Tigerlilly Quinn: Some holiday reading

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Some holiday reading



We agreed on just stocking gifts for Christmas this year for Tom and I. I think it worked really well and something I like to think we will carry into future years. We really don't need anything, (um apart from someone to fix the damp in our walls or check the roof for leaks!) really we have gotten to a point where anything more than fits in a stocking would just take up space.

I found 'The Gloomster' and 'The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories' in my stocking this year. The running joke is that Tom is the gloomster, he does rather revel in being a grumpy old man most days ;) and so he bought me this book to explain himself a little more to me and it really did make me smile.

The second book was the Tiny Book of Tiny Stories which is just beautiful if you ever get a chance to read it. I love looking at each page and the beautiful illustrations on each. It's the kind of book the melodrama in me really adores.

It's been ages since the fourth edition of Lionheart magazine came out and I feel bad I've not mentioned it sooner on here. I was newly pregnant when Lionheart was just in it's initial ideas stages and Hels and I would meet over coffee and lunch breaks whilst she discussed her dreams for the mag and I tried not to feel queazy over morning sickness. Now she has her own beautiful babe, so much has happened in just two years! I've managed to play a part in each edition even sneaking my little fox and badger illustrations into the latest magazine. It's a lovely publication to be part of, do pick up a copy if you can, I think issue four might just be my favourite yet.

What magazines or books are you reading right now? I recently discovered Blogosphere magazine which is all about bloggers and blogging and am hooked, I just received the second edition which I'll be sure to share with you soon!

NB - Tom emailed me when he saw this post to inform me that "You may not have noticed, but it was compiled by Joseph Gordon-Levitt who you liked in 500 days of summer and 50/50. And probably other films with a multiple of 50. It is the most recent (3rd) in a series where people have submitted them to his website hitRECord."

so there you have it ;)

27 comments:

BavarianSojourn said...

Love the sound of Blogosphere mag! Those books are gorgeous. The tiny stories one reminds me of a Japanese illustrator! :)

Michelle Ashmore said...

I love the tiny book of stories, it's adorable! Thanks for the link to the Blogosphere, I'm off to check it out :)

Eileen Teo said...

Not heard of blogosphere! Will have a look! thanks!

Kirsty Hornblow said...

A blogging magazine! Sounds fab, will have to check it out :-)

Keri-Anne said...

i LOVE lion heart magazine. I didn't know you were a little involved. How lovely :) xxx

Ruth said...

Nothing like a good read to rock your world. Good idea re: stocking gifts only

NewMumOnline said...

I should buy that book for my husband "Summer is much too warm" - OH THAT IS SO SO SO HIM!!! We never go away to the sun because of that. Thankfully he loves Poland and when we happened to go (in 2009) it was REALLY hot! Ha! But oh, I can relate. I am glass half full and he is definitely half empty. His excuse being that he is a realist xx

jbmumofone said...

Gosh, some really beautiful illustrations! I am with you on the damp-coursing :(

Damaris / The cat, you and us said...

Lovely illustrated books! I have smiled so much when reading that Tom is the gloomster, Dani is also the grumpy part of us :) Never heard before of a Hit Record book! The project is amazing and so are the illustrations in the book, two great Christmas gifts.

Janie said...

That Gloomster book looks brilliant, I will be getting that. My best (ever) Christmas present was a signed Simon Armitage collection which a friend bought me to remind me that we were all students at Portsmouth Poly once (not at the same time!).


I love your illustrations, & am looking forward to hearing more about the magazine.

Aly said...

What beautiful books Fritha! I'm a sci fi fan so I'm finishing reading Hugh Howey's Wool series.Looks like I'm checking out Blogosphere too.

Natasha said...

Stocking gifts is such a strange idea to me. We only have regular gifts in South Africa. My favourite magazine at the moment is Flow magazine. It's a Dutch magazine, but they have an international edition now. It really makes me want to make something.

Charly Dove said...

Had a feeling The Gloomster was illustrated by Axel Scheffler before I saw the cover. Just goes to show how many of his books we have in the house albeit children's ones! What a lovely idea doing stockings for each other I like that. I was spoilt with photography books at Christmas so my nose is most definitely in those at the moment!

Gretta Schifano said...

The illustrations in those books are beautiful. I've just finished reading The Light Between Oceans and I really enjoyed it. It was one of those novels which I kept thinking about when I wasn't reading it.

Toni-Louise said...

The Tiny Book of stories looks so adorable!! Also thanks for the link to Blogosphere, will for sure be checking that out. :) x

AnnieMammasaurus said...

Love the tears of notes and Lionheart Magazine looks awesome as does Blogosphere - was looking at it the other day toying of buying!

Tanya Hindes said...

I am currently reading a fellow bloggers book 'The gift of life', but I normally read supernatural stuff- so it is quite refreshing to read something different. I love books though and Tiny Stories looks so cute, my little granddaughter would love that.

Suzanne Whitton said...

I write for and edit a magazine, it's so exciting to see it finally land on the mat, all completed and looking lovely. You and your friend must feel uber proud :) I love it that you buy stocking gifts for each other, I think it encourages a lot more thought than just one big present.

Wild & Grizzly said...

I love Lionheart Magazine, i am waiting for my Oh Comely subscription to kick in - I can't wait! Also totally loving The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, can't wait to add this one to my collection x

Aisha Isabel Ashraf said...

"It's the kind of book the melodrama in me really adores." You hit the nail on the head there - sums up how I feel about those kinds of books perfectly! I must remember that phrase... Happy reading!

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

The illustrations in those books are stunning - I want to snuggle in a chair and read them x

Emma V said...

I love the look of The Gloomster. Will definitely check it out. i reckon I am the gloomy one in our family though.

Amanda Fisher said...

Oh what lovely gifts! I shall be checking those out, and the magazines! My mother-in-law decided to get me a subscription to Landscape magazine (one I introduced her to originally) which I am really looking forward to receiving :)

Vicky Wombwell said...

What great book choices. I have known a few people like 'The Gloomster' in my time. The illustrations are wonderful. I do love the sound of the blogosphere magazine - will defo check it out and purchase if I can get funding approval from the OH :-) x

Jenny said...

Ooh, the one illustrated by Axel Scheffler looks great.

DeerLittleFawn said...

The book of tiny stories looks lovely! I've never seen that one before, I'll look out for it now though. Happy 2014 to you! :)

Emily said...

Oh my, I have to source 'The Gloomster' right now!

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