Can’t Read Just One

I suppose most people have heard the commercial for a popular potato chip, “You can’t eat just one. When books are the topic, “I can’t read just one. I always have two or three holding bookmarks.”

And, they are usually a wide variety.

Currently, these are the titles I am reading:

  • Jahanara Princess of Princesses   It is a Scholastic book, diary style, non-fiction I picked it up from a freebie rack. I expect to pass it on.
  • The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright. It was made into a movie with John Wayne. The book setting is the Ozark Mountains. I borrowed it from my sister who said it’s a keeper. That means I will return it to her.
  • Named in Stone and Sky an Arizona Anthology edited by Gregory McNamee borrowed from the library.

I’m curious about who has read any of these books. Liked? Not liked?  What are you reading this week?

I wonder if any of my readers do what I do.

Multiple books need multiple bookmarks. I have a bunch. Where do you get yours? Mine came from:

  • The library
  • gift from a friend
  • picture cut from a magazine
  • gift wrap
  • an envelope
  • patchwork

My patchwork bookmarks were homemade from fabric scraps. My pattern was in a magazine ages ago and used many small pieces. The article also included a heart door hanger. My patterns are stashed away in storage right now. I went online to find other patterns. Here are links to several, but there are more choices.

These can be made in different sizes to accommodate large or small books.

Look here for a really simple pattern:

http://makezine.com/2011/02/23/how-to_sew_a_fabric_patchwork/

These are cute and easy:

http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2014/04/15-diy-easy-and-super-cute-fabric-bookmarks.html

http://craftygeminicreates.com/patchwork-bookmark/

These have heart:

http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-scrappy-patchwork-bookmarks-with-a-heart-charm/2014/12/01/

After finding those links to share, I think I need to make a few. 🙂 How about you?

 

 

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Illuminata by Marianne Williamson

Thoughts, Prayers, Rites of Passage
 A five star book.  Read how I came to this conclusion.
  I’m not into what is considered metaphysics and spirituality and the author is a well-known lecturer on those topics. Also, this book is describes as a compilation of contemporary prayers and medications. I’m also not into prayers to memorize in place of creating personal prayers as the time and need dictates.
First of all, the title reminded me too much of a similar word “Illuminati” referring to a global elite society that is either in control of the world or is seeking to take control.
 My husband saw this book and bought it for me, bookworm that I am! So, I decided I should give the book a chance. Instead of reading the prayers as prayers, I read them as poetry, expressing thoughts and dreams and wishes.
 I especially appreciate the one on page 95-96 because, whatever our circumstances, we all  feel a need sometimes to evaluate and start over. This one expresses this sentiment. She wrote verses that describe a person who feels a burden too big to carry. It includes a do-it-yourself for recognizing regrets and failures done and not done and the turning of one’s life over to God. Then there is the desire to improve those weaknesses.
  The prayers that I read as poems could encourage a reader to apply the words to personal needs and to turn to our Father in Heaven more often.
  I like what she said, “Read my prayers or someone else’s. By all means, create your own.” I can handle that. I encourage others in this time of turmoil to consider that. If someone decides to read this book, perhaps it might lead more people to do that.
 There are religious viewpoints that I do not share, but that is ok. I was able to appreciate the points that I can accept.
After my negative impressions were erased, I can recommend the reading of this book.