Is it just me, or does this month seem be moving by and a most rapid pace? Not that I mind at all and the days are getting every so slightly longer, which is a very good thing!
Speaking of good things: Treysta is DONE and is currently getting a bit of a Soak™ and then some blocking. Glamor shots later this week!
And, I even managed to start my Stopover last night, and got a few rows done. I had forgotten what a fast knit this is!
Reading…for all the reading I have done, very little of it was good and in fact most of it was disappointing:
In the disappointing category:
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. This started out really wonderfully but for me just sort of fell apart from about a third of the way in to the end. 2-stars.
Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss. After reading and deeply loving The History of Love this just fell incredibly flat for me. I kept paging back because I felt like I missed something in the story. 2-stars
Sadly, I do not recommend either of these books at all.
I finished my first book in for the “read harder challenge” Killers of the Flower Moon. I thought this was done really brilliantly. It is a fascinating story told from three perspectives – each was better than the last. This was a very quick listen and the narration was excellent. 4-stars.
Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures. This was a recommendation from someone in my knitting group and while I found it very interesting, I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as she did. If you are a science buff, there is so much fascinating information in this book. Also, while parts are true – much of the book is fiction. I gave it 3-stars.
The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld. A well-written and riveting tale – and a quick read! 4-stars. I highly recommend this book.
The Last Tudor which is not that fantastic at all. I am listening and pushing through as I am almost done with it.
Up next: The Orphan’s Tale
What are you making and reading today?
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Disappointing book are a bummer but your knitting is rockin’ the year! I hope to cast on a Stopover this weekend. I have had the yarn for months. Here is my story
Sorry your 2018 reading list has been somewhat disappointing. I had to laugh with your knitting though. I’m using my daughter’s mostly-broken laptop because she needed my working one for school. I kept looking at your photo thinking how wrong the color was and that this computer really was broken! Turned out, you were just knitting a different color work pattern. 🙂 Can’t wait to see how it turns out and now I’m off to find out what a Stopover is.
I’m looking forward to seeing Treysta and love the colors you chose for this Stopover! Here’s hoping you read some more 4 and 5 star books soon!
Oh love your love of Killers of the FLower MOON!!!
I’m into reading poetry right now and a cat book. Im may pick up a new book today that’s on my shelf. I know I’ll pick up my knitting as this flame shawl is rather addictive. I cant wait to see your glamour shots!
You are a knitting machine — and I mean that in the best possible way! You can knit a sweater straight through with no distractions. Wish I could do that.
Killers if the Osage Moon is my next read as soon as I finish The Big Short for my book group next week. Glad to read your 4-star review,
Can’t wait to see the finished sweater after its spa treatment!
I’m currently reading “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” which was handed down by my mother. It’s just so-so. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it’s a little dry (though I guess that’s to be expected for a nonfiction work). I’m more than 100 pages in, so I’ll just continue to read and hope it gets better.
I am SO close to being finished with The Weight of Ink (I predict I’ll be done by the end of my lunch break) and then I have the choice of reading Sing, Unburied Sing, Fire and Fury, and What Happened. Yep. All three are on my kindle right now via Overdrive.
I felt the same way about both Manhattan Beach AND Forest Dark. Bleh. Life is too short to read bad books!
I am working on a super fast scarf (size 19 needles) and listening to a memoir that includes poetry.
You are a trooper for sticking through a book…I received three new books; yesterday.One: Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, finally…but holding off reading it until I get a few other irons in the fire out!
A few oldies but goodies may soon be completed near and excited to share my knitting project in link below:
Oh, how disappointing! I took Manhattan Beach with me to the States but brought it home unread; it’s back in the pile beside my bed. My holiday reading instead comprised Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (five stars – I loved it!) and Dietland by Sarai Walker (for the second time; also fabulous).
I am knitting another Wolkig cowl for a friend, after the first – in hot pink handspun – turned out rather … gynaecological, shall we say! (It’s fine; I have a friend who will absolutely love it.) I’m spinning a gorgeous braid of BFL I picked up on our travels – I am so happy to be reunited with my wheel after two weeks away. I am procrastinating on my Ancasta, for which I still need to spin almost 500 more yards of 3 ply (which means prepping the raw fleece first), so I’m getting my fill of mindless spinning and knitting while I can.
I can’t wait to see your Treysta. Such a gorgeous pattern!
Fast knits are the best! That’s too bad some of your recent books you’ve read weren’t interesting to you. Good you found a good book in the read harder challenge. Hope you find some more books you enjoy soon too.
Here is my link to my blog post for Unraveled Wednesday:
Here’s to better reads ahead!
A link to my post: http://www.spritewrites.net/?p=7658
well ugh … it’s like the reading slump I talked about last week made its way to you!! I finally finished two wonderful books – The House at the Edge of Night (I listened…Edoardo Ballerini is my new narrator crush) and Sing, Unburied Sing. So glad your knitting isn’t in a slump – I LOVE the colors you’re using for Stopover!
The colors in the new sweater are so pretty together. I sometimes abandon books that are not to my liking. I find I am getting more and more particular in my old age.I am listening to The Tenant of Wildfeld Hall by Anne Bronte. I couldn’t find contemporary fiction to download from the library.
A day late with this post but better late than never.
I completely agree with you about Manhattan Beach! Why is it on so many top books of the year lists? Dark Forest is written for a Jewish audience. My niece would love it. You ARE missing something, just so you know. I’m part way through Winter by Ali Smith. She’s brilliant. You ARE a knitting machine! I just finished my first sweater in 4 or so years.
oh those colors are delicious together!! Beautiful! I’m reading a gamache book and loving every word every sentence.