• Books,  Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF | Mid-September.

    It’s been a while since I paused on a Friday afternoon to share a post through the TGIF lens … I’ve been thinking all day about the T-G-I-F and this afternoon it all came together. The title says “Mid-September”, but this is really “September 17”. Thinking about … stories. I keep seeing a theme in the books I’m reading this year about who tells the stories and the stories they (get to) choose to tell. memory. power. privilege. history. I’ve come to a whole new appreciation for memoir and unreliable narrators. My church has been hosting a seminar on “Story Companions” – “Through reverent listening to each other in suffering, joy,…

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    Reading Better | August.

    I added another 24 books to my Read shelf last month, bringing my YTD total to 137 (Goodreads link). My current book journal is going to be full before the end of September at this rate! Here are a few more stats from August’s book journal summary page: two-thirds – just like the last two months – (16/24) were words on a page (I’m pretty sure is the sole explanation for my slower knitting pace!) two-thirds (16/24) were borrowed, one I owned, and seven were purchased (three “new”, and four “used” or on sale). four were non-fiction, including two memoirs, one fantastic narrative non-fiction about the impact of systemic racism…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Same Old Stuff.

    Wow. It’s Tuesday. again. funny how that happens every single week, isn’t it? you’d think that posting just twice a week would give me plenty of stuff to write about. sometimes it does … and sometimes, all I’ve got is the same old stuff. Since I last shared my knitting, I’ve made noticeable progress on The Classic (ravelry link)The body is slightly cropped, so I’m about 2/3 through … with a lot more twisted rib – this time knit flat – to finish. (and then sleeves – you can get some idea of how much knitting is left by how much yarn is left – ahem, it’s a bit) I’ve…

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    Reading Better | July.

    I added another 20 books to my Read shelf last month, bringing my YTD total to 113 (Goodreads link) – and a whopping seven of those (almost one third!) were 5-star reads for me. Here are a few more stats from July’s book journal summary page: nearly two-thirds – just like last month – (14/20) were words on a page – and unlike any month in recent history, none were e-books. 75% (15/20) were borrowed, two I owned, and three were purchased (two “new”, and one “used”). all were fiction – another “unlike any month in recent history” (which I’m not planning to repeat). My Reading Intentions were pretty well…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Needing a Boost.

    Thank y’all for being such a lovely boost for my spirits about my knee (and other stuff) … every single comment and email was a most-welcome balm for me feeling like these poor daisies , rained on for days, (photos from this morning’s walk) and then of course feeling bad about feeling beat down with a little injury when there are so many other things that are So Good … (thank you And). After this morning’s walk I caught up on a few blogs – much more boosting of the spirit there, thank you connections through the internet! and gosh, I’m sorry Kym to be sharing these sad daisies following your…

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    Reading Better | Mid-year Reflection.

    I spent some quality time with my book journal this afternoon and wrote entries for the last seven books I finished. July has been an outstanding month for reading so far (three of those books were 5-stars for me!). It seemed fitting to pause here, having just finished Girl, Woman, Other – for sure a favorite in a year that’s turning out to be one of my best reading years ever. Girl, Woman, Other was the 100th book I finished this year. Reflecting on what’s making this year “one of the best reading years ever”, I noted a few things: ♥ my reading journal. I might blow through a book…

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    Reading Better | June.

    I added another 24 books to my Read shelf last month, bringing my YTD total to 93 (Goodreads link) – whoa – I think I hit the trifecta of the pace of summer reading, a nice balance of ears and eyes, and some compulsively readable books! Here are a few more stats from June’s book journal summary page: nearly two-thirds (15/24) were words on a page. 80%(!!!! 19/24)) – were borrowed, one I owned, and four were purchased (three of them “new”, and one of them “used”). 20% were non-fiction – and three of those were memoir. My Reading Intentions were a little more balanced than last month, and every…

  • Books,  Just Life

    Savoring Life along with Transcendent Kingdom.

    I finished Transcendent Kingdom this morning. I loved it (just like everyone told me I would) and I’m glad I took it slowly, savoring the writing and the story. I was incredibly invested in a good outcome for Gifty and I think she got that, so I was pleased with the ending. I was almost angry enough with the “theology” she encountered to throw the book across the room. gah! It’s so real, and so harmful … gah! I also really appreciate Gyasi’s range as an author – and she’s only on book #2! There are certainly some common themes with Homegoing, but this is a brand new story, told…

  • Books,  Knitting

    How to Savor a Book.

    I mentioned in my last Reading Better post that I had been devouring books, reading many of them in a day or two. and I continued that pace into this month. The combination of good books, bad weather, still staying home more than not … I’ve been reading more than just about anything else. Saturday was a perfect case in point. I finished a book on Friday afternoon and had mostly caught up on podcasts by that morning. Marc was playing golf (Sara was in New York!) and I planned to spend some alone time on the porch with Unsettled Ground. I brought my knitting and Nothing to See Here…

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    Book Bingo | Mid-June.

    I know it’s Monday evening – which probably doesn’t count for “weekend” even if you’re retired – but turns out getting my thoughts together around what I wanted to share about books and reading took longer than I expected. Also, I spent several hours with that pretty fabric, more than that with a few books, and I played tennis (yes, it was a most delightful weekend!) I have no photos to share from all that other delightful stuff, but here’s what my desk looked like yesterday morning.That pile of books to the left is library books I’ve read this month. I also had two audio books and a kindle book…