Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Some new books for my to be read (TBR) pile, most purchased under the recommendation of friends, so I'm really looking forward to reading them. My TBR has been growing exponentially ever since joining Bookcrossing almost 5 years ago, but during the last few months I've been working steadily on making it smaller. And so I decided I was intitled to a few treats ...
- Astrid and Veronika, by Linda Olsson
- Arthur and George, by Julian Barnes
- Water for Elephants, by Sarah Gruen
and Knitting classic style, by Veronik Avery, which doesn't actually count for the TBR, but has some nice patterns I'd like to try someday.
On recent reads, I really enjoyed "A thousand splendid suns" by Khaleid Hosseini. I loved and cried my eyes out when reading "The kite runner" last year and was afraid this second book would be a let down. But it wasn't, far from it. It follows the stories of two women, Mariam and Laila, during the last 30 years or so of Afghan history, and the friendship that grows between them. Beautifully written, and very evocative. On a lighter note, I read "The dream-maker's magic", which is the third in a fantasy trilogy for young adults by Sharon Shinn. Didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous ones but it was light reading and exactly what I needed before starting my current read ("My name is red", by Orhan Pamuk, which also came very recommended)
Knit wise, I've also been reading a couple of Elizabeth Zimmerman's books on and off during the last weeks. Don't ask me how, but I only ever heard of EZ after I joined Ravelry (and started reading the forums) and was curious enough to try out these two. These are not exactly your regular knitting books, although they do contain patterns and a multitude of brilliant advice. But it's like reading something from your best friend, that's how well written these books are. And her personal stories and notes are always full of humour, which makes them even more pleasurable to read.
What about you, what are you reading these days ?