Sunday, March 3, 2013

For the Record: February 2013

So here's the deal.  I've been on a knitting rampage for the last few months, and it is definitely eating into my reading time.  But.  I can knit while I'm visiting with friends, (can't really read and visit at the same time,) and I've made some really great things.  There: I've come clean.  In other news, I'm moving again this month, and so all my newly unpacked books are being repacked.  Which books do I leave out in order that I might read them in the next month?  Such difficult decisions!

6 Books Read in February: (14 year-to-date)
1 for Book Club:
  - The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski (3.5) [boooring]
3 Wishlist/New Books:
  - The Death of Bees, Lisa O'Donnell (4) [Indiespensable selection, set in Scotland!]
  - The Illusion of Separateness, Simon VanBooy (5) [ARC--perfect, brilliant, lovelovelove]
  - The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller (4) [proof that genre fiction can be well written]
2 from my shelf:
  - The Toothpaste Millionaire, Jean Merrill (4) [fun read-aloud, and smart too]
  - River of Earth, James Still (4) [classic Appalachian lit]


2 Current Reads:
  - Some Tame Gazelle, Barbara Pym.  My first time reading Pym!  It's fun and funny, if a bit simplistic.  But there's a time and a place for everything & this is fun right now.
  - Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky.  Reading it along with a great group (& Wallace) @ Unputdownables.  I must admit I'm not enjoying it much, but if I don't finish it now, I never will.  So: little by little, keep on reading.


On My Nightstand:
I seem to have the same 2 books on my nightstand.  Maybe I'll stick them back on my shelf and see if that makes me more in the mood for them?



  1. I bought Song of Achilles last month and I'm looking forward to reading it. I think I'll put the Illusion of Separateness on my TBR list! Thanks for the overview of your reading month. I love seeing what you are reading. I'm plodding pretty slowly with Crime and Punishment.

    1. Illusion of Separateness is released this summer I think...still a while away which is why I haven't posted about it. I feel awkward if I gush and then you can't go read it! It's absolutely worth reading though. It made me want to immediately go find everything else he's written.

      Yeah, Crime and Punishment. I decided that if I don't read it now, I never ever will. So I'm doing it, doing it. But ack. There's really no hope in it, which is what I think makes it so hard for me. He's obvs. a talented writer, but I'm missing that glint of hope that is in Tolstoy's works.

  2. I desperately want to see your knitting. Please post your projects, pretty please.

    1. You are the bestest! :) I'll scrape together some pics and do a post just for you!

  3. I suppose Some Tame Gazelle and Crime & Punishment balance each other out? I just finished a Barbara Pym ( A Glass of Blessings) and have C&P on my Classics Club list... will get to it eventually.

    1. I can see how Barbara Pym could quickly become one of those go-to authors when you really just need a comfort read. (Have you read many of hers?) And it IS so opposite from C&P! I've been tempted to forego the readalong and just blow through the rest of C&P just to get it over with...I love the discussion but it hasn't been a very fun book.

    2. This was my 4th Pym novel - she really is a comfort read! I'll be reading Some Tame Gazelle next for Thomas & Amanda's Pym Week in June. Hope to finish my review of Blessings today and post it tomorrow.

  4. I love the title and the cover for The Illusion of Separateness. I hadn't heard of it before, but it looks great.


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