Books I Have Loved So Far This Year

This is the post you are going to want to read if you feel like you need to spend this weekend curled up with a good book. Maybe the weather has you stuck inside (hello, East Coast snow!), maybe you have a bit of a cold (get well soon!), or maybe you just need some time to yourself to recharge (that’s me, looking in the mirror).

Fear not. I have you covered.

I’ve been accumulating my book list for the past several months with lofty intentions of writing this post ages ago. As always, I am behind.

So here goes.

First, the knitting books.

Like her last stunner, Home & Away, Hannah Fettig’s latest work Texture does not disappoint. The patterns are lovely. The photography is so moody and swoony. It’s all just downright dreamy and makes the casual knitwear piece feel unusually sexy. My knitting library is startling slim, but both titles now adorn it’s (quarter) shelf. Although Texture now bestows custom blue artwork/marker smudges contributed by my mini assistant. I’m currently flipping through this book over and over, trying to decide which sweater to knit first (just as soon as I finish Lesley from her last book!)

I also couldn’t help but notice the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible (in English!!!!!!!) will be released in September, so I might have accidentally put that baby on pre-order.

Now, for the fiction…Most of these I read, although I did listen to the audiobook versions of a couple (which I will note). I enjoyed all of these books, some more than others. Lucky Boy was my absolute favorite if you have to pick just one for this weekend.

At present, my current read is Sheltering RainI was browsing aimlessly on Amazon for my next book and settled on this one. I’m well into it now and am pleased. I’ve read other books from this author and vaguely remember liking them. (Please do send book recommendations in the comments to spare me future wasted hours haphazardly browsing for my next book!)

Small Admissions was an audiobook listen when we were in Panama. It was light and well narrated, and I definitely passed many a knitting hour while Reed was napping listening to this book, working on my cowl, and sipping passionfruit daiquiris. I miss my vacation already!

Lucky Boy was the hands-down absolute best novel I have read in a LONG TIME. It was intelligent and tugged at my heartstrings. I devoured this when we were in Panama and even set my knitting aside to read this book. I just couldn’t put it down. I wanted everyone to be a winner, but life is never that way. It’s realness was startling.

I picked This Must Be the Place because the description touted it was for people who loved Where’d You Go, Bernadette (which I also LOVED). It was a good book, but Bernadette was better. I found the main female character to be somewhat fascinating.

I can’t pass up a good light read when I am in the mood to turn everything off and relax. My Not So Perfect Life lightened my evenings with quite a few chuckles.

I first saw Mosquitoland on Karen’s blog, and was sold by both the cover and the title. So superficial, I know. It was a bit overly quirky at times, but, as a whole, there was a good story to tell.

The Hopefuls  was another audiobook I started in Panama and just couldn’t stop listening to until the very end. I found I identified with the characters and their passionate drive to manifest change, yet was sometimes irritated by their seemingly rich-people problems. Still, it had me hooked from the start.

Please do share your favorite books from the past few months!

Read well, knit often, and laugh like there’s no tomorrow,

Andrea

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8 Comments

  • Reply Kat Springer March 17, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Thanks for the recommendations, I am also always looks for a good book as one of my talents is I can read while knitting a simple pattern.

    Here are my favorites from this past year….

    The Underground Railroad – about slavery in America and very well written.
    The Museum of Extraordinary Things – set in NYC and the upswing of Coney Island
    News of the World by allege Jiles – set in Texas in 1800’s and a man returning a girl who taken by Indians to her family.

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple March 17, 2017 at 7:31 am

    wow, you have read a lot, already this year. i am not a reader….

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise March 17, 2017 at 9:51 am

    you’ve given me lots to look up and consider! I was just in a bookstore and left with nothing because I am so behind in my reading. However, it’s been two weeks with kids visiting and I think that is the reason why 🙂

  • Reply Annie March 17, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I will echo Kat’s recommendation of “The Museum of Extraordinary Things.” That one was well over a year ago for me, but it still feels fresh and fascinating. I wouldn’t call it historical fiction exactly, but it’s got a nice balance of compelling made-up story and a strong connection to true events and people.

    I’d also recommend giving Liane Moriarty’s “Truly Madly Guilty” a try. What an odd assortment of characters and thoroughly compelling, too–almost un-put-down-able at times. And finally, if you like well-written mysteries, try Sue Grafton’s “Kinsey and Me.” It’s a collection, half Kinsey Millhone short stories and half stories starring a lesser-known character, Kit Blue. The Kinsey bunch is as good as the novels, while the Kit group is surprisingly dark and heartbreaking and altogether very different. Really convinces me that Grafton is a far more versatile and talented writer than we’ve given her credit for.

    Oh, and thanks! I loved “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” so I just might look for “This Must Be the Place.” On my list. 🙂

  • Reply Stefanie March 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    You certainly have been having some productive reading. Yay for the written word.

  • Reply Julie Crawford March 20, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Such a great list, and I enjoy reading the comments for other people’s recommendations! I’m super excited about the English Japanese stitch dictionary- I have one of the Japanese ones, but it requires more time to figure it out than I’m often willing to invest!

  • Reply Kat March 25, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I am a big fan of J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series and other book The Casual Vacancy (written under a pseudonym). Recommend.

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