reading: i haven't been a big reader this summer... since june i've read 1 1/2 books, which is odd for me, but sometimes i get in a "need a break from voracious reading" mood, and i guess this is one of those times.
my books this summer have been fairy tale-themed, which has been really quite lovely. at least i'm enjoying the little bit of reading i've been doing. my mother she killed me, my father he ate me was just as magical and mysterious as it sounds. new spins on old tales by some pretty big names - how could i resist? out of the 40 stories there were only 2 that i chose not to finish, at least a half dozen that made my heart absolutely soar, and the rest were varying shades of completely charming. i would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone with a fondness for fairy tales.
i'm currently reading from the forest: a search for the hidden roots of our fairy tales. it purports to look at how fairy tales grew from the forests and how they are intrinsically tied to those forests, in the modern day, as well as in the past. i thought this sounded interesting and the perfect book to read after my mother.
i *am* enjoying this book, but i don't know how well the author is achieving her goal. that said, the book is a wealth of information on the history of trees, forests (the author is british, so all the forests she visits are in england, i've been doing a lot of googling of maps and photos of the places so i know where she's writing about), forestry, and the changing landscape of england. these are topics i knew very little about and and am finding it all terribly interesting. it is when she tries to tie the forest history to fairy tales that the book is at its weakest... which is somewhat disappointing because this was supposed to be what the book was about. each chapter ends with an updated take on a fairy tale that she has mentioned in that chapter. those have all been well-written and fun to read, so it's like a little treat at the end of each chapter.
crocheting: i feel like i've talked enough for one post already, so i'll be brief: i'm working on my latest ripple (pattern from lucy at attic24). i love the ripple.
what are y'all reading and/or knitting right now?!?