There haven’t been as many knitting projects completed as I’d hoped this month, but that’s in part because of my decision to knit a test knit of the Ectoplasm Shawl. For about two weeks that took up all of the “free” time I had when I wasn’t trying to figure out what is wrong with Suzy-cat. (Side note: we’ve given up on getting an exact diagnosis confirmed, and are just treating the symptoms to keep her as healthy and comfy as we can. She is an 11-year-old cat, so unfortunately this is when health trouble tends to start being a potential problem for house-cats.)
Once the shawl was over I started knitting other projects again, and reading while knitting (which I didn’t do while working on the test knit) and so I started making progress on more than the one item. Still, it feels like I put all my various other pastimes on hold while I worked on the shawl.* You can’t tell from the list below, but the majority of my reading was done in the second half of the month.
* (Note that I do not regret this. I love the shawl, and am glad to have knit it. I merely point out the way it took over my life as an explanation for the stats below, and as a reminder to myself as something to keep in mind if I consider doing another test knit.)
July 2018 Status:
Side note: since the June Summary was posted with nearly a week left in the month, this one includes a few items completed in June as well. I’ll put an asterisk at the end of the ones finished in June.
Knitting projects finished:
- Ectoplasm Shawl test knit
- 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
- Trekking XXL Vanilla is the New Black socks
- Fire Watch by Connie Willis (e-book, new) *
- Ms. Marvel, Vol 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson, Illustrated by Adrian Alphona (paper graphic novel, new)
- Memento Mori by Jonathan Nolan (online short story, new)
- Bathsheba Ironpaws: Zombie Hunter by C. Atkins (e-book, new)
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (audio, new)
- The Lost Gate (Mither Mages #1) by Orson Scott Card (audio, new, DNF @ 14%)
- 1984 by George Orwell (paper, new)
- “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield (e-book, re-read)
Fire Watch *
… the collection as a whole? I enjoyed it, overall. It helps that my favorite of the stories was saved for last. There are still stories that weren’t favorites, as is common in a short story collection. However, this is a good installment from a new favorite author.
Bathsheba Ironpaws: Zombie Fighter
Very cute story. It completely throws believability out the window, but it’s a story about a zombie-fighting Maine Coon cat who happens to be a spaceship pilot. Who wants believability when you can have all that?
The Night Circus
I really liked the second half of this book. The first half was nice set-up, but had very little impact on me other than being pretty imagery. I suspect I could have stopped in the first half of the book and not cared much if I ever finished the story. HOWEVER, I’m glad I did finish it, because I enjoyed the ending a lot.
The Lost Gate (mini-DNF-review)
Something about Danny North’s character turned me off. I can’t speak much to the plot, but it hadn’t actually gone anywhere before I gave up on this book. I listened to enough to know that Danny was supposed to be more intelligent than his peers, that he was on the edge of being killed by his family for being different, and that he was doing nothing about it. Yawn. Then he finally gets to a point where Something Happens to force him to take action, and all of a sudden Danny is this know-it-all smart ass. Sure. Fine. That’s enough of this book for me.
I don’t like this book, because I don’t like what it says about humanity. However, I did enjoy reading it, and I do think it’s well-written. I think it’s an important book, and a good one. I just don’t like it. That’s not quite an example of doublethink, but it’s close.
Books in progress:
- The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (e-book, new, 53%)
- Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (audio, new 12%)
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (paper, re-read, 31/256)
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (paper, new, 64/507)
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: 44/70
- Shakespeare plays: 2/10
- Percent new books: 81.82%
- Bucket List Books: 11
- Backlist Reader Challenge: 16/40
- Book reviews posted: 22
- DNF reads: 4