Michelle Mach http://michellemach.com/blog/ Beads and Books: Reading and Writing in an Arts and Crafts World en RSS2 30 Sun, 16 Jul 2017 18:03:24 GMT How to Answer the Question: What Do You Do? http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/865-How-to-Answer-the-Question-What-Do-You-Do.html book reviews humor writing http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/865-How-to-Answer-the-Question-What-Do-You-Do.html#comments http://michellemach.com/blog/wfwcomment.php?cid=865 0 http://michellemach.com/blog/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=865 (Michelle) <p class="break"><p><a href="http://howtobeeverything.com/"><img align="right" vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" alt="How to Be Everything" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/be-everything-cover-250.jpg" /></a>If you decided at age five that you wanted to be a doctor or a teacher and you're doing that now as an adult, this blog post likely won't interest you.&#160; You have a great answer to that common question, <em>What do you do?</em>&#160; Everyone knows (or more accurately, <em>thinks</em> they know) exactly what it means to be a doctor or teacher.<br /><br />If, however, you have zigzagged through your working life (for example, working as both <a href="http://puttylike.com/what-does-a-multipotentialite-look-like-part-ii/">an electronic engineer and an orchestral conductor</a>), then you might enjoy the new book <a href="http://howtobeeverything.com/">How To Be Everything</a> by Emilie Wapnick. The author runs <a href="http://puttylike.com">a popular website</a> for people she calls &quot;multipotentialites&quot; who tend to be good at many things.&#160; She's also given a TED talk, &quot;<a href="http://puttylike.com/tedx/">Why Some of Us Don't Have One True Calling</a>.&quot; In her own background, she's studied music, law, and film making.&#160; <br /><br />One of my favorite parts of this book helps you answer that &quot;What do you do?&quot; question.&#160; Emilie offers several approaches to this problem in the book and <a href="http://puttylike.com/what-do-you-do-how-to-introduce-yourself-when-youre-a-multipotentialite/">in this blog post</a>. The one I liked involved describing your &quot;why,&quot; tying together an action that you do with an audience.&#160; She suggests, &quot;I help <u>__</u> do <u>___</u>.&quot;&#160; In other words, instead of describing the pottery classes you teach to kids, the volunteer work you do at the children's library, and the talks on creativity you've given to Girl Scout troops, you could just say, &quot;I help kids express their creativity.&quot;<br /><br />In my brainstorming, I took this idea a step further and started thinking about creating fictional characters.&#160; I made a random list of actions and audiences and had fun placing them together.&#160; There's no drawing requirement for this exercise, but I found that some of the combinations were so funny that I couldn't resist. Here's one of my results: <br /><br /><br /><img vspace="10" border="1" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/clown-emelie-web.jpg" alt="I help clowns with mathematics" /><br /><br />So, what do <em>you</em> do?</p> </p><p class="break"><p> </p></p> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:07:00 -0600 http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/865-guid.html July Reading Challenge: Mind and Body Fitness http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/862-July-Reading-Challenge-Mind-and-Body-Fitness.html book reviews http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/862-July-Reading-Challenge-Mind-and-Body-Fitness.html#comments http://michellemach.com/blog/wfwcomment.php?cid=862 0 http://michellemach.com/blog/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=862 (Michelle) <p class="break"><p><strong>July</strong> <strong>Genre Challenge:&#160; Mind and Body Fitness<br /></strong><br />I'll admit that when I looked at the entire <a href="http://www.michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/832-Genre-Reading-Challenge-for-2017-12-Genres-in-12-Months.html">12 genres in 12 months</a>, I found the theme for July (mind and body fitness) the least interesting of all. Part of my reluctance is that I'd rather do mind and body fitness than read about it.&#160; Books in those categories can typically be very dull and textbook-like.&#160; In addition, there's an overwhelming number of books in these categories with many of them based on the author's popularity (think movie stars) rather than real science.&#160; I felt I really had to dig and stretch the boundaries of this category to find books I wanted to spend any time reading.<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Slim-Design-Mindless-Solutions-Everyday/dp/0062136526"><strong><img vspace="10" border="0" align="right" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/slimbydesign.jpg" alt="Slim by Design book cover" /></strong></a></p> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Recommended Read</strong></p> </p><p class="break"><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Slim-Design-Mindless-Solutions-Everyday/dp/0062136526">Slim by Design</a> by Brian Wansick<br />I found this well-researched book fascinating.&#160; It describes how you can make simple changes such as adding a basket of fruit on your counter to make it easier to eat more healthfully.&#160; If you want tips on how to eat less at a buffet just by sitting in a different place in the restaurant or to understand how the arrangement of a school cafeteria can get kids to make better food choices, you'll probably also enjoy this book. I wrote a longer <a href="http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/707-Slim-By-Design-Book-Review.html">book review</a> back in 2015 if you want to know more. <br /></p> </p><p class="whiteline"><p><strong>What I Might Read</strong><br /> </p>Here are the books that made my short list: </p><p class="break"><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Women-Sports-Fearless-Athletes-Played/dp/1607749785/"><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/women-sports-cover.jpg" alt="Women in Sports book cover" /></a><br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Possibility #1: </strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Women-Sports-Fearless-Athletes-Played/dp/1607749785/">Women in Sports</a> by Rachel Ignotofsky<br /><br /><strong>Why this interests me: </strong>I really enjoyed the author's first book, <a href="http://amzn.to/2so0mTw">Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World</a>, which I ended up reading for June's science theme.&#160; It's packed full of interesting facts presented in an engaging way.&#160; It's also heavily illustrated.&#160; (If you're looking for it at your library, you might look in teen section, which is where I found mine.) <br /><br /><strong>Recommended by:&#160; </strong>I spotted the announcement for this new book (coming out in July) on Twitter.<br /></p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/02/23/134003962/Moonwalking-With-Einstein"><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/moonwalking.jpg" alt="Moonwalking with Einstein" /></a><br /> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Possibility #2: </strong><a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/02/23/134003962/Moonwalking-With-Einstein">Moonwalking with Einstein</a> by Joshua Foer<br /><br /><strong>Why it interests me: </strong>This <em>New York Times</em> bestseller covers the year the author spent trying to improve his memory.&#160; I'm always interested in books where people try to test out skills in real life rather than just trust that whatever they read is true.&#160; I remember hearing <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/02/23/134003962/Moonwalking-With-Einstein">an interview with the author</a> when this book came out in 2011.<br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Recommended by:&#160; </strong><a href="https://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/7-books-to-train-your-brain-to-overachieve.html">Seven Books That Will Train Your Brain to Overachieve</a><br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p>I'll be reading one (or possibly both) of these books this month.<br /><br />For other book ideas, check out my <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/beadsandbooks/book-recommendations/">Book Recommendations</a> board on Pinterest.&#160; I'll be adding book lists throughout the year as I come across intriguing ones.<br /><br /><strong>Next Month (August): </strong>Armchair Travel</p></p> Sat, 01 Jul 2017 10:00:00 -0600 http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/862-guid.html Beading Lessons From The Pros http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/861-Beading-Lessons-From-The-Pros.html beads inspiration jewelry tutorial http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/861-Beading-Lessons-From-The-Pros.html#comments http://michellemach.com/blog/wfwcomment.php?cid=861 0 http://michellemach.com/blog/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=861 (Michelle) <p class="break"><p><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" alt="Beading Lessons from the Pros by Michelle Mach" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/beading-lessons-pros.jpg" /> </p> </p><p class="break"><p>This summer I'm learning to bead.<br /><br />Okay, so I've been working in the beading and jewelry field for about ten years now, but that doesn't mean I know everything.&#160; I've recently had the chance to write a few guest blog posts for <em>Beadwork</em> magazine.&#160; I love this kind of freelance assignment that lets me learn new things about a fun activity and then share them with others.<br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p>Here's an overview of what I've learned about beading so far this summer:<br /><br /><a href="https://www.interweave.com/article/beading/12-expert-tips-making-beautiful-handmade-bracelets/">12 Expert Tips for Making Beautiful Bracelets of All Types<br /></a>In this blog post, I share beading and jewelry-making tips I learned from looking at a dozen different types of bracelets.&#160; The process of writing this post reminded me of a quote from Bill Nye (The Science Guy): &quot;Everyone you meet knows something you don't.&quot;&#160; When you look at a jewelry tutorial in a magazine, book, or online, try to look past any obvious stumbling block.&#160; So you hate the color combination and technique that the designer chose.&#160; Can you learn anything that you can use in your own project such a new way to attach a clasp?<a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=mvevDnXIar8&amp;mid=37853&amp;murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.interweave.com%2Fstore%2Fsweet-bumblebee"><img align="right" vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" alt="Beaded Bees by Nancy Cain" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/beadedbees.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><a href="https://www.interweave.com/article/beading/7-reasons-will-love-kumihimo-instructor-jill-wiseman/">7 Reasons You Will Love Kumihimo (and Instructor Jill Wiseman)</a><br />I took Jill's kumihimo class at a bead show a few years ago and found her to be an excellent teacher.&#160; Of course, I didn't do any kumihimo when I returned home after class, so I promptly forgot everything.&#160; Viewing her video renewed my appreciation of this technique.&#160; The finished braid looks so cool and doesn't take a lot of expensive tools to make.<br /><a href="https://www.interweave.com/article/beading/secrets-to-successful-structural-peyote-stitch-jewelry-with-nancy-cain/"><br />Secrets to Successful Structural Peyote Stitch with Nancy Cain</a><br />Watching Nancy teach, I gained a much deeper understanding of thread tension.&#160; I hadn't fully grasped its importance early on, which lead to some wonky projects early in my beading life.&#160; Plus, I learned from Nancy how to make beaded beads without beading around a structure, which is just awesome! I am totally in love with her little <a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=mvevDnXIar8&amp;mid=37853&amp;murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.interweave.com%2Fstore%2Fsweet-bumblebee">beaded bees</a> and I'm not a big fan of insect-themed crafts. <br /><br /><a href="https://www.interweave.com/article/beading/design-jewelry-like-pro-using-two-hole-shaped-beads/">How to Design Beaded Beads Like a Pro Using Two-Hole Shaped Beads</a><br />I'm intrigued by Cindy Holsclaw's scientific background.&#160; Copying her methodical approach to jewelry design could save me a lot of time in the future.&#160; My own approach tends to be messier and more frustrating.<br /><br /><strong>Your Turn ...</strong></p> </p><p class="break"><p>I'm currently writing a blog post for <em>Beadwork</em> about bead stitches and would love to know if you have a favorite.&#160; Which bead stitch do you like best and why?&#160; Feel free to leave a comment here on this blog post or send me an email by Monday, June 26, 2017.&#160; Selected comments may appear in the blog post.&#160; (I'll contact you if I want to use your comment.)&#160; Thanks!<br /></p></p> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0600 http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/861-guid.html Creativity Tip: Slow Down and Write By Hand http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/859-Creativity-Tip-Slow-Down-and-Write-By-Hand.html crafts inspiration writing http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/859-Creativity-Tip-Slow-Down-and-Write-By-Hand.html#comments http://michellemach.com/blog/wfwcomment.php?cid=859 0 http://michellemach.com/blog/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=859 (Michelle) <p class="break"><p><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" alt="Slow down and write by hand" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/slow-down-write-hand.jpg" /><br /><br />When is the last time you used a pen or pencil?<br /><br />I try to write a little by hand every day even if it's just a a grocery list or an address on an envelope.&#160; It's funny how difficult and awkward the physical movement of holding a pen can be after just a little time away.<br /><br />Writing by hand is slower than typing, but studies have shown that <a href="https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-learning-secret-don-t-take-notes-with-a-laptop/">writing by hand instead of using a keyboard does improve memory and retention</a> among students.&#160; I definitely remember more of what I hand write, which is one reason I really enjoy working with positive quotes in my handmade work.&#160;If I'm going to have extra words rattling around in my head, I want them to be good ones!&#160; Many artists and creative types do seem to have a lot of negative thoughts (&quot;I can't do this ... I'm terrible at it ...&quot;).&#160; Trying to tip your thought balance back into the positive realm could help your artistic production.<br /><br />Some people have found that <a href="http://lifehacker.com/journaling-showdown-writing-vs-typing-1792942629">those who journal by hand find it more cathartic</a> than those who typed their thoughts onto a computer.&#160; If you're feeling disconnected from your work, a little writing by hand may be just the thing you need.<br /><br />In addition, some physicians say that writing by hand <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/33508/4-benefits-writing-hand">keeps you mentally sharp</a> as you get older.<br /><br />Need a little inspiration to get started?&#160; Here are two recent examples of positive quotes from my own creative work table:<br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>&quot;Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.&quot; - Henry James</strong><br /><br />As with many quotes floating around on the Internet, its origins are rather dubious.&#160; One writer did track down <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lev-raphael/a-killer-kindness-quote_b_9063666.html">the original in a biography</a>, although there are still questions about who Henry James was speaking to and under what circumstances.&#160; Regardless, it's a quote that's stuck with me during the last few months with so much negativity in the news and social media.&#160; (If you need a quick a story of kindness, check out the recent one where our local <a href="http://kdvr.com/2017/06/11/police-search-helps-reunite-lost-stuffed-animal-with-family/">police reunited a kid with a lost stuffed animal</a>.)<br /><br />Earlier this week I took some time to paint my own version of this quote.&#160; I've been doing quite a bit of painting and drawing this year and really enjoy it.<br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" alt="Be Kind" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/3-things-be-kind.jpg" /> </p> </p><p class="break"><p> </p><strong>&quot;I am not a teacher, I am an awakener.&quot; - Robert Frost<br /><br /></strong>I've found that hand stamping with metal stamps and a hammer has a similar effect on me that using a pen does.&#160; Yes, I'm not forming the words entirely by hand, but I do have to think about the placement of each individual letter, which does cause me to slow down.&#160; Plus, I find that the repetitive hammering does seem to sear the words into my brain.&#160; This is one reason why I'm particular about <a href="https://www.etsy.com/michellemach/listing/157375139/custom-bookmark-with-quotation-unique">custom bookmark orders</a>. Each one takes a lot of time to make, so I want the words I'm spending time with to be positive ones.&#160; (I don't care if the words are from someone famous or not or if they're beautifully worded.&#160; A bookmark that says &quot;Happy Birthday to the Best Mom Ever!&quot; counts as a positive in my book.) I really enjoyed this teaching quote for a recent custom order.<br /><br />The best teachers do seem to encourage their students to make discoveries on their own. Again, I was unable to verify this quote, but I did find some related information in the book <em>The Road Not Taken: A Selection of Robert Frost's Poems with an Introduction and Commentary by Louis Untermeyer</em>. In the book, the author described Frost as someone who &quot;liked to teach anywhere except in the classroom.&quot;&#160; He also describes Frost's function as a college professor as one who was &quot;not to instruct, but to excite, to infuse with warmth, and to act as 'sort of poetic radiator.' &quot; So it does seem plausible that Robert Frost said or wrote something like this.<br /> </p><p class="break"><p><a href="https://www.etsy.com/michellemach/listing/157375139/custom-bookmark-with-quotation-unique"><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/not-a-teacher-bookmarks.jpg" alt="I am not a teacher quote" /></a><br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p> </p><strong>Your Turn ...</strong> <br /><br />Use the medium of your choice to create some word-y art and see if it leaves you feeling more relaxed and positive.&#160; You could embroider or cross-stitch a favorite quote on cloth with thread.&#160; Or you could <a href="https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2016/03/quilt-with-words/">quilt with words</a>.&#160; You could <a href="https://dearhandmadelife.com/how-to-make-a-diy-carved-rubber-stamp/">carve a stamp block</a> with a special saying.&#160; You can find <a href="https://www.thespruce.com/free-charted-peyote-stitch-patterns-4120982">peyote stitch charts with the alphabet</a> to create your own seed bead bracelet.&#160; I've even seen <a href="https://www.interweave.com/article/knitting/here-come-the-poetry-mittens/">knitters create mittens with words</a> on them. Go for it!<br /></p> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:03:00 -0600 http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/859-guid.html June Genre Reading Challenge: Science Fiction and Science Factual http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/858-June-Genre-Reading-Challenge-Science-Fiction-and-Science-Factual.html book reviews http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/858-June-Genre-Reading-Challenge-Science-Fiction-and-Science-Factual.html#comments http://michellemach.com/blog/wfwcomment.php?cid=858 0 http://michellemach.com/blog/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=858 (Michelle) <p class="break"><a href="http://www.michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/832-Genre-Reading-Challenge-for-2017-12-Genres-in-12-Months.html"><img align="right" vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" alt="12 Genres in 12 Months Reading Challenge" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/12genre-small.jpg" /></a> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>June</strong> <strong>Genre Challenge:&#160; Science Fiction and Science Factual<br /></strong><br />As I mentioned in <a href="http://www.michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/850-The-Muddled-Mess-of-Inspiration.html">an earlier blog post</a>, I've been fascinated by science this year even though I have no science background.&#160; I've been making <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/michellemach?section_id=18819234">handmade jewelry and accessories with science themes</a> and recently wrote a blog post for <em>Beadwork</em> on <a href="https://www.interweave.com/article/beading/design-jewelry-like-pro-using-two-hole-shaped-beads/">a scientist-turned-bead-artist</a>.&#160; So I was excited to see that June's theme in the <a href="http://www.michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/832-Genre-Reading-Challenge-for-2017-12-Genres-in-12-Months.html">12 genres in 12 months</a> reading challenge is science fiction and science factual.&#160; <br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Recommended Reads</strong></p> </p><p class="break"><p>I haven't read a lot in this area, but here are a few favorite science-related books I've read and enjoyed over the years:</p> </p><ul> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2rFozZr">Bellwether</a> by <a href="http://www.sftv.org/cw/">Connie Willis</a><br />I have a soft spot in my heart for this science fiction book in part because I won a local writing contest writing my own fiction story about trends (a theme in the book). Plus, there's sheep and a weird workplace office environment that rang very true to my own experiences.<br /></li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2rFw8zi">Bimbos of the Death Sun</a> by <a href="http://www.sharynmccrumb.com/">Sharyn McCrumb</a><br />A funny mystery that takes place at a science fiction convention. I have a feeling that I missed some of the in-jokes that a science fiction nerd would have caught, but still found it amusing.<br /> </li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2qC3vir">Lab Girl</a> by <a href="https://hopejahrensurecanwrite.com/">Hope Jahren<br /></a>A memoir that answers the questions, &quot;What's it like to be a scientist? What do scientists do all day? What do they worry about?&quot;<br /></li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2rpzh5n">The Martian</a> by <a href="http://www.andyweirauthor.com/">Andy Weir</a><br />What if you were stranded on Mars?&#160; How would you survive?&#160; (A good movie, too!)</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2rV7iLv">When You Reach Me</a> by <a href="http://www.rebeccasteadbooks.com/">Rebecca Stead</a><br />One of my favorite books from <a href="http://www.michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/741-50-Years-of-Newbery-Medal-Winners-Book-Inspired-Art-for-2016.html">my Newbery Book Award project</a>. A good middle grade book for those who liked<em> A Wrinkle in Time</em>.<br /></li> </ul><p> </p><p class="whiteline"><p><strong>What I Might Read</strong><br /> </p>Here are the few books that made my short list: </p><p class="break"><p><a href="http://amzn.to/2so0mTw"><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/women-in-science.jpg" alt="Women in Science" /></a><br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Possibility #1: </strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2so0mTw">Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World</a> by Rachel Ignotofsky<br /><br /><strong>Why this interests me: </strong>I'm certain I can't name even close to 50 female scientists, so I thought that this book would help me broaden my knowledge in this area.&#160; The only female scientist I remember reading about outside of school was Maria Mitchell.&#160; Almost all the biographies for kids at that time were either books about men or women who gained fame through their relationship to a man (such as marrying a man who became President). <br /><br /><strong>Recommended by:&#160; </strong>I found this book just by Googling the words &quot;women in science.&quot;&#160; Not always the way I get my book recommendations, but sometimes it works!<br /></p><a href="http://amzn.to/2qBXfqC"><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/martian-chronicles.jpg" alt="The Martian Chronicles" /></a><br /> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Possibility #2: </strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2qBXfqC">The Martian Chronicles</a> by Ray Bradbury<br /><br /><strong>Why it interests me: </strong>Since I've read so little science fiction, I wanted try a book that's listed as a classic.&#160; Ray Bradbury is a writer I admire, always advising writers to write consistently and not wait for inspiration.&#160; (A favorite piece of advice: &quot;Write a short story every week. It's not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.&quot;) I always picture him <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2012/06/ray-bradbury-and-the-dime-at-a-time-typewriter-of-fahrenheit-451.html">writing on those rented typewriters at the library</a>.<br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Recommended by:&#160; </strong><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/tech/Best-Science-Fiction-Books-29835523">The Sci-Fi Classics You Need to Read Before You Die</a><br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><a href="http://amzn.to/2snGK22"><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/jane-austen-project-cover.png" alt="The Jane Austen Project" /></a><br /> </p> </p><p class="break"><p> <strong>Possibility #3: </strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2snGK22">The Jane Austen Project</a> by Kathryn A. Flynn<strong> </strong><br /><br /><strong>Why it interests me: </strong>I came across this title when looking at potential <a href="http://www.michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/853-May-Genre-Reading-Challenge-Historical-Fiction.html">historical fiction books</a> for May.&#160; The premise is intriguing: two researchers from the future are sent back in time to recover an unpublished novel by Jane Austen.<br /><strong><br />Recommended by: </strong><a href="https://media.bookbub.com/blog/2017/02/28/historical-fiction-books-inspired-by-real-life-women/">7 Historical Fiction Books Inspired by Real-Life Women</a><br /><br />I'll be reading one (or possibly more) of these books this month.<br /><br />For other book ideas, check out my <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/beadsandbooks/book-recommendations/">Book Recommendations</a> board on Pinterest.&#160; I'll be adding book lists throughout the year as I come across intriguing ones.<br /><br /><strong>Next Month (July): </strong>Mind and Body Fitness.&#160; I have no idea what I'll be reading for this theme.&#160; Maybe a biography of an athlete?<br /></p></p> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:13:00 -0600 http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/858-guid.html