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January 21, 2020


top ten new additions to my book collection
posted by soe 1:49 am

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, That Artsy Reader Girl invites us to share the top ten most recent additions to our personal bookish collections:

  1. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller: I picked up this at a Little Free Library on Saturday.
  2. Kate Murphy’s You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters: This book came as a freebie with the purchase of …
  3. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: I bought this on New Year’s Day, when one of our local indie bookshops was having a sale, because I loved her debut novel.
  4. A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader, edited by Maria Popova and Claudia Bedrick: Karen gave me this collection of letters for Christmas.
  5. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang: A surprise gift from my parents for Christmas.
  6. The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling: Rudi’s mom gave me the illustrated version for Christmas.
  7. Hillary McKay’s The Skylark’s War: I picked this up while doing some last minute Christmas shopping when I saw it, because I hadn’t realized it had finally been published in the U.S.
  8. Jasmine Guillory’s Royal Holiday
  9. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
  10. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary: All three of these books came from my #TBTBSanta, Helen.

What are some of the most recent additions to your personal library?

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January 20, 2020


monday morning music: ‘a dream’
posted by soe 1:49 am

“A Dream” by Common and Will.i.am.

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January 16, 2020


unraveled and unphotographed in mid-january
posted by soe 1:27 am

This week’s check-in of books and knitting is without a photo because my phone is charging and I am too lazy to go unplug it and to pull out my knitting, which is currently sitting beneath an avalanche-ready pile of laundry on the couch.

So instead, I’ll just tell you. Last weekend I got a row knit on my shawl. That would seem unimpressive (and it is), but since I haven’t done anything besides use its presence as an implement of guilt since September, I’m deeming that success. There is a possibility that I could knit the final row and then bind it off this coming weekend, but let’s not get carried away with things.

On the reading front, I’m listening to Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia. I didn’t finish it on Overdrive, so I took it out on cd, which means I’m way less good about actually listening to it. But I’m enjoying this quest-read about a hospital development researcher (and her friends) who gets caught up in a scavenger hunt/quest game in the wake of a Boston billionaire’s death. I’m more than halfway through and would love to spend some time this weekend listening to it.

On paper, I’ve got two books in progress. Jennifer Chiaverini’s Christmas Bells tells the parallel stories of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow during the Civil War and a contemporary Boston-area music teacher/choirmaster and the organist who is in love with her. It’s fine, but a bit slow-going since chapters alternate between eras and points of view. My other book, We Met in December, is a cute contemporary rom-com, but it, too, is going to shift perspectives. Three books on the go with this literary device is really too many, so maybe I’ll put one on hold and pick up something that can commit to telling a story from a single character’s perspective. I’ve picked up a bunch of the Cybils finalists from the library, so there’s probably at least one of those that doesn’t shift perspective by chapter.

What are you reading and/or crafting these days? (If you want to see what others are working through, head to As Kat Knits for her weekly roundup.)

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January 15, 2020


movies i’m looking forward to
posted by soe 1:40 am

We finally got to see Little Women, which is the movie I’ve most been looking forward to for the last few months. It was utterly delightful. I’m was perfectly happy with the tweaks that were taken with the source material, since overall they were consistent with the story.

But now I need some new movies to look forward to. Here are ten coming out between now and summer that seem promising:

  1. Emma (Yes!)
  2. Onward (Tom Holland and Chris Pratt play brothers in this animated feature0
  3. Sometimes Always Never (A detective film about a love of words? Heck, yeah!)
  4. My Spy (It seems ridiculous to combine a spy with a kid, but I like that kind of ridiculous.)
  5. Mulan (The only live Disney adaptation I’ve been interested in to date has been Beauty and the Beast, but this one looks good. I’m hoping Ming Na has a cameo.
  6. The Lovebirds (“Hilarious murder mystery” sounds promising.
  7. Black Widow (I’ve been waiting for Natasha to get her own film for a decade.)
  8. Dream Horse (A woman decides to breed a racehorse in a Welsh village.)
  9. Artemis Fowl (I should go back and reread the first couple of these middle-grade novels.)
  10. Wonder Woman 1984 (Obviously)
  11. In the Heights (We saw the trailer for this tonight and it looks great!)

What movies (or dvds/streams for those of you who don’t go to the theater) are you looking forward to in the next six months?

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January 14, 2020


top ten bookish discoveries of 2019
posted by soe 1:34 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is bookish discoveries of the past year. I’m choosing to interpret that new-to-me authors I particularly enjoyed:

  1. Comic illustrator Debbie Tung
  2. Author and illustrator Ngozi Ukazu
  3. Fantasy and science fiction novelist Nnedi Okorafor
  4. Author and illustrator Katie O’Neill
  5. Jasmine Guillory, who writes contemporary romance starring African Americans
  6. Linda Holmes, author and NPR host
  7. Author and illustrator Nick Hayes
  8. Writer Jessica Townsend
  9. Author Sonali Dev
  10. Writer Mary H.K. Choi

How about you? What were your bookish discoveries of 2019?

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January 12, 2020


just a january saturday
posted by soe 1:23 am

Just a January Saturday

Sitting outside in a tshirt, reading and knitting, as one does when climate change is a reality…

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