It was so busy I really should have skipped Le Challenge this month, it is after all a fun no pressure thing. But a theme of Reading. This was made for me. How can I skip this? I have always been an avid reader, from a family of readers. My mother used to say "you are never alone with a book" and "a good reader never loses her place". I took it personally when I lost my place, she had to persuade me it was ok to lose your place occasionally.
My paternal grandparents read, they put a high whatsit on education and reading. The house was full of Biggles books, and Jennings and Billy Bunter. All rather stereotypical, chauvinistic books for boys. I read all those and then worked my way through the works of Agatha Christie on Saturday afternoons at Granny's house. My grandmother had 11 children, how she had time to read I don't know with all that baking, cleaning and making clothes, but she did. Last year my father was unwell, I knew he was feeling better when he requested a book on famine in Ireland his mother had read in the 1950s. He was comparing the emigrant's flight from Ireland in the 1800s with todays Syrian refugees. See granny, your theory on reading never being wasted was a good one.
Last year my bestie Liz and I took part in the 52 book challenge. She read 70 odd and me a meagre 38. The website we joined was rather too earnest for us, so this year we just post our books on instagram and write the odd round up blog post.
Hence my make, a little note book to record my reads in. Liz has always recorded her reads, not for her buying the same book twice. Yes, I have done that.
So, my make.... Made from scrapbooking papers. Cut a 12" sheet of card into 3 x 4" strips. Fold the strips into 4 equal pieces. Fold these into valleys and troughs, hills and dips, ups and downs.
Make a cover, slightly bigger and attach. And there we have it, as the chef says on tv.
These are brilliant wee books. I just filled one with photos of my mother for my sister. They make great little birthday card notebooks too. Fill them with favourite poems, recipes, jokes. Whatever you want.
you'll find me on instagram @helenmidgetgem and my books are listed on #bookishhelen
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