Books, Books, Books

At our house, we have about 3000 books. They live in two huge floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and they make a nice backdrop for both our family and our dining room. Movers usually hate us as soon as they set eyes on those shelves, and I can’t blame them. Books have a tendency to pile up, especially when you grow up on reading as I did (lonely kid, sucked at sports, stressed out parents – you get the gist), read your way through childhood and puberty, blew through Science Fiction in your early twenties, went through an intense serial killer mystery phase next, and only came to a screeching halt when you became a mom and got a life.

As the proud owner of an e-reader, I’ve lately become reluctant to add any more to those shelves, with the exception of gifts and the free copies I get from translations. One of those just arrived, it’s the book I worked on last fall, ‚Bistronomy‘ (‚Food Revolution‘ in German). It was a true joy for me to hold it in my hands for the first time :-). I’m reasonably proud of it, and hope ‚my‘ author, Australian food blogger Katrina Meynink, will make a splash in the German market.

And then a few weeks back, shortly before I blew my shoulder and couldn’t write for a while, I received another cool book in the mail. It’s this crafts book by fellow blogger, writer and crafts aficionado Paula Matos, and I promised I’d write her a review here. I’m so happy to finally be able to keep that promise – my sincerest apologies for the delay, but I was in a lot of pain, and barely managed everyday life one-handedly. Inflamed shoulders are not for the weak-hearted.

Paula’s book is called ‚Häkel dich glücklich‘, and it consists of a selection of awesome photo tutorials for very cute and easy to do decorative crochet projects. In the back, there are also photographed tutorials of crochet basics for absolute beginners, and I have to say I wish I’d had that book on my hands when I was first force-taught how to crochet by my teacher Ms Enzinger in grade school. (It’s actually no small feat for me to have overcome my trauma from back then, and surprising that my fingers remained intact – my dignity certainly didn’t!)

Paula has great taste and sense of color – in fact, the whole book is simply bright, beautiful, and inspirational. She does wonderfully easy to follow tutorials, and those who know me will appreciate that I’m not saying this lightly. As I have written before, patterns are usually not for me, and I forgo them whenever I can. But I will try to make Paula’s pin cushions from page 45, because I love them so much. See how pretty they are? They look good enough to eat!

There’s many more fun projects in there, you even get to make that owl from the cover if you want. So if you find yourself in the German DIY crafts universe, looking for a lovely crochet book, I highly recommend you go with this one. It’ll teach you without depressing you by being too complicated, and it will make you want to boldly dive into the world of crochet, yarn and color. Paula, congratulations on a great book, and may it become wildly successful!

The last book I will mention today is the one I’m currently translating. It’s a romance novel, by a very popular author who has written herself into the prestigious N.Y. Times best seller list. I’m really excited to try my hand at something that has a little more zing to it than my usual nonfiction. The story takes place in sunny Texas, so that’s where I need to get back to now, raisin‘ my haaat to y’all with a hearty Yee-Haw!!!

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Enjoy the lovely month of June, everyone!

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