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50 books

I’m fickle, I admit it. I haven’t finished most of the books listed as “in progress” on my first booklist post, but did read a whole slew of new ones. I think I should quit listing books in progress, and stick with ones I’ve actually read, or this list will become unmanageable.

I’ve also added Amazon links so you can get more information about any title that catches your eye.

So, finished since last time:

  • Karin Slaughter: Indelible, Faithless, A Faint Cold Fear. I’m all caught up except for the newest one in the series. The library has it on order and I’m ninth in line, so it may take a while to get.
  • Karin Slaughter: Triptych. Stand-alone, not part of the above series. Very different book, though still a thriller.
  • Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel’s Chosen. I dove into this fantasy series with the second book, since the first was checked out and I’m occasionally impatient. I enjoyed it, and will now go track down the first one.
  • Mary Walker Phillips: Creative Knitting. Not everything in this book appeals to me stylistically, but some pieces are exceptional. She has very clear descriptions of different styles of knitting and stitch types, including the what, how and especially the why.
  • Peter Blaylock: All the Bells on Earth. Bluebird of happiness? Well, not quite. If you like Tim Powers, you may well like Blaylock.
  • Susan Cooper: Over Sea, Under Stone. Excellent YA fantasy series that I somehow missed when I was a YA.
  • Phil Hellmuth: Play Poker Like the Pros. One of the few finishees from last time. I now know the poker hands. I think.
  • Sarah Swett: Kids Weaving: Projects for Kids of All Ages. You’ll be hearing more about this one later.

Running total: 18.

6 Comments on “50 books”

  1. #1 Laura
    on Jul 25th, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    You’re doing way more reading than I am! But I, too, have a few underway.

    As for being fickle…let’s just consider it a symptom of the creative individual; just as it’s necessary to have several (dozen) projects underway, it is also nice to have a variety of concurrent reading material. Right?

  2. #2 Arachnera
    on Jul 26th, 2007 at 8:07 am

    This isn’t related to this entry, but do you think you could supply some more content on nalbinding? I’m interested in it, and I thought that perhaps you could recommend instructive resources since you’ve done it.

  3. #3 Laura
    on Jul 26th, 2007 at 9:52 am

    For instant gratification, check out Phiala’s naalbinding link at http://www.stringpage.com and also this one: http://www.cs.vassar.edu/~capriest/nalebind.html

    Sarah, maybe you should do naalbinding with some of that lovely new roving. :)

  4. #4 Phiala
    on Jul 26th, 2007 at 10:51 am

    Arachnera,

    There aren’t that many really good sources. The page that Laura so kindly referenced lists a couple of booklets on naalbinding ( http://www.stringpage.com/naal/naalbook.html ). There isn’t much else that is in English and available! I also have a brief “naalbinding for knitters” post earlier in this blog. http://stringpage.com/blog/?p=11

    Laura, you may be onto something… that wasn’t where my brain had been going, or I wouldn’t have plied it. Must cogitate.

  5. #5 Laura
    on Jul 26th, 2007 at 11:00 am

    Or dye some more and spin some more but don’t ply it. ;) Maybe shades of green this time?

    There is someone in Three Mountains who has been on a naalbinding frenzy for a while–there have been numerous Norsemen sporting cute hats with…knobs…on the top. I wonder if she is the one I saw a year or two ago making mittens in yellow & black–they looked like giant bumblebee cozies!

  6. #6 Phiala
    on Jul 26th, 2007 at 11:41 am

    Oh, dye more roving and spin it. Of course, that must be the ideal solution!

    After Pennsic. Must not start anything until after Pennsic.

    And about the quantity of books, you’ll notice that they are nearly all popcorn, or YA books, or both, so that I can zip through them. Plus I haven’t been up for much other than reading for the past few days. And sleeping, that is.

    Hm… spinning for naalbinding. And dyeing. It’s supposed to rain this weekend, so no solar yarn cooker, so maybe I really will not do anything until after Pennsic.