John Steinbeck, especially Tortilla Flat.

  36. wendy says:

    I would 100% recommend The 19th Wife, it’s excellent!

  37. Kristy says:

    Love that quote and P&P!!! Hmmmm….right now my girls and I are reading part of the American Girls series together and it’s a lot of fun! I also enjoy my daily dose of Streams in the Dessert.

    Thanks for a great giveaway! 🙂

  38. I kind of love children’s books– it happened even before I was a mom 🙂 Anyhow, some of our favorites are the Roger Hargreaves books (they’re quite silly), Pinkalicious, and Goodnight Moon.

  39. Deanne says:

    I recently finished reading John Green’s Looking for Alaska. It was suggested by my 17 year old daughter, she has much better taste in books than movies.

  40. Ellen says:

    I love dysyopian fiction so a recent fave has been oryx and crake!

  41. laurel says:

    i loved the help, the hunger games trilogy, anything by kristin hannah, etc. my favorite P&P quote is: “for what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn.”

  42. karen says:

    Just ONE book recommendation? UGH! There are Sooooooo many great books out right now. Have you read “the help” by Kathryn Stockett?

    Wishing you a fabulous holiday season and thank you for the chance to win!
    krencamp (at) gmail (dot) com

  43. Esther says:

    I totally ADORED The Little Book by Selden Edwards recently, I really reccomended, it reads like a grown-up version of a fairytale.

  44. adriane says:

    I just read an amazing book called “The Endurance,” it’s about Shackleton’s fateful trip to the Antarctic!
    Thanks for the chance!

  45. Robyn says:

    I know this book series is very popular now, but I loved The Hunger Games. Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. Melissa says:

    I just finished “Started Early, Took my Dog” by Kate Atkinson. It was great!

  47. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    One book series I love but most people don’t know about is the “What Katy Did” series by Susan Coolidge. The last couple of books are out of print but available for free on e-readers because they’re so old (I think I found them on project Guttenburg)

  48. Joy says:

    I’m sure you’ve read it already, but my favorite book ever (and also the book I recommend the mostest) is Little Women.

  49. I am obsessed with Jane Austen Novels! I just downloaded 2 that I have never heard of off Amazon for free, so I plan to delve into those over this next week! I have loved P&P since I first read it when I was in 3rd grade and it only gets better every time I read it (I seem to find something new even though I have read it a million times and watched three different versions of the movies). My husband though constantly likes to say “NO more lace Mr. Bennett, I beg you…” whenever I start going on and on about crafting talk!

  50. Kimberly says:

    I’m currently reading “The joy of Quilting” by Helen Kelley. It’s funny and insightful!

  51. OOh I’m a total bibliophile, great Q, erm wow, great book I read recently was ‘The Elegance of The Hedgehog’ by Muriel Barbery, it’s like a modern day classic:) And I love P+P also!
    Reading Game of Thrones series at the mo, epic and so far so good:)
    Favourite EVER series The Dark Tower by Stephen King a MUST read!

  52. Kritta22 says:

    My favorite book is The Princess by Lori Wick. It’s kinda my love story in a nutshell

  53. erica says:

    I can’t think of any quotes but as far as books I enjoy older classic books like Jane Austen and the Anne of Green Gables books.

  54. sarah scott says:

    Love your stack of FQ you are giving away. The change purse is cute too. I love making zipper pouches myself. Your pleated one in the photos (with the surprise bright pleats) is wonderful!
    I recommend this book: “This Is Not The Story You Think It Is….A Season of Unlikely Happiness” by Laura Munson. It was an inspiring book for me!

  55. Gali says:

    this is my favorite quote in the world.
    “”When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
    “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
    “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
    Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
    “It’s the same thing,” he said.”.

  56. Katey says:

    I’m rereading the Harry Potter books and definitely recommend that you reread a childhood book series! I’ve also had great success rereading the Little House books or Anne of Green Gables books.

  57. Emily says:

    Getting caught up in a book and fun fabric are great! I’m always looking for a really good book, too. I enjoyed “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and I recently re-read “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

  58. meghann says:

    Oh, I hate/love reading all these comments! I don’t have the time I used to for reading & it’s been so long since I’ve been able to spend hours really diving into a book. I’ve recently read ‘City of Light’ by Lauren Belfer, and I enjoyed it very much. And when I can’t find anything new to read, I always find myself going back to Margaret Atwood. Love her! xo

  59. elana says:

    i just read ‘to say nothing of the dog’ and loved it!

  60. It’s funny that you should include that quote because I was going to suggest Pride and Prejudice! Since you’re obviously already a Jane Austen fan, I also recommend the Arcane series of books by Amanda Quick. They are some of my favorite books.

  61. Kristy says:

    Thanks for offering this giveaway…the FQ assortment is lovely.

    The last book I read was probably from the Twilight series; but I would have to recommend Tess of the d-Urbervilles. It’s an oldie; but goodie. I’ve probably read it about 12 times.

  62. Trina says:

    I just finished reading The Frozen Water Trade, and it was a very good read, and very interesting, too.

  63. Pamela S. says:

    I’d highly recommend Bailey White’s “Mama Makes Up Her Mind” for some good laughs. It’s an oldie but really priceless!

  64. Harry Potter!!! I drank the kool-aid and love it!!

  65. victoria says:

    I really enjoyed The Help. It was much better than the movie. Thanks for the giveaway.

  66. Lisa says:

    I’ve just finished the last book in The Stain vampire trilogy by the film maker Guillermo del Toro. Very creepy and good.

  67. Taryn says:

    My favorite book is All the Names by Jose Saramago. A lot of people don’t like him because he tends to use as little punctuation as possible, but his writing is so beautiful!

  68. Liz Taylor says:

    I suggest the Song of Ice & Fire books by George R.R. Martin. “Winter is Coming”

  69. Good question (and awesome giveaway!) Here’s one of my favorite book quotes: “Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” – K Vonnegut

  70. Gill says:

    I love The Time Travellers Wife – I think it’s my favourite book of all time (I didn’t enjoy the film version though!)

  71. Sue says:

    Like Liz, I’m loving A Song of Ice and Fire. I’m listening to the latest A Dance of Dragons on audiobook, can’t recommend it highly enough!

  72. Candice says:

    I LOVE A Tale of Two Cities 🙂

  73. Karen A says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. Bookwise, most of the books I would recommend have already been mentioned.

  74. Sarah McGrath says:

    I love Jane Eyre, it’s a great classic!

  75. Heather says:

    Book recommendation, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Thanks for the giveaway.

  76. Barbara says:

    A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

  77. lynn says:

    thanks for the giveaway. anything by mary Karr. also, geek love, don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight, and little big.

  78. Marika says:

    I’m currently reading Three Cups of Tea and I really like it !!

    Thanks for the fabric and the pouch is darling 🙂

  79. Shana Putnam says:

    I think one of my favorite books would have to be Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. I also love all Jane Austen books 🙂

  80. Cindy W. says:

    I am a big listener of books and recommend “The Help” on audio book. It is the best audio book ever done!

  81. Lyanna L. says:

    I love reading almost as much as I love quilting (in fact I think maybe a little bit more) and I am a fan of classics (Count of Monte Cristo, Pride and Prejudice, Scarlet Letter etc) but recently just finished reading the Percy Jackson series — I loved them and they are a very easy quick read.

  82. Limor says:

    My favorite novel is East of Eden. I’ve read it at least 4 times. It’s such a wonderful epic story. I highly recommend it.

  83. Jamie says:

    I don’t read a ton, but the Malcolm Gladwell books, I’ll make time for.

  84. jessicac says:

    I am starting to reread Mutant message down Under. Short and thoughtful. And makes you think about how we live our lives today.

  85. The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood was great- I read it 3 times and it is much better than the movie.
    Thanks for the chance to win. Love your little coin purses!

  86. Abby says:

    I just read Akata Witch, and it was so good I want to read everything the author has written.

  87. semiorganizedchaos says:

    i recently finished “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”.. and i’d definitely recommend! and of course, anything by Margaret Atwood.. especially Oryx and Crake!

  88. semiorganizedchaos says:

    shoot, forgot to put in my email…

  89. Brigette says:

    Here is an author suggestion that isn’t as well known, but worth searching out. Gene Stratton Porter. Her books take place in the early 1900’s (which was the time period she wrote them in) and they are quite lovely. “Freckle”, “Girl of the Limberlost”, and “Keeper of the Bees” are my favorites.

  90. Cecillia says:

    My fav book is “A Fine Balance” so I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it! 🙂

  91. Jessica says:

    Ooh, great idea for a comment since I just finished an amazing book: “The Shack” by Wm. Paul Young. I’ve been a Christian for 20 years, but somehow this fictional book helped me with some of my unanswered questions about God. If you want to read it, I’ll send you my copy!

  92. Susan says:

    I loved A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. And I never read this book as a child but read it to my daughters and loved it as much as they did – The Secret Garden. I don’t think that I could narrow down to one favourite book though. You can never have enough books and should always have at least one good read on the go.

  93. Dell says:

    I am currently re-reading The Chronicle of Narnia series. Such a good read for any age and I love a continuing saga.

  94. Nancy says:

    Have you read any of Shannon Hale’s books? My favorites are The Goose Girl and Princess Academy. Thanks for the fun giveaway (love the little purse!)

  95. Morgan says:

    Lois McMaster Bujold — her 3-book series that starts with Curse of Chalion. Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

  96. lorraine says:

    hmm..i just read the collected stories of leonard michaels and i really liked it 🙂

  97. Deanna says:

    Lately I have been into history novels. I read a few from Karen Harper and enjoyed those. Always interesting to mix history (my major) with English (my minor) 🙂

  98. Anita says:

    Well, you just have to read ‘Tale of Two Cities’ by Dickens. My favorite quote and I’m sure I’ll botch it is…
    It is a far far better thing, I do, than I have ever done…it is a far far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.

    What a sacrifice! Love that book.

    Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

  99. stephanie says:

    I have done any lazy (for fun) reading in a while. So some of my favorite books may not soot you. I love The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. Using this book I have been able to share my love for reading with my daughter and as she puts it “I have read every book in the house and even things that aren’t books.”
    My favorite quote is a scripture verse from the Bible, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” This verse gives me hope for the future of my children and encourages me to keep on keeping on and being a good example in not only the things I say, but do.

  100. You’re a busy bee! If you enjoy Jane Austen I’d recommend any of Georgette Heyer’s regency novels for plane/beach/lazy Sunday afternoon reading. They’re perfect for just gobbling up in one quick sitting when you don’t want to dig into something more challenging.

  101. I recently read Sarah’s Key.

  102. amy says:

    I recommend “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” by Jean-Dominique Bauby. Incredible story, even more incredible given that the author dictated the entire book by moving one eye!

  103. Margaret says:

    I second, or maybe third or fourth, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” and “A Fine Balance.”

  104. Nabiha says:

    I loved the book ‘instruments of night’ by thomas cook…its a suspense thriller…but very well written and the climax left me astounded and very sad as well : )

  105. Cal says:

    I also like to read, and I recently finished the Hypnotist… scary but cool.

  106. Judi says:

    This is kind of long, but your quote reminded me of this one… “As soon as I got into the library I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. I got a whiff of the leather on all the old books, a smell that got real strong if you picked one of them up and stuck your nose real close to it when you turned the pages. Then there was the smell of the cloth that covered the brand-new books, the books that made a splitting sound when you opened them. Then I could sniff the paper, that soft, powdery, drowsy smell that comes off the pages in little puffs when you’re reading something or looking at some pictures, a kind of hypnotizing smell. I think it’s that smell that makes so many folks fall asleep in the library. You’ll see someone turn a page and you can imagine a puff of page powder coming up really slow and easy until it starts piling up on the person’s eyelashes, weighing their eyes down so much that they stay down a little longer after each blink and finally making them so heavy that they just don’t come back up at all.” – from Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

  107. Lori says:

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

    My top books are: The Book Thief, These is My Words, The Help, and The Peacegiver. 🙂

  108. Hueisei says:

    I loves vampire series book like Twilight.
    Thx for the chance to win ^^v

  109. Sheila says:

    Wow! What a generous giveaway!

    I love to read, too, and I have so many favourites, but I recently finished Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden and was enthralled. And as far as I’m concerned you can never go wrong with anything by Steinbeck. 😉

  110. Colleen says:

    My all-time favorite book is “The Blind Assassin” by Margaret Atwood. It’s nothing like the title might suggest. It’s several stories in one, mainly a love story in the form of a fictional memoir. Thanks for the giveaway!

  111. Holly says:

    I loved “The Princes of Ireland”. Great book, and I read it after visiting there and it was fun to link places we’d been to stories in the book.

  112. bethany says:

    fun giveaway. I love the book atonement child by Francine Rivers. It is just a great heart warming loving story. I read it once a year!

  113. Jada says:

    I would recommend Water for Elephants or The Help. However, you’ve probably already read those!

  114. Cradke says:

    A good read – just finished reading “Crossed” by Allie Condy. The Hunger Games were really good. Right now I’m trying to finished Jane Eyre.

  115. Barbara says:

    skimming through the comments above, I agree with many of the choice….I have read Princess Bride a couple of times, so much fun…the movie is great too. Book of Negroes is excellent, as is The Help (just watched the movie twice)
    Another book to read is Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Fascinating read. I read it within two days, I couldn’t put it down until it was done.

  116. Karen Dorey says:

    I love Shakesphere’s The Tempest. 🙂

  117. Heidi Staples says:

    I love reading The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. It made me look at heaven in a whole new way. Your website caught my eye. I’ll definitely be back!

  118. Jacey says:

    I haven’t read it yet, but my sister is in the middle of The Woman in Black, and it sounds really good.

  119. wendy says:

    I read On Gold Mountain by Lisa See .I like her story telling and so vividly written. Thanks for your lovely giveaway. You are so generous. My email is

  120. Bobbi says:

    I have been too busy with grad school to read much. When I have time to enjoy a book, Its always Jane Austen. Pride & Prejudice is always my favorite.

  121. Kirsten says:

    The World of Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse is wonderful!

  122. Tabitha says:

    Right now I’m reading a book called, “The Confessions of Anne Shakespeare”. Purely fiction, but a lot of fun–turns out Anne did a lot of Will’s writing!

  123. darbishar says:

    “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Just hearing this puts me in a better mood 🙂

  124. Vicki says:

    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold is amazing!

  125. Bertine says:

    I like “The Company” books by Kage Baker.

  126. Katrin says:

    I did my master’s degree in English at my German university, so I love Jane Austen. My husband not so much. But he loved Pride & Prejudice and Zombies. Maybe you can get the boys to read with that version. I really liked it too!

  127. I really loved reading The Shack, it’s a unique book but a great read! Your mosaic looks so pretty.

  128. SewTara says:

    Ohhh what a fun requirement! I love reading too, just have replaced it with sewing lately!
    Recent reads I’ve enjoyed are The Book Thief and Room.
    Good luck everyone!

  129. Barb B says:

    I have read “the Blue Castle” by Lucy Maud Montgomery about 100 times. It is such a good story. Each time I see something different that I did not read before.

  130. Mom C says:

    Loved Jane Austen before she became so popular. Have you tried Ally Condie for HSers? Thanks.

  131. Sarah says:

    Beautiful fabrics! I agree with many above, The Princess Bride is a must read. However I just finished Compton Mckenzie’s Whiskey Galore and that was a great, short, fun read and a classic to boot

    Thanks for the giveaway
    Sarah @

  132. crystal says:

    I love reading, but these days as a student, I’m buried in psych books and reading research articles. If I could read for pleasure, I love C. S Lewis and I think I would like to start reading the Chronicles of Narnia to my second grader.

  133. Sherry Jagels says:

    I love the Bennie Harper series of mysteries with a quilt twist by Earlene Fowler. thanks.

  134. Meredith says:

    ooo! Love the fabrics!

    My favorite book series right now is the Emily Ashton Mysteries by Tasha Alexander- the first one is called “And Only to Decieve”. Great mystery/intrigue novels and a lot of witty humor/flirting like Jane Austin!

    I also love the book “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers- ug! So good!

  135. megan says:

    love a good book list!

    How about The Help.

  136. Liz says:

    I have Mindy Kaling’s book (Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me?) next on my list of things to read…I’ve been reading scientific journal articles as of late. Love your bag, its super cute!

  137. Ingeborg says:

    I love to read, so I could make you a bunch of recommendations but I will keep it at one. ANd that one would be the Hunger games triology. I really love that story.

  138. Emer says:

    At the moment I am reading Frenchmans Creek by Daphne Du Maurier. I really enjoyed Rebecca by her too. Great giveaway

  139. Amanda says:

    I am reading 1000 Gifts and it has been life changing for me.

  140. Gidget says:

    I am reading a very interesting book ‘Breaking the Code’ about a woman helping her father deal with memories of his time as a code breaker in WWII. So many repressed memories resurfaced after the 911 attacks. Author from Walla Walla WA Alaniz is her last name. Good read.

  141. Spectacular timing…I just finished a wonderful book by one of my favorite authors…Richard Paul Evans. It was titled Promise Me. It is a Christmas story and a quick read. I finished it in just over 24 hours. Great giveaway and I am your newest follower. I too am offering a giveaway on my blog and will hope you check it out. Thanks!

  142. Shannon C. says:

    What a sweet giveaway! thanks. If you’re looking for a good book, try The Beacon at Alexandria, by Gillian Bradshaw.

  143. Marilize says:

    What talented hands you there. I am absolutely following you from now on 🙂 The superhero costumes are fantastic and obviously tons of fun.

    If you are into ‘animal’ type stories I would highly recommend two books for you – both focussing on the real life of Lawrence Anthony , a South African wildlife conservationist.
    – Babylon’s Ark (
    – The Elephant whisperer (

    Thank you for a great giveaway 🙂

  144. Tanya says:

    Ami McKay- The Birth House is a great book. She’s a local-to-me author. She has a new book out I’m hoping for Christmas!

  145. Kylie C says:

    I’ve been super busy this past year, and knew that going in so I’ve been reading Golden Numbers: a Book of Verse for Youth. It’s in the public domain and is a terrific collection, plus you can always find enough time to read one poem.
    The wind had no more strength than this,
    That leisurely it blew,
    To make one leaf the next to kiss
    That closely by it grew.
    from ”A Fine Day” by Michael Drayton

  146. brandy thrasher says:

    The last book I read that I loved was The Help. It was heartbreaking and heart warming at the same time.

  147. Kelly says:

    “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” ~~ William Morris

  148. Emily says:

    I just finished Midnight Circus, loved it. You can’t go wrong with anything from Isabel Allende or Bill Bryson – totally different from each other both great!

  149. Anne says:

    “The Diamond Age” by Neal Stephenson. “Possession” by A. S. Byatt. “A Very Long Engagement” by Sebastien Japrisot. Non-fiction: “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. Merry Christmas!

  150. Jowyn Jenson says:

    I LOVE The Color Purple. Such great female relationships and facing adversity aND ULTIMATELY WINNING OVER IT.

  151. NiinaMaria says:

    Purge by Sofi Oksanen.

  152. Rachel Locke says:

    I really enjoy reading as well!! In the process of expanding my literary horizens. My favorite series are Harry Potter and Narnia. I also really enjoy historical fiction. Such as Vienna Prelude by Brock and Bodie Theone.

  153. Kristy says:

    I just finished reading Empire Day – not sure if it would translate to non-Australian readers but it is great. Cloudstreet by Tim Winton is another great Australian one.

  154. Veronica says:

    I love Wuthering Heights.

  155. Melanie T says:

    My new fav was Water for Elephants. Thanks for the chance!

  156. kate C. says:

    I recently read “The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks” and really liked it. Thanks for the chance to win!

  157. one of my favorite books is “the time traveler’s wife” is one of the craziest books I read:)))

  158. Amber says:

    One of my favorite books is Martin Eden by Jack London. Wish I had a good quote off the top of my head!

    Ambersewwonky (at) yahoo (dot) com

  159. Hollie says:

    I’m a huge Jane Austen fan but lately I’ve been reading a bunch of non-fiction. I’m in the middle of “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larsen and I’m really enjoying it. It’s a bit heavy but if you like history it’s a great read.

  160. sharmie says:

    i’ll recommend fledgeling by octavia butler! it’s a vampire story, but it’s the BEST i’ve read, so much better than the teen fiction that’s focused on them now. much darker, more intense, and so well written. 🙂

    (runner up story would be johnathan strange and mr norrell, because though long, that book is like reading historical regency fantasy and it’s lovely!)

    thanks for sharing!

  161. Kathy says:

    Great giveaway. I really liked Shanghai Girls. Thanks

  162. Michele says:

    Not sure if you follow the Pioneer Woman’s blog but she has a fun book about how she met her husband!

  163. I love Pride & Prejudice! My absolute favorite book is Gone With the Wind and the best line in that book is “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!” I’m in love with Rhett Butler! Thanks for the chance!

  164. Lorri says:

    I absolutely loved reading “The Help”. So much that my sister, mom and I skyped for a book club discussion after reading it. 🙂

  165. Jennifer says:

    Definitely the Hunger Games!

  166. Carrie P. says:

    The most recent book I read is Heaven is for real by Todd Burpo. Pretty amazing.
    thanks for the giveaway. love fabrics.

  167. Eerika says:

    I’m glad I happened by your blog, your work is lovely! 🙂
    I’m a pretty voracious reader with an eclectic taste in books, and I’m currently plowing through a collection of E.E. Cummings’ poetry that I found at a magical old book shop a week or so ago.

    “If a poet is anybody, he is somebody to whom things made matter very little – somebody who is obsessed by Making.”

    I think this quote by him applies to crafters and artists of all sorts as well. The making is sometimes much more important than what is actually being made.

  168. Kristin Orth says:

    I don’t remember the last novel I read! I just got a Kindle so that will hopefully change! I am reading “How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns” and am enjoying it. Thanks for a chance to win!

  169. Lauri says:

    I love to read murder mystries and trillers. My favorite is the ones by Michael Connelly they keep me on the edge of my chair. Thanks for the giveaway.

  170. Lindsay says:

    I love Pride and Prejudice too. My middle name is actually Elizabeth after Elizabeth Bennett. My favorite quote is the first line in the book “It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” I couldn’t think of a more perfect opening for that book.

  171. Susanne says:

    I love the Eragon trilogy 🙂

  172. I only really get to read childrens books these days. Do you know ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson? That’s a favourite. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  173. Kara says:

    I am reading “heaven is real”

  174. Hannah says:

    I’m rereading Life of Pi right now, and I just love it so much. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  175. Jeannette says:

    I’m reading Stephen King’s new book 11/22/63… If you like time travel books, you’ll like this. 🙂

  176. Alli says:

    If you want a reading-related recommendation, I love Anne Fadiman’s book of essays: Ex Libris. 🙂

  177. Leslie C says:

    I am also a big reader, so it is always a process to answer this kind of question. I think I’ll go with the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon – one of my all time favorites!

  178. Sasha says:

    I love “Wild Swans” and have read it so many times, but it really is amazing.

  179. Shevvy says:

    I still love Lord of the Rings, it takes a while to get used to the writing style but there is so much in it.

  180. Jayme C says:

    I know that they already made a movie out of it, but the best book I’ve read in a long time, is The Secret Life of Bees. I don’t know why. Thanks for the giveaway!

  181. redleicesterchoir says:

    I don’t know if you’re into graphic novels, but I just read Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and it is phenomenal. Thank you for the giveaway!

  182. Bente says:

    Thanks for the chance.
    I would like to recommande the books from Stieg Larsson,
    very exiting! I listen to the book on my I-Pod while I´m sewing ☺
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente – Germany

  183. Christina says:

    I most recently read The Age of Innocence and liked it!

  184. @pril says:

    The only quote I can think of right now is, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you will get.” Is that even a book, I already saw the movie.

  185. Shirley says:

    “Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” A.A. Milne, Winne the Pooh

  186. Jenelle says:

    I am really more of a fantasy and science fiction type of girl, so right now I am re-reading all of the Harry Potter books and just finished American God’s by Neil Gaiman. Thanks for the chance to win!

  187. Rachel M says:

    My favorite books are the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I recently read The Complete Sherlock Holmes and found it completely entertaining and nothing like I thought it would be! Thanks for the giveaway!

  188. tara says:

    I am reading the Poisoner’s Handbook and A Widow For a Year. Good reads.

  189. Katy says:

    Hmm, I love comedy crime fiction like Christopher Brookmyre or Janet Evanovich. Thanks for the chance to win :o)

  190. Melisa M says:

    Death comes to Pemberley by PD James. Awesome book that is set at Pemberley from Pride and Predjudice!

  191. I LOVE Pride and Prejudice. 🙂 I just read the Hunger Games – it was fantastic! My other favorite books are Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

  192. I love Jane Austen so much my hen party before my wedding was Pride and Prejudice themed! My fave author of the moment is an English write called Maggie O’Farrell – love her book The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox.

  193. Susan says:

    I just finished a couple of Sarah Addison Allen books, and loved them.

  194. Kim N says:

    Read something by Christopher Moore for a laugh! I love Lamb and the Stupidest Angel. 🙂

  195. I recently read “The Thirteenth Tale” and this was one quote that really struck me: “There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.” — Diane Setterfield

  196. racergirl1313 says:

    If you haven’t already you must read “Girl in Translation” by Jean Kwok. I received an advanced reader copy and devoured it. It is a wonderful read.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  197. Marion says:

    I love the books of N. sparks. Something to cry somethng to laugh…
    Just wonderful.

  198. Amanda says:

    I love reading anything by Bill Bryson!

  199. Shelly says:

    I recently read The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein and loved it. I’m not usually a non-fiction lover, but it read like a novel and was super interesting to me.

  200. Melinda says:

    I recently gave away The Princess Bride on my blog and I love the movie as well as the book.

  201. aspenhill says:

    I have a thing for Nevil Shute (Norway) – He’s most known for A Town Like Alice, but I think my favorite is Pied Piper or Trustee from the Toolroom.

  202. Tammi B. says:

    What a great giveaway! I’m an avid reader as well, & I really enjoyed, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, by Ransom Riggs, and “A Discovery of Witches”, by Deborah Harkness.

  203. I asked for the same comment on my blog’s giveaway 🙂 We’re book fiends I see. I recently read both Winter Garden and Sarah’s Key – both holocaust stories about children, and I read them both cover to cover without stopping. They were that good.

  204. Sourkraut says:

    I adore books as well so this is a fun prompt. I have to recommend The Magicians by Lev Grossman as a recent favorite. Assuming that’s at all your sort of genre, of course.

  205. Holly W says:

    Three books I’ve read and loved this year: Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, and Divergent by Victoria Roth.

  206. pammalammadingdong says:

    The Fiddler’s Gun by A. S. Peterson
    Trust me, you’ll love it.

  207. Kristie says:

    I’ll second the Hunger Games for some engrossing fast reading. And the movie will be out in a few months! I also recommend A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

  208. Michaela says:

    I’d recommend Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie. Fun and exciting!

  209. Gracie says:

    I recommend you ” one hundred years of solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is one of my fav books. I love books too!!

  210. kristin says:

    The Hunger Games series, especially the first book, is amazing.

  211. Lotti says:

    Oooh I love all of your makes, very pretty, and im holding my soon to be 3 year old a superhero party in January. I love the book ‘The lost art of keeping secrets’ by Eva Rice

  212. Michell says:

    Love Gone With The Wind. So different from the movie and love that to

  213. suzee says:

    I love books as well! there are so many to recommend , if you like mystery and drama, Chris Kuzneski writes a good series , I’m reading book 3 called Sword of God. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Oh and the Hunger Games too!

  214. Kimberly says:

    Love your quote. Thank you for the fab giveaway! I have been really into scandinavian writers recently. I love that they have a lot of books already and are just now being reprinted into english so I can read a bunch all at once by the same author. My favorite one right now is the Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg.

  215. cheri says:

    Oh, man. I read so many books, but at the moment, I am reading free kindle books….and none of them memorable! I will have to browse your readers recommendations for something more worthy. 🙂

  216. Jenny says:

    for whatever reason, i read a lot of young adult books…i listen to books while i sew at night once the house is quiet…im listening to Throne of Fire right now…and its good…another good one was When You Reach Me…Jane Austen is probably my favorite though…thanks for a chance.

  217. Jackie W. says:

    Love your quote!
    I love the Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

  218. Stacey C. says:

    I just finished Cutting for Stone, which was good but long (600 pages)!

  219. Nice to meet a fellow English teacher!! Right now I am in love with The Help…I guess it doesn’t hurt that I live in the town the book is set in, but it really is great!

  220. Christine says:

    I just loooove the Clan of the Cave Bears series. I have read them so many times …starting as a teenager many years ago. I find something new in those books each time I read them 🙂

  221. dakewlone says:

    Wow, I haven’t read any good books/literature recently. Most of what I read now is fluffy relaxing reading.

  222. Maya says:

    I just finished the Night Circus and I thought it was a fun read. I can’t say I liked the ending but the rest of the book was great fun to read.

    I really like the zippered bag with colored pleats in your image collage. It is the one on the bottom right. Is there a pattern for that?

  223. Mary says:

    I recently finished Sarah’s Key and it was fabulous!

  224. Beatriz says:

    Different books that I ‘ve enjoyed at different times of my life:

    Milan Kundera. The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel.
    Paul Auster. The Brooklyn Follies: A Novel.
    Nick Hornby. High Fidelity.

    And a lot more…

  225. Sabrina says:

    I love reading too…Hubby got me a Kindle for Mother’s Day and I have read almost 50 books since. I am into the YA and indie authors most. Fav series is a tie times three. lol Celetra Series by Addison Moore, Bloodstone Saga by Courtney Cole and the Eden Series by Nicole Williams.

    And thanks for the chance to win the gorgeous fabric and coin purse.

  226. Gina C. says:

    I like reading more “light” stuff, like Meg Cabot, far from “literature” but it is easy to follow the storylines when you are constantly interrupted by kids!

  227. Ramona says:

    I highly recommend the Red Tent. It is a wonderful book. What a wonderful pile of fabric!

  228. Dawn P says:

    I like to read several kinds of books, but right now my favorites are Kathy Reichs (Temperance Brennan novels) and Terry Goodkind (Sword of Truth Series, fantasy type series). Thanks!

  229. Light and easy to read, but I love Sophie Kinsella books. She makes me laugh and I absolutely love her characters!

  230. Paula says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I love Jane Austen too but one of the best books I’ve read is not as easy to read as Pride and Prejudice but it’s oh so worth reading – The Book Thief or the Girl Who Stole Books – I’m not sure about the title in English as I’ve seen both titles mentioned in several sites referring to the same book and I read a Portuguese translation. Anyway the author is Markus Zusak.
    Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  231. I just finished reading ‘Before I Die’ by Jennie Downham, and it’s the first book that actually made me cry.

    I am entering this give away too, so why not pop round and say hello on my blog

  232. I just got “God is not a Christian” by Desmond Tutu. It has a very provocative title, but it’s based on Tutu’s belief that all religions have merit and we have more in common than we think!

  233. mac says:

    I really enjoy reading novels by Amanda Quick, aka Jayne Ann Krentz. They are fun and great escapism with strong, quirky females leads.
    My favourite quote is “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” (Oscar Wilde) and there is always this “If you can read this, thank a teacher.”
    Thanks for the give away.

  234. jojoebi says:

    I really enjoyed daved attenbouroughs autobiography, he has led such a full an interesting life

  235. Christie S. says:

    I’ve heard THE HELP is a very good book. My sister is reading it now. It’s on my list.

  236. Christina says:

    I never travel without my diary. One must always have something sensational to read on the train. – Oscar Wilde.

  237. tiffany says:

    the last book i read was ‘the heretic’s daughter’ by kathleen kent… i loved every word. thanks for the chance to win! (and lovely blog too… your project photos are super)

  238. Tracey says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! One of my favorite books is Crow Lake by Mary Lawson – its a Cdn. Novel and such a great first book by her. Definitely a good read!

  239. Jessica says:

    If you like Pride and Prejudice you might like His Good Opinion by Nancy Kelley (available on Amazon). It’s P&P from Darcy’s point of view and it is really fabulous! And if I can be horribly self-promotey, if you like YA at all I have a book coming out in February, I just revealed the cover for it today at 😉

    Thanks for the chance!

  240. elizabethdx says:

    That’s it — I’m following your blog. I WISH i were an English teacher (went into book publishing instead), i LOVE your coin purses and other projects, and if I had to be marooned with one author’s works they would be Jane Austen’s.
    Best book I have read recently is Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending, and here is one line from it: “When we are young and sensitive, we are also at our most hurtful; whereas when the blood begins to slow, when we feel less sharply, when we are more armoured and have learnt how to bear hurt, we tread more carefully.”

    And here’s one more recommendation: The Go-Between, by L. P. Hartley, which begins, “The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.”

    Thanks for your amazing giveaway and for all the pleasure I am going to get from reading the responses to your post. Happy holidays to you.

  241. JustPam says:

    I listen to books on tape while I quilt and sew. I have enjoyed David Baldacci quite a bit.

  242. Dawn says:

    I’m currently rereading the Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin… really good books! I’d also recommend The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. On my list to read soon is The Bronze Horseman, I’ve been told that’s a good read, too.

  243. Cricket says:

    I know it is supposed to be for young adults, but my favorite series is His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. Plenty for an adult to mull over in those books.

  244. KC says:

    I like Malcolm Gladwell’s books!

  245. Mika says:

    I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series! froggygirldesigns at gmail dot com

  246. Becky says:

    I also love that quote. Have you read Poisonwood Bible?

  247. Anything by Daphne DuMaurier. I love Hitchcock, and was happy to discover her other stories.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  248. Holly says:

    Reading “The Concussion Crisis” right now. If you know anyone who plays sports then this is a must read!

  249. KimT says:

    I am currently reading Prodigal Summer which is pretty good so far. I happened to see someone comment before me on The Red Tent, which I’ll second as a great read. Thanks for the chance to win!

  250. Kacey P. says:

    I know it’s not exactly fancy reading, but I have just recently read the James Patterson Women’s Murder Club books. I like the mix of crime and fun female friendships. Thanks for the chance to win!

  251. Lindsay Titsworth says:

    Just finished reading The Hunger Games! Loved it.

  252. Dorian says:

    One of my favorite authors is Terri Blackstock. She writes Christian books, mystery, romance and Christian texts. Thank you for a great giveaway, Merry Christmas.

  253. Fran says:

    My favourite novel is Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, he’s an Australian author. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  254. Annie K says:

    Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire…highly entertaining read. 🙂

  255. Jodi Robertson says:

    I have just finished reading an amazing book you have to get your hands on – “The Price of Life” by Nigel Brennan, Nicole Bonney & Kelly Brennan. It is a true story which isn’t normally my thing but I have to admit I loved it. It is beautifully written, gripping, heart breaking and uplifting all at the same time. Plus my family knows Kelly. I am a new follower of your blog as of today – I also love to hand stitch. Look forward to popping back and getting to know you.

  256. Melanie says:

    I also love P&P, I read it perhaps twice a year if not more.

    Somehow I don`t see Caroline Bingley doing much reading!

  257. anne s. says:

    My favorite book is The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell. I recommend it to anyone who will listen! I love the fabric and little purse. Thanks for the chance to win!

  258. Christie says:

    I’ll go with one of the last books I read, “The House of the Spirits” by Isabel Allende.
    That fabric looks fabulous, thanks for the chance to win it!

  259. svetlana says:

    Love your giveaway. I have no recommendation for a book, sorry. Lately I’ve only been reading quilting and sewing books plus If you give a dog a doughnut and Candymakers. Can you tell I have small children. Oh, yes, and Dr. Seuss.

  260. Elizabeth W says:

    Wow – I’ll definitely be following your blog. Your style is very appealing.

    I’ll give you a classic…Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. One of my favorites. 🙂

    Thanks for the chance – your items are beautiful.

    lwghosts at yahoo dot com

  261. Kristen Powell says:

    I just finished the book called Toast: the story of a boy’s hunger and just loved it!

  262. Lara says:

    I loved ‘The Other Side of the Bridge’ by Mary Lawson.

  263. Pat V. says:

    “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is fantastic. You are really drawn into the mysterious world he creates for his characters.

  264. Mary says:

    If you like fantasy fiction at all, I suggest the Drakon series by Shana Abe. 🙂


  265. cathy says:

    hmmm what about

    Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden

    a good book!

  266. Kimberly N says:

    You’ve gotta read George R R Martin’s Game of Thrones… yes it’s fantasy but you should read it even if you don’t like that sort of thing. Everyone I’ve recommended it to has loved it.

  267. JD says:

    Homer and Langley was a great quick read I went through this summer!

  268. Leah B. says:

    I love pride and prejudice. My all time favorite is the Anne of Green Gables series. I read The Help not to long ago and it is good. Thanks the coin purse is so cute.

  269. Tia says:

    I was very moved by I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb.
    Thanks for the opportunity!!

  270. Tawny says:

    Oh my gosh – I have a Canadian Literature degree, but have been out of school so long that I can’t recall my favourite quotation. I just finished “A Christmas Carol” by Charles dickens though (I’m surprised that it’s taken me this long to finally crack it open and actually read it). So: “I am as merry as a school-boy. A merry Christmas to everybody!” 🙂

  271. Your mosaic is beautiful!
    I would recommend reading ‘The Corrections’ and ‘Freedom’ by Jonathan Franzen and anything by Wally Lamb 🙂

  272. Abby says:

    I JUST finished reading Pride and Prejudice and it was SO GOOD. I loved it.
    My favorite book is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I highly suggest it. 🙂
    Beautiful fabric! I love FQs ❤

  273. mblittle5 says:

    Have you read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series? They are fantastic books and if you like historical fiction I think you’ll like these books.

  274. Ali Coe says:

    Im a nerd and like vampire and werewolf books…so if you are into those you MUST read the Sookie Stackhouse series. They are the books the True Blood (HBO) series is based on. The books are really good and addictive. Or if you prefer something more historical, but still a bit sci-fi check out the series of books by George R.R. Martin that the Game of Thrones (HBO) was based on. No I don’t work for HBO…just happen to like their series.
    alibear167 at gmail dot com

  275. CitricSugar says:

    I just finished my internship and will soon BE a high-school English teacher. I have been recommending James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy to my students for fun and they’ve devoured them. Personally, I fell in love with The Unbearable Lightness of Being a few years ago.

  276. alli b says:

    I couldn’t limit it to 1 book, so here goes:
    All-time fav: To Kill a Mockingbird, Nelle Harper Lee
    Quirky Read: The Pleasure of my Company, Steve Martin
    Canadian Read (and recent Giller Prize Winner): Half-Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan
    Also, I see lots of mentions of Pride & prejudice, but I would say Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is a must read.
    thanks for the giveaway.

  277. Ashley says:

    My favorite qoute from Pride and Prejudice is when Mr. Bennet addresses Lizzy about Mr. Collins proposal.
    ~“An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. — Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.”~

    I love how Mr. Bennett came to the rescue of poor Lizzy. My husband knows the way to my heart is through books so a couple years ago he purchased the collected works of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens…these are my go to books on a gloomy day when I have a moment alone. My all time favorite book would have to be The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott.

    Thank you for a chance to win an awesome set of fabric!! Subscribed to you blog too….I love your little caped superhero’s in th collage!

  278. Rachel Bain says:

    Born on a Blue Day. It’s a memoir by a savant with synesthesia. It’s absolutely fantastic.
    I’d also recommend anything by Ray Bradbury.
    Happy reading!

  279. Tong says:

    I just finished reading Pride and Prejudice again for the 100th time, it’s one of my favourite books of all times! Another book that I’ve really enjoyed is The Glass Castle. I don’t usually like autobiographies but this book was absolutely amazing, so humbling and so touching, I highly recommend it! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  280. Amy says:

    “The Princess Bride” is my book for all occasions – it’s perfect to read at any time.

    I just started reading “Under the Tuscan Sun” because summer in Italy is more fun than winter in Minnesota.

  281. Jess says:

    Great giveaway! I also enjoyed browsing other people’s book recommendations. Most recent book I loved was “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. One of my all time favorites is “Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver. Thanks for the chance!

  282. Andi says:

    I love books too! I asked a very similar question for my giveaway today! 🙂 Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen has been one of my favourite fiction reads in the last little while. It’s a great book, and a quick read, too.

  283. Catherine says:

    I love, love, love The Artist’s Way and try to read it once a year. Thanks for the chance!

  284. I love Eat. Pray. Love. !! Thanks for the chance!

  285. Alice says:

    I’d really recommend Ransom, by David Malouf. It’s a retelling of the last books of the Iliad, where Priam, the king of Troy, goes to ask Achilles for the body of his son, Hector, and it’s wonderfully written. Perhaps a bit too obscure, but if you are interested in that time period, you should check it out.

    Thanks so much for having this giveaway!

  286. sangeetha says:

    love ayn rand

  287. Heather says:

    The Red Tent was one of the best books I’ve read in years. I highly recommend it!

  288. TanyaJS says:

    I have a major weakness for fat quarters.
    I just finished reading a children’s book by Annie Barrows that my daughter and I both tremendously enjoyed – The Magic Half.

  289. Amy says:

    I have been reading the Eragon series – I love them and amazed that they were written by such a young author.

  290. Sarita says:

    A great read is “I Capture the Castle”! Thanks for the giveaway!

  291. Amy says:

    I loved The Fountainhead! Amy @

  292. Erica says:

    I love ” The Tipping Point ” it changed the way I think about the world 🙂

  293. Laura Hughes says:

    Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss is one of my favorites. There are so many good ideas and conversation throughout the book it makes it a real winner for me!

  294. Elisha says:

    I really loved His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik.

  295. Sherrie says:

    I like your sewing style! Peace Like a River is wonderful as is One Thousand White Women. My son’s class is reading The Giver too which I love. Thanks!

  296. Jamie says:

    I love your blog! I feel so lucky to have gotten one of your pay-it-forward gifts, an adorable notebook that I had to hide from my children. I have forgotten my obligation, once the new year rolls around, I will be doing just that! I love Phillip Pullman and his Sally North trilogy can’t be beat. A smart, curious leading lady and set in industrial-era England? What more could there be to love! Your prizes are amazing, I hope I win!

  297. jmniffer says:

    I just downloaded Pride and Prejudice for my Kindle. Thanks to the font feature my tired eyes will finally be able to do justice to this book. Unfortunately I don’t have any book suggestions for you tonight. Reading time has been hard to come by this year. Hopefully that will chage as I do enjoy a good book. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway. I love the little purse, making one is on my ‘someday’ list.

  298. julia says:

    love anything by barbara kingsolver, but in particular Prodigal Summer. Amazing.

  299. karli says:

    i love the “anne of green gables” series!

  300. I’m a fan of anything by Neil Gaiman..

  301. ElfRenee says:

    I recommend The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

  302. Sharleen says:

    Oh I love Pride and Prejudice! another favorite is the Little House series, they are great books.

  303. Georgia says:

    I don’t have any sweet quotes. As far as recommendations, I’m just reading the Harry Potter books and loving them. And no, I’m not in junior high. I promise. I just like easy reads. 😉

  304. Amy D. says:

    I’m reading “A Visit from the Goon Squad” based on a recommendation and so far it’s pretty great.

  305. michelle caldera says:

    I have just started twilight it is good i know i am probably the last person on earth who hasn’t read it lol I am also going to follow your blog you have some beautiful things you have made!

  306. ikkinlala says:

    I loved Corvus by Esther Woolfson.

  307. Shannon says:

    You love Jane Austen…have you read Georgette Heyer? Next best thing, in my world. Looking forwad to looking around your site…

  308. Sallie says:

    I have two favorite quotes.
    1. “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit.” C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory.
    2. “The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” ~ Mark Twain.
    Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!

  309. karen says:

    anne of green gables is one of my favs as is the secret garden – you have a nice blog!

  310. Paskiaq says:

    A Fine Balance is my fav!

  311. Christy Dixon says:

    I’m just about finished reading 33 Charles Street by Danielle Steele and I love it. Its very uplifting!

  312. Skooks says:

    Ok, this is not fine literature, but I really liked Tina Fey’s book for a good laugh.

  313. Kristin PG says:

    I don’t get to read very often anymore (two toddlers make it virtually impossible) but when I can, I pick up fun easy reads so I can fit in a lot in a short amounts of time, and John Grisham is my favorite!

  314. LindaLG says:

    Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind was the best book I read all year…it is amazing! Plus, it is the first of a series, so if you like it there is one more published, and a third to come.

  315. Rachel says:

    I love any book by Jane Austen! One of my favorite contemporary books is Peace Like a River by Leif Enger.

  316. Libby says:

    A book I love and keep coming back to is East of Eden by Steinbeck. A read that I just completed was The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. Both are fantastic

    (And I think you’ll be added to my blog reading list. I love the look of some of your projects !)

  317. Marshall says:

    I love Pride and Prejudice! I love that you are asking for favorite books/quotes – I asked a similar question on my blog. It will be interesting to go through both lists.

    The first quote that comes to mind is “Brevity is the soul of wit” from Hamlet. One of my favorite books is Outlander.

  318. Leigh says:

    Ohhh Jane Austen. Love. Here’s one of my favorite Professor Dumbledore lines, “Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”

  319. Jan says:

    I’m a huge reader, I read widely. I’m also a bookseller, and have a book recommendation blog. Here’s some recent great reads, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, Immortal Bird by Doron Weber, When The Women Come Out To Dance, Elmore Leonard, and The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. If you’re a reader you’ll love these, promise.

  320. Mhairi says:

    This is a really hard question. I don’t have one favourite book but rather ones that I would be devastated to lose. These include my Mary Grant Bruce, Ethel Turner and Eleanor Spence books (all Australian authors) I also love Margaret Mahy, who writes both children and adult fiction and finally I love Isobelle Carmody and Tamora Pierce for fantasy literature.
    For amazing images the book Pockets is a must and I love Mick Inkpen’s books for children.
    I know this doesn’t answer your specific question but I love to read and so finding one single book to recommend is just too hard. Thanks for hosting a giveaway and compiling this amazing list above of books that people recommend, I will certainly be searching for a couple of these.

  321. Michele says:

    I loved “Eats, Shoots& Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation” by Lynne Truss.

  322. craftytammie says:

    My fave book is the Phantom Tollbooth.

  323. Adrianna says:

    I love to read but haven’t made the time to in a long time! My favorite books are the Hitch hiker’s guide to the galaxy series:)

  324. Gunilla S says:

    I just can’t resist recomending Thomas Tranströmer, this years nobelprizewinner. He’s just wonderful and reading him is like taking a bath – on the inside! Sorry, it’s hard to explain but you’ll see for yourself!!! 🙂

  325. Loree says:

    If you like “light” mysteries you might like Erlene Fowler’s series, they are all named after quilt designs

  326. Kari-Lynn Bezooyen says:

    i love jane austen. i haven’t found the time to actually read the books in forever though.
    my long-time favourite books are the bobbsey twins. they have such great memories for me and i only wish my kids would get as engrossed with them as i was.
    i’ve actually been reading a lot of kids and teen books lately (enid blyton was memorable as was jenna black and jessica day george).
    ps-this is a great giveaway. thanks!

  327. Joyatee says:

    One of my favorite books is “Night” by Elie Weisel. “The Alchemist” is really good, too–both should be on every book-lovers reading list.

  328. OzKnitter says:

    I love J.D.Robb’s “In Death” series. It’s my favourite series.


  329. Sivje says:

    I just finished reading “Kisses From Katie” and it was wonderful! I love Pride and Prejudice too!
    Thank you for the chance to win.

  330. majorasue says:

    I’m a huge Stephen King fan, and just finished his newest book 11/23/63. Time travel back to stop the JFK assassination.

  331. Sissy says:

    I am a reader. I have books stashed all over the house as well as my Kindle. I love that so much classic lit is free to download for the e-books. i even downloaded old cookbooks from 1800s just to read intros and notes associated with the menus/recipes. i am up in the middle of the night reading blog comments as we speak…

  332. Sarah B says:

    Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey is an all time fave, I am currently reading the happiness project which is a pretty motivating read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  333. Lindsay F says:

    I love Dr. Seuss and pretty much all of his quotes 🙂

    lindsay dot forgette at gmail dot com

  334. yee says:

    I enjoy Agatha Christie’s novels.

    waipueyyee at gmail dot com

  335. elflyn says:

    I loved “The Time Travelers Wife”

  336. Tas says:

    Nothing original here but my 2 fave books for 2011 have been “The Help” and “Still Alice”. Highly recommend them both.

  337. Kim says:

    I’m currently reading some children’s stories written by Oscar Wilde, originally written for his own son. They’re quite sweet, and sometimes peppered with the quips that we expect from Wilde, for the benefit of the adults reading to their children, I suspect.

  338. Jackie says:

    I suggest Kate Wilhelm she used to write science fiction but now writes mysteries, For good escape and silliness try Terry Pratchett, great to share with the family. A good holiday read for the family is ” A Child’s Christmas in Wales”

  339. suzie says:

    I recommend any biographies of the Mitford sisters far better than any blockbuster sagas – what lives!

  340. Sarah says:

    This is the book I tell everyone they MUST read: “The Book Thief,” by Marcus Zusak. It both broke and warmed my heart, and it’s possibly one of the most beautifully written books EVER. Big claim, I know, but I love it so much.

  341. Wendy Johnson says:

    I have a few favorites, I loved the Hunger Games Series they are fantastic, I absolutely lovely the Host I think it was by Stephanie Meyer. That is a great book I totally enjoyed. thanks for the chance to win. Have a lovely day 🙂

  342. Susan says:

    I enjoyed reading The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

  343. Dorte says:

    If you have not yet read John Irving, you’re in for a treat; start with The Cider House Rules and move to A Prayer for Owen Meany….

  344. Catherine says:

    I’m already sold on your blog just from that beautiful mosaic! Will definitely be back 🙂

    I’ve just read The way things look to me by Roopa Farooki which I really enjoyed

  345. Petra says:

    I loved One Day by David Nicholls

  346. Jefner says:

    I found a book, that I’ve read over and over, at a bookstore in Madrid. It was one of the few in English. I think the author just perfectly captures the mood and odd moments of clarity of people, occurrences and… you’ll just have to read and see. It is Sun at Midnight by Rosie Thomas. The midnight sun shines during the night in Antarctica where much of the book is set . (There are other books with similar names.) There’s a bit of love, adventure and history in this fiction novel.

    I love the purses you’ve made with the baubles at the ends. I hopped over from Sew Mama Sew. Thanks for setting up this giveaway!

  347. Heather says:

    I love all of Jane Austen’s books. Have read them over and over. The best book I’ve read recently is “The Help”. It lived up to the hype.

  348. Sydney says:

    I am reading Outlander right now and it’s so engrossing that it’s making me wish my train commute was longer! At least it’s a series, so I know I’ll be able to enjoy it for a while! I also really loved “Fall on Your Knees” by Anne-Marie MacDonald.. it’s definitely not the most cheerful of books, but it’s absolutely stunningly beautiful.

  349. Linda T says:

    My latest favourite books are by Irene Hannon – mystery with a little romance in it. Enjoy your giveaway – and count me in please!

  350. Teje says:

    Hi! Thank you for sharing those beautifuk fabrics! I love books and reading! Mostly I read in Finnish but last one in English that I think was very special was ‘The Island’. The writer is English and she won a prize for the best first published book. The story is located in Greece in an island Elounda where they send old times the poeple who had leprosity. Sorry that I don’t have the name of the writer now. An other unforgetable read was ‘Roots’! I made an study at the school about that book.
    Enjoy reading and have a lovely Christmas!

  351. Christie says:

    My favorite book of all time is Fahrenheit 451. There is a line in it that I will never forget…I always think about it when making a decision about whether or not to read a new book – “The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.”

  352. Tara says:

    Ohh there are soo many books I want to recommend…there seem to be a lot of classics and serious reads suggested so I will suggest a fun one. It’s called Geek Love and it’s by Katherine Dunn. Enjoy!

  353. My favorite quote about books: “The love of learning – The sequestered nooks — and all the sweet serenity of books.” – Longfellow

  354. Paul says:

    I am 2 chapters away from finishing Stieg Larsson’s “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series. Extremely violent at times, but a very well written series. I have been listening to the series… Love Audio Books, and I have not been able to wait for the next opportunity to listen to the book every time I turn it off.

    Thanks for the Opportunity to Win!


  355. Carly says:

    Really neat giveaway! I am a children’s/ya librarian, and one of my favorite books this year was The Running Dream by Wendelin van Draanen.

  356. karoliinahv says:

    “Song of ice and fire” would be the obvious choice, but if you like books (again with the obvious), then Jasper Fforde’s books about Thursday Next, a literary detective working both inside and outside of books, are great.

  357. Rebekah says:

    I have three kids, and I’m in nursing school, so the only book recommendations I can give you have titles like “Olds’ Guide to Maternal Nursing” and “Pathophysiology”.

  358. baukje says:

    I started learning French with the Simenon books about commissaire Maigret. I love him. But I cannot give you a quote….

  359. Carole M says:

    I’ve recently become a big fan of British Author Carole Matthews. My favourite from her so far is With or Without You.

  360. Annette says:

    Been reading a lot with my son lately. One that we both liked was odd and the frost giant by Neil Gaiman. He liked it so much he had me make him an odd (the name of the main character) costume for Halloween.

  361. Pat S says:

    Room by Emma Donoghue is a very powerful book and one of my favorites, Nights in Rodanthe is another – because I’m a romantic.

  362. Barbara J says:

    I’m sure this one is already on your list: Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James. It gets only so so reviews but I am looking forward to it. It came home with me from the library yesterday. It’s chilly and rainy today; a perfect day to start a mystery.

  363. Sandra Timmons says:

    The only quote I can come up with is this one: To receive, is BLISS; To give, is DEVINE. I love reading books but I never see quotes in either Danielle Steels or Nicholas Sparks. If I was clever and really good at computers, I could seach for quotes and I am sure come up with some frrom well-known authors for you, like maybe Errnest Hemingway. I tried. You know that every quilter would love to have 2 yards of fabrics for herself. What a wonderful quilt that would make for next year. Maybe even me. I know that you have been busy, so I’ll come back for another visit. In the meantime, please enjoy the holidays.

    Sandi T.

  364. Heather79 says:

    I love mysteries (especially quikc reads!), and Laura Lippman is my favorite! I recommend anything she’s written.

  365. Alison says:

    My favorite book of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m sure you’ve read it though! I just finished the Story of Edgar Sawtelle, which I loved.

  366. Sara says:

    i’d highly recommend Tina Fey’s book. it was hilarious. thanks for the giveaway!

  367. Jacque says:

    I like this quote:
    “With pomp, power and glory, the world beckons vainly; in chase of such vanities, why should I roam? While peace and content bless my little thatched cottage, and warm my own hearth with the treasures of home. ” Beatrix Potter
    Lovely giveaway – thanks for the chance to win!

  368. Aeti says:

    A patchwork planet by Anne Tyler

  369. Amber R. says:

    I like your quote and your super cute projects! Right now I’m reading The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making. It’s a young adult book, but well written and very good so far. I have an excerpt I like, but is too long to include here, so I’ll include a quote from a book I’ve not read:
    “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
    -Douglas Adams

  370. Claudia says:

    I love the books from Jasper Fforde…like Thursday Next…can’t stop laughing..
    What a wonderful surprise you give to us.
    Thank you and kind regards from Germany.

  371. Chiska Williams says:

    What a terrific quote! One of my favorite books is Lost in a Book by Jasper Fforde. Thanks for the chance!

  372. Tracy J says:

    I love these giveaway days becasuse I find great new blogs to follow. The chance to win something is fun (I never do!) but I do win when I find blogs I like. Such as yours! Those coin purses are darling, and look so difficult! Anyway, I am an avid reader and mostly read murder mystery/suspense. My current favorite author is CJ Box, and the setting of his books is in neighboring Wyoming, which is fun. Merry Christmas!

  373. Staci says:

    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield was a good read, and I’d recommend it. Thanks!

  374. Heather says:

    I am currently reading Demon Ex Machina part of the Demon-Hunting Soccer mom by Julie Kenner. I really like it so far

  375. Anna C. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I Really like the book “100 Cupboards” !


  376. Jerimi says:

    My current favorite quote, as I forge through the winter blahs:

    Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
    – Henry David Thoreau

  377. lisawith4 says:

    my book recommendation is The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin.
    lisa.otis6 at gmail dot com

  378. Carla G says:

    I haven’t had much time to read lately… But one of my favorite authors is Nora Roberts. It always feels like you are in the story when you read her books. Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful fabric! 🙂

  379. Katie M says:

    My current favorite book is Water for Elephants. I’m in the middle of Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos and it is threatening to take over that top spot.

  380. Tara says:

    My favorite book ever is Little House on the Prairie.

  381. Carrie says:

    I recommend anything from Kurt Vonnegut.

  382. Miranda says:

    I love the Tea Shop Mystery Series by Laura Childs.

  383. Nicole says:

    I love the JD Robb “In Death” series.

  384. Anna says:

    The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins has a really interesting and unique premise, and is very good. I also love Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books!

  385. Nancy S. says:

    I can recommend ‘The Lost City of Z’ by David Grann or ‘The Testament’ by John Grisham.

  386. Cherie Webb says:

    Robert D. Lesslie, M.D. wrote a couple of neat books. ‘Angels in the ER’ and ‘Angels on Call’. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  387. Joanne says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. Working in a library – I’m surrounded by books all day long, I think that makes me pretty lucky! J – cried2dream(at)gmail(dot)com

  388. Angie says:

    If you’re a huge reader you’ve probably already read anything I’d recommend, but my go-to is always the Wicked series by Gregory Maguire.

  389. Taryn Oakley says:

    I just read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami and loved it. thanks!

  390. Leslie Westlake says:

    Merry Christmas, I am a mystery junkie and love a good Lee Child novel…a great escape.

  391. Deb says:

    I liked Memoirs of a Geisha and the Memory Keeper’s Daughter. Both of these kept me enthralled.

  392. AnnaPK says:

    My favorite author is Christopher Moore, but if you are a lover of fine classical literature he may not be for you. If you like ridiculous stories with supernatural beings then give him a try. Right now I am in the middle of my annual reading of his book, “The Stupidest Angel.” a tale of Christmas cheer and zombies. 🙂

  393. Kim S. says:

    I highly recommend 100 Cupboards. Fun adventure series. Thanks!

  394. Brooke says:

    For, lo, the winter is past,
    the rain is over and gone;
    the flowers appear on the earth;
    the time of the singing of birds is come,
    and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
    the fig tree putteth forth her green figs,
    and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell.
    Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
    Song of Solomon 2:11-13

  395. Jan says:

    My two favourite classic novels are Jane Eyre and Great Expectations. Reads I’ve enjoyed this year are ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett, ‘Into the Darkest Corner’ by Elizabeth Haynes, ‘Sister’ by Rosamund Lupton, ‘When Will there be good news’ by Kate Atkinson and “The Guernsey Literary and potatoe peel pie society’ Mary Ann Schaeffer.

  396. Becky says:

    I’m a fellow bibliophile and if you haven’t already, you MUST read Inkheart! Not even my genre of choice (ok – not a genre I even slightly like), but the entire thing is quote after quote after quote about the love of reading. One of my faves that I have treasured since reading the book several years ago, “Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”
    ― Cornelia Funke, Inkheart

  397. Kristi F says:

    I have a toddler, so not much reading going on around here. Unless you count “Good Night Moon” or “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?”. Probably not the recommendations you were looking for….

  398. kathy h says:

    For this time of year, I enjoy reading Dave Barry’s book,, the shepherd , the angel and walter the Christmas miracle dog. I laugh out loud every time.

  399. Kerry says:

    I enjoy the short stories of David Sedaris.

  400. Kiza M says:

    I LOVE Jane Austin. But for a great book rec, I’ll go with ‘A Heroine of the World’ by Tanith Lee. It’s quite possibly my all-time fave.

    Thanks for taking part in Giveaway Day and offering such generous goodies!

  401. Rie says:

    All I seem to read these days is The Gruffalo cos that is what my bubba loves & loves & loves.. my fav line from the book is the last one… The mouse found a nut and the nut was good!

  402. Anya says:

    Have you read Little Bee? Also, I’m currently reading the Postmistress and really am enjoying it!

  403. wordygirl says:

    Have you read “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal? It is great–it changed my view of what a memoir might be. And for mystery readers, the Louise Penny series that begins with “Still Life” is outstanding. Even for non-mystery-readers, for that matter.

  404. Alessa says:

    My favorite books are Patrick Rothfuss’s “The Name of the Wind” and “Wise Man’s Fear”. They are, admittedly, fantasy, but he is a wonderful storyteller and has a lovely way with words. 🙂

  405. Pétra says:

    My favorite book right now is The City of Thieves I wrote a post about it on my blog it’s so good!
    I’ve loved all the coin purses you’ve been making lately.

  406. Chris V says:

    I loved Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton…. I love so many books, but have a very hard time finding the time to read them.
    and I love your giveaway! :o)
    Your coin purse is adorable….

  407. I love, love, LOVE Pride and Prejudice!

    I just finished reading the biography of my favorite childhood author, Roald Dahl. It’s pretty good, I definitely recommend it! Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  408. Flying Blind says:

    Anything by Douglas Coupland – the man is a genius!!

  409. Sandy says:

    I really enjoyed the whole “Wicked” series by Gregory Maguire and am looking forward to the latest , “Out of Oz”.

  410. Tanja says:

    Truth and Transformation – by Vishal Magalwadi

    Love the fabrics, by the way!

  411. slacker says:

    My recommendation would be Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau – it’s a bit racy, rather hilarious, and really makes you stop & think about language (it’s not an easy book, for me anyway, to try speedreading).


  412. Becky Greene says:

    On the advice of my eleven year old son, I read the complete Percy Jackson series – so much better than the movie!! Thanks for the great giveaway chance!

  413. Louby Lou says:

    What a great giveaway!!

    I’d reccommend such ‘modern’ classics as Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’. Another favourite of mine is Edith Wharton’s ‘The Age of Innocence’

  414. Sarah says:

    I”m sure you’ve read it but one of my favorites is Jane Eyre. Thanks for the chance to win! ryansarahn at gmail dot com.

  415. Jessica says:

    one of my favorites is ‘alias grace’ by margaret atwood. thanks for the chance to win!

  416. JennX says:

    I might just come back here only for the book recommendations! Not that your stuff isn’t terrific looking- will add to my RSS feed. My fave book ever is ‘The Catcher in the Rye’- I could read it a million times and I think everyone should read it once. But ohhh there are so many others to love… thanks for the chance to win!

  417. SewLindaAnn says:

    I do love to read as well. I go from style to style – love it all. I’m on the newest Sophie Kinsella, Training a mini-shopaholic. I go back to fun after reading a lot of biographies, most seem to have a lot of abuse. The Host by Stephanie Meyers is a recent Sci Fi fave (great story) and up next will be the popular Hunger Games. I am loving your giveaway the fabrics and the purse. I never got any of Ruby Star Rising and I’m loving that print. Have a great week!

  418. Carolyn says:

    “The Count of Monte Cristo” I love to read it over and over.

  419. Susette says:

    I also love reading. My book recommendation is Marie Bostwick’s Cobble Court Series. I just finished reading her newest one called “Threading the Needle”

  420. fabgrandma says:

    The first book that comes to mind is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I read two years ago, then immediately started looking for the other two books. I can’t wait for the movie to come out this month–my daughter and I already have a date to go!

  421. juliabadgley says:

    My intention was to become an English teacher, but I got accepted to Primary/Junior division instead. Have you read Lucky Jim, but Kingsley Amis? It’s incredibly funny.

  422. Katie says:

    I love The Scarlet Pimpernel!

  423. Zoe says:

    North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell! Great if you love Austen. And if you haven’t come across the historical novels by Phillipa Gregory, I would reccomend those too – she wrote The other Boleyn girl which was turned into the movie, but she has written many, and they’re all great reads!

  424. What a wonderful giveaway…thank you! I’m currently reading the Anne of Green Gables series with my eight year old daughter, and I am loving them all over again.

  425. Danny says:

    A fun, easy read is I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil And I Want To Be Your Class President. The author is one of the writers for the Daily Show. Trust me. You’ll love it!

  426. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourites too. Recently finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – absolutely excellent. Thanks for the giveaway!

  427. Christy says:

    If you haven’t read the Harry Potter series, you really must.

  428. Madeleine says:

    I mostly read in french but I’m now enjoying Eat, Pray, Love. I also liked the world according to Garp from John Irving. And one of my favortite book is City from Alessandro Barrico.
    Thanks for the giveaway + merry Xmas!

  429. Cat says:

    I love the Poisonwood Bible

  430. Leslie says:

    My favorite author is Rex Stout. His Nero Wolfe stories are just the best. Thank you for a great giveaway!

  431. Heather says:

    Anything Jane Austin or Dee Henderson for me!
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

  432. Beth says:

    Once my son brought home a book he had been assigned in his English class – it was called “Naked” by David Sedaris. I thought it was about the funniest thing I had ever read! So now I have read all his books. Yay for English teachers!

  433. felicity says:

    I loved People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, and The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. I know you specifically said no SciFi but I honestly think you might enjoy Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. Time travelling historians? The Plague? What’s not to like? 😉

  434. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    I love to read… I read all sorts of books, but by far my favorite series is the Hunger Games series. Another great read is Beautiful Creatures. I just finished The Help… really enjoyed it.

  435. Kim McM says:

    I’m a book lover too. (see my email address) Should have been a librarian. I love Bill Bryson’s books and also A.J. Jacobs’. I loved “I’m a Stranger Here Myself,” Notes from a Sunburned Country,” and “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid”,all by Bill Bryson. A.J. Jacobs is so funny. I recommend all of this books. I would love to win your giveaway.

  436. Billie in TX says:

    I like the Good Earth by Pearl S Buck

  437. DebbieKL says:

    I’m reading Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult right now – love her books!

  438. Ellen says:

    All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen. Ralph Waldo Emerson

  439. MissMary says:

    George MacDonald’s fairy stories are amazing… more powerful in adulthood than childhood!

  440. ohangelina says:

    i’m reading a good goth murder mystery now called ‘equinox.
    love your blog.

  441. I recommend The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. It is a brilliant inspiring book which makes you laugh and cry. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  442. dianne mclean says:

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is great, so is the rest of the series.

  443. Consuelo Myers says:

    I just finished Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. One of the best I’ve read in a long time. Anything by Wendell Berry I would also suggest, especially Hannah Coulter.

    I enjoyed seeing what your hands have made. Very beautiful. Keep it up.

  444. Debra L says:

    My favorite quote is not from a book but here goes:
    What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
    They are but trifles to be sure, but scattered along lifes pathways the good the do is inconcieveable – Addison

  445. Have you read The Backdagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward? Its a pretty fun time– not too involved but a good read. 🙂

  446. beach650 says:

    Oryx and Crake by M. Atwood. Fantastic book!

  447. Barbara says:

    I just read my newest favorite quotation from The Orchid Thief by Mary Orlean:

    “I… looked ahead and behind at the empty road and up at the empty sky; the sheer bigness of the world made me feel lonely to the bone. The world is so huge that people are always getting lost in it. There are too many ideas and things and people, too many directions to go. I was starting to believe that the reason it matters to care passionately about something is that it whittles the world down to a more manageable size. It makes the world seem not huge and empty but full of possibility.”

    It totally spoke to me. This is what I love about quilting.

  448. Ashley says:

    I love the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke. 🙂

  449. Charlotte says:

    I love “The Time Travellers Wife”. I have re-read it so many times but always pick up something new. I can’t think of a quote for the life of me though.

  450. Amy says:

    Ah, my favorite reading quotation is: I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~Anna Quindlen, “Enough Bookshelves,” New York Times, 7 August 1991

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  451. Jill B says:

    I love Confederacy of Dunces.

  452. Mareike says:

    I love the book “The curious incident of the dog in the night-time” by Mark Haddon – a great and fun read but also an interesting inside in the way of thinking of an autistic boy.

  453. Jodi Dynan says:

    The host is a favourite of mine, makes me believe in love and the complexity of the human spirit

  454. Tanya Barrett says:

    I had a few I enjoyed this year, The book of Negroes & The Room are two

  455. Tiffany says:

    Sarah’s Key was one of the best books I have read recently. Pride and Predjudice and Zombies – one of the WORST lol

  456. PeachRainbow says:

    Loved Harry Potter 😀

  457. Emily @ Strawberry Patch says:

    Im on Northanger Abbey at the moment, its a hoot, classic book but with a cheeky humour!

  458. Sparrow K. says:

    The art of written word was my first love. I think Emily Dickenson sums it up particularly well in this poem:

    There is no frigate as a book,
    To take us lands away,
    Nor any coursers like a page,
    Of prancing poetry.
    This traverse may the poorest take,
    Without oppress of toll,
    How frugal is the chariot,
    That bears the human soul!

    I’m not sure that our tastes are the same in literature. (I don’t get too excited over any of Austen’s work.) But the recently read title “Garden Spells”, by Sarah Addison Allen, was particularly good. So was “Sugar Queen”, by the same author.

  459. Laura E. says:

    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Great giveaway.

  460. katie says:

    i really enjoyed “the help”. couldn’t put the book down.

  461. Ms Muffin says:

    I love funny books and I love traveling … therefore I like the books by Bill Bryson.

    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

    Ms Muffin

  462. I love the Hunger Games!

  463. Jo says:

    I enjoy totally escaping from reality when I read so I read smutty romance novels. Probably not your cup of tea. Thanks for the chance to win

    • Nancy says:

      I loved Patrick Suskind’s Perfume. Other favorites: Gregory Maguire’s Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Judith Merkle Riley’s The Oracle Glass, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon, anything by Jhumpa Lahiri

      @Jo My daughter writes romance novels under the name Sara Lindsey (

      Thanks for the giveaway!

  464. sntbosch says:

    “Same Kind of Different as Me” It’s based on a true sorry (there are actually 2 books…I can’t remember if this is the first or second)

  465. mugirl113 says:

    My all time favorite book is “Follow the River” by James Alexander Thom. It is about a 23 year old pregnant girl who was taken captive by Indians and than escaped and traveled over 1000 miles to get home. Its an extraordinary story. I first read it in the 5th grade and many, many more times since then.
    Great giveaway!! Thank you for the opportunity!

  466. Quiet Graces Photography says:

    I’m currently rereading One THousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Wonderful.

  467. Erin says:

    I am behind on all of my reading but did get a recomendation to read “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. It is supposed to be great!

  468. Ann says:

    Fun variety of crafts!
    Just finished “The Wednesday Sisters” which I thought was a good read. I am not so good at choosing a favorite ever.

  469. javede says:

    I would have said Pride&Prejudice too, but since you already mentioned it I am going to suggest any Terry Pratchett novel

  470. Kim T. says:

    My favorite book is the Bible! You should know, as an english teacher, how many figures of speech used in the english language are derived from the Bible. It’s amazing!

  471. Candace Henderson says:

    I recommend pride and prejudice and zombies! was a great read…. and the prequel and sequel are also turning out just as great! Thanks for a great giveaway

  472. Mary P says:

    I just read Swamplandia! It was really good.

  473. Julie says:

    My all time favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. I first read it when I was twenty years old and have read it numerous times since then. My copy has been loaned out over and over again and each time I track it down if it is not given back in a timely manner. Thank you for the opportunity.

  474. Margaret says:

    The Work and Glory by Gerald Lund was a great series of 9 books

  475. Oh I love the Millenium Trillogy. I couldn’t put them down. Will be back to see other projects that you do. Love your work.

  476. Nancy says:

    I’ve been enjoying The Farmer’s Wife. Not only do you get a peek of what life was like back in the day, but you get all those gorgeous blocks to make!

  477. Barbouille says:

    I have just read “Jane Eyre” for the English Literature Club I am in. A beautiful story!

  478. Kamila says:

    I have a long list of compulsory literature (as I am a fan of printed words myself). Taking the top of the list: Judy Budnitz “If I Told You Once” – absolutely magic prose. Wally Lamb “I Know This Much Is True” and “She’s come undone”. Catch-22 – know it by heart! Many Greetings from Poland – the country of Miłosz, Szymborska, Reymont and Sienkiewicz ;))))

  479. Erin B says:

    Fantasy is my favorite book genre and at the top right now is George R.R. Martin. But in other types, I really liked The Help.

  480. amorette says:

    i just read incognito: the secret life of the brain and enjoyed it a lot, esp. the beginning. good to have insight into students’ brains for a teacher!

  481. Holly U says:

    Guy Gavriel Kay is wonderful, I love everything he writes. Tigana, The Lions of Al-Rassan and Sailing to Sarantium (and its sequel) stick in my head. Thanks!

  482. Kathy says:

    I just finished reading Chris Cleave’s Little Bee about a young Nigerian woman trying to immigrate to Britain. It was a beautiful, unsettling book.

  483. Genevieve says:

    My favorite book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

    You have beautiful projects! I look forward to reading more!

  484. Nina says:

    I like Jane Austen – at my university time I read all her books which can find in Russian! Last book which I like is “Loneliness On The Net” by Janusz L. Wisniewski…Thank you for giveaway!

  485. Susan says:

    Lovely fabric. I just finished “Fall On Your Knees” by Ann Marie Macdonald. Amazing…run to the library and get it!

  486. Donna says:

    I’m currently re-reading the Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton and highly recommend the books. Love your little coin purse and fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win.

  487. Lobela says:

    I was going to say Pride and Prejudice, but since I recently reread Jane Eyre, I’ll stick with that.

  488. Heather says:

    I love the Tiger’s Curse series by Colleen Houck.

  489. Carol Y says:

    You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.
    C. S. Lewis

  490. Izza says:

    i love jane austen’s books. My fav are Pride & Prejudice and Emma

  491. Binks says:

    “All Hail the Phantom bear, the Beast within us all.” Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

  492. Kate R says:

    You have some beautiful things on your blog! I’m looking forward to poking around a bit more. I love books by Bryce Courtenay, an Australian author. You should read some of his books if you haven’t!

  493. Vanessa says:

    Awesome giveaway! Love the coin purse, and the fabrics! Fav book ever-The Color of Water-it is a must read. Love your collage of projects:)

  494. Heather says:

    I love autobiographies and I’ve never read a more compelling one than Anderson Cooper’s Dispatches From The Edge. He intersperses stories from his life with the major new events of 2005. So good.

  495. selleck says:

    “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” always works for me.

  496. Betsy says:

    I like to listen to audiobooks while I sew, cook, clean, exercise, etc. if I sit down to read I’ll never get anything done! I really enjoyed the last book I listened to, which was The Land of Laughs.

    Thank you for giving me a chance to win!

  497. EG says:

    “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand is so good!

  498. Tina M. says:

    I used to read a lot. Mainly educational books. I have now gotten into crafting. With working full time, having a toddler at home, and crafting the time to read is short. I love Pablo Neruda.

  499. Tina M. says:

    I am a follower.

  500. Pat K says:

    I love reading Richard Paul Evans’ books, but my favorite was The Christmas Box.

  501. adrienne says:

    I recently read Name of the Wind and A Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I love them both like crazy! Excellent fantasy novels.

    Thanks for such a great giveaway 🙂

  502. crooked whimsy says:

    i’m a teacher too…but i work with the little ones at the elementary level;therefore, my reading list is slightly different.
    dr. seuss has a good one: “be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

    thanks for the giveaway of goodies and have a lovely day! 🙂

  503. Kathe says:

    My most favorite book is the Bible. After that Pillars of the Earth – Ken Folleet has been a favorite for many years. Thanks. KatheGTN at aol dot com

  504. MarciaW says:

    The Shack is an interesting book. I also like Patterson’s series about Alex Cross.

  505. Erika says:

    If you love P + P, have you tried Pride and Prejudice and Vampires? I am reading it right now and it makes me laugh!

  506. I love Dickens for quotations. 🙂 And who hasn’t pretended to be knitting out the revolution at some point?

  507. Melissa says:

    One of my most favourite current books is Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen. It was such a beautifully written, magical story. And as much as I *heart* Robert Pattinson, the movie didn’t do the book justice. 🙂

  508. I am reading The Book Thief right now. I love it. Really good, a little girl about 11 lives with foster parents in WWII Germany. They come to hid a Jew in their basement and they become friends. It’s pretty entertaining, some humor, I haven’t cried yet.

  509. candace says:

    for something light I really enjoy reading Jasper Fforde books. My favorite it the Eyre Affair. Love the fabric and thank you for the giveaway.

  510. Jenny Scott says:

    I love Anne of Green Gables, an oldies but such a good book!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    okiedokiemama at yahoo dot com

  511. Jqluo says:

    Anne of Green Gables 😉
    Thanks for the generous giveaway and a chance to win!

  512. Valerie DeLap says:

    I have to say, even as an adult, I’ve really enjoyed Reading the Little House books! I love Island of the Blue Dolphins, one of the few books I read more than once.

  513. E says:

    I really enjoy any David Sedaris book (e.g., Me Talk Pretty One Day)

  514. Sarita says:

    It’s a dangerous thing to ask me what my favorite books are. *grin-sigh* I’ll split it into several parts, here.
    Last three good books I read were: Bob Hope – My Life In Jokes, by Bob Hope; Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, by Roddy Doyle; and The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by John Joseph Adams.
    Favorite book series is the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (starts with His Majesty’s Dragon).
    My favorite kids books are: Mr. Pusskins by Sam Lloyd, A Story For Bear by Dennis Haseley, Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio, and The Toughest Cowboy by John Frank.
    Favorite online comic is
    Favorite graphic novel authors are Marjane Satrapi and Craig Thompson
    Favorite romance novel authors are Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, and Susan Johnson.
    Favorite classics are Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, and pretty much all the Sherlock Holmes.
    Read The Help by Kathryn Stockett is you haven’t already.
    Other authos: Italo Calvino, Catherynne Valente, Douglas Adams, and Louise Rennison.

    Could I go on? Yes. Shall I? No, for your safety. *grin*

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! 🙂

    sarita0818 at comcast dot net

  515. Well crap, I was going to suggest Pride & Prejudice until I got to the part about your quote. 😀 If you like Fantasy at all, I just finished reading The Name of the Wind which is quite well written for a genre full of brain candy. 🙂

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  516. Sarahliz says:

    My favorite book is Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red. It’s hauntingly strange and beautiful.

  517. Stephanie says:

    My quotes are only from kids stories as I have 3 and work in child care hahaha…

    xo Steph

  518. Tammy says:

    War horse by Michael Morpurgo. It is supposed to be a teen novel, but is so beautiful – have your tissues ready!

  519. Anya says:

    Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite books. Thanks for the chance!

  520. I’m a huge fan of the Lord Peter Mysteries by Dorothy L. Sayers. I’m also a P&P fan & I find that her mysteries (set in 1930s England) are often enjoyed by Austen fans. I actually just finished rereading the whole series. Love ’em! I’m off to read through other comments to get more book suggestions for myself…. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  521. Beverley says:

    Thanks for a great giveaway. I am currently reading The Book of Negroes it is really amazing.

  522. Michelle says:

    Oh I love the diaper pin fabric!!! Honestly I don’t have much time to read~ too busy sewing in what little free time I have. My son and I did just go through a series called the Viking Quest. They were excellent. I really enjoyed them and would recommended them! (and he did too)

  523. Andi says:

    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  524. Victoria says:

    Well, nuts! I have avoided Pride and Prejudice for many years. Unfortunately, I love that quote and now have to add that title to my never ending queue of must-reads. Lately I have been doing more audio books than print because of the amount of car time. I can always get lost in an Anne Tyler novel or the older Ann Rivers Siddons. I want to live in “Colony” and did live in “Downtown,”

  525. laura says:

    My favorite book is East of Eden, but recently I’ve really enjoyed The Glass Castle and The Hunger Games. thanks for the giveaway!

  526. Helenjanei says:

    You’ve probably already read it but I loved ‘The Help’. Finished in a day, that’s a good book!

  527. Kristen says:

    I love those fabrics and I am terrible at bags so this set of goodies would be treasured at my home! Love the handquilting in all those photos. Eep! I love the classics and enjoy Tolstoy. Anna Karina was one of my favorites. Soap at its best.

  528. becky says:

    I’m just about finished reading A Song of Ice and Fire series (the HBO Game of Thrones is from the series) and would definitely recommend it. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  529. Laura says:

    I love Jane Austen so those are favorites. I also love the Harry Potter books but my very favorites are the Chronicles of Narnia.

  530. Kathryn says:

    I’d definitely recommend John Green, especially for high-schoolers!

  531. savvy stitch says:

    I just read “The Hunger Games” and loved it.

  532. I try and re-read the Lord of the Rings once a year.

  533. Lisa Cox says:

    Well, I seem to be into westerns right now, but I recommend anything by
    J.D. Robb if you happen to like a little mystery/romance. But one of my
    favorite all time books is Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. Great
    read, plus it has others that follow it.

  534. SheSpinsSheKnitsSheSews says:

    Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and the other Flavia deLuce books are great. I read them on bedrest this summer and quite enjoyed them.

    Great giveaway!

  535. beth ann says:

    For people who are big readers i always recommend Tom Robbins’ Jitterbug Perfume…it is amazing!

  536. Melissa q says:

    Loved bossy pants! It’s hilarious and a quick read!
    Ahappystitch at gmail dot com

  537. 3gatosmiaus says:

    Harry Potter…
    Love it!!!

  538. Rachel says:

    As an English teacher, you will appreciate the words of Samuel Johnson (and can pass them along to your students): “What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.”

    (I am a high school Social Studies/History teacher.)

  539. Katina says:

    I’m a big murder mystery reader and my favorite series is the Prey series by John Sandford!
    Fun quote: “So many books, so little time.”
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  540. Tamie says:

    What a generous giveaway. Thanks for participating. I would recommend The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses.

  541. Amy says:

    Wonderful Fabric! I love “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss–a good clean beautifully-written fantasy novel full of music and poetry.

  542. Kate F. says:

    Anyone who loves to read would like The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. They’re fun on their own, but if you’ve read a lot, you’ll understand more of the jokes.

  543. chibidani says:

    Book recommendations… hmmm…

    Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones
    Quitter by John Acuff

    chibidani at gmail dot com

  544. sandra says:

    I love Huxley. A lot. So, here is one quote I want to share with you: “To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves” – from The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

  545. Connie says:

    i recently read The Winter Sea and it was wonderful!

  546. Kathy says:

    The Five People You Meet in Heaven would be my choice read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  547. kitblue says:

    Fantastic fabric give away. My favourite book is Gyn/Ecology by Mary Daly. I have read it twice (and it takes a long time as she coins new words) and will read it again. I had to find a quote to use for a blessing at a meal after I was asked and had nothing to say. I am vegetarian, just to set the stage. It is by James Stephens
    Little things that run and quail
    And die in silence and despair;
    Little things that fight and fail
    And fall on earth and sea and air.
    All trapped and frightened little things,
    The mouse, the coney, hear our prayer
    As we forgive those done to us
    The lamb, the linnet and the hare,
    Forgive us our trespasses,
    Little creatures every where.

    Tell me, is it a good thing I have never had cause to use it?

  548. Ali says:

    Love the purse!
    I’m reading Alice in Wonderland for the first time. Having only seen the Disney movie, I hadn’t realized how witty and absurd the book is up until now.


  549. Julia Carter says:

    Karen Marie Moning books, they are paranoramal romance but she is a great write:)

  550. Karen O says:

    I am reading the first book in a mystery series that features quilters – The Lover’s Knot by Claire O’Donohue. I am most of the way through and still haven’t solved the mystery.

  551. Jenny T says:

    I just re-read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Such a great read. The pages just fly right by!

  552. Brooke says:

    If you like Pride and Prejudice, you will love The Scarlet Pimpernel!

  553. Ballardquilter says:

    Currently I am enjoying the Louise Perry mystery series

  554. Mama Bear says:

    Of Marriageable Age. Don’t remember author’s name but it was a really engrossing book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  555. Norashikin says:

    I would recommend The Five Love Languages of Children, by Chapman & Campbell.


  556. Bria says:

    One of my favorite books is ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany’ by John Irving. Thank you for the great giveaway 🙂

  557. Susan says:

    I LOVE BOOKS! but my recomandation is a danish author, don’t know if he has been translated yet, but I know there are plans for it.
    Jussi-Adler Olsen – danish title is “the woman in the cage”

  558. Kerry says:

    What a beautiful purse!

    My favourite book is Dangerous Liasons – it’s compelling and I’m amazed by how evil some of the characters are!

  559. sara says:

    You should read “Eating Animals.” It will (likely) change your eating habits and your awareness of how industrial farming works.

  560. swoosh says:

    I’ll recommend both non-fiction and fiction.

    Non-fiction: “The language instinct” by Steven Pinker. It’s very, very interesting – quite en eye opener, for me at least.
    Fiction: “On Beauty” by Zadie Smith. Lovely book

  561. Jeanne G says:

    I recommend Marie Bostwick, The Presents of Angels. Excellent read as are all of her books.

  562. Natalie says:

    I love thrillers. Right now I am reading the new John Grisham book – The Litigators. My new favorite read is sewing books of all sorts. Can’t get enough of my new hobby. Thanks for the giveaway. Love your hand sewing. Will definitely come back and visit your blog.

  563. Allison says:

    If you like Austen, you have to read Death at Pemberley by P.D. James. It’s a murder mystery featuring the characters from Pride & Prejudice.

  564. heather says:

    Oh, fabric and books, what a great combination! I will have to come back to this post when I have more time and look at the great recommendations. I enjoyed “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Ann Barrows, and “Ella Minnow Pea” by Mark Dunn. Thank you for sharing! (hrmaris at yahoo dot com)

  565. Ann says:

    I have 2 favourite books; Pride and Prejudice and Joy Luck Club.
    Thanks for the chance.

  566. I don’t really read, so I’ll just say Harry Potter. Love him!

  567. carriecw says:

    I recently read the Game of Thrones series and really enjoyed them! Thanks for the giveaway!

  568. Nina says:

    Love Agatha Christie, never get tired of her books. Thank you for the opportunity

  569. Maggie says:

    What a great, generous giveaway! Thanks for the chance!!

    My longtime favorite is Mama Day, by Gloria Naylor. It’s an amazing book about several generations of African American women. It uses the metaphor of a quilt in very cool ways. I read it ages ago when I was in college (as an English/American Cultural Studies major), and I never grow tired of rereading it. Also love the Salt Eaters, by Toni Cade Bambara, although that’s a tougher read (took me 14 reads before I had a clue what was going on!). Well worth the struggle though!

  570. Lisbeth says:

    Oh, my favorite books are easily the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. So many literary references sprinkled in and so much fun to read about literature from the inside…

    Beautiful projects and fabrics, too – thanks for hosting a giveaway.

  571. Serena says:

    One of my favorites is The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery. It’s very different from her other books, which I also love.

  572. Liz Mouse says:

    I love to read. I’d check out Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier or anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I love to sew too. Hope I can add your lovely fabrics to my stash.

  573. Chacoy says:

    just started reading sisters
    thank you for the opportunity!

  574. Theresa says:

    I really enjoyed The Postmistress recently

  575. Stephanie says:

    I just started reading Death at Pemberly. It is a new book that follows Pride and Prejudice by a current mystery writer. I’m not that far into it but it is a murder mystery.

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