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March 4, 2021

lost wednesday unraveling
posted by soe 1:34 am

Lost Wednesday Unraveling

I’m not quite sure how I missed processing it was Wednesday until now. But it is. Or was. I’m glad the weekend is a day closer, but am not happy that I misplaced an evening in there, particularly one I usually enjoy.

As you can see, it’s been a productive week for knitting. I’ve been trying to knit during meetings in which I take more of a listening role than a presenting one, and that’s definitely helped. Also, the tail end of Recipe for Persuasion was great for knitting while reading, which really can’t be done when reading books with fraught conclusions. (It messes with my tension.) I’m into my last set of colors before I start the toe decreases, so there’s the possibility I’ll have a new pair of socks by the weekend.

Sock Madness begins sometime in the next two days, and I have several weekends with more me time than usual coming up because Rudi’s ski team has some end-of-season races that he needs to coach. I haven’t finished the timed round the past few years, but maybe the extra alone time will motivate me to knit faster. Or it won’t, and I’ll just move on to another project — like last year’s unfinished pair … or 2019’s.

I know I said last week that I was going to move on next to a novel set during spring training, but I wasn’t able to renew Undercover Bromance, so I decided to pick it back up and see if I liked it any more than I did the first grumpy night I tried to read it. The two main protagonists are now on each other’s radar, so I’ll give it two more chapters to get its act together, but I still may ditch it.

I’m also listening to The Midnight Library, which two local Twitter book pals loved and which Karen decidedly did not. It struggles to live up to its selling point — who amongst us wouldn’t like to try on the alternate stories of our lives if we’d made different choices? The author does too much telling and not enough showing, and the protagonist’s life spiral is rushed in an effort to get us to the most interesting part of the story quickly — and thus seems a little insulting to those of us who struggle with mental health issues. But as I wrote earlier this week, I’ve been doing a lot of self-rumination recently, so the concept is pulling me through so far.

Head over to As Kat Knits to see what others are reading and crafting.

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March 2, 2021

top ten characters whose job i covet
posted by soe 1:06 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl asks us to share the top ten characters whose jobs I wish I had. It’s a fun topic, but I admit I had to go back to Goodreads to come up with enough answers to finish this week’s list.

If I didn’t develop educational materials, I might want to be:

  1. Bandette, master thief and righter of wrongs (the Bandette series by Paul Tobin and Colleen Hoover)
  2. Thursday Next, literary detective (the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde)
  3. Phoebe, tv script writer (Red Letter Days by Sarah-Jane Stratford
  4. Dani Brown, women’s studies professor (Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert)
  5. Phryne Fisher, private investigator (the Phyrne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood)
  6. Nina Hill, bookseller (The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Alli Waxman)
  7. Tuesday Mooney, philanthropy leads researcher (Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Rannicula)
  8. Kate, local journalist (The Lido by Libby Page)
  9. Lola Woodby, retrieval specialist (the Discreet Retrieval Agency series by Maia Chance)
  10. Vianne Rocher, chocolatier (Chocolat by Joanne Harris)

How about you? Are there characters from your reading whose career paths you envy for one reason or another?

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February 25, 2021

final unraveling of february
posted by soe 1:10 am

Final February Unraveling

Look! It’s the start of a second sock. Now if only work weren’t back to being so stressful that I can’t keep my eyes open in the evening, I might get further. (That fact doesn’t bode well for my progression in Sock Madness, which kicks off next week.)

To go along with a shorter attention span, a graphic novel (in translation) about a rebellious princess who would rather be off on adventures than learning her royal lessons.

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February 23, 2021

top ten books that have made me laugh
posted by soe 1:49 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl asks us to share books that have made us laugh aloud:

  1. Mama Makes Up Her Mind by Bailey White: Had me guffawing on a plane.
  2. Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair
  3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  4. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens
  5. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  6. Fannie Flagg’s Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven
  7. The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
  8. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  10. Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence

Actually, most of these authors include elements of humor in nearly all of their writing, so I’d recommend picking up any of their titles if you want to be amused.

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February 18, 2021

post-birthday unraveling
posted by soe 1:38 am

Looking Ahead Unraveling

Saturday was a particularly productive evening for sock knitting, so I now have half a pair of socks.

I am still reading Recipe for Persuasion, but since catchers and pitchers have officially reported for duty in Florida and Arizona, I thought it was time to turn my attention toward a spring training novel, The Cactus League by Emily Nemens. I’m looking forward to starting it this week.

Head over to As Kat Knits for a reading/crafting roundup.

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February 16, 2021

top ten mardi gras-colored covers
posted by soe 1:52 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl asks us to share ten books in the Mardi Gras colors of purple, yellow, and green. Honestly, I don’t love cover challenges and thought about sitting this one out. But it seemed like more work at the outset to finish my top ten reads of 2020 post, so I started pulling together library books, figuring that of the 20+ books I have out, surely half must fall into this category. Nope. And by then I was committed, so the rest of the books are from my personal TBR collection that didn’t require dismantling shelves in order to extricate. (Yes, I do realize that makes it less likely I’ll read those books. Your point?)

Anyway, in the end I found 10:

Ten Mardi Gras-Hued Books

They are:

Top row: Fast Cakes by Mary Berry, Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams, Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli, Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz, and Everyday Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
Bottom row: The Runaway Princess by Johan Troïnowski, Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell, Selected Fables/Fables Choisis by Jean de La Fontaine, The Intrigue at Highbury by Carrie Bebris, and The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi

Have you read any of these?

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