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September 24, 2020


post-tdf unraveling
posted by soe 1:35 am

Welcome to Wednesday, when it’s time to share what we’re reading and crafting.

Today I’m not doing that. I’m exactly in between that and am giving photographic evidence of that limbo:

Post-TdF Unraveling

Here we have Reyna, my Tour de France Knitalong project, off the needles. I still need to weave in my two ends and block it, but that’s what the weekend is for. I’ve not picked up another project to work on yet.

We also have Love Lettering, by Kate Clayborn, which I picked up at the library tonight. I haven’t started it yet, but might take it with me to the beach tomorrow.

Head over to As Kat Knits for the weekly roundup.

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September 22, 2020


top ten fall 2020 reads
posted by soe 1:47 am

It’s time for my favorite seasonal list this week at That Artsy Reader Girl — the top ten books on my autumn to-be-read list.

This fall, it’s a combination of new releases from old favorites, seasonally slanted books (spookier reads, Latinx characters, and political themes), and topical titles I’ve recently bought:

  1. Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas
  2. Jasper Fforde’s The Constant Rabbit
  3. Brandy Colbert’s The Voting Booth
  4. The Night Country by Melissa Albert
  5. Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya
  6. Sandra Cisneros’ A House of My Own: Stories from My Life
  7. Zadie Smith’s Intimations
  8. So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  9. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
  10. Aiden Thomas’ Cemetery Boys

How about you? What are you looking forward to reading this fall?

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September 17, 2020


mid-september unraveling
posted by soe 1:55 am

Here is today’s haul of books from the library. Apparently I was going for face books by non-American authors in my book requests. Any nominations for which I should start first?

Mid-September Unraveling

I don’t know if it’s just seasonal allergies kicking in or a temporary malaise because of passing the six-month mark since shutdown or the noticeably earlier sunsets, but I’ve just been really tired this week.

And it shows with my Tour de France shawl, which has not grown much since the weekend. I’m going to have to up my pedal stroke (or at least stay awake) if I want to be on the medal stand in Paris on Sunday.

Head over to As Kat Knits to see what other people are knitting and reading.

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September 15, 2020


favorite 2020 covers so far
posted by soe 1:33 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl invites to post about covers. I gave a brief thought about trying to be clever and post about either book adaptations or about songs about books, but I figured I’d need those for a future Tuesday topic and then I’d regret playing things loose and fast tonight.

So instead I’ll share with you my four favorite covers of things I’ve been read so far this year:


The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Oona Out of Order

Maggy Garrisson

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September 8, 2020


books i wish i’d read as a kid
posted by soe 12:13 am

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl is a little open ended, inviting us to consider books for our younger selves. However, what I want at the end of a long weekend is simple and concrete (although I kept having to expand my parameters to get to 10, so I failed). Here, then, are ten books that were published before I left middle school that I liked as an adult and probably would have loved as a kid:

  1. The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper: Adolescent and teen me would have loved the moodiness of this series.
  2. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin: This caper is great for any age, but I would have loved it when I was in elementary school.
  3. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson: I read Paterson’s teen novels and come up with no reason for why I skipped this one, but I had a penchant for melodramatic death novels as a kid.
  4. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende: I liked the movie a lot.
  5. The Diddakoi by Rumer Godden: I haven’t read this novel about a Romani orphan with a 21st-century lens and don’t remember enough about it to know whether it would be considered offensive by today’s standards. But when I read it in 2001, I loved it and know my younger self would have as well. (I enjoyed several of her doll books as a kid.)
  6. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster with illustrations by Jules Feiffer: I discovered this fantasy novel when I was in college, skivving off from class in the stacks of children’s books housed between my classroom door and the restroom.
  7. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg: This is another book I didn’t discover until college, but this time thanks to my friend Rebecca.
  8. The Tales of Magic series by Edward Eager: My bff, Karen, gave me the first few novels of this series when I moved away to D.C.
  9. The Swallows and the Amazons series by Arthur Ransome: This is a series that just didn’t get the attention in the U.S. that it should have (or maybe it had fallen out of favor, although I don’t see them in used bookstores like I would expect to if that had been the case) until after the first couple Harry Potter books were published.
  10. Matilda by Roald Dahl: Charlie made his rounds in my sixth-grade class, but this book-loving, butt-kicking girl arrived just a little too late for us.

How about you? Are there books that were around when you were a kid that you didn’t get to until years later?

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September 3, 2020


first week of le tour unraveling
posted by soe 1:46 am

First Week of Le Tour Unraveling

Four days in and my shawl is currently about half the size of a washcloth, or roughly the size of a hardcover book. I’m enjoying knitting on it so far.

I’ve got three books on the go at the moment. I started a graphic novel this evening — Maggy Garrisson by Lewis Trondheim with illustrations by Stéphane Oiry. It’s about a scrappy young woman who starts working at a detective agency, only to have the detective beaten up less than a week into her employment. It reminds me of Stumptown. (I haven’t actually read the Stumptown graphic novels, so it just reminds me of the tv adaptation.)

I’ve also got We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry going. It’s set in a New England high school in 1989, where I also could be found that year. I’m finding it very familiar, although I’m hard pressed to believe something set during my lifetime is considered historical fiction.

Speaking of historical, my final read is the audiobook of Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary, set in 1920s London. It is full of cartoonish villains and bias, but I find Tommy and Tuppence so utterly charming that I’m not put off the way I have been with similar novels.

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

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