I am happy to say that the Gnomes were a huge hit as was the Half-Beekeeper Cowl – so much so, there was a request for another one!
However, now begins the days of selfish knitting! I am back at my ADVENTurer wrap! I am also happy to report that I got gauge with for the January Gansey with my failed Tegna yarn. It seems much happier to be knit at this gauge – so a good match of pattern and yarn! I will be working slowly on this over the winter – but my priority is to finish my ADVENTurer wrap and hopefully next week I have made some significant progress! My goal today is to finish “days 9 and 10”.
This week, however, is really all about the books and I am sharing with you My 2018 Best Reads! To date, I have read 151 books, I think that number will end at 153 – I have a few days left and I am almost done with Tenth of December and I also would like to finish Meet Behind Mars which is due back to the library on Saturday, so I need to get reading! Of those 151 books, however, I rated 57 of them as 5-star reads! That means that almost 38% of the books I read this year I thought were exceedingly excellent! But, out of those 57 what were the best of the best?
It was very hard, but I have winnowed the list down to 10 that were simply spectacular, with 4 runners’ up that deserve some recognition. These books were ones that moved me deeply, stayed with me, spurred interesting conversation, and made me stop and think.
- The Woman Who Smashed Codes
- The Baron in the Trees
- This is How it Always Is
- Paris in the Present Tense
- The Master Butchers Singing Club
- From a Low and Quiet Sea
- People of the Book
- The Overstory
If you are looking for a book to take you into the New Year, I highly recommend any of the books on this list.
That is all I have this week, but I want to know what you are making and reading! If you wrote a post to share, please leave your link below, and thank you!
Glad to hear the knits were a hit! I’m impressed with the number of books you read this year, and with the fact that you were able to narrow it down to the 10 best. I’ve been thinking about my favorites from the past year and am facing a similarly difficult decision.
That’s almost double the number of books I read – wow! Glad so many of them were great experiences for you.
Amazing reading stats! Enjoy your knitting
Gnomes!! I think I’m on #3…
It feels great to knit without Christmas pressure, doesn’t it? Enjoy!
I am going to knit gnomes. They are too fun.
I am determined to finish this shawl that is taking FOREVER to knit and is all garter stitch. What was I thinking?
I can’t link up–so here’s my link: https://www.kwizgiver.com/2018/12/unraveled-wednesday_26.html
Always fun to see Book List recommendations. My goodness you read a lot!
hurray for knitting for little old you 🙂 I knew the gnomes would be loved!!
I’d say you created a 2018 knitting and reading record! Congrats. Looking forward to your 2019 venture and adventures.
Quite an impressive reading list. The wrap looks beautiful. I look forward to seeing it – in all of the glorious color – finished.
I *almost* bought Fox 8 today, but $17.00 bucks for 21 pages seemed crazy. I’ll be looking for it at the library tomorrow.
Wow. Wow. Wow, Kat! What a fabulous year of books and reading!! I’m ending 2018 on a high note myself and can only hope that continues well into the new year! (also, looking forward to getting back to ADVENTurer today!)
Your wrap looks beautiful! Love the gnomes craze and thank you for your list of books.
Wow, that’s a lot of reading. Always good to have recommendations to fall back on in case- you know-you run out of reading!
Wow, that’s an impressive number of books you read! I am glad to see that you liked Warlight as we gave it to our son just based on the author. Loved your projects, too. Aren’t Susan B Anderson’s patterns fun? Your gnomes must have been adorable!