Quick Reads March 2016
Since listening to more audiobooks I am finding that I’m consuming books faster than I can keep up with the reviews – might have to make plans for reviewing daily to save them for the monthly list of quick review as I’m currently about a month behind.
Wreck and Order by Hannah Tennant-Moore**: I loved the premise of Wreck and Order, Tennant-Moore’s writing is beautiful and she grapples with important questions around who we are, and what we are doing with our lives. But at the end of the day the story fell short for me, and I began caring less and less about our main character. CW for language, sex and rape.
How to Spin: From Choosing a Spinning Wheel to Making Yarn by Beth Smith*: A great introduction to spinning, although I would’ve appreciated at least a basic introduction to spindling. Smith covers the different types of spinning wheels, how to set it up, troubleshooting, spinning styles, plying and setting the yarn.
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping by Robert M. Sapolsky: I listened to the audiobook, can’t believe I waited for so long. For some reason I thought that a book that had been out for over a decade would be outdated – I was wrong. Not only has the book been updated for the latest release, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers is thorough, detailed, funny and full of fascinating information on how stress affects us even before birth. Highly recommended.
The Vintage Housekeepers Circle by Alison May: Absolutely adored this wonderful collection of essays on what truly makes a home.
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott (free on Kindle): Another listen from Craft Lit, and I so adored the math of Flatland, I can’t believe I’d never come across it before. Such a fun and thought-provoking read.
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson: I absolutely adored Jenny’s (aka The Bloggess) first book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, probably the funniest book I’ve ever read. For Furiously Happy I listened to the audiobook recorded by the author herself, which only added to the enjoyment. While Furiously Happy does deal with more serious (and very important topics), Jenny’s personality and humour shines through, making you laugh when you shouldn’t and inspiring you and providing food for thought long after you’ve stopped listening (or reading).
The Culinary Herbal: Growing and Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs by Susan Belsinger & Arthur O. Tucker*: This is a beautiful and thorough collection of herbs that covers preferred growing conditions, harvesting, storage and use. With a title of The Culinary Herbal the only thing I felt was missing would’ve been more actual recipes for using all of these delightful herbs. Aside from that little disclaimer, I highly recommend it.
Knitting It Old School: 43 Vintage-Inspired Patterns by Stitch McYarnpants: These 43 vintage inspired patterns are incredibly hit and miss – probably because they’re all from different designers. Featuring both knit and crochet patterns most of them make me cringe, but there were a few that I absolutely loved – especially because the designers took advantage of the benefits of knitting in the round. I borrowed Knitting It Old School from the library, and I’m not sure if the few pieces that I loved would justify buying the book. If you check it out, pay special attention to the St Moritz, Rally, Saucy Convertible and Swing Time.
Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters by Lise-Lotte Lystrup: Beautifully updated patterns, but I’ll never understand the obsession with knitting pieces separately and sewing them together when not necessary. There are a few pieces I would consider knitting, but not enough to make me want to buy the book (I borrowed it from the library).
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