March 25, 2012
Good morning! You would never know it was spring here because we have a fresh dusting of snow on the ground and the sky is gray and cold. The wood stove is cranking and the animals are contented in front of it.
Last week I posted my review of A Good American by Alex George, a novel about several generations of one immigrant family. This book has been getting great reviews around the blog-o-sphere for good reason. I love family sagas, and George does an admirable job of developing his characters and story in this debut work of fiction. Have you read this novel yet?
I’ve been reading another really wonderful book this week, also published by Amy Einhorn Books. The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye is set in the mid-nineteenth century in New York City and is a terrific historical mystery. I should have my review up later today. I loved this book on several levels (setting, character and plot) and am looking forward to the discussion for BOOK CLUB on April 3rd over on Jen’s blog. Hope to see you there!
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you have probably noticed my decrease in reviews since the first part of the year. For some reason, my reading has slowed tremendously. At first, I felt a bit concerned by that…but now, I am just accepting it. I hope I will get back to reading my usual two to three books a week eventually, and I hope the fewer postings here will not discourage you from visiting.
There are two books I would like to finish before the end of the month:
- The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng – Watch for my review on April 3rd as part of a blog tour. I also hope to have a giveaway of this one.
- One More Year by Sana Krasikov – This is a collection of short stories and will meet my goal of reading a book from the 5 Under 35 Award list for my personal challenge to read Literary Novels from My Stacks.
I have also been doing some quilting this week and thought you might like to see what I have been working on. Firstly, I spent 2.5 hours pinning my huge Swoon quilt (which is part of a quilt-along project) and have now started quilting it. This is the largest quilt I have ever quilted myself on my little machine…and although is is a challenge, it is not as hard as I thought it would be:
I also finished block two of the Garden Steps Quilt (also part of a quilt-along). I am loving the embroidery for this quilt – it is very fun to just sit in front of the television with my needle and some perl floss and stitch away:
What are you doing today? I hope whatever it is, you find the simple joy in a great book or a fun project!