Wednesday, March 21, 2012

More Pages than Stitches

The weeks have been filled with packing and planning. I don't seem to be picking up my sweater at all. I never even started a sock yarn project this month. So much is swirling around in my head these days. By the time I have a moment to settle in to knit I am too tired. Other times I vow to begin the sleeves only to be distracted by another pile that should be packed, purged or sorted. Fortunately I have found time to read.

This past week has been a week of finishing (of course, not stitches in knitting, but pages in books). I finally finished Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Despite the time it took to read, I enjoyed it quite a bit. My main issue was having too many books at once and not being able to renew it digitally. The central character was well developed and the story unfolded well. It focuses on one man and his life now and as a boy during WWII. He is Chinese living in Seattle. His best friend is a young girl attending the same private school. She is Japanese and eventually forced into a relocation camp. This portion of history is very interesting to me. In history classes and discussions, it was often overlooked. I know so very little about it. This book was a nice juxtaposition to my earlier read about Japan and its soldiers during the same period (Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption). Granted this story is fiction; it gave me the nudge to delve deeper into the period and learn more. I fear at times that we spout anger at hatred and inequity only to do it ourselves as a nation justified by some higher rationale.

The kiddos and I also finished Oddfellow's Orphanage. They really enjoyed the illustrations and prose. Some of the stories were a bit sparse and underdeveloped, but the whole was good. Eamon was disappointed when it ended. He thought it should still continue for a bit longer as he enjoyed the unique characters and their setting. In case you didn't know, it is written by Emily Winfield Martin of Black Apple fame. I have followed her work for several years.

I am now beginning to read The Tiger's Wife. It is due in a couple days, so I will probably start The Book of Salt as well. In addition to those novels, I received my copy of Taproot in the mail. My initial impression is good, however I have only flipped through it to glance at the photos. My concern is it will be geared to the east too much. In the Southwest, our seasons are so different as is our growing. We almost need something special just for us!

For those of you linking from Ginny's Yarn Along, what are you focusing on this week - stitches or pages?

11 comments:

  1. yes! and we need something for the south, too! hmmm...lots of ideas, lack of gumption :(

    curious to know your impressions of the book of salt, it and hotel on the corner...have been lurking in my amazon cart for ages.

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    1. Ideas and lack of follow thru are my problem as well. Let me think on this a bit.

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  2. I was going to say the same thing about Taproot and the south too! When the northern's are just picking tomatoes I am planting a fall garden!

    The Book of Salt is suppose to be wonderful and will be in my hands on the next book delivery!

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  3. I do hope you get some time to knit this week. Love your current project in the photo. I have hotel on the corner book on my nightstand....I haven't read it yet.

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  4. I LOVED Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet as well as Unbroken!! And...I too have been reading a little more lately than knitting!! I am blaming the wonderfully warm weather that has made me a bit more lazy where all I want to do is read! :)

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  5. Did you read Hiroshima in school? I still remember that Firegrass and Feverfew are two of the first plants to come back after a major fire.

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    1. No. I will need to add that to my list.

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  6. you have been doing a lot of reading, i wish i could settle into a book. i should say other than guide books and such (for an upcoming trip). plus, i can't seem to stop knitting! i didn't know that about black apple emily, i do love her paper doll book. i wondered about that with taproot, i'm even further west than you, so maybe it's really not for me.

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  7. i am interested in the odd fellow book - thanks for the review. we have the paper doll book and i think i like it even ore than my daughter!

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    1. Do pick up Oddfellows. It is enjoyable and the quirky characters are endearing.

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  8. Lots of good reading is going on here!

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