Unraveled Wednesday, 1/19/22.

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

Knitting.

When this grows up it will be a Sockhead hat.

As I was knitting on the colorful socks, I was planning what to knit next. Boxy? No, too demanding. Another sock? No, I am already running out of room in my sock basket. A hat? Yes! I need a red hat, and I already have all the red and reddish fingering weight yarns sorted out and sitting by my knitting chair.

Reading.

Becoming Duchess Goldblatt by Anonymous. The Duchess is a fictional, 81-year-old woman from the 17th century who dispenses love, wisdom, and pithy one-liners on social media. But she doesn’t want anyone to know who she is, so she makes up a name — Duchess Goldblatt. Her own Tweets are humorous and entertaining; her responses to others’ Tweets are compassionate and wise. I listened to the audiobook last year and loved it; I read it this year because I picked it for our book club to read. 4★

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The Black Echo by Michael Connelly (#1 in the Harry Bosch series) This one was way too long – nearly 500 pages. But it was a good read. I figured since I was neck-deep in the tv series on Amazon Prime, I might as well read the books. 3.5★

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Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe. This book is an exhaustive biography of the Sackler family, owner of Purdue Pharma, the company that made and marketed Oxycodone. They were single-handedly responsible for the opioid epidemic that has killed thousands of people. Sadly, it was so exhaustive that I only made it halfway through. The author had just introduced Oxy, but I was tired of the book and quit. 3★

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Alone by Lisa Gardner. This is book 1 in a series; it dates from 1995. Gardner’s writing improved over the years. This one was okay, but I look forward to reading the rest of the series. 3★

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Blood Country by Mary Logue. I read one of the books in this series, mainly because it was set in Wisconsin. This book is the first in the series. It was barely okay, had nothing to raise it above other procedurals. I won’t be reading any more by this author. 2★

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Listening.

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Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez. This book is essentially a romance novel, but the writing elevates it enough that even I am enjoying it. A young single woman becomes a YouTube star by posting videos of her life as she travels the world. Then her half-sister drops her newborn baby girl off with her and takes off. YSW meets handsome lawyer in next-door apartment; sparks fly, but both of them are attracted to the other. I am expecting a saccharine ending and hoping it will not incite a diabetic coma. 3★

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Watching.

Nothing new here. Cold Case and Bosch.

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7 Responses to Unraveled Wednesday, 1/19/22.

  1. Kat says:

    I have a red hat on my knit list for this year as well! (But I don’t think I will get to it to wear this winter!)

    I managed to get through Empire of (making gazillions of dollars on) Pain and all I can say is I am so glad that a federal court is stepping in on the original settlement.

  2. Kym says:

    That is a perfect red hat! (And I watched Dopesick recently. That’s enough Sackler shit for me.) (Don’t get me started.)

  3. gayle says:

    I listened to the Duchess Goldblatt audiobook, too, and adored it! Long live our Duchess!
    Empire of Pain is floating around on my reading list – I may go the audiobook route for it as I think i might be too tempted to set it down otherwise.

  4. Jane says:

    That hat is going to be cheerful and bright when it grows up. I read an excerpt from the Sackler book in The New Yorker. The whole thing makes me sick.

  5. k says:

    I have a red hat. I wonder where it is? It’s in itchy Brown Sheep. Maybe I’ll line it with something soft and thick, so that it won’t itch and will fit.
    RE: Life’s Too Short – we can hope for a not happily after ending, or skip ahead and decide if it’s worth it. I am guilty of this occasionally.

  6. I got all of the Sackler information I need (and can stomach) from Last Week Tonight…

  7. Somehow I got here today Kat!!!!! Im sti11 in awe of Amy on Jeopardy.
    Your sock hat is amazing. Im hat knitting but with sport weight. It fee1s good to have that on the need1es. My tiny sock yarn, I am, we11, just a bit shakey 1ate1y and co1d. I can’t seem to do the sockweight. But that’s ok. P1enty of yarns to pick from. I’d 1ike to get a gift hat in the mai1 tomorrow. So good that MORE footba11 is on. Nothing to distract me. Im so happy on got onto your b1og today .

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