It’s the first Wednesday of 2021! Kat at As Kat Knits hosts Unraveled Wednesday each week – an opportunity for bloggers to share their stitching and reading projects. Please visit her blog and the other participants! This week I’m sharing an excellent start to the new year: a handful of finished books and my progress on a long-term handsewing project.
Finished Reading This Week:
Cosy: The British Art of Comfort by Laura Weir
I thought upping my cozy game would be a lovely way to start 2021. I loved how the author tried to convey coziness as a state of mind rather than a fad to be emulated. There were some sweet ideas in here and I appreciated her effort to share a collection of cozy movies to watch (and now I’m thinking of my own go-to cozy movies to share). But — this really just scratched the surface on coziness and seemed a tiny bit bossy. I’m still seeking a Coziness Bible!
Ruth’s First Christmas Tree by Elly Griffiths
After finishing Cosy (above), my Kindle suggested this mini-Ruth Galloway mystery… and it was free! I immediately downloaded it and started reading. It was very short and I feel guilty for even counting it as a whole book, but the year is long and I’ll have plenty of time to make up for my shallowness. The story was okay and they spent a ton of time in Ruth’s little cottage by the saltmarsh – one of my favorite literary locations. It reminded me that I’m in the middle of this series and I was able to borrow the next book from the library without a wait!
Haunted Holiday by MM Rodeheaver
Oh dear. I shared that I was going to start including our chapter book readalouds and that they were mostly very good. This is the first one of the year for us and it was not enjoyable! It was a Christmas gift from my sister in law and Bryce was very excited by the cover. He loved the ghost and all of the cookies, but had a lukewarm response to it overall. (It’s not on Goodreads and I can’t even mark it as read, so it won’t count towards my Goodreads goal. I think that’s a good thing!!)
The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths
This is the 8th book in the Ruth Galloway series, which I’m still enjoying. Ruth receives a plea for help from an old graduate school colleague and gets pulled into a world that’s alien to her: her friend is now a Church of England priest and is receiving scary letters about women serving in that role. Add in a couple of murders of glamorous women in a cemetery and, well, we have a great mystery on our hands!
Stitching This Week
I’m not as far along as I’d hoped and I’m not surprised. I’ve only worked on it a handful of times since last Wednesday. I’ve been way too invested in reading this week to make any real progress! And that’s okay – because my reading interest will wane soon and then I expect to have a big uptick in stitching. I’m about 1/3 of the way done with the last side and I’ll be able to finish rather quickly once I find a groove. But I’m trying to embrace the slow, not rush it, and just enjoy the process.
I’m having a strange morning – I was awake between 2:30 until around 3:45 watching election returns (nice work, Georgia!). I kept trying to convince myself to get out of bed already because I knew that I’d fall back asleep at the most inopportune time and have a hard time getting out of bed… I learn that lesson again and again! But I made it out of bed, to my desk with a hot cup of coffee (while dreaming of espresso), and am looking forward to catching up with everyone’s blogs from this week.
I hope the beginning of the year is treating you well and that you’ve been able to ease back into your daily routine after the holidays. I hope you have a week full of the things you love!