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Sunday Summary ~ 24 June 2018

Well, this month has been less productive than last month, at least as far as knitting and blog posts show. I mentioned that I got a work promotion at the end of May, which meant that the change in job duties and the training time impacted June’s stats instead of May’s. I guess it’s been all good things this month, but not very visible ones on here since I tend to keep most details of my personal and professional life off the blog.


June 2018 Status:

Side note: since the May Summary was posted with nearly a week left in the month, this one includes a few items completed in May as well. I’ll put an asterisk at the end of the ones finished in May.

Knitting

Knitting projects finished:

  • there was knitting, but no projects finished

Knitting WIPs:

  • 2016 GAL Blanket (current square: Studio Ghibli)
  • 2018 GAL Blanket (current square: D20)
  • Purple Majesty Boyfriend Sweater
  • Raw Honey Mitts
  • Seeta Mitts
  • Nessie Expedition Socks MKAL
  • Don’t Cage Me In Socks

Reading

Books read:

  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (paper, new) *
  • The Book of Night With Moon (Feline Wizards #1) by Diane Duane (e-book, re-read) *
  • Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience by Indre Viskontas (audio, new)
  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (paper, new)

Reviews written:

The Diary of a Young Girl *
This was a hard book to read. It started out light and easy, as you’d expect from a 13-year-old’s diary. As the situation gets harder, so do the topics in the diary, though it’s not until the end when it gets really hard to read. This is history; the ending is not a surprise. What did surprise me was how much I dreaded reading the final 50 or so pages of the book, because the war starts going well and hopes in the Secret Annex start rising… and yet I know how the story ends for them.

The Book of Night with Moon *
This is an amusing book, but it also has more depth to it than you’d expect from a book about cat wizards. It discusses silly things like how cats can seem to appear out of thin air, but also more serious things like entropy and choice and why even fights that seem hopeless are worth fighting.

A Brief History of Time
Some of the science in this volume is out-dated, which makes sense since it was initially written in 1987 and revised in 1996. One of the major things I noticed was a distinct lack of talk of dark matter and dark energy. However, what it covers, it covers well. As an example, the way Hawking describes the expanding universe worked well for me. I’ve always had trouble understanding how the universe could be expanding and yet not have any edges. (Think a four-dimensional version of the globe, or a balloon.)

Books in progress:

  • Fire Watch by Connie Willis (e-book, short stories, new, 87%)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (audio, new, 23%)
  • 1984 by George Orwell (paper, new, 147/328)

Challenge update:

While the rest of this status update has been for the current month only, this is my year-long progress on all of my reading challenges.

  • Books read: 38/70
  • Shakespeare plays: 2/10
  • Percent new books: 78.95%
  • Bucket List Books: 9
  • Backlist Reader Challenge: 13/40
  • Book reviews posted: 19
  • DNF reads: 3
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11 thoughts on “Sunday Summary ~ 24 June 2018

  1. I am in the same boat, kinda.. Busy month, lots of work and not enough time to just sit down and write all the blog posts I have in my head. Or read other blogs.

    At least you finished more books than me 😀

  2. I read Anne Frank quite a while ago, think I was 15 or so. I felt exactly the same… you know how its going to end but still I got hopefull.

    How easy is history of time to read? Is it understandable without a lot of preknowledge. I read a book about black holes last year and a lot of the physics just went well over my head 🙈 I do really want to read brief history of time though..

    1. Brief History of Time isn’t an easy book to fully digest. I’m sure there was stuff that went over my head and I wasn’t even aware of it in addition to the things that I know I didn’t fully grasp. Still, it’s worth trying anyway.

    1. I think it’s going to be a lost cause for this year. I made that plan when I was looking at my shiny Complete Works volume, and then realized I’d want to read them in individual volumes so I wasn’t lugging around my huge omnibus. And then the momentum stalled…

        1. And that is why I have such a huge pile of unread books on my bookshelf. I had such grand plans to read each of them at some point… and they’re still there because I still intend to… but that plan has definitely stalled out.

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