Yarn Along is a wonderful link-up -- hosted by the Small Things blog every Wednesday -- about two of the best things in life: reading and knitting!
Reading: It was a rough reading week for me. I finished last week's Yarn Along book, "What She Knew," and ended up basically hating it (despite the fact that everyone else loved it). I then proceeded to start and put down three more books in as many days. If I hadn't come down with a nasty cold, I probably would've just taken a break from reading, but there wasn't a whole lot else I could do, so I powered through one of the books I had started, "November 9" by Colleen Hoover (not bad, once I got into it).
Not a single thing I have checked out from the library appealed to me, so I decided to take a gander at my own bookshelves and decided on "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell," a book I bought on clearance year and years ago and have never gotten around to, probably because it's almost 800 pages long! It's a little slow-going to start but I think I'm really going to love it; how can you go wrong with historical fiction, magic and England?! The writing reminds of "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova, another loooong book which dealt with the supernatural, and I ended up enjoying that one. And "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" was recently made into a miniseries by BBC America, so I can look forward to watching that once I finish reading.
Knitting: You won't be surprised to hear I'm still working on the mermaid tail. Since I've been under the weather, not much progress was made this week. I did some Ravelry browsing the other day and I stumbled across a small project I feel compelled to knit ASAP: the little stuffed black bear by Sara Elizabeth Kellner (pattern). Jarrod and I jokingly call 2015 "The Year of the Bear" because we saw six black bears on our trips to Tennessee and Colorado. And, with the mermaid tail being such a long and rather tedious knit, I'm looking forward to a fun little instant gratification project.