Joining Kat and friends to talk about knitting and reading.
I wimped out on my afghan marathon and cast on another Baby Surprise Jacket. My excuse is that a friend wanted to knit one, and I was pretty sure she would not be able to follow EZ’s rather idiosyncratic instructions. I know I had a fair bit of trouble and ended up finding another set of instructions. For my friend, I typed up a more explicit pattern with stitch counts every other row. But since it was a couple months since I finished the second BSJ, I wasn’t sure they were fully accurate. Solution? Cast on a third BSJ.
I am marching my way through the Ruth Galloway series of mysteries by Elly Griffiths and enjoying them a lot. Ruth is an anthropology professor who occasionally works with the police to identify and date bones that are found. She unmarried, 40-ish, and a few pounds too heavy; she is also a single mother after a one-night stand in the first (second?) book. The characters are interesting and develop over the course of the series. The latest ones I read were The Outcast Dead, The Ghost Fields, The Woman in Blue, and The Chalk Pit; sadly, only three to go. 4★
When I finished The Chalk Pit, I was out of library books, so I dove into my Kindle books. Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to Donald J. Trump by Michael Cohen was the choice. The writing is decent and readable, and the book gives the reader a look into the disordered mind of our president. Cohen repeatedly states how blindly ambitious he was himself and how he totally lost any moral compass he had; that gets a bit tiresome, but it is so, so true. I found this book better than any of the other tell-all books by various tRump cronies. They all were told as though looking in from the outside of the president’s mind, whereas this one opened up that mind for scrutiny. If you want to know what goes on behind that orange face and ridiculous hair, this is the book for you. 4★
The Fifth Seed is the one I started, and I desperately want to finish it because the writing is so bad. The only reason that I am still reading it is that it is a bit of a cliff-hanger and I want to know how it turns out. Looking back in my reading list it turns out I started it back in 2018 but didn’t finish; I guess that is why I don’t remember the ending. 1★
Whilst browsing in the Kindle app I happened up The Last Mrs. Parrish, which I had apparently started but not finished. So I finished it. The plot revolves around the wife and would-be wife of a sociopathic real estate mogul. Improbably but entertaining. 3★
I neglected to tell you about at least one audiobook I listened to this summer: The Martian by Andy Weir. It was entertaining in a sci-fi kind of way. I highly recommend it to anyone who is a DIY fanatic; roughly 98% of the book was about how the main character, stranded on Mars, cobbles together everything he needs to stay alive there for a year and a half. One thing he does have is a sense of humor, which in my opinion is the thing that kept sane. 3★
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nihisi Coates. Excellent, and required reading/listening for we White folks. 5★
Right now I am halfway through How to Be an Antiracist by Ibrim X. Kendi. Another excellent read, and one that is educating me. 5★