When I'm overloaded with work, like right now, I like to escape into a plot driven book series with a group of friendly characters. Alexander McCall Smith has several series that I read from time to time. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series being my favorite.
I am currently sucked into a series that is new to me all about a bunch of quilters, thanks to Linda Sparks of Farthingales (the corset supply website).
It is the Elm Creek Quilts series by Jennifer Chiaverini. Here is a link to her website.
The stories center around an old mansion and a bunch of quilters who are friends. But the plots vary widely, sometimes going back into historic times. I'm currently in the middle of book five. I like to read books in a series in order, if at all possible.
I want to share one more book thing with you all. I found my all time favorite short story on line where you can read it for free.
The name is Career Move by Martin Amis. This link will take you to the story.
In it he creates an alternate world, where the idea of who succeeds and and who struggles is turned on it's head. Every time I read it I laugh out loud.
Let me know if you like it, too.
AND, I'm happy to announce that next week is Theresa LaQuey week. She will be sharing her sketches and work on several Steampunk designs for Simplicity.