Sunday, February 22, 2009

It's Been A Quiet Weekend...

We didn't have a lot to do this weekend, so it's mostly been spent reading and knitting and napping. I did get a Loopy Ewe order on Friday. I've taken a group portrait this time...I'm feeling lazy.


From left to right...

Perchance to Knit in Almost Spring, Bellamoden in Falling Leaves, a Noro sock yarn (S226), and Shibui Knits in Finch. I particularly love this last one.

Current Reading

I realized last night that I hadn't updated my book list, or talked about anything I've been reading for some time. So...my actual current reading...the book I'm in the middle of right now is The Seance by John Harwood. I loved his first book -- The Ghost Writer -- and this one is shaping up to be just as spooky.

I'm also in the middle of Delilo's The Falling Man, which I'm not loving...just sort of plodding through...but also not giving up on.

And finally, I'm (again) in the middle of K.J. Parker's Devices and Desires, which is a dense and interesting science-fiction novel that I started ages ago. I still carry it back and forth to work with me...and maybe that's one problem. I have no time to read at work anymore...my lunchtimes are shorter and I tend to spend them knitting...and I don't think of taking it out of my bag when I get home.

But I've read some other good'uns since I last updated my list there on the right. Some of the more notable ones:

Chalice - Robin McKinley
She writes lovely fantasy novels. Not a lot happens in this...or at least, not a lot of what one thinks of as fantasy novel tropes...but it is intensely romantic. Lovely.

Sing Them Home - Stephanie Kallos
A story of three grown siblings whose mother disappeared during a tornado. An immensely satisying read.

100 Cupboards - N.D. Wilson
Children's fantasy novel...very good. I'm looking forward to the second in the series.

Little Bee - Chris Cleave
Little Bee is young Nigerian illegal alien in Britain who has affected, and becomes part of, the lives of a British family who met her in Nigeria years some earlier. Beautifully written and heart-breaking.

Starcross - Philip Reeve
Mothstorm - Philip Reeve
Two more books in the Larklight series. Very amusing. Victorians in space with lots of tongue in cheek humor and great footnotes.

Black Flies - Shannon Burke
A novel about a paramedic's year in Harlem. Grimly fascinating. I started this last night and stayed up until 1:15 to finish it -- helped by the fact that there are no chapter breaks.

Off to update my list, now. Happy reading!

1 comment:

Amy said...

I just got the Kallos from the library this very afternoon. Glad to hear you liked it.