That's the sound of my head hitting the wall of reality. I've been back to work for two full days of trainings and meetings, and I'm so missing the pace of summer -- and the time for knitting and other crafts, family, and friends. I am excited about the 8th-grade team this year. As a special ed teacher, my work life depends a lot on the teachers I'm teamed with.
I've been nibbling away at my Elizabeth Zimmerman shawl and mitten. Since I showed the mitten last post, I thought I'd mix it up and show the shawl. I love the unspun Islandic yarn, partly because it is simply different.
I finished All the Light We Cannot See, and I didn't love it. I'm not even sure I liked it. I realize this puts me in a tiny minority. The writing is breath-taking, but the characters didn't feel real to me and the plot held few surprises.
The Liar's Wife also is beautifully written. I enjoyed the first novella, which shares a name with the title. Gordon writes with such simplicity and authority. Her characters feel very real.
I'm not sure how far I'll go with On the Run, which is written by a UW-Madison professor who recounts her experiences living in a crime-ridden area in Philidelphia. As a teacher of inner-city children, I am always interested in learning more about the various communities they come from. However, serious questions about the veracity of this book have been raised. I haven't decided yet if I want to read a book that might not be as true as it claims to be.