Tag Archives: 2015

Books to read that didn’t make the 2015 challenge list

These are the books that I had my eye on to read this year, but didn’t make the list or fit the challenge:

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

The Lucky Country – Donald Horne

The Book Thief – Marcus Zusak

Call The Midwife – Jennifer Worth

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Karoo  – Steve Tesich

The Watch Tower – Elizabeth Harrower

Splithead – Julya Rabinowich

Fetish – Tara Moss

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

The Wild Girl – Kate Forsyth

Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham

Life After Life – Kate Atkinson



2015 Q1 Goals

1) Finish our (Cherish circle’s) do good stitches Red Crosses quilt for Molli Sparkles’s Sewing for Sydney project.

Red Crosses Quilt WIP

2) Schnitzel & Boo’s Mini Quilt Swap

Cotton & Streel Mini-Quilt Planning

Cotton & Streel Mini-Quilt Planning

3) Rebel Quilt

Rebel Quilt Planning

Rebel Quilt Planning

4) Eerie Fireworks


5) Australia


6) Urban Churn Dash: I don’t think this will happen but depends on how quickly the other quilts come together, but I’m thinking of giving this simple sew-along a go using my stashed Waterfront Park fabrics.


26 Books for 2015

So this popped up in my IG feed (originating from Bringing Up Burns) the other day and it was perfect! The lists on Audible, Good Reads, and Wunderlist are growing, and that’s before we talk about the piles around the house. So I finished work early today, and the kids are (mostly) playing nicely, so I’ve made a list of all the books I want to read for this challenge. I’m not honestly saying that I won’t change my mind at any time this year, but at the moment, this is the plan:

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1. A book you own but haven’t read
Once in a House on Fire – Andrea Ashworth

2: A book that was made into a movie
The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson

3: A book you pick solely because of the cover
The Secret River – Kate Grenville

4: A book your friend loves
<Leaving this one free as I’m bound to spot something in my feed through the year!>

5. A book published this year
The Children Act – Ian McEwan (published a few months ago, but might add another later in 2015)

6. A book by an author you’ve never read before
The Extraordinary Life of Frank Derrick – J.B. Morrison

7. A book by an author you love
The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

8. A book at the bottom of your “to be read” pile
Kinda ironic, but Life in Half a Second – Matthew Michalewicz

9. A book with a colour in the title
The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

10. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert

11. A book you started but never finished
Daily Rituals – Mason Currey

12. A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel

13. A book with a female heroine
Emma – Jane Austen

14. A book set in the summer
Instructions for a Heatwave – Maggie O’Farrell

15. A book of poems
Ted Hughes – Collected Poems

16. A book you learned about in this challenge
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo

17. A book that will make you smarter
Craft a Creative Business – Fiona Pullen

18. A book with a blue cover
Past the Shallows – Favel Parrett

19. A book you were supposed to read at school
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

20. A book “everyone” but you has read
Cloudstreet – Tim Winton

21. A book with a great first line
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

22. A book with pictures
How to Catch a Frog – Heather Ross

23. A book from the library
Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

24. A book you loved… read it again
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling

25. A book that is more than 10 years old
Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford

26. A book based on a true story
HHhH – Laurent Binet

Well, that should keep me busy. 🙂