A Song of Ice and Fire, an epic fantasy series by American author George R. R. Martin. This series is expected to consist of seven volumes, 5 are out. Like its predecessor, A Game of Thrones, it won the Locus Award (in 1999) for Best Novel and was nominated for the Nebula Award (also in 1999) for best novel. Boy is was good and meaty. I put am on the waiting list at my library for the 3rd book. These are long books but so well written that you are disappointed when they end.
I also read the Hour Game by David Baldacci. This is my 3 book by this author and there is one more he has written with the two main characters. It was about 760 pages and the first 3rd was a little slow. Once the pace picked up this book spiraled to warp speed with lots of hair pin twists and turns. I enjoyed it!
I've stitched a little here and there but nothing major, still hunting for my stitching mojo.