I am writing this post on Monday while sipping my second iced coffee of the day. Tuesday will find me working the poll for PA Local Primary Voting Day. And, despite my thinking that it will not be at all busy for us – I still don’t think I will be able to get a blog post done on my phone. (Because, you know for certain if I was planning on that, it would be busy! Lol)
Anyways, I am taking the shawl to knit, and I have high hopes of finishing it! Once that is done, I can get back to my Marsa Alam. I did find one glaring error in my pickup of stitches for the neckband so I will have a tiny bit of unraveling to do. But it will be quick to rip out the neckband and redo it and then get started on the sleeves.
Juliann asked me on Monday if my weekend included any sewing. Sadly, it did not (nor did Monday!) I did get the pattern jigsaw puzzle put together and the pattern traced out, but then the reorganization of my sewing/craft room preempted any actual sewing. I hope to spend today cutting out the pattern and sewing up my muslin. I will update you how that all goes later this week!
As for reading, I have had no finishes this week and I am feeling a bit a drift in my reading – usually about now I am planning out my “Summer Book Bingo” books and I am definitely feeling like something is missing because of it! But I do have a plan for my summer reading – which includes reading some classics, and some authors I have never read before. New things can mean new reading excitement! My first book is by Eleanor Roosevelt – It’s Up to the Women – I thought this title was most timely for all the nonsense that is going on right now and a good place to start!
I have no set number of books I want to read but, my over-achiever success from last year is niggling in my brain…although I am not sure I want to repeat that feat! I would rather read more challenging books versus speed reading through a summer. Super long books – fine by me! Books that make me think – bring it on! The summer is all about expanding my reading horizons!
Last summer I read Anna Karenina and it was good, but I did not think it great – Carole suggested that I read War and Peace so that will be up soon in my listening queue. I also have Joe Wilkins novel in the above stack of books that I think I saw on Kwizgiver’s blog, which I am eager to get started!
I am listening to The Great Believer’s – all 1,097 minutes of it. I am almost 1/3rd into it and I hope to have it finished for next week’s post. (fingers crossed!)
I am also reading The Widows of Malabar Hill on my Kindle™ and I will bring that with me to work the polls on Tuesday, so that might be in the finished column by the time you are reading this!
That is all I have for today – a whole lotta not much, amirite? So, inspire me Unraveler’s – what are you making and reading this week?!
Oh, and what classic do you think I should add to my list?
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Post Script: As I said, I wrote this post on Monday morning and by Monday night the Reading Gods had pity on this Summer Reading Fanatic. Mary will be hosting Summer Book Bingo! You can find all the deets here and you will find the rules here and can print your bingo card here! And, yes… I still want you to tell me what Classics I should add to my summer reading!
A huge thank you to Mary for putting this together! XO
I do love your shawl yarn and hope you got it finished while working at the polls. And those books! I think I’m 415th (or something like that) on the list for Spring. I’m considering reading Middlemarch this summer, so maybe that’s a classic you could consider?
Have you read much Dickens? (I am a huge Charles Dickens fan when it comes to the classics.) I find quality is always better than quantity when it comes to reading. 🙂
beautiful outdoor shot! Thank you for your service at the polling site. I am getting ready for a trip and feel like I’m behind in so many ways….I’ll feel better once my list is crossed off.
Oh I hope y’all had a BUSY day yesterday … we don’t have any elections around here til next year (sadly).
I’m loving all the positive responses to Summer Bingo! (thank you for the shoutout!)
Re the classics – have you read all of Jane Austen? I listened to A Tale of Two Cities last summer and really enjoyed it. and I have Great Expectations in my Audible library. and not sure if you’d consider anything by C.S. Lewis a classic, but I highly recommend Screwtape Letters (especially on audio).
I am keeping my fingers crossed that you managed to finish the shawl yesterday! I have a feeling it was a slow day everywhere (I got to my polling place a little before 8 and was only the 13th Democrat to vote — and I think I saw only one Republican had come through).
I’ve decided to do Summer Book Bingo for the first time this year, and I think it will be fun to plan out what I want to read. Usually I don’t plan very much, just pick something new when I finish a book. But making a plan up front might help me get to some books I’ve long meant to read.
Hope you get lots of knitting time at the election today! I don’t remember recommending War and Peace – I’ve never read it myself!
Around here they closed many polling places (Smith lost his polling job because of this) and now everyone gets a mail in ballot. Hopefully, more people will vote! I’m going to read Great Expectations (reread) this summer and you know how much I LOVED Middlemarch.
Have you read Wuthering Heights? My book group read it a few years ago and liked it. I second the Dickens reccy — such a good storyteller he was.
I hope to have a polling job when I retire. I hope you’ve had a good day there and really…that it was so busy you didn’t get anything done! 🙂
Thank you for the shout out! 😀
The book by E. Roosevelt looks intriguing. As a classic, I would recommend one of Willa Cather’s novels. One of Ours won a Pulitzer Prize. The shawl looks pretty. Garter stitch knitting is something I return to over and over because it is so peaceful.