Monthly Archives: May 2014

Reading Challenge Announcement!

Bethany and I will one day finish the AP English Challenge, we swear.  But we’ve been talking about what to do as our next book-reading challenge for a while now and I initially thought of picking one book a month … Continue reading

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The Frou-Frou Diaries (and a Threesome!): Thoughts on Parts One and Two of Anna Karenina (by Bethany)

I’ll start with the obvious: this novel is wonderful, truly one of the greatest novels ever written. It occurs to me as I write this that when I made a list of my fifteen favorite novels about a year and … Continue reading

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Shortest Yarn Along Ever

Tank sweater #2. Green. Worked on it a lot this weekend, not so much this week. Anna Karenina. Still so beautiful, so shrewd. Lousy photo. Bad light. But see what I did with the portrait on the cover? Blotted out … Continue reading

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A Review of Robert Stone’s Death of the Black-Haired Girl (by Bethany)

Over the past few years I’ve slowly become aware of Robert Stone. I think it might have been the summer of 2010 that a copy of his novel Dog Soldiers made its way to my bookcase, probably by way of … Continue reading

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Early thoughts on Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries

  The first time I saw this book in real life I already knew it had won the 2013 Man Booker Prize and had read a bit about it.  It sounded excellent.  And then I met it in all its … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Karen Joy Fowler’s We are all completely beside ourselves, with a digression into my undergraduate life.

I have read a couple of Karen Joy Fowlers’s earlier books, The Sweetheart Season and The Jane Austen Book Club, both of which I enjoyed, but didn’t love.  I liked The Sweetheart Season because it reminded me of the movie … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

Here’s the completed neckband for Palm Desert Winter Sweater #2. It’s a dark green – kind of a pine color – with stripes in a light green that we’ll call, I don’t know, “caterpillar”? That’s a really strange name for … Continue reading

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