Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Scene of the Blog Featuring Naida of ...the bookworm...!


Like many of us, this week's featured book blogger not only loves books, she loves the needlearts. In fact, she's had her patterns published in Crochet-Pattern-a-Day for five consecutive years. Naida is of Puerto Rican descent and lives in New Jersey, where she's also a wife, and the mother of two children and one chihuahua.

On her blog, ...the bookworm..., Naida shares her thoughts about her favorite books. She prefers reading historical fiction, science fiction, horror, romance, and the classics. If you've never visited ...the bookworm..., I hope you'll take this opportunity to do so. Don't forget to say hi to Naida while you're there!

If you're visiting from Naida's blog-- Welcome! I'm glad you stopped by to take a look at her creative spaces. If you'd like to see any of the photos in larger sizes, all you have to do is click on them, and they'll open in new windows. In order to read book spines, you may have to click on the photo one more time to get the largest size. If you're curious about the spaces of previous participants, click on the Scene of the Blog tab at the very top of my header. There are two ways to search: by Blog Name and by Location. Now let's go visit Naida!

Cathy, Thank you so much for inviting me to Scene of the Blog. I've seen some great bloggers featured here and always enjoy seeing fellow book lovers reading spaces.

I have a wide range of favorite authors; it all depends on the genre. Among my favorites are Stephen King, Philippa Gregory, Jane Austen, Alice Hoffman and Gabriel García Márquez. I enjoy poetry, especially the works of Pablo Neruda, Khalil Gibran and Emily Dickinson. I like reading books that have passionate prose and unforgettable characters. If a book makes me cry a little, I think that's a wonderful thing.

I started my book blog in 2007 and am very happy to be part of the book blogging community.

The built-in bookshelves in Naida's computer room
My computer room has built in bookshelves on one entire wall. Before I began book blogging and reviewing, these shelves were half empty but now they are jam packed with books. I mainly keep the books here that I have read already. I separate them by author and genre. Fellow book loving friends and family sometimes like to come and borrow books from my mini library.

One of Naida's creations keeping company with a few books
Besides reading, crocheting is my other passion. I love to express myself through my crochet. Aside from books being in nooks and crannies in my home, you will also find crocheted stuffed toys, which are my favorite things to make.

Just a bit of Mt. TBR







This is a snippet of my Mt.TBR. This mountain of books grows by the week it seems.











Diego

 
I have a Chihuahua-shaped shadow; his name is Diego. He is never far when I'm relaxing with a good book. Diego is an attention hog and has been known to drop his toys onto my book if I'm laying down reading and not paying him any mind.
When the weather is nice, I love to read outdoors. Here he is waiting for me in a favorite chair.






A few of the many flowers in Naida's garden






I love to read outside within view of my garden.







Another favorite reading spot
Another favorite reading spot when the weather is nice, not too hot, is my kids' trampoline. Yes, I hide in there and read, it's very cozy and I've actually fallen asleep there while reading. Even though I hide and try to find peace and quiet, hubby, kids and Diego always find me.

I think many of us have that same problem of the ever-expanding Mt. TBR, Naida! Your built-in bookshelves make me drool, and I love your opinionated little reading buddy. When you have your trampoline reads, are you on top of it, or underneath? Just curious! I know it's something I couldn't do here in Arizona unless I were hiding underneath. On top, and I'd turn into a crispy critter within minutes!

Thank you so much for allowing us this glimpse into your home and your garden. We certainly appreciate it!

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Don't forget to stop by next Wednesday, when I'll be featuring yet another book blogger in our worldwide community!

32 comments:

  1. Thank you Cathy for featuring me at Scene of the Blog! I'm honored.
    Well, as far as reading on the trampoline, I only sit on there when it's not too hot. It's nice in late Spring when it's just warming up. But then, that's how I've fallen asleep on there...lol. Diego usually runs after me so I can pick him up and place him on it too.

    Thanks again, this has been fun :)

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    1. You're welcome, Naida. It's been so much fun having you here!

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  2. Hi Cathy, Being a great admirer of Naida's I had to drop by and say hello. Nice to meet you, I've enjoyed my visit, PW.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Petty :)

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    2. Thanks so much for stopping by Petty. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing Naida's special spaces. :-)

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  3. Naida's space is great - I can relate to that ever growing pile of books. I love her companions, both the crochet one and the live one. I giggled when she said she likes to hide from her family to read!

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    1. lol bermuda, as much as I try to hide, they always find me :P

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  4. Thanks Cathy for the tour of Naida's reading 'Nooks and Crannies.' I am a regular visitor to 'the bookworm's' blog and always find it an enjoyable visit. Diego is a cute little ham, he seems to like his pictures taken, always poses so nicely, and he is such a cutie. I have tried hiding from family and friends, but they always find me too.

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    1. so true Gigi Ann, Diego likes to pose for his picture.
      I think we all try to hide and find quiet reading time...it doesn't last long though...lol.

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    2. So glad you enjoyed it, Gigi Ann!

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  5. I love your bookshelves!! I've never thought about hiding on the trampoline. Maybe I will try that when it cools a bit here. I love the crocheted giraffe :)

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    1. Thanks Dalene :) The trampoline idea just kind of came to me one day. It looked so nice and quiet there.

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  6. That trampoline has to be the most unique reading spot I've ever seen, but then reading anywhere is good. Love Diego; he does look like a little ham getting his picture taken. Obviously, Naida has thee same problem the rest of us do - so many books, so little time.

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    1. yep barbara, I think all of us book lovers have the same problem. There's just not enough hours in the day.

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  7. Hi Cathy,

    What a great idea to feature other bloggers every so often, it is a very nice thought.

    Naida and I 'talk' quite often, but mostly about our books, as although I crochet, my skills are nothing like as proficient as hers and the extent of my repertoire is crocheting blankets, which are then sold in the charity shop where I vounteer. They are quite popular, even though I say so myself and do sell very quickly.

    I have never come across anyone who has found a trampoline to be a cozy hideaway before, but then I don't have a family and a 'guard dog', seeking me out every two minutes!!

    Lovely post,

    Yvonne

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Yvonne :) I'll bet your blankets are lovely! It's always cozy under a handmade crocheted blanket.
      Diego is definitely a guard dog...lol.

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    2. I'm glad you like it, Yvonne. I know it's been a lot of fun for me.

      Crocheted blankets? I know the recipients must love them!

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  8. Are those tigerlilies? Love those :D
    Great space too

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    1. they are blod...hubby bought them for my garden when we bought the house. They have multiplied and thrived ever since.

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  9. Love your reading spot...especially on the trampoline. :)

    Great post...thanks for the photos and your descriptions.

    I have a lending library too. :) The only problem is sometimes I don't get the books back or they have been ruined. Sad.

    Happy Reading to everyone.

    Love this weekly posting.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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    1. That's the same with me sometimes, and then I feel bad asking for the book back, so I just call it a loss.

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  10. Isn't that the case that dogs, kids and husbands always find you no matter how hard you try to hide? It was fun getting to know Naida better!

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  11. This is the best feature! I enjoyed the photos and this whole post very much. The built-in bookcases are wonderful. Naida is an excellent crocheter! I may need to get a little autumn/winter sweater for my cat soon! :)

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    1. hi suko :) oh, the built in bookshelves are the best.

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    2. Glad you enjoyed it, Suko. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. OH! Built-ins! Love them. Great to meet you, Naida!

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  13. Those shelves are awesome even thoough all those books make me break out into a sweat! I would just want to read them all NOW.

    Happy to know you better Naida.

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    1. lol Jenny, I do have TBR anxiety :P

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  14. I loved getting a peek at Naida's blogging/reading spaces. I can totally appreciate the need to hide from your family to read! ;)

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    1. Lol Anna :) I'm sure they always find you too though.

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