Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I’m joining up with the good folks over at As Kat Knits to share reading and knitting progress. Check out the link party for lots of great inspiration.
Today’s post will be pretty reading centric. I have no knitting progress I can show you. I think I’ve knit a little bit on the Wee Envelope, but it doesn’t look significantly different from Sunday’s post. I am going to struggle a bit to finish my test by the 5/31 deadline (I knew this going in and so does the designer) but I’m hoping that maybe the long weekend for Memorial Day will be I can put this test away and start to work on other things!
So, let’s jump into the reading then shall we? I have definitely stayed in my reading stride recently, I’m actually working on two books right now which is a bit confusing, but I have a good reason (I guess?). Ok, so electronic reading is great for me because it makes knitting + reading easier, and with the test knit I’m doing, spending time reading instead of knitting just isn’t really an option now. I’ve never been able to really concentrate on an audiobook while knitting, if my mind wanders or I need to focus on the pattern then I’ve lost part of the story, vs with visual reading where ok I might re-read a few sentences but at least I’m not missing things. ANYWAY, now that I’m going into the office, I like to bring my Nook with me to read at lunch. The trouble is, i can’t figure out how to get library books on my old Nook Glow Light anymore. I can borrow books from Hoopla or Libby to my heart’s content on my iPad, but don’t want to bring that to work. So that means I’ve had a book on my iPad and a book on my Nook both going at the same time. This is a little frustrating but I’m actually really enjoying both of the current books so I guess it’s working for now.
Unraveled is currently my Nook book. Appropriate for today’s post, no? I found this book because Claire is actually a fellow blogger. This book has a little bit of everything – yarn, fantasy, lesbians, mental health. I’m really enjoying it so far and looking forward to seeing how it ends.
My iPad book is the Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco. This is actually the second book in a series, the first book is called the Bone Witch and I’ve read that one in the time between the last Unraveled Wednesday post and now. I am really intrigued by this series – it’s fantasy, the main character is a necromancer, and there’s lots of Asian inspiration. There’s a whole class of powerful women magicians who seemed to be based (granted, from what little I know of this topic) on geishas. I am slightly annoyed by the two parallel stories, the majority of the books are told as like flashbacks as you see little snippets of the present, but I like the premise and characters enough to keep going. I also really loved the suprise nod to a trans-like character in The Bone Witch, and this quote in particular: “then perhaps we should carve a world where one day the strength lies in who you are rather than in what they expect you to be”
I’ve read this book before, but when I was going to the brewery on Saturday I wanted to bring my Nook and not my iPad and this was the first one that caught my fancy. I read it in a day or two. Lord Peter Wimsey is one of my favorite fictional characters, I actually have a lot of these books on audiobook and since I’ve listened to them once I kind of listen to them over and over again.
So, that’s it for me! I really really really hope that the next time you hear from me I will have actual knitting to show off, though since I think it’s unlikely I’ll have a FO by Sunday.. Idk we’re close guys. Hope you all have a good rest of your week and enjoy your crafting and/or reading pursuits!