Last year, I'm not gonna lie to you, it sucked a bag of dicks. We did finally move and the spousal unit got his new robot hip. I fell far short of my goal to read 60 books and the amount of knitting I did was paltry at best.
This year, I am all about doing what I want to do. I have read 6 books already. I have finished a pair of socks and 2 hats started last year. I have drunk a river of tea.
I don't read books that are necessarily new or notable. I have Platte River Taste-- a mile wide and 2 feet deep. Here are the first 6 of the year.
Book 1: Bloody Mary by JA Konrath. The author thinks these books are not gory. The author is wrong. This is the 2nd in a series, but I don't feel compelled to read the rest of the series, though I do have book 3 since I bought an ebook bundle on the advice of a friend. Maybe if there is a snow day. Or camping trip. I am not wild about serial killers, so this is not really my cup of tea. I think it's not a horrible book, so if that is your thing, I would recommend it. The main character is her own worst enemy. And that is with the serial killers.
Book 2: The Lie and the Lady by Kate Noble. I liked the first book in the series so I read this one next. It was pretty good, though most of the plot hinged on people not telling each other anything. A few honest conversations would have cut the length of the book in half. That was a little frustrating.
Books 3, 4, and 5: The Blackbird Sisters books by Nancy Martin. I don't know why I'm even reading these. I can't stand the heroine's sisters at all. The heroine is mildly frustrating in her amateurish detecting and inability to sack up and be with her shady boyfriend. Again, a few honest conversations would move the plot forward pretty nicely.
Book 6: Anything For You by Kristan Higgins. I really liked this one better than the previous installment in the series. Don't get me wrong though, I like all of Higgins' books to at least some degree. This one has a lot more of the story telling from the hero's point of view than previous installments. It was not as funny as some of Higgins' other books, but a lot of times, the humor comes from the heroine getting herself into awkward situations, the heroine of this one, was a great blend of super competent boot-strapper with fragile underbelly.
In terms of knitting, I have spiralled out of control with the volume of works in progress. I have 2 pairs of socks for myself going. I have a pair going for my mom. I have 2 cowls in progress. I have a lace stole in progress. I have Stephen West's Doodler hibernating as I am stuck all to hell on clue 2.
I have been keeping really good sock notes on Ravelry because I mostly make socks for myself and I want to get to a point where I have a solid recipe that fits my foot. I have small feet that are very wide at the toe and considerably narrower at the heel. My ankles and calves are . . . sturdy to say the least. Even when I am slim, I do not have graceful looking ankles. I am fiddling around with gauge to find the right blend of comfort and strength. I think I want to make a lot more plain vanilla socks until I know how to get all the fundamentals right on a sock.
Brace yourselves, sock notes are coming.
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