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June 30, 2016

late-june yarning along
posted by soe 2:18 am

Late-June Yarning Along

Look! Color changes! Thirteen more teeth than last week! This continues to be mindless knitting easily worked on during tv, meetings, and baseball games.

I realized late last week that I really wasn’t enjoying Big Magic. I may skim a few sections later in the book to see if she ever gets around to something that resonates with me, but otherwise I may give it up. (Giving up a book during the library’s summer reading program is painful, but that really ought not to be a reason to keep reading a book that sprains my eye-rolling muscles.)

Instead, I’ve turned to two books relevant to my summer holidays. Summer of the Gypsy Moths is written by a woman from and takes place in the Cape Cod town where we vacationed earlier this month. We’ve started out the book with a dead (of natural causes) body (which two pre-teen girls are going to bury in the garden), so it definitely catches you.

Modern Lovers has appeared on every summer reading list I’ve seen this year and focuses on a group of college friends in their forties. How could I, in the year of my 20th reunion from college not at least give it a shot? I’m looking forward to getting started on it tomorrow.

(Apologies for the glare-filled shot. I dozed off on the couch after volleyball tonight and am too tired to retake it.)

What are you reading these days?

Yarning along with Ginny at Small Things.

Category: books,knitting. There is/are 8 Comments.

Beautiful knitting! And, I second giving up on a book that is not “read worthy” – time is much to precious and life is far too short to read books that do not engage you!

Comment by AsKatKnits 06.30.16 @ 7:50 am

I quite liked _Modern Lovers_! So much so that I accidentally tried to read it again and got a few pages in before realizing I’d already read it!!

Comment by Jenn 06.30.16 @ 7:55 am

I also gave up on that book! I think I saw it on your blog during a previous Yarn Along and my library had it. I hate giving up on books too but life is too short… and that book was rather whiny.

Comment by Laura G. 06.30.16 @ 10:40 am

@Laura G.: I’m glad I’m not alone. As I said, it just made me roll my eyes a lot. Lots of people seem to get something out of it, but just not me.

@Jenn: Good to know!

@AsKatKnits: Thanks! It’s all the yarn! And I agree. I mean, I clearly add books to my TBR list way faster than I’ll ever get to reading them (unless, of course, I figure out how to get paid just to read).

Comment by soe 06.30.16 @ 2:40 pm

I say give up on Big Magic and go find something that grabs you from the get-go. There’s nothing like that feeling of being immediately whisked away to another place, and continuing your search for a book that can do that is more important than finishing one that you knew you probably wouldn’t like anyway.

I don’t think I could read a book with “gypsy moths” in the title right now. I am too mad at the gypsy moth caterpillars for stripping all of our oaks. But Modern Lovers sounds like a good choice. I might pick up a copy, too.

Comment by Karen 07.01.16 @ 9:00 am

I just finished H is for Hawk. It was good.

Comment by kathy b 07.01.16 @ 6:26 pm

@Karen: I returned Big Magic to the library and the hold list excited to get it back. As for gypsy moths, Rudi said he saw an aerial shot from Rhode Island and was horrified by the damage they’d caused this summer. I’m so sorry. (When you’re less angry at them, the book is worth reading.)

Comment by soe 07.08.16 @ 3:29 am

@kathy b: I’ve heard good things about it. Thanks for the recommendation!

Comment by soe 07.08.16 @ 3:34 am