Reading and Knitting Round Up – Week 11 of 2020

Happy Wednesday! Wednesdays are the day for my favorite linkups:

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!


Recently Finished:

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.

Reading Now:

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!

What’s Next:

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!


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  1. I’m really looking forward to The Ten Thousand Doors of January. It’s up next on my hold list from the library, and I’ve been hearing nothing but good reviews.

    At the moment, I’m reading two nonfiction books: Say Nothing, which is about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and Lab Girl, which is a memoir. Both very good!

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    1. I can’t wait to read House of Trelawney! I will report back soon ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I was enjoying Narnia more – I’m hoping Voyage of the Dawn Treader will prove to be fun!

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  2. I am also now eager to read Ten Thousand Doors of January! I might have to buy it because it sounds like the perfect vacation read!

    Excellent work on your sweater – slow starts are not always a bad thing!

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    1. YES! They are totally worth a reread. I also never finished the series as a child so I’m looking forward to getting to the ones that are brand new for me. But I’m also realizing how much I’ve forgotten about the ones that I DID read, so they feel like new books to me!

      thanks for your link!


  3. I want to read The Ten Thousand Doors of January! I’m so glad to hear you liked it so much. I’m looking forward to picking it up.

    I read Narnia a long time ago, when I was younger, but now I’m curious what the experience would be like as an adult. I recall them being long books, and now I look at them and I’m like … what? Where did I get that idea from?! xD It’s funny how you experience things so differently at different ages.

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    1. I hope you get to read it soon! I think you’ll love it!

      It’s SO funny how our perspective on books change once we get older. They definitely won’t seem like long books to you now! If you loved them as a child, then I think they’re worth a reread! Thanks for your link ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. The sweater will be lovely whenever you get to it. I say go with the reading if you find it the best way to relax when exhausted. I am nearly finished with The Ten Thousand Doors of January. What a great book.

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  5. I’ve heard so many great things about The Ten Thousand Doors of January. I’m so glad you liked it too! But I’m thinking it probably won’t be for me because I usually don’t get on with flowery writing. What do you think?

    Also, I totally get why you’ve been moving a bit slower with the knitting. It can be quite a task when you’re tired. I’ve been working on my Ravenclaw scarf on and off for over a year now and that’s fine by me. However, I WILL lose my mind if I ever lose it once it’s finished haha.

    Here’s my WWW posted on Friday. Better late then never!

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    1. You know, I wouldn’t describe the writing in Ten Thousand Doors as flowery at all. I also have a difficult time with long passages of description, but this book is action packed with lots of dialogue that keeps things going. I’d say give it a go and abandon if it’s not what you’re expecting!

      I’m a Ravenclaw too! The good thing about going slow on crafting projects is that I’m not in a hurry to buy more crafting supplies, which can get out of hand and VERY pricey quickly!

      Thanks for your link!

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      1. Thanks for the info! And I can totally imagine the price of craft supplies adding up quite easily haha.


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