No report on my knitting this week, but not because there wasn’t any. Rather, it is because I finished my Carbeth! And I am not taking it off! I did the last bit of seaming on Sunday night during Madame Secretary and have been wearing it ever since Monday morning. You may have seen the weather hysteria on the national news about how cold it is in the Midwest. I am here to tell you it is true. High temps on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: -10 degrees F, -13, and – 3, respectively. Predicted low Wednesday night: -32 degrees F. (That’s -36 degrees for my metric friends.) I even wore it to bed on Tuesday night because the bedroom was cold and I didn’t think my flannel nightshirt would keep my arms warm enough while I read. And. May not take it off until Friday. Hard to say, really.
Tana French is an author whose every book I read pretty much as soon as it hits the library catalog, but somehow I missed The Trespasser when it came out. Happily, I remedied that last weekend. It was as good as the rest of the Dublin Murder Squad books, which is to say, very, very good. If you like mysteries with lots of good characters and plot twists and. Damned fine writing, I highly recommend this series.
The other good book was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. The plot, while interesting, is secondary to the nature writing. The author is a retired prize-winning wildlife scientist who spent most of her professional life in Africa. Her writing about the flora and fauna in the North Carolina marshland where the book is set is marvelous. Although I discounted the plot, above, the book did hold me in its grip — I read the whole 368 pages in one sitting.
A disappointing book was The Left Hand of Darkness, the classic sci-fi book by Ursula K. Le Guin. It may be a classic, but I gave up after the first 50 pages; I was worn out by trying to remember all the strange people and place names. As always, ymmv.