Happy Wednesday! Today I’m joining two linkups:
- Kat at As Kat Knits brings together a lovely group of knitters and readers with her Unraveled linkup; and
- Sam at Taking On a World of Words hosts WWW Wednesday. The WWW stands for What are you currently reading?; What did you recently finish reading?; and What do you think you’ll read next?
The holidays, while lovely, resulted in less time for reading. I’m so pleased to find my reading rhythm again!
Finished this week:
Thank you to everyone who encouraged me to go for Olive Kitteridge because it was so good!! Many of the stories were heartbreaking but I love how Olive snaked in and out of each of them. And Olive? I loved her! She’s a grumpy and cantankerous old thing, but she seemed so real. Everything about this collection seemed so real! I’m looking forward to tacking Olive, Again a bit later this year.
It seems like I read Anne of Green Gables every 10 years or so and it gets better each and every time. I think I identified with Anne more as a 35 year old than as a 10 year old! Reading it this time I was captivated by the landscape that Montgomery painted – so beautiful. And I was also struck by Marilla and Matthew’s happiness and heartache at Anne’s growing up. Anne’s dramatic nature made me chuckle so many times – she’s just the best. I aim to get Anne of Avonlea from the library in February. I thought that I’d read the entire series about 10 years ago but as I looked at my notebooks I realized that I’d only gotten about halfway through, so that means that I have some lovely new reading to look forward to in 2020.
Funny thing – Anne of Green Gables was originally published in 1908 and Olive Kitteridge was published in 2008. My first two reads of 2020 were published exactly 100 years apart and I adored BOTH!
Abandoned this week:
As predicted, I abandoned Little Women this week. I’m happy that my 5th grade self enjoyed this so much, but my 35 year old self didn’t. Is there a book totally from Marmee’s perspective? Maybe that’s what I’m looking for!
I’m really enjoying Light Changes Everything so far. Mary Pearl is a young woman living in the Arizona Territory in 1907. Despite never stepping foot in a classroom, her family sends a drawing to Wheaton College in Illinois and she’s accepted as an art student. At about the same time, she quickly becomes engaged to a young man. Mary Pearl decides college is the place for her to be and asks her beau to wait. I’m looking forward to reading more of this!
I’m still looking forward to This Tender Land by Krueger. My holds on Red at the Bone and The Family Upstairs came in on the same day! They are electronic holds, so if I don’t get to them then poof! they’ll go away. Cross your fingers that my little plan for the next couple of weeks works out!
Nothing! I had everything ready to start on the Birkin sweater that I’ve been swooning over for years and then my 6 year old asked me to knit a sweater for him. He even went to my yarn cabinet and told me which yarn he wanted me to use! So the Birkin is hold now as I recalibrate my poor little brain.
I can’t wait to see what everyone else has been working on this week. Any thoughts about my reading selection? Are you in the same predicament with library holds?