Do you read crochet books? Or crafty books in general? I’m not talking about pattern books but rather about novels, essays, memoirs related to craft etc.? AnastaciaKnits is challenging us to do more of that this year with her 2013 Crafty Book Challenge.
The Crafty Book Challenge
The idea is for each of us to commit to reading a manageable number of crafty books. What is manageable to you is something you get to decide. Just figure out how many books you want to read this year. Each month Anastacia will do a check in post where we can all keep each other updated about our progress, the books we’re liking (and maybe not liking), compare notes, suggest new titles, etc.
Here are the rules she mentions:
* any crafty related fiction book counts, whether it’s quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, scrapbooking, etc.
* pattern books for the most part are excluded, with a few exceptions: for example, books by Elizabeth Zimmermann that are very chatty and contain stories, not just patterns, will count IF you read cover to cover. I won’t be policing you, so use your own judgement.
* non-fiction craft books, such as “Crochet Saved My Life” are included
* any format is fine: ebook, print book, audio book, reread
* yes, you can also cross over to other challenges, if you like
* reviews are not necessary, but would be very nice for the authors (on your blog, on Goodreads or Amazon, wherever)
Crochet Saved My Life is Perfect for This
I was excited to see that when Anastacia announced this challenge, she said that the only book she’s sure she’s reading for the challenge is my book – Crochet Saved My Life. There are a handful of non-fiction crochet books out there that aren’t pattern books, but only a small handful, and I am pretty sure mine is the only one that’s a mental health memoir about the benefits of the craft. I’m proud of filling this niche and hope that the challenge will encourage others to pick up the book. To encourage that, and to support Anastacia in the challenge, I’m offering the participants of her challenge 20% off of the title through the middle of this year. She’s got the code for you; check out her post about the challenge.
The Books I Plan To Read
I am going to try to read ten crafty book this year and am challenging myself to make as many as possible crochet books. I chose ten because I wanted to do one per month but January is flying by quickly and I also wanted a “throwaway” month in case I fall behind.
What books will I read? I’m not sure yet. But some of the titles I’m considering are:
- Yes! I’ve mentioned multiple times that I want to read this YA novel about teen boys starting a crochet business so now I have some motivation to get a copy.
- Mary Beth Temple’s collection of crochet essays titled Hooked for Life: Adventures of a Crochet Zealot. I started but didn’t ever finish this so I want to re-read it.
- The Crochet Woman. If I can find a way to get an affordable copy of this 1930 novel that I mentioned last week then I definitely want to check it out.
In knitting, I’m interested in:
- Laurie Perry’s Home Is Where the Wine Is: Making the Most of What You’ve Got One Stitch (and Cocktail!) at a Time.
- Rachael Herron’s A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way Through Love, Loss, and Laughter
- Kyoko Mori’s Yarn: Remembering the Way Home
In other crafts:
- David Esterly’s The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making
- Aimee Lee’s Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking
- Crafty Girls Talk (book of essays) by Jennifer Forest
So, are you in?