HELLO, lovely people. Managed to get snowed under with start of term shenanigans, hence the lack of posting on the book, quilt and knitting front. My apologies. As to the book front, I am roughly 7 books behind on my reading list as of now, which I hope to catch up on before the year is out. WHICH BY THE WAY ONLY 9 weeks! . As to the Quilt, that too had to suffer a bit due to my knitting revival spree of October. I’m currently on 36 squares quilted and counting. And the knitting . Ho boy. I finished a sweater, an anthemion shawl, and two cowls (Honey and a freeform one). Expect posts in the future .
ON WITH THE BOOKS! (and some pictures of my last day in Ireland since I managed to skip that post
Irish Fairy Tales – Joseph Jacobs
Some funny, some incomprehensible, but overall very entertaining. If you like fairy tales, or have young children, I’d definitely recommend this little book to you .
Interview with a Vampire - Anne Rice
Oh boy. You know the movie doesn’t do the tortured soul of our dear Louis justice. It was an angst fest, if one wants to be technical, but dear Deities did I enjoy it. The odd relationship between him and Claudia and Lestat, his search for anything at all to matter, deliciousness. Definitely going to read the rest of her work about this particular universe.
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
What a book. It took me a while to get into it, for I found the chapters specifically about whaling a bit jarring when it came to my reading experience. Once I got over the fact that it’s basically two books it was magnificent, strange, otherworldly, completely disgusting and captivating.
Illustrated Sherlock Holmes Treasury – Arthur Conan Doyle
This particular book contains the Adventures, Memoirs and Return of Sherlock Holmes, as well as the Hound of the Baskervilles, formatted as they were in the strand magazine including original illustrations. I got it at a secondhand bookshop somewhere, and I’m sorry for offering a link that doesn’t allow you to buy a new copy. I’m not sure they’re still in print .
Ever since watching the Movie and the BBC modern miniseries of Sherlock Holmes I became slightly obsessed with reading the books. I however, failed, for quite some time to get my hand on some, until this lovely edition crossed my path. I bought it and took it with my to Ireland to read. AND IT IS AS WONDERFUL AS I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE. It doesn’t always manage to retain its suspense until the very end, but they are magnificently written whodunnits and mysteries. Now I just need to get my hands on the rest of his work!
Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
We had to read this one for my American Lit class (Amlit before 1900). It was a quick read and overall I enjoyed it. I liked the themes, you know, what is sin, and how does on cope with one’s mistakes. However, I found the wording or rather symbolism a bit over the top and obvious at times. Somebody on goodreads was of the opinion that it was nearly as if Hawthorne was taking you by the head and going look, see what I did there, aren’t I marvelous. That might be a bit severe, but on occasion it did feel like it.
Emma - Jane Austen
This was actually my secondary reading of Emma, because I had to write something on it for my course on the Bildungsroman (which I dropped soon after). My love for Austen, like so many people before me, cannot be contained, but my love for Emma took a while to manifest itself. The first time I read it I was 16 and I took such and instant dislike to the main character that I couldn’t continue without throwing the book away in disgust. Last year I finally read it through completely and now after the second time my love for Emma is most definitely there. She is by no means perfect, some would say she’s quite arrogant, but she is not unsympathetic and she grows into a more likeable character, for me, as the book progresses. Austen is undoubtedly the master of the small town community, but in Emma the foibles and troubles are so wonderfully and funnily rendered, that I just smile my way through the book.
If you are too lazy to read the book, go and watch the most recent adaptation (NOT THE MOVIE WITH PALTROW), from the BBC. It is glorious and manages to capture most of the essence of Emma .