Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Books I am reading.

The Internet has had many influences on my life, all of which have been good. One such effect has been what I read. I've always loved reading - ever since I sat on my father's lap when I was a toddler, and he read the newspaper out loud to me. I was itching to learn to read it myself, even at that age. Dad and Mum indulged me by giving me books for Christmas and birthdays for most of my childhood and formative years.

But as I have got older and busier, I rarely found the time to sit and read a book, so I bought magazines instead until I retired from full time work, and realised I couldn't justify the money I was spending. I spent most of my leisure time over the next few years stitching, which is another activity I always enjoyed but never had the time to do. In the past year or so, some of my favourite blogging friends have been listing/reviewing the books they read, and it has sparked my interest in making time to read books again. Instead of buying them, I go to our local library and borrow them - much cheaper! I do have several thousand books myself, but not much fiction, as once I have read a story, I don't want to read it again because there are so many more that I'd rather read!

The following list are the books I have borrowed from the libary this week:
The Rana Look by Sandra Brown (enjoyed this one. I'll be looking for more by this author)

Girl From The South by Joanna Trollope. (I've enjoyed previous books by J.Trollope, but couldn't get into this one).

Deception Point by Dan Brown. (This author needs no introduction! I read his "Digital Fortress" last month and couldn't put it down, and it was the same with this book).

Hot & Sweaty by Ruth Ostrow (Ruth writes a column for one of our papers, mostly about sexuality and relationship issues. She is very funny; I giggled my way all through this book!)

The Mistress by Victoria Griffiths (this book would have a limited readership I guess; mostly those with some life experience of the subject!)

The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery. I had to wait a couple of months for this book to become available at the library; I was 13th on the waiting list. It was worth the wait, and it is one book I intend to buy a copy of for myself. If you are in any way concerned about climate change/greenhouse effectglobal warming issues, this book is a must to read. Tim explains climate changes spanning millions of years, to help us understand what we are now facing.


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