On the knitting front, I'm thinking about Alaska (I leave August 16). A summer trip to someplace chilly is a different experience for me and I need a few new pieces. Over the past weeks, I've played around a lot with my stash and my queue and have settled on this:
Items 6 and 7 (not shown) are cowls. Putting them in the Nice to Have category so as not to give myself too much pressure 😉. I have 11 weeks. It seems doable. So glad to have Kat's KAL to keep me focused!
On the reading front - it's Bingo!
I love planning out all the books almost as much as I enjoy the actual reading. Here's where I've ended up
|link to my Summer Bingo 2017 shelf on Goodreads|
I have books earmarked for all the squares except the middle one. Figure that gives me some flexibility - I'm sure some book is going to come along between now and Labor Day that I'll just have to read!
As I'd hoped, I didn't have to s-t-r-e-t-c-h any of the squares to fit something I'd actually want to read. ...at least not much! I have Mill on the Floss for "Recommended by a librarian". That one came recommended by my friend Carole, who just happens to be a librarian. And A Conjuring of Light (the 3rd and concluding book in V.E. Schwab's Darker Shade of Magic series) is certainly "Set in a place I'd like to know more about" ... it just doesn't happen to be a real place! And finally there's Day Drinking (a recent gift from my sister) which is "50 cocktails for a mellow buzz". Surely y'all would agree that's "About food"?
With all the knitting I have planned, a lot of these are audiobooks (10 total), but nine are real books. That's probably more "real book" reading than I've done in a long time - and a whopping seven of those are books from my own shelf (two are re-reads). I'm only buying one, Jabbok. It comes highly recommended from a friend who lives in Alabama, where the author is from. I couldn't find it at the library, but I have a feeling this is a book I'll be happy to own.
And that's it - lots of plans ... and a whole summer to make them happen!
I've really enjoyed reading about what so many of you have planned for summer reading. It's going to be fun to follow and cheer along! Same with the knitting. Thank you Kat, for bringing us all together!