This week seems to be flying by, doesn’t it?
My bingo card is looking pretty good and I have my first Bingo of the summer!
I finished Spycatcher by Peter Wright for my “banned in a country outside the US” square. I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads, I enjoyed the book but it rambled a bit and was a book I had to read in spurts. I kept having to go back and re-read parts to figure out how some people fit.
I also finished Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon. This book fills my “set in a state where you live” square. I like Michael Chabon’s writing and Wonder Boys did not disappoint. It is both funny and at times a bit sad – the characters are entirely dysfunctional, but that makes them more enjoyable IMO. And, there is so much Pittsburgh in this book! A great read if you live here! I gave it 4 stars.
I listened to Pat Conroy’s South of Broad and wow! This is my first Pat Conroy novel and I loved it cover to cover. The ending was completely unexpected. The writing is spectacular. I laughed, I cried more than once, and I simply adore Leo. This book might be the best book I will read all summer – and perhaps all year. I want to read it again and gave it 5 stars!
Yesterday, I finished Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney. I gave it 4 stars and honestly – I want to be Lillian when I am 85 years old and the writing is wonderful.
I also started and stopped Anthropology of an American Girl. I listened for about 2.5 hours and just could not go any further. Yeah, it was that bad. This goes in the “could not finish” category. I laughed when I saw someone on Goodreads called this a “time suck” – yes, indeed and frankly, I’d like those 2.5 hours back! I do not recommend.
I have been listening to The Help (which I love!) and I just started reading Beartown. So, much good!
The knitting has not been quite as productive as the reading, but good none the less.
I have been working on catching up with the MKAL. I am not through clue #3 yet (maybe today?) However, slow I am going, it is not because I do not like the pattern – it is awesome and I have tried to avoid seeing what the next clues are. I love that the lace work is such an easy to memorize yet beautiful pattern. I am half way done with the first a pair of mitts out of the really yummy organic Rambouillet.
I also finished some gift knitting that I will blog about once the recipient has received it!
What are you reading and knitting today?
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You’re making any resistance I might have to South of Broad (I didn’t like Prince of Tides) futile with your review! I do hope you enjoy The Help and Beartown as much as I did. Your mitt looks lovely and squishy, and your mkal shawl is coming along great. You’ve got lots of reading and knitting goodness and progress this week!
Lots going on despite the heat! I, too, loved South of Broad. And your mitt looks nice and warm (she said longing for Fall).
So much goodness in books and knitting! I had a wonderful time with the MKAL. kind of sorry it’s over!
Yay for a bingo! I have about 50 or so pages left to read in “The Secret History,” but I figured I’d finish that up way too quickly on my trip, so I’m leaving it at home and taking “The Handmaid’s Tale” to reread.
So many good books, so little time! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Lillian Boxfish, I have it on order from the library and it should be here by Friday.
I’m about halfway through the lace section of clue 3 on my mystery shawl and am really enjoying working this pattern.
Great reviews Kat. I want to look into Lilian Boxfish now. I wrote a bit about some books today on my post. Al is reading Furiously Happy and finding it very funny.
Yay for your first Bingo! I’m so with you on South of Broad. And for not a lot of knitting, well, that’s a LOT of knitting.
wow you have gotten a lot of reading done! I wish I was as good as you are sitting down and reading. I have a couple of books I have been reading for weeks now. I like your mittens, I am sure your recipient will be happy. Have a good week!
You are so good! I’d forgotten about Beartown – I’ve got to our test in my squares somewhere. I bailed on Howard’s End. I told Mary the girls were exhausting me! Nice work Kat!
My bingo card is looking pretty wild this summer — so many squares, but no bingo yet! (I’m closing in on two, though.) I caught up with the MKAL clues on my vacation — but have fallen behind on the final clue now that I’m back home. Maybe I’ll have a big push over the weekend??? (But probably not. . . ) Those mitts are so nice!
I have a huge crush on those colors paired together – looks fantastic.
Your really going to town with your reading. You’ll be getting one bingo after another soon!