Happy Wednesday! Wednesdays are the day for my favorite linkups:
- Kat at As Kat Knits hosts Unraveled Wednesday – a weekly gathering of readers and knitters; and
- Sam at Taking on a World of Words hosts WWW Wednesday. The Ws stand for: What are you reading? What have you finished reading? and What do you think will be next?
I’m so thankful for these linkups – they’ve given my blogging life structure, have introduced me to a new world of bloggers, and have kept me motivated with my reading and knitting goals!
I loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January! So much about it reminded me of The Starless Sea, but it was way less confusing. January Scaller lives with a rich old man in Vermont while her father goes away to find antiques and priceless treasures. Little does she know, her father is entering doorways to other dimensions. January finds one of these doors as a child but doesn’t quite understand the implications then. As she grows older, her love of books, words, and writing takes her places that she never would have expected. ohmygoodness, I really enjoyed this book!!
A Long Petal of the Sea moved much more slowly for me. You might remember that I started it nearly two weeks ago and am just now getting through it! The story is excellent and the writing is even better, but it wasn’t something I gobbled up. It starts in the late 30s in Spain, just as General Franco takes power. I hadn’t quite realized how closely his takeover mirrored Hitler’s European march. This story follows a family of Spaniards who flee to Chile to escape Franco’s government. Unfortunately, South America is full of political unrest as well and their lives are turned upside down so many times. It was a beautiful story, but one to take your time with.
I’m on to Anne of the Island – the third in the Anne of Green Gables series. Anne has left Avonlea to go to college and is homesick before she even leaves home! I started this one late last night and am only about three (short) chapter into it. Look! There’s Gilbert Blythe on the cover!
I’m really hoping to enjoy The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Like I said in my last update, these books are very short and not a huge investment of time so I’m not too worried if I don’t enjoy them, but still. I want to love all of the books I read! I have to say that I’m looking forward to finishing this series and moving on!! (Sorry to all of you Narnia lovers out there.)
Everyone has been encouraging about Hannah Coulter, so I’m really looking forward to getting to this soon.
I wasn’t expecting to see House of Trelawney on the New Arrivals shelf at the library this weekend but couldn’t help letting out a squawk and scooping it up! It’s in my book basket on my desk and added to the immediate queue!
I’ve made a bit of progress on my Birkin but I haven’t even made it to the colorworked yoke. I have lots of different reasons why I haven’t knit much on this, but I’ll just say that I’ve finally realized that reading is my preferred method of relaxation. When I’m totally exhausted, the best remedy for me to is fall onto the couch with a book. I know I’ve set a goal to finish this by Mother’s Day and I won’t say that it’s impossible for me, but I’ll be okay if it’s not finished by then. Maybe I’ll have some progress on the colorwork to share next week!
How are things going for you? Reading anything you love? Knitting or stitching anything that’s got you captivated? I’d love to hear about it!