Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Books

While at the library last week, I walked by the new fiction section and picked up two titles. I had just finished The Snow Child (which I really enjoyed) and needed something new.  The two current releases I grabbed were The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult and And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. I had read both authors in the past and enjoyed their work. Both grapple with hard subjects though, so I wasn't sure I would be up to them after reading The Sandcastle Girls.

I chose Picoult's newest work to start. This morning I finished it. It was a good book that deals with the Holocaust from several different perspectives. The main theme of forgiveness is an interesting one. As usual there was a twist at the end. I was a bit disappointed in one of the characters. I had already figured out the twist early in the book. I wish she had responded a bit differently to the request which was made of her. Tonight I will start the Hosseini book. I haven't read much about this one.

After these two books I may need something much lighter. Fortunately I just received Knit to Flatter and my newest issue of Taproot. I am eager to delve into the text of Herzog's new book. I really like the idea of being able to customize my knitting to my figure. I am hoping she offers some good ideas and guiding principles when choosing and knitting any patterns.

As for knitting, I have been sporadically knitting on a shawl for Eamon. He requested this item several months ago, but the yarn was backordered. Once it arrived I was distracted with other knitting. Finally it is his turn. I am using Tosh Merino Light for the shawl. He selected the pattern based on design and name. The pattern is Vulpix by Stephen West. If any of you have Pokemon fans in your home, you will know why he picked it. After this item, I will be knitting a pair of socks for Camp Loopy and a new mystery shawl from Kirsten Kapur. Phew! The knitting queue is filling up again thanks to everyone participating in the Yarn Along.


  1. i swear the books and the pattern ideas are one of the things that make the yarn along so great.

  2. Love the list of books that I can add knowing they will be good. I like to read light books after "meaty" ones. I can't have too many thought provoking ones in a row.

  3. I have hossein's book setting next to me===in 'the pile'!! that's the problem with buying books.....i don't feel as compelled to dive right in as i do with library finds!

    i'm actually rather sorry i read your post....please don't take this personally!!!....but now I'm going to have (HAVE) to add Kirsten's mystery shawl to my queue (which is overflowing and doesn't need a single other thing!!!!) I do love her designs! (thanks!!!)