Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Book I Didn't Like {Yarn Along}




I just got this lovely yarn in the mail a last week, "Archangel" on Malabrigo sock.  I am knitting a Multnomah for a friend.  So far, the pattern is easy but has enough of a pattern not to be completely boring, and I am almost to the lace patterning.  I'm actually enjoying it quite a bit.  The yarn is so lightweight that it isn't too hot to hold onto, even though it is July!



The book I am reading I actually just finished. I picked it up,along with several other books, at a yard sale a few weeks back. It was the last book I had to read.  I started it once and set it aside because I thought the first few chapters were horrifically badly written.  I really try to give positive reviews, but I am simply unable to when it comes to this book.  It was really that bad.  Out of the desire to see if it ever got any better,  I picked it up again and the story actually got a bit more interesting.  I think wanting to like it really helped.



The book is called "Casting Off" and is about a woman who moves to a small Irish island to learn about the legends surrounding fisherman's sweaters, the patterns and their meanings, etc.  Once the stories of the islanders came into play, the book picked up dramatically.  I still wouldn't say it was particularly well written by any stretch, but as mindless summer reading goes, it ended up being pretty enjoyable.  I just hope, with any future ventures, the author has a better editor.  That would help a lot.

Does anyone have any good book recommendations for me?  Let's hear them!

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11 comments:

  1. lovely yarn. you might try madeleine l'engle's crosswicks journals-- wonderfully written and wonderful reads. A CIRCLE OF QUIET, THE SUMMER OF THE GREAT-GRANDMOTHER, and TWO-PART INVENTION were my favorites.
    also, if you haven't, please, please read HANNAH COULTER by Wendell Berry. a beautiful story by a wonderful author.
    happy reading. =)

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    1. Thank you, Rebekah! I will look into those!

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  2. Sorry about the book, sometimes we just hit books that are bleh. Love your colorway of your yarn!!! Gorgeous :)

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    1. So true! You win some, you lose some!

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  3. I can see why you picked up the book in the first place - sounds delightful! Shame it fell short!

    Gorgeous yarn and seems like a perfect pattern for it (I'm awful at putting too-busy yarn with too-busy patterns)!

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  4. OOOhhh - I love M. L'Engle - I'm going to read Rebekah's suggestions right away. I was going to suggest LM Alcott's Little Men, if you hadn't read it - I grew up on Little Women, of course, but hadn't read Little Men, assuming (correctly) that it was about boys. Now that I have boys and am educating them, it is a charming read, and Jo's little school is much like what I hope to achieve in our little homeschool: nourishing, simple food, plenty of exercise, short lessons, a focus on good habits, and time spent outside. Just the thing to read before the start of the school year, and it's free on Gutenberg.org, if you have an eReader.
    Karis

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  5. I really like the yarn color...Sorry about the book it did sound like something I would pick up by the first discription but it seems to be let down.

    With All That I Am
    Carrie "The Handmade Homemaker"

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  6. Shawl looks beautiful, lucky friend. Shame about the book being badly written, story line sounds kinda interesting!

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  7. Your yarn choice is beautiful! That is going to make a lovely shawl!!

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  8. That yarn is going to make a lovely shawl, can't wait to see it!

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  9. I read that book, too, and found that it starts off slow but does pick up after a while.

    I ended up really liking it.

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