Unraveled Wednesday.

This is very long, but what else do you have to do? I found it fascinating.

Joining Kat and friends for an Unraveled Wednesday. Sheesh, I haven’t done one of those posts since January 8! Let’s see if I can remember what I have knitted since then.

A red hat.

A white and blue hat.

Tried to knit a Shift Cowl. The pattern kicked my butt. Maybe I will try again, who knows.

A scarf that I will finish tonight whilst watching NCIS.

Someday when I have more ambition I will post some photos. 

What have I read? What haven’t I read? Here is two-plus months of reading.

book solitude

Solitude Creek by Jeffrey Deaver. Standard FBI procedural. Recommend if that’s your bag, as it is mine. 3★.

book ajfikry

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I listened to this several years ago and thought it okay. It was my book club’s pick and I enjoyed it more this time. It is the story of a bookstore owner who has isolated himself after his wife died, but fate has other things in mind for him. 3★.

book blowout

Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow. A fascinating read for fans of Rachel Maddow and for those who find much to despise in the fossil fuel industry. 4★.

book chernobyl

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbottom. OMG, this is one of the best things I have ever read. Much of the detail of what went on in April 1986 has not been told until now. Shortly after I finished it, Smokey and I watched the Chernobyl miniseries that was originally on HBO. I highly recommend both. 5★

book zero waste

Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste by Bea Johnson. Buy less, recycle more, blah blah blah. Nothing new here. 2★.

book truth

The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Rebellion by Gloria Steinem. A collection of essays. Nothing new here either. 2★.

book fever

Fever by Mary Beth Keene. The book chosen by Kym, Carole, and Bonny for their Read With Us book club. It was interesting, but I never really understood why the protagonist did the things she did. I guess I am much more of a rule-follower than she was. 3★.

book behold

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. I listened to this one. Back here I told you about it. It gives a poignant portrait of an immigrant family that has to go back to Cameroon. 4★.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
The Murmur of Bees by by Sofía Segovia

I didn’t finish any of these. Back here I told you why.

book dangerous man

A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais. This is #18 in a series that I have never read, but it worked as a stand-alone. If you like mysteries, you will like it.  I did. 3★.

book girls

The Girls by Emma Kline. 1960s, northern California, hippies, strangeness. Kinda disturbing. 3★.

book eileen

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh. A tale of a strange young woman who become entranced by an even stranger one. Also kinda disturbing. 3★.

book power

The Power by Naomi Alderman. An interesting take on male-female power in a dystopian future. What if women had a strength advantage over men? What would that be like? How would they interact? 4★.

books sackett

Sackett’s Land by Louis L’Amour. My book club occasionally chooses an author rather than a book, and everyone chooses their own book by that author. I only read a few pages of the book because I was not really interested, but the discussion when we got together was.

book v

Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions by Sheila O’Connor. A person I follow on IG recommended this very highly. It is the story pieced together by the granddaughter of a teenage girl in Minneapolis in the 1930s who aspired to be a star. It draws an unforgettable picture of what it was like to be a *fallen woman* back then. 3★.

book guardians

The Guardians by John Grisham. Grisham phoned it in for his last two or three books, but he is back on his game with this one. 3★.

book sticks

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry. Oh, my gosh, this was good! It was the March selection for the Fantastic Strangelings Book Club. It was strange, and hilarious in a delightfully underhanded kind of way. 4★.

And, in current news…

book rose gold

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel. I got an unexpected and largely unexplained $20 credit from Amazon. I had just read about this one and added it to my Goodreads “want to read” list, so I bought it. I’m only about a quarter of the way through it and am not sure what to think yet. Stay tuned.

book splendid

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson. I am listening to this, and it is excellent. It may be hard to believe, but Larson makes this account of the year from May 1940 to May 1941 a virtual page-turner. Even knowing that Britain survived the Blitz and didn’t surrender and that the feared invasion never came did not alleviate the tension as I listened. Then the coronavirus pandemic became news, and that and the book complemented each other; they are both about catastrophes and community strength and keepin’ on keepin’ on. 5★

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7 Responses to Unraveled Wednesday.

  1. gayle says:

    I always appreciate your book lists!

  2. Andy Howarth says:

    Interesting video. I’m overdosing on research and models lately!

  3. readknit says:

    Look at all those books! When I can concentrate on something for more than 5 seconds, The Splendid and the Vile is on my list. I’m glad to hear that it is as good as I hoped.

  4. That’s a nice list of books! And the knitting sounds great, too. I’ve been knitting mitts lately, not hats, but I know the feeling about knitting patterns kicking one’s butt. I had way more trouble with one of the pairs of mitts (which has since been frogged) than I should have.

  5. kimsdee says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more on the Chernobyl book and series. Stunning.

  6. Kat says:

    So much to unpack here! The books! Wow (although I am sad that you did not like Simonopio and his bees… I have not stopped thinking about him!) I am struggling with The Splendid… perhaps listening is the key? Although, I can’t focus on anything right now.

  7. Pingback: Unraveled Wednesday, 5/20/20. | kmkat & her kneedles

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