Thursday, December 07, 2017

What I read -- November 2017

“A Gathering of Shadows” by V.E. Schwab. I asked the boy for this for my birthday, but apparently he’d already gotten it. My favorite thing is that it’s got a sticker on the cover saying that it’s Barb’s staff pick. 

It’s been probably a year and a half since I read book 1, and I wonder if that’s why I found the first 350 pages pretty tough, because I had forgotten any reason I might have liked Lila Bard. I just found, every time I got to a Lila section, I hated her so much. I really wanted her to suffer.

“Water for Elephants” by Sarah Gruen. My sister gave me this one because she was done with it. I found it immensely readable, and while reading the interview at the end I totally could not guess what the whole biblical parallel to Jacob was, and woke up in the middle of the night thinking that one particular instance of redlighting was really convenient for the author (I hadn’t thought this while reading… so)

“All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders. I’ve heard so much about this one! It’s very charming and stylish. I wonder how it will hold up.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

In process -- October 2017

Daily efforts
Did markups from Chapter 1.
Edited Chapter 5, 7, and 8 of WWS.
Another editing pass on “Tale of the Tail” which still needs a better title.

“Wind/Water/Salt”. Posted chapter 6 to OWW. Well technically it’s Chapter 5 now, but whatever. This took forever! Like five months. 

Critted 5
Got back 2


Ann Boleyn (1998).  Still on the hips, knitting downward. Ignoring until Ocracoke is finished.
Okracoke cardigan (Shirley Paden). Finished sleeves.
Slow Fade sock (Knitty FF 17). Finished second.
High Voltage socks (Knitty DF17). Started first.
Celtic Gang Girls of the 70’s (Rowan and me).  Back, need to plan out intarsia. Ignoring until Ocracoke is finished.

Monday, November 06, 2017

What I read -- October 2017

“In the Sanctuary of Wings” by Marie Brennan. The boy got this for his birthday, and when he was done he kind of sat looking at me expectantly until I started it.The ending was quite satisfactory, though at a point I was kind of thinking, "oh really?" when Isabella first gets to the sanctuary place. The memoir is an interesting form, since you know the main character is going to survive.

“Queen of the South” by Arturo Perez Reverte. My father’s last book recommendation, so I requested it from the library. It’s also my final request from 2016, so I guess I have a feeling of accomplishment? I found the language… I don’t know, maybe I wasn’t the target audience of the translator. It was quite good and I can see why my dad liked it. It shared his attitude towards women, that’s for sure. I guess the sequel will be all about coping with the baby’s FAS though.

“Lying” by Sam Harris. The boy forced this on me, and it was enlightening and a good read.