A bit of happy…

Dear ones,

none of the people that live in my house (and expect me to cook for them, etc.) care at all, but I know that you – gentle readers -YOU will.
Yesterday Studmuffin and I went to a local used bookstore, one we don’t go to very often because it isn’t convenient and the Lord knows we have more than enough books here. But go we did and I got this Book:

Yup, a lovely copy of the CLASSIC Elizabeth Zimmerman book – Knitting Without Tears.  I have almost all of her books but for this one.  I just don’t like the updated cover (and how much the regular new books bookstore charges for it) but now I have it. YAY!  Plus I got FIVE Sheri S. Tepper novels – one of which I hadn’t read before!! It was a very good day.

More regular posting should begin happening again next week – the Duke of Curl AND the Force of Nature are both in high school (he, a senior & she, a freshman) so I’ve closed up shop on homeschooling I think. Am now tryna settle into my own routine.


“Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands and slightly below-average intelligence. Of course, superior intelligence, such as yours and mine, is an advantage.” – Knitting Without Tears

If you haven’t read Elizabeth Zimmerman, you owe it to yourself, even if yer not a knitter, to do so.  She has such a lovely, sly humor – I love her.



How many of these…?

…have YOU read? It’s a good question I think. I would want to die without books.


The Big Read surmises that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books printed, which is really a shame because every single one of these that I’ve read (even the ones I didn’t like) is better than a whole season of watching Dancing with the Stars.

The program (the Big Read) was created in response to the National Endowment for the Arts report Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, which identified a critical decline in literary reading among American adults. In partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, this study, with a sample size of 17,000, revealed the following about literary reading in the U.S.:

  • Less than half of the adult American population now reads literature. (In this survey, literature is defined as any novels, short stories, poetry, or drama, with no distinctions made for quality or length.)
  • The percentage of the U.S. adult population reading any book has declined by seven percent over the past decade.
  • Literary reading is declining among all age groups, but the steepest decline is in the youngest age groups.

The Big Read has been here in Huntsville for at least 2 years. I don’t know if it has been popular….maybe I’ll look into it. It’s just that most of the folks I hang with love to read.

I just adore a meme like this – a list of books to get out of the library on the next few trips and, yes, I do feel good to have read more than 6 books on this list but a little ashamed at the ones I have NOT yet read….. I got this from FugueStateKnits.

a) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
b) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Reprint this list and leave a comment

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I’ve read most of them….)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks*
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37.The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres*
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins*

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy*
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
(but I saw the movie….)
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth*
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz*

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon*
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt*

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (Actually I can’t remember if I read this or not…I think I did)
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker (I can’t remember if I read this or not….)
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome*
78 Germinal – Emile Zola*
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt*

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell*
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro*
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry*

87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton*
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks*

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole*
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

* These are books I’ve never heard of before.

You might notice that the only book I do NOT plan to read is the Da Vinci Code. I don’t think he’s hurting for readers and I’ve got to keep up a teensy bit of rebellion at all times ya know.