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Wednesdays Are For Knitting. Or Reading.

Knitting on the sweater continues. I knit so much (probably too much) over the weekend that my hands needed a rest on Monday so I didn’t knit at all. Yesterday I knit a bit and today I should finish the 2nd sleeve and move on to the lace edges that go up the front of both sides of the cardigan. I feel . . . okay about my progress.

In the meantime, I’ve been reading and thought you might like to see my Bingo card in it’s current state.

Still no Bingo but I’m getting closer. I also made some changes to the books I plan to read for various squares based on things I currently have on my Kindle that are from the library. I could use some suggestions for “story within a story” so if you’ve got a great one for that shout it out in the comments.

And that’s what’s going on this Wednesday.

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  1. My all-time favorite story-with-a-story is The Princess Bride by William Goldman. It’s a great movie, but I think the book might be even better. Another good one is Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. It’s YA and the first book in a trilogy, but the premise that characters can exist in the real world outside of books and that real people can enter the world inside a book is unique and immersive.

  2. I’m pretty sure you mean your almost finished with the second sleeve. I’m equally sure it feels like the second sweater. Carry on.

    PS You’re not knitting two sweaters are you!?

  3. For #11, you could read any Daniel Silva about Gabriel Allon, who is a painter/art restorer/ Israel spy.

  4. I had the story within a story on my card and chose a book that loosely fit the category, Charming Billy a backlist title by Alice McDermott that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. The story of Billy’s life is told through friends and family who have gathered after his funeral.
    Good luck with all of your wedding knitting!

  5. I am very confident that you’ll finish that sweater in plenty of time!

    For story within a story, have you ever read Briar Rose by Jane Yolen? It’s a Holocaust novel, but there’s some use of the fairy tale of Briar Rose in a slightly altered way that’s really interesting.

  6. I just finished a great read, which is very old by Nevil Shute called A Town Like Alice. Based loosely on the true story of a group of Dutch women who were marched all over Sumatra during WWII because none of the occupying Japanese there knew what to do with them. The novel tells that story and then what happened to one of the women later in life based on her war experience. I absolutely loved it. It had everything, great characters, lots of adventure, many fascinating settings, a love story, and a fascinating history lesson. I recommended it to my husband, and he gobbled it up just like I did. This book is very old, so if you decide to read it, make sure you get a Vintage International edition since there are editions out there that are not complete. I actually got a digital edition of it from my local library. I will be reading more books by Nevil Shute.
    Great progress on that sweater!

    1. I should say that if you extremely sensitive about racial injustice there is a small bit of racism in this novel, but I found it to be acceptable based on the story that is being told. It is not something that triggered me because I thought it was presented in context of the story and time frame.

  7. I have no book recommendation but the \ part of the X doesn’t count for a bingo? It always did when I played bingo. I’ve had 2 bingos so far and when I finish my third, I’m just go to read what I want from my list. I wanted to get three bingos first. I had one down and one across and will probably get one section of the X next.

    You are making progress on the sweater and I’m sure it will look beautiful on Hannah.

  8. My dad recently re-read Canterbury Tales for the first time since college, but this time picked up the Peter Ackroyd adaptation of Chaucer’s classic. He absolutely loved it and finished it in less than a week.

  9. Lovely card! (and I see a diagonal bingo?)

    I have three story within a story suggestions… #1 and 2: Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities or If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler and #3: Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay!

  10. Here’s a fun story-within-a-story for you — Anthony Horowitz has a fun mystery series (there are 2 so far) that feature a mystery book publisher who solves mysteries. Each book includes a complete OTHER book (a mystery, of course) within. They’re fun, quick reads, too. The first one is Magpie Murders and the second one is Moonflower Murders. 🙂

  11. I second the recommendations for Kavalier and Clay and Anthony Horowitz …. and will offer up Elly Griffiths’ new mystery series (Katie Gilley recommended to me) – the first book is The Stranger Diaries. I devoured it last Saturday and immediately put the next one on hold (it is ready at the library and only my own sweater sprint is preventing me from picking it up). also YAY! for the knitting!!

  12. The diagonal Bingo is one I would count. You’ll have one or two others soon. The Margot Affair and Strange Flowers are my story within a story choices. I think you’d like them both!

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