It was a fairly uneventful week, focused mostly on work (indexing) and planning music for the fall concert. We’ve been watching The Hobbit in the evenings, which has afforded me more time for knitting and spinning, but less time for reading. On the other hand, I’ve had pretty bad insomnia this week, so I’ve been reading in the wee hours.
On Friday, I went to the library booksale; more about that below.
Yesterday, I went to my first meeting of the local/regional Spinners and Weavers Guild in my nearest city. (The group includes knitters and crocheters as well.) It was nice to meet some other people in the area who are in love with fiber arts. Most are weavers or knitters, but there were a few spinners as well. There’s an unrelated knit-and-crochet group that meets bimonthly in my small town, which I sometimes attend. Their focus is mainly on baby items for charity (or for their grandchildren); they aren’t much interested in discussing other or more challenging patterns, or in sharing skills, techniques, or tips beyond the basics. I’ll still go to that group when I can, because I enjoy their company and the camaraderie of sitting around knitting (or crocheting) together. But the Spinners and Weavers Guild seems to attract crafters who are more serious about the actual craft skills, and I hope it will offer more opportunities for education and learning new skills. From my experiences today, I think that will be true.
Blog note: Since updating my site a little over a week ago, my scheduled posts are not publishing as scheduled and have to be published manually. My apologies for the posts that have published later than expected (like this one.) I’ll be working to solve the issue as I have time; this is going to be a pretty heavy work week for me.
Last Week on the Blog
- Sunday Post – 9/08/2019
- Ten TBR Books I’m Avoiding Reading, and Why (Top Ten Tuesday)
- Sunday Post – 9/14/2019 (this post)
Upcoming on the Blog
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (review)
- News & Notes – 9/21/2019 (tentative)
- Sunday Post –9/22/2019 (tentative)
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I finished rereading Fortune’s Fool and went on to reread The Snow Queen and The Sleeping Beauty (all by Mercedes Lackey, part of the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series.) I also finished rereading Deborah Crombie’s second Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James mystery, All Shall Be Well, just before it expired. (I borrowed the ebook from the library.)
Listening to: I finally finished Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and started A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan. I haven’t gotten very far into it yet, but I’m enjoying it so far.
Watching: Since we watched The Lord of the Rings last week, we decided to go on to all three parts of The Hobbit this week (extended editions, of course.) Putting them back to back like this makes me realize anew that The Hobbit doesn’t measure up to LOTR. There are some wonderful bits and some fine performances, but some bad choices as well, and scenes that went way over the top. (Not to mention the ways in which they messed with the book.) And I’d forgotten how depressing the third movie is.
New Additions to the Hoard
Cover links take you to Goodreads.
For Review or Review Consideration
Many thanks to Crooked Lane!
Purchased in Print
- 180 More: Extraordinary Poems For Every Day, ed. by Billy Collins
- An Extraordinary Union (Alyssa Cole)
- The Mage’s Daughter (Lynn Kurland)
- Bitterblue (Kristen Cashore)
- The Liar (Nora Roberts)
The biannual library booksale started Friday. It wasn’t like the booksales of former years. Having lost their former storage location, the Friends of the Library has opened a used bookstore for donated books at a separate location; they held the sale there instead of at the main library. There were far fewer books than at the massive sales of old, but the books they did have were generally in better condition, and were displayed on shelves and book carts instead of on tables and in boxes under the tables, making the books easier to peruse. I was mainly looking for specific authors and titles, but found almost none of them except The Liar. The other four I purchased are books I have wanted to read, or are in series I want to read. I kept my “want to read” purchases to a minimum because I’m trying to reduce the number of books I own to just the books I love or use frequently.
Purchased for Kindle
Most of these were on sale, and some I have read before, but wanted Kindle copies.