Sunday, October 12, 2008

this is... my current reading material

I am sure I am forgetting something (or five things!) but here's what I'm remembering of the books I have scattered about:

Rendering Fashion, Fabric and Prints with Adobe Photoshop: I waited to get this from the NYC library for months, literally...and what a disappointment. It's a textbook, and feels like the worst of the bloated textbooks I had to buy in college. The photoshop advice is really bad, and I feel like the textile advice can't be much better. The sections on how to swipe material had me a little disturbed as well. I didn't actually finish it and I'm not going to. If you've been trying to find this book for your Spoonflower designs, just go get a good Photoshop book instead.

The Algebraist: Another book I am probably not finishing, at least not now. I am a big Iain Banks fan (well, really an Iain M. Banks fan) but I'm having trouble getting through this one for some reason. I have to admit, I didn't love the last two books of his I read either.

Mothstorm: The Horror from Beyond Uranus Georgium Sidus!: Now here is a writer who has yet to disappoint. I loved the Mortal Engine series, like LOVED; and I am really enjoying this new series as well.

The Art of Manipulating Fabric: Fantastic resourse for anyone who sews -- I just got this but I already know it'll be one of my most used references. It's truly amazing, you can check out this google books preview to see what I'm talking about. The section on ruffles and flounces alone is worth the price of admission.

There are also several books I am in the middle of which had to go back to the library before I could finish; the Splendid Table most notably. That is a cookbook that is going on my wishlist. A stack of magazines in the kitchen I need to riffle through and toss. And surely, more books stashed here and there that I am not remembering. I used to knock books off so fast, but with the preschooler at my takes me forever now. Having my booktime slashed drastically has had one good effect though -- I don't bother finishing books I don't really like! Now that is a timesaver!

This week's This Is... theme brought to you by MissK of My Champagne Dreams.


  1. I am NOT reading your blog anymore. You're making me want to spend money. I think I really need that book, "The Art of Manipulating Fabric".

  2. It's taken me years to come to terms that if I don't like a book I don't have to finish it. Old college English major habits die a slow, painful death.
    Like I need to add to the TBR pile beside my bed, but I'm eying that Mothstorm book...

  3. Wow, you're a busy reader!
    Thank you so much for joining in on This Is and many apologies for taking soo long to add you to our blog roll.
    Your added now : )
    Angela xx


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