Did you ever have moments in your knitting when you feel like you are not making any headway? This is that time for me in my Eavesdrop sweater… I am knitting but it is slow going, or so it seems. But, I am on the fourth skein and I only have 2 more to go so if I buckle down and put some knitting time it…
Yes, that is the only thing standing between me and a finished object…knitting time! I had a hiccup over the weekend when the Farmer’s Market had all.the.things in and then I had to finish a book which I forgot was due yesterday. My Monday encompassed all the reading (of actual real books which makes it kind of impossible for me to knit and read!)
But, I am back to listening, which is perfect for knitting.
Speaking of reading….
This week’s finishes were spectacular!!
I finished five books! YES, FIVE!!
A Month in the Country was my next read from Michael Ondaatje’s recommended reads list. It was a lovely short little story and I gave it 4-stars. If your Summer Book Bingo square needs a historical fiction book, this would be a great choice! It is post WWI in England is beautifully written.
The Magicians was crazy good! I could not stop listening and loved every minute of it. 5-stars and I recommend it!
Heartburn filled my “with recipes, patterns or puzzles” square. It was a lovely short listen, narrated by Meryl Streep. It is a 4-star book filled with good things and laughs!
The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza is the second in the DCI Erika Foster mystery series. It is fast paced and riveting! I gave it 4-stars and recommend if you want something grittier than Armand Gamache and Three Pines.
Warlight is Michael Ondaatje’s latest novel which might be my favorite book of the year. I know, but what about The Woman Who Smashed Codes, you ask? All I can say is get your hands on this book and read it. Ondaatje is a master word smith. The writing is spectacular, and the story is brilliant. If you want spoilers, you can read my review here on Goodreads. I gave this book 5-stars and highly recommend you drop everything and just read it now!
The audio finishes were thanks to two full days in the kitchen. And, really? Thank goodness for books which made the tasks much more pleasant!
Believe it or not, I am almost done with The Magician King, the second book in the Magicians Series. It is equally good and I am ravenously listening to find out what happens to Quintin in Fillory!
I started Willa Cather’s The Pittsburgh Stories on Monday night, which will fill my “set in the state where you live” square. I love that Willa lived in Pittsburgh for about 10 years and love her description of arriving at the stunning East Liberty Train Station in 1896. Something we have in common… we both first came to Pittsburgh via a train and arrived in the same station! I am enjoying this short little read tremendously and hope to be done with it later today!
I am about halfway through Ohio, and while I am enjoying it – staying awake to read it at night has been a struggle!
Up next in my queue: Less, Six of Crows, and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union all for Book Bingo squares!
And, FYI… I am closing in on my first BINGO!!
But, what about you? What are you making or reading this week?
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five books! gee 🙂 I am in the midst of a gamache and the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir which both are good. The gamache is my treadmill read and that works fantastic for me, makes me want to go to the gym!
Wow! You have read a lot…and prepped a lot of food too…and your knitting still looks grand. It won’t be long now….
I love Willa Cather’s writing. I would recommend The Song of the Lark if you have not read it.
Oh, no. . . my knitting just FLIES along. All the time. (Ha.Ha.Ha.) 🙂
(And, like Vera, I highly recommend The Song of the Lark. My favorite Willa Cather.)
I think it was Stephanie Pearl McPhee who called that “knitting into a black hole”!! Totally been there. I’ve barely even looked at my Bingo card, much less crossed anything off. 😉
I am so impressed by your book intake, are you a speed reader? I know you are a speed listener, as knitting and listening go together.
I do appreciated audio books and have been getting them from my local library, which in fact are buying more books-on-tape. The “Warlight” is next on my list.
I am reading “The Overstory” by Richard Powers, a very long novel but excellent writing and so creative with incorporating trees, lovely trees.
You are crazy! In a good way of course! Hoping to have a couple more checked off my list soon! (And I’m still thinking about those bourbon cherries from yesterday!)
I am convinced that all my knitting projects have a black hole in them — there’s always a point where it seems like I keep knitting and knitting but not getting any farther along!
I’ve been reading much more lately, thanks to e-books (don’t tell anyone, but I read on the computer at work when there’s down time). I’ve finished two books this week: “Lincoln in the Bardo” and “Without a Country.” I didn’t particularly care for either of them, unfortunately, but the former was a library book and the latter a free Kindle book, so I’m only out my time. I suppose with all the reading I’ve been doing, I really should do a bingo card!
That’s a crazy amount of books you’ve finished!
Yes, I think in larger projects there is a black hole of knitting. You can knit and knit and the project won’t grow. I am going to look for the short story (stories) of Cather’s that you mention. She is one of my favorite authors. I love One of Ours and My Antonia.
I hope that sweater inches along.
Great reading though.
What a great start to Bingo! and what a great list of recommendations … I love how we “discover” new books that have been out for years. and I sure hope you’ve knitted through your Eavesdrop black hole. because you need to get that thing finished! 😉
You are a whiz at reading and doing all.the.things. I get so wrapped up in my listening I can’t even knit! I’ve three books finished but no bingo in sight! Listening is the only way to go.
That’s great you are getting so much reading/listening done while doing other things like cleaning. I started listening to audiobooks in the car on my way to work which is a great way to get the reading in and makes the traffic bearable. Nice sweater so far! I know it can feel like you aren’t getting anywhere on large projects sometimes because they take a long time. Good luck!