Oct 23, 2014

While Knitting, Vol. 1

Knitting doesn't happen in a vacuum here in SMH-land. Instead, I'm always reading something (thanks to my Kindle) or watching something (thanks to Netflix). Here's a short list of what I've been reading and watching lately.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.This is the same author who wrote The Fault in Our Stars, which I loved immensely. This one, however? Not as much. The story of a just-graduated boy named Colin who loves girls named Katherine, it is a coming-of-age story for sure. But then, in the epilogue, the author lays out what he believes is the true moral of the story. And, here's the thing. If you need to spell it all out for me at the end, you didn't do a good enough job of explaining it through your storytelling. Which means you didn't do your job well enough as an author. Had this epilogue been left out, I would have probably liked the book a bit better.

Grey's Anatomy: Season 9. Yes, I know. It was probably never very good, and I'm several seasons behind. But man, do I love the heavy-handed drama. And I love just how frequently these doctors fall in love with each other, while always seeming to perform such ridiculously rare and life-altering procedures. Pure trashy television gold!

Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity by Jen Hatmaker. I'm pretty sure we all fell in love with Jen Hatmaker and her family, thanks to their HGTV show. I hadn't read a single one of her books, however, so I picked up Interrupted. This is my kind of faith, folks. Real, scary, dirty and rough. Taking the words of Jesus seriously, leaning into the reality of just how blessed we are, and just how much we take that for granted.

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest and Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.We've been going back and forth between these two on Netflix daily, with the Christmas movie winning out almost every time. Kids after my own heart - they're already excited for Christmas, too!

The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams. What a phenomenal writer! I bought this assuming I'd be reading about Dee's foray into tiny house building, and there was definitely that, but this amazing book is full of Dee's spirit and life as well. You can feel her smile as she tells her story, and on more than one occasion I decided I must take her out for a beer and be her friend. What a lovely soul, and such a joyous read!

Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection. I never watched this on television. I know, don't stop reading! I'm so excited that the entire series is on Netflix now, and I've been watching whenever I can get the chance. Even if it takes me years to get through it, I'm already loving it!

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn. I CANNOT EVEN. That is all.

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  1. Quinn, my three year old, watches Veggie Tale and Mickey Christmas YEAR ROUND. It's crazy, but she loves it.

    I feel like "I CANNOT EVEN" is the only way to describe Gone Girl. I'm excited to finally go see the movie (hopefully soon!).

    I haven't read any of John Green's books other than TFiOS, but from what I've read in reviews your opinion is the common one.

  2. Hey Robyn,

    Hats off to you for being able to read a book on your kindle whilst knitting! I tried it once - it was quite tricksy!

    I'm looking forward to reading Dee's The Big Tiny, and I was also blown away by Gone Girl! I just watched the film at the cinema with some unexpected friends, and really enjoyed watching their jaws drop!

    I'm reading A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irvine right now and LOVE it!

    Katie. X

  3. An Abundance of Katherines was definitely not one of my favorite John Green books. I recommend Looking for Alaska - it's much more subtle, realistic, and emotional, like TFiOs.

    The Big Tiny is on by to-be-read list. Your review has moved it up on my queue!

    Gilmore Girls is amazing and I'm glad you're getting the chance to experience it. My grandfather (91) loves it.

    I'd also like to mention that I started knitting while reading on my kindle because of you several years ago. It's one of my favorite things about kindles!