I’m late to report on my January 2015 Reading! That’s because there wasn’t much reading going on. I was trying to remember what I did instead of reading, and all I could think of was knitting the Iodine Cowl.
A friend recommended that I listen to books instead of reading, so I can knit and read at the same time, but I just really prefer to read than be read to…unless I’m in the car (driving or not!).
January 2015 Books Purchased
This would have been zero, except that a book that I back-ordered arrived this month:
200 Fair Isle Motifs, Mary Jane Mucklestone
Well, if I had to buy a book in January, this was a great one! Each pattern is shown in at least two color diagram choices (like cross-stitch) and then with a chart to follow. There is always a knitted sample of one of the designs at the top of the page.
I already have a project in mind that will use at least two of the designs, which I hope to share the end results with you soon…
January 2015 Reading
Again, a small list.
- The Betrayers, David Bezmozgis
- Ladies Night, Mary Kay Andrews
- The One and Only, Emily Giffin
- Leaving Time, Jodi Picoult
First, I have to say that I don’t see the appeal of Mary Kay Andrews’ writing. After two chapters, I couldn’t bear to waste my time anymore and returned it to the library ASAP.
I have no idea why I wanted to read The One and Only, but it had been on my Read From The Library list for awhile. It’s about a young woman who likes sports, and her best friend’s family, where the father happens to be a college football coach. There’s obviously a lot of sports talk, which is not that enlightening to me, but the relationships are pretty believable, which is why I made it to the end of the book.
The Betrayers and Leaving Time were the selections for my two book clubs. I read through each of them, not really engaged in either. The Betrayers, at a high level, is about an Israeli political persona who basically runs away with a (younger) mistress to a Russian seaside town where he and his family visited when he was a child. After our book club discussion, I had a little more insight into what could make this book more interesting – the history of Jews in Russia, the Russian equivalent of the McArthur era, and even some insight into Israel.
Leaving Time was my first experience reading Jodi Picoult’s writing. Interestingly enough, it was about elephant relationships and human relationships, and sometimes a elephant-human relationships. I say “Interestingly enough,” because I have always been fascinated by elephants, and also have donated money to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee which was the basis for much of the book. I was not captivated while reading the book, and had to push myself through certain parts. However, by the end and when it was over, it gave enough to leaf back through it, looking for hints of what I missed to bring it to its conclusion (which I now understand is typical of her stories).
I would have to say that thanks to my book club discussion, The Betrayers was the most interesting book I read this month. I’m sure if I had been more prolific, my choice would be different.