I didn’t do much this week. I mean, I did a lot of little stuff, but nothing particularly noteworthy. I used my brand-new Instant Pot for the first time, cooking a pork roast that was absolutely delicious. I baked apple crisp, corresponded with several authors about indexing their books, bought and mailed a few birthday gifts, organized my yarn acquisitions from the last 6 months, and tried to catch up on the laundry and the email. (Both are neverending tasks.) I finished knitting a charity hat and started another, but ran out of yarn before I finished; I will have to rip it back at least three inches so I can add in some stripes in another color. And last night, I spent 3 or 4 hours plying some yarn I had spun last summer. I needed to free up the bobbins because…
…this afternoon, I am taking a four-hour online class on spinning worsted more consistently. Spinning more consistent yarn is one of my goals as a spinner, so I was excited when the opportunity arose to take this class. Until yesterday’s plying session, I hadn’t done any spinning since September — we were away a lot in October, and then I did NaNoWriMo, and then I was packing and Christmas shopping, and then we left for New Mexico. It feels good to get back to spinning.
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- The Backup Plan, by Jill Shalvis – review
- My Bookish Resolutions for 2023 – Top Ten Tuesday
- HarperCollins Union Strike Continues
- The Dark Is Rising (BBC radio drama adaptation) – review
- News & Notes – 1/21/2022
- Sunday Post – 1/22/2022 – this post
- Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries, by Heather Fawcett – review, tentative
- Ten Authors I Discovered in 2022 – Top Ten Tuesday
- The Backlist Reader 2022: Wrap-Up & Giveaway Winner
- 2022 challenge wrap-up post – tentative
- Sunday Post – 1/29/2022
What I’ve Been Reading/Watching
Reading: I finished rereading The Becoming, then read The Choice (Nora Roberts.) I love the series and was pretty happy with the final installment. After that, I started an ARC of The Gorgon Agenda, book #8 in the SPI Files by Lisa Shearin. I binged the entire series in a couple of weeks back in 2021; it’s fun and fast-paced. So I was really excited when Lisa offered me the ARC this week, and jumped right into it.
Next up are Spinning Silver (Naomi Novik) and Murder on Black Swan Lane (Andrea Penrose), both of which I am buddy-reading with different friends for the current COYER readathon (“Read a Book From a Friend’s List.”) After that, I’ll read A Darker Shade of Magic (V. E. Schwab), which I’m kinda-sorta-buddy-reading with a COYER friend.
Playing: Wordle, the NYT Spelling Bee, Sudoku, and sometimes Pokemon Go.
Watching: We are almost finished with Season 2 of Star Trek: Picard; we will probably watch the last two episodes tonight and tomorrow. On my own, I’m slowly watching A Discovery of Witches, Season 1.
Added to the Hoard
For Review or Consideration
Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)
I already have Babel in hardcover (a gift from Robin), but when the Kindle edition went on sale, I snapped it up, since I plan to read it this year. When I’m reading a hardcover, I sometimes switch to the Kindle edition if I wake up in the night. It’s easier than using a headlamp and dealing with a large, heavy book in bed while simultaneously trying not to wake my husband.
Audiobooks: The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain (on sale at Chirp.)
(Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)