A brief dip into autumnal temperatures were enough to spur me on to pick up my Evening Dew Cardigan and a bit of knitting over the weekend while watching The Peanut Butter Falcon and an episode or two of Silent Witness and I find myself less than one repeat away from the bottom ribbing! I am stunned that it still looks (and feels) like I have barely used any of the Briar Rose Fibers Angel Face! (sadly, this yarn is now discontinued, I think Sea Pearl would work well in this sweater, especially with a strand of mohair!)

I am also ready to start arm decreases on the vest for Winston! But, I am a bit concerned about the size so I am waiting for my daughter to give me a measurement before going further…knitting holding pattern FTW. lol

Fortunately, my reading has not been in a holding pattern at all! This is the week that I achieved a coverall on my first SAH Bingo Card! I listened to a version of The Hobbit earlier this summer, and it was good, but nothing compares to reading Bilbo’s tale. I had previously read the book the summer I was 12 years old… and I fell in love with dear Bilbo and Gandalf. Imagine my delight in discovering that 47 years later The Hobbit was still just as magical!

My 25 books from card one:

  1. Collection of Poetry: Columbarium
  2. Originally published in the 20th century: The Hobbit
  3. Recommended by a friend: 10 Thousand Doors of January
  4. Borrowed: Shadow Pass
  5. Set in the state where you live: An American Childhood
  6. Bird or animal on the cover: Late Migrations
  7. About religion: Entering the Passion of Jesus
  8. Classic: The Mill on the Floss
  9. Collection of essays: New Poets of Native Nations (okay, loosely essays, but absolutely a collection!)
  10. Best-seller: Say Nothing
  11. By a new-to-you author: The Unquiet Dead
  12. Debut: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
  13. Any book (free square): The Spendid and the Vile
  14. Set in a place you’d like to vacation: Mourning in Malmö
  15. Number in the title: Victim 2117
  16. Translation: Smilla’s  Sense of Snow
  17. Originally published in the 19th century: Leaves of Grass
  18. Comfort Read: Tartine Bread (literally, a comfort food read!)
  19. Retelling: The Crane Wife
  20. Memoir or autobiography: Dept. of Speculation (again, loosely, but a memoir was how this read for me)
  21. Audiobook with multiple narrators: The Hobbit, presented by BBC Radio
  22. Sub-title on the cover: Eye of the Red Tsar: A Novel of Suspence
  23. Recommended on a podcast: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
  24. Chosen by a celebrity bookclub (at any time): American Dirt
  25. About a person with a disability: Hot Milk (The main character did not have a disability, but her mother did)

Invisible ManInvisible Man by Ralph Ellison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a book I could not stop listening to. What astounded me most was how this book written a lifetime ago, was unbelievably relevant today… scarily so. That made me so sad, that nothing has changed. Ellison writes a compelling story that seems so realistic. I highly recommend this audio version, the narrator – Joe Morton – was fantastic. I highly recommend this book!

The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious-and Perplexing-CityThe Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious-and Perplexing-City by David Lebovitz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In “Pandemic Times” and no traveling, pick up this book an take a journey to Paris. Lebovitz’s Parisian escapades are a balm to a shelter-in-place spirit. From learning French, to visiting a doctor, to discovering the local flavors… it gives the reader a feeling of being there, in the best way!

And with the above two finishes, I am left with just two books to complete my second coverall! Those books? Wind in the Willows, which I am reading at night and am about half way through and Stuart Little, which I should be finished with later today! That will put me at 50 books read since Book Bingo started way back in April!

How about you? Is your project in a holding pattern? Is your reading exceedingly good? What are you excited about for the fall to bring?

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