No Finished Objects this week, despite my planning that there would be! Enter a weekend of yard work and I was left with not much knitting time (and said yard work left me ready for bed! LOL)
So this week you get another progress shot of my Ranunculus.
Thank goodness audiobooks pair well with gardening! This week’s reads were fantastic, especially Drive Your Plow! IMO, this should have won the Man Booker award. I found it hard to stop listening – good thing I had all that yard work, lol.
AND!! This week I have not one, but TWO bingo’s this week! I should have 2 more next week and I have mapped out the remaining books for this card! Summertime and the reading is so good! If you are looking for a square for multiple narrators, try the BBC production of The Hobbit! The cast is excellent! AND, looking for a “heard it on a podcast” book? NPR talked about Drive Your Plow in glowing terms (as did Kym!) I loved this quirky little book.
I have read 8 books this month and still have a couple of days to go, so maybe I can get to 9 books completed in May!
The Hobbit (Dramatised) by the BBC by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
What splendid fun it was listening to the BBC cast! I picked this version to fill in a Summer Book Bingo square “more than one narrator” and this was really quite fun! I enjoyed it thoroughly!
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’ve fallen in love with Mrs. Duszejko! She is incredible! Is this story a mystery? Is this story about animal rights? Is this story about astrology? Is this story about life and death? Is this story about grief?
Yes. Absolutely, yes!
I loved every bit of this wonderfully translated story. It is brilliantly written and the audio version was perfectly narrated. It made me stop, think, and think some more!
“You know what, sometimes it seems to me we’re living in a world that we fabricate for ourselves.
We decide what’s good and what isn’t, we draw maps of meanings for ourselves…
And then we spend our whole lives struggling with what we have invented for ourselves.
The problem is that each of us has our own version of it, so people find it hard to understand each other.”
I highly recommend this brilliant little story!
There you have my week…what about you? What things occupied you this week?
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You had such a great reading week! I love that you enjoyed your books so much 🙂
And I hear you about being too tired to knit in the evening! But your sweater is looking lovely and will be done in no time, I’m sure.
Thanks for the linkup!
Clearly I need to add Drive Your Plow to my to read list after that glowing recommendation! It was available to borrow from CLP the last time I looked, but maybe I should finish one of the three books I’m in the middle of first.
This weekend was absolutely gorgeous, so I’m glad you spent a lot of time out in the garden. Tomorrow and Friday look like they will be good indoor days, so you should get plenty of time to knit and read then.
I’m so glad you enjoyed Drive Your Plow. I thought it was delightful. 🙂
And, yeah. Yardwork and gardening chores don’t leave a lot of time for knitting. (But they tend to be just as soul-filling . . . for me.)
It was a weekend of yard work for me, too, but I still have to weed. Audiobooks to the rescue! I also loved Mrs. D and will be looking for something equally good to listen to next.
I tried reading Drive Your Plow and could not get into it. Maybe the audio version is the answer. Your knitting is gorgeous.
Thanks for the book recommendation. I will try to get Drive Your Plow from my library. I was weeding a bit each day but it is getting a bit hot so I will wait for it to cool off a bit. I know the weeds will still be there! 🙂
The nicer the weather gets the less knitting that I do! Today was grocery shopping day and it sucks up all the free time… I love your knitting and how summery the yarn is.
Your sweater is coming along nicely. I have added Drive Your Plow to my to be read list. I’ve read about it in several places now. Good to have your recommendation.
TWO (THREE??!!) Bingos!! Margene and Patty added Drive Your Plow to my TBR a few weeks ago. I printed a second card today … current reads not filling squares on first card!