Tuesday, July 12, 2011

sweetgeorgia socks and scarf progress

Scarf is nearly done:

Yarn from SweetGeorgia in Vancouver BC, for these socks.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

good book, awful book

Start with the good book, The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell, 2011. Two stories that eventually come together set in London in the 50s and now. Good writer, realistic depictions of people and babies. Liked this book.

Listened to 9/10 of A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan and do not understand why anyone would like it. I kept hoping it would get better but have finally given up. Characters I don't care about, plot that does not engage, I don't care about the manipulations of time. Glad to have left it.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Atlantic and a mystery

Finished listening to Simon Winchester's Atlantic, 2011, read by Simon himself. Good to listen to, very interesting book but I needed the visual supports - the maps, the photos - of the places he was talking about. What an interesting life he has been having.

New-to-me mystery writer whose protagonist is named Ruth, so of course I like her. Elly Griffith is her pseudonym (her grandmother's name) and I did like the book: The Crossing Places: A Ruth Galloway Mystery, 2010. Archeology features in the wild saltmarshes of Norfolk’s north coast