February 21, 2010

Mid Feb Update

I haven't been reading too many books lately, because I've been trying to catch up on the pile of magazines I have laying around! But I did take a break to read "Push" by Sapphire. This was the book the movie "Precious" was based on. I did not find it as hard to read as I thought I might, considering it's about rape/incest and abuse. Though some parts definitely were shocking and uncomfortable, I really could barely put it down. I hadn't planned to read it but I picked it up one night to browse through it and started reading and didn't look up for a couple hours. The young girl in the book leads a pretty bleak existence until the book actually starts, which is when her life starts to turn around. You are left with a feeling of hope at the end.

My shawl is coming along. It's probably about 60-70% done. I'm almost 1/2 way through the 2nd skein. I hope to finish it today, but I'm not sure if I will or not.

February 04, 2010

Currently Reading/Making:

Finished Dewey last week. It was a nice read. Nothing too heavy but thought provoking in some ways, especially about the fate and history of small town/rural America.

Right now though I'm catching up on some long neglected magazines. I have about 3 months worth sitting on my coffee table. I subscribe to Mother Earth News, Countryside, and also to Nutrition Action Newsletter. I was getting another health newsletter thing but decided I didn't like the other one. Those are a quick read. Mother Earth News can take a bit longer. Countryside though takes a lot of time! Long articles mostly, fewer pictures, not as many ads. I like it. I am sure my mail carrier thinks I'm a dirty hippie.

In crochet news I'm gearing up for the Ravelympics! Hard to believe it's been 2 years since the last one. I'll be making another shawl, at least one scarf, and trying to finish at least one of my grocery bags. I'm not ambitious enough to attempt to finish the afghan.