The desire to stitch still eludes me, but I've enjoyed other things in the meantime. I've spent a lot more time reading this summer. Some of it has been for book club, but most of the things I've read have been for my own enjoyment.
Maybe you've noticed the Goodreads widget in my sidebar. I like having that little tool. I've always liked keeping track of the books I've read over the year so I kept paper lists in my datebooks but I've lost them all. Now I really like being able to do it online.
Hey, wouldn't it be cool to have a stitching widget? I wonder if one already exists?
But anyway, I've read some wonderful books this year and I've listened to some books that knocked my socks off. I've also plodded through some books, given up on one or two, and I've even returned an audio book to Audible.com because I couldn't understand most of it. (Yes, they actually credited my account for that reason. Cool.) So I've had an interesting mix of things to read.
Of course, there are the book club selections. For some reason, we've been kind of stuck in the 1940's, and as much as I like to read novels set in that time period, I'm completely burned out on WWII stories. So my favorite book club selections so far this year have NOT been set in the 40's: Darling Jim, by Christian Moerk and The Help, by Katherine Stockett. I read each of these as audiobooks and they were outstanding.
Then there have been books that I've read on my own. Some when I've needed a laugh (The Spellman Files series, by Lisa Lutz), some when I've needed something to sink my chops into (Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout), and some when I want to read something interesting but not too heavy (The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein).
Right now I'm reading The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri. Friends, I can hardly make myself come up for air when I'm reading this book. It's just that wonderful.
Oh, hey...I receive Goodreads updates from a handful of you, but I'm always on the lookout for more book list sharers. If you keep a Goodreads list, let me know.