Unraveled Wednesday, 12/29/21.

Joining Kat and friends. Go see what the others are up to.

Knitting.

Hat is soaking. Cross your fingers that that plumps up the yarn.
First sock in its current state of un-doneness. Notice contrasting toe and heel.
(There is green somewhere in this ball of yarn, I promise.)
(Also, I will sew up that hole at the corner of the heel.)

Reading.

Yeshiva Girl by Rachel Mankowitz. I started this one last year in the Kindle app on my iPad, but didn’t finish. This time I got into it. I found it to be a hard read because it was a memoir of teenage hormonal angst compounded by a pedophilic (and possibly psychopathic) father, plus sexual abuse. It is a very good book, however difficult it is to read. The narrator is the author when she is fifteen. She is pretty sure she is a pariah, or should be, given her self-loathing. Her father moved her to a co-ed yeshiva school because he didn’t like her old, public school; she is miserable in both places. She struggles with her religion and its many, many, many rules that make no sense to her. (She is onto something there.) She is pretty sure her grandfather is the only person on earth who loves her. 4★

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner. A friend gave me this book after plucking it from a Little Free Library near her house. She said someone often puts brand-new books in it. It will be donated to the library next time I go in.

Anyway…

This is a murder mystery wherein the victim’s wife is found staring at her husband’s corpse and with the gun in her hand. (Of course, she didn’t kill him.) This is another one in the Plucky Woman in Peril genre, but the writing in this one lifts it above some of the others. 3.5★

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The River by Peter Heller. Two Dartmouth undergrads, best friends, go on a canoe trip on a Canadian river that flows to Hudson’s Bay. Both are experienced outdoorsmen, but several things go wrong: a huge forest fire is headed their way, they pick up a battered woman, and her husband and two other guys have them in their crosshairs. (Besides mystery novels, I also like wilderness stories.) 3★

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Listening.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave.

Protagonist’s husband disappears but leaves behind a note for his daughter and another for his wife (stepmother to daughter), plus a duffle bag full of cash. She becomes a PWiP as she sets out to discover what hubby was doing that required him to disappear and leave behind a fortune. 3★

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Watching.

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Cold Case. A team of detectives in the Philadelphia Homicide Squad investigate cold cases (cases that have remained unsolved for months — or decades). We are currently watching season 4, so we are over halfway through the 7 seasons. 4★

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Bosch, season 4. Amazon Prime is annoying because it doesn’t remember where I left off, in contrast to Netflix, which does. (Okay, just discovered that Prime does remember if I were watching on my computer. Why does it not when I am watching it on TV? Kurious Kat™ wants to know.)

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2 Responses to Unraveled Wednesday, 12/29/21.

  1. Kat says:

    I have my fingers crossed for nicely blooming yarn! I do love those stripey sock colors!

  2. gayle says:

    That green heel is perfect whether there’s any green in the yarn or not!
    My daughter introduced me to the joys of watching Ted Lasso while I was visiting for the holidays. If you haven’t seen it, I most HIGHLY recommend it! (It’s on AppleTV, so I may have to sign myself up for that!)

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