Who Am I?

Thank you for dropping in on my little corner of the blogosphere.  I hope you pour yourself a cup of tea and stay for awhile.

So who am I?  Well, I am a reader.  That is the part of me that appears on this blog.  However, as I've kept blogging, other parts of my life keep creeping in-my faith (I am a Christian), running a small farm, the writer, the crafter, the thinker... Mainly, though, this is the place where I review books and talk about other bookish things, be they read-alongs, the latest book company I've been interested in, or tips for getting more out of your reading.

Here are some FAQs that I completely made up, but I can imagine people asking:

What does your blog name mean?  The name has absolutely nothing to do with quilting.  You wouldn't believe the number of comments and emails that I get asking me if either a.) I like quilting or b.) I would like to look at their new quilt pattern, read their new blog on quilting, or tell them what I think of their latest quilting project.  So, here it is, I Do Not Quilt.  I once pieced a quilt and lost interest (I am a seamstress), but that is it.  Instead, the name refers to cozying up in a squishy armchair, a musty old quilt over my knees and a book in my hand.  I really should have thought about that name a little more when I came up with it.

Why are there never any pictures or other information about you on this blog? I tend to be just a little cautious about personal information on the web, particularly in the form of photography.  So while you may see many pictures of stacks of books or my flock of chickens, you're not going to see any pictures of me, my family, or anybody else.  So, call me crazy, but, at least for now, that's my policy.

So do you do anything for fun besides read? Yes, indeedy!  I absolutely adore being outside on my lovely little farm.  I like gardening, be it flowers or vegetables, and tending to an assortment of animals who routinely make it onto this blog.  I love to run (and have discovered that I can run while listening to audiobooks!  Hooray!).  I also love making anything.  I cook incessantly, always have a sewing project, and sometimes knit and spin.  I also love, love, love music, particularly voice and piano, but also guitar, a smattering of ukulele, and, once, the mandolin.  But I really do love to read.

What are your favorite genres? Fiction-wise, anything written before, oh, 1970 is sure to please me.    However, I have come across plenty of current fiction that I loved.  I don't like extreme violence, gore, etc.  Just generally cozy fiction is a favorite genre. I like humor or comedy, on the nicer end.  I also like a smattering of philosophy, religion, books about writing.  I like to read about cooking and sewing.  Classics are another favorite genre.  All this to say, I have pretty eclectic taste.

Favorite Authors?  Some favorite authors are C.S. Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, D.E. Stevenson, Barbara Kingsolver (everybody needs to read The Poisonwood Bible at least once), P.G. Wodehouse, Jessamyn West, pretty much any memoir (I am incredibly nosy about people's affairs), Harper Lee (even though her only book is To Kill A Mockingbird, she deserves a place on this list), Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters (Anne's work is my favorite), Susanna Kearsley (whose books, for some reason, haven't been reviewed on my blog, but will be soon), Dodie Smith,  Dorothy Canfield Fisher, and I'll stop here.

How long have you been blogging?  Just a little over a year.  You can read my anniversary post here.  I am quite proud of my little blogging project.

Will you review my incredible new book that sounds like it would perfectly fit your reading taste? Why, yes!  I'm working on creating a page with all that information, so once it's up, I can start reviewing your books.

But tell us, why on earth do you blog?  Aren't there enough blogs in the world?  Indeed, dear questioner, you are right.  There are more than enough blogs all over the world on any topic.  However, I have always had the writing itch and this blog scratches that itch.  I also love connecting with other avid readers all over the world.  Besides, I am extremely absentminded and am always forgetting my latest read.  This way, I can just pull up my blog and find what I last read.  It's so much easier!

And those are all the questions I've thought up.  If you have actual questions, feel free to put them in the comments and I'll be more than happy to answer them.

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