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Can I join in yet?

I hope I'm not jumping the gun, over stepping the mark, breaking some blogging etiquette. But darn it, I really want to play and this week's theme is too good to resist. So before I'm added to the official Who's Playing list, I'm just going to go right ahead and start This Is...My Current Reading Material. But first I will say thank you to My Champagne Dreams for a theme very close to my heart and thanks to Angela at Three Buttons for hosting This Is.....

I love books, I have piles of books all over the house. When the AUD was at an all time high of around 98c, well, I just went crazy on Amazon, the recent free fall of our dollar has put the kaibosh on that little habit - poop.

Oh well, luckily we have an amazing library service - you can access the State Library catalogue from home, place a book on hold and get it delivered to your nearest branch. My lovely librarian thinks all I do is lounge around reading books all day, I go through so many. If only...Most of them I quickly skim through, drool over the pictures or pick and choose chapters to read. Great prize winning novels they are not. I'm just crazy about books on parenting, cooking, gardening, design and interiors. Big chunky hard covers, mmm mmmm.

So, at any one time, I might grab any one of these books for a moment's inspiration, starting from the bottom of the pile....

THINK PINK - I constantly have to have this book in my house, it's on high rotation. I'm always renewing it, or placing a hold. It's my Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies. I love the interiors but more than anything I love the gardens.
MODERN COUNTRY STYLE - this is a beautiful book full of simple contemporary photographs. There is also great pattern for a linen curtain that I want to sew, and you know me, the great craft procrastinator, so I've had to renew this too. Several times. And will keep doing so. Until the curtain is done.
JAMIE AT HOME - I bought a copy as a gift, now I'm reading the library's copy.
STYLE - Shannon's gorgeous new book
THE PERMACULTURE GARDEN - Really inspiring book.
MORO - Lots of recipes using some of my favourite ingredients, chickpeas, spinach, paprika and chorizo, so delicious.
YOU ARE YOUR CHILD'S FIRST TEACHER & THE CHILDREN'S YEAR - my two Waldorf inspired parenting bibles.
TOAST catalogues - real autumnal eye candy.
EAT YOUR HEART OUT - I'm only up to page 14 and I'm already spooked. Fascinatingly scary reading about why the food business is bad for the planet and bad for your health.
SOAP NATURALLY - I made the most amazing batch of soap from this book last year for Christmas presents, but forgot to note down the recipe. So I've borrowed it again to make some more.
Amanda's book needs no introduction. I can truthfully say it's had a profound influence on the way I approach motherhood.
LONELY PLANET HAWAII - more about that soon ;)

Next to this pile is a basket full of children's books - I'm constantly reading those of course, and hopefully instilling a love of books to my children.

And behind that is the ubiquitous Keep Calm and Carry on Poster that I bought from here. Now that's something I really do read everyday, because as a mother of two small children, at times, I really do appreciate that marvelous British stiff upper lip sentiment.


  1. Such a fantastic list.
    I love the library as well,was so excited a few years ago when I rediscovered our local library and all the great new books they now have.
    I have the first colour book by Shannon Fricke and it is so inspiring.

  2. Glad to see you are joining in. I love your collection of books, I am glad I am not the only one in morning over the exchange rate.

  3. a great bundle of reads. I worked in bookstores for 7 you can imagine the collection we've got!

  4. Great books, they all look like good reads.. Well good skims at least. I love the library, except when presented with a massive overdue bill!