¿Lee libros de ganchillo? O astuto libros en general? No estoy hablando de libros patrón sino de novelas, ensayos, memorias relacionadas con arte etc..? AnastaciaKnits is challenging us to do more of that this year with her 2013 Astuto libro desafío.

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, tejer, ganchillo, costura, Scrapbooking, etc..
* pattern books for the most part are excluded, with a few exceptions: por ejemplo, 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 “Ganchillo salvó mi vida” are included
* any format is fine: Ebook, print book, audio book, reread
* Sí, 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

Imagen de portada para ganchillo salvó mi vida

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 bookGanchillo salvó mi vida. 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 “desechable” 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:

  • Sí! 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 Enganchado para toda la vida: Aventuras de una fanática del Crochet. I started but didn’t ever finish this so I want to re-read it.
  • La mujer de ganchillo. 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, Pérdida, y la risa
  • 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

Así, are you in?


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8 Comentarios

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  2. Anastacia Knits Respuesta

    Primero, Great list of books! I’ll add them to the list tomorrow, I don’t have that many yet so this is a great start!
    Segundo, thanks so much for mentioning the challenge, I really hope more of us join in ! It sounds like a lot of people are starting with your book!
    and third, I haven’t forgotten the graphics i owe you. I haven’t made anything I like, Sin embargo. It’s on my list for tomorrow.

    • CrochetBlogger Respuesta

      @Anastacia Knits No problem. I’m swamped with personal stuff this week anyway so whenever works for you works for me. I’m really super glad you’re doing this book challenge and am excited to be a part of it.

  3. Fusión fructífera Respuesta

    Suena genial!!! Yo estoy en!!! I’m reading your book NOW and I’ve got Elizabeth Zimmerman’s book to read too. Putting my list together

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  6. I read Crafty Girls Talk. I really enjoyed it! It was fun and interesting to take a peek into the crafty side of women’s lives. The only thing is that I read Crafty Girls Talk on my Kindle Paperwhite, so I cannot vouch for the quality of the pictures.

    May I make a humble suggestion? I think you should host a craft-themed reading challenge that includes books, revistas, zines, and blogs. Ver, I love to read Mollie Makes (a craft magazine that’s printed in the UK). I go to my local library and read the newest issue cover-to-cover. I also indulge myself by buying Simply Crochet (a UK-based crochet magazine). They have some awesome articles! How fun would it be to encourage all crafty folks to up their craft-related reading?

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