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Saturday, April 6, 2013

audiobooks + knitting = heaven

Things have been very busy around here lately but full of excitement!  Hubby (soon to be Dr. Hubby in May) matched to an internal medicine Residency in Colorado and we will be moving shortly. Though we are sad to be leaving our friends in Cincinnati, we are ready to start this new chapter in our lives.
I still have more photos from the January Disney trip but for now I wanted to chat about something else.... perhaps I'm just savoring the vacation and want to draw out the memories for as long as possible....
To say that I have been obsessed recently with all things fiber related would be an understatement.  I have found a new love and that is listening to audio books while knitting.  My local library gives me access to free and instant downloadable audio and ebooks and I have been taking full advantage.  The selection isn't too fantastic, but I'll take what I can get!   As I’ve been clacking away at knitting projects the past month or two, I have been spending a lot of time snuggled up in my favorite chair with a cup of tea, completely entranced by these books.
  •  The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: An explorer’s tale around the turn of the century, very “Adventurer’s Club” if you will.  A classic and an exciting read (err… ‘listen’).  I have been wanting to get into the Sherlock Holmes series by this author but I'm waiting for the first book to become available.
  • The Discovery of Witches books 1 and 2 by Deborah Harkness: these are the first two books in a trilogy, the third has not been finished yet.  It’s very well written and historically accurate where appropriate.  Witches, vampires, demons, excitement, danger, and romance.  I could do with a lot less romance but I did enjoy these and look forward to the third installment.
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club books 2 and 3  by Kate Jacobs: complete guilty pleasure… this series is about a group of ladies that love to knit.  All of the women are very different which assures me that anyone could relate to at least one of these colorful characters.  The fun references to yarn, patterns, baking, and general knitting are just wonderful.  There are even simple knitting patterns and baking recipes at the end.  
  • Fer de Lance by Rex Stout: The first of the Nero Wolfe mystery series of the mid 1930’s, I am only about halfway through.  It’s not quite as suspenseful as I had hoped but it is enjoyable.
  •  We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Lee: The narrator is fantastic; the book is charming, funny, and smart.  There are some sad parts but mostly it’s very uplifting and filled with animal stories.
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett: This book is just incredible... the narration, the writing, the story.  I may have shed a few tears....
Next on the list are two more books that I just checked out today and can't wait to delve into:
  • Sleeping with the Enemy by Hal Vaughn: described as an "explosive narrative, part suspense thriller, part wartime portrait", it's about Coco Chanel's life and her mysterious years during WWII when she may have been connected with the Nazis.
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie:  I think this is the first Poirot book, I've been wanting to read these for years!
  • The Hounds of Baskerville by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: one of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. 

Of course, there are about one hundred books on my wishlist that I can only hope will someday make their way to the library!  Anyone have good suggestions?


  1. Makes me want to read (err...listen:)) Especially the Lost World book!

  2. What a wonderful way to "read" books while you are doing something else like knitting.