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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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All the Books

Happy November! Holy smokes!

It’s been ages since I have done a book post, but I am still reading over here. Truly, I am.   

(How To Start a Fire was good. Dietland was by far the oddest of the bunch.) 

I obtain a good portion of my reading list from the library, particularly the ebook collection, which is tragically limited. In the end, I don’t mind. I end up reading books I wouldn’t necessarily pick if I were making a purchase.

I have come to the realization that it is almost impossible for me to read a Real Book. You know, like one with actual pages you turn. I kept snagging  good ones from the library on impulse, but I never could get to them.  

I never thought I would be this person. I resisted ebooks for so long. Out of principle. I used to turn my nose up at that am scoff. Snooty to the brim. And proud.

My sad reality is I do most of my reading in bed, in the dark, next to my sleeping young child, at wee hours of night. I need to be quiet. And a reading light simply won’t do. 

Ebooks it is. I gave up on checking out Real Book altogether. I don’t even check the new release shelf anymore. Oh how times have changed.

  
Tell the Wolves I Am Home was amazing. A perfect example of a limited library selection leading to fabulous books I would have missed out on. I am still aching to know what in the heck was going on with the older sister and the drama coach. Unresolved plot line. Argh!

 

Can’t go wrong with Jennifer Weiner when between books. It is like picking up a sock to knit when between projects.
   
And…I discovered there is an actual genre of books called Knitting Fiction. Did you know this? I amin! How to Knit a Love Song was so cheesy and predictable…but I couldn’t put it down. Gah! I finished it in two nights. Sleep was lost. Who knew knitting could be so sexy? Certainly not my husband…

 

And the Yarn Harlot! Oh, how I love thee. This woman sees into my soul. Big time. I made an exception to my previously cited Ebooks Only policy and checked out the Real Book version from the lbrary.

Completely worth the sacrifice.

  
The second best thing to knitting is reading about knitting. 

At least I think so.

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