Knitting on the Lauri dress was beginning to take a toll on my hands. The combination of the small slippery needles and the smoothness of KP Shine Sport made for a wrist destroying combo.
So to take a break I read some books. Three in the last four days to be exact. I took a day off to pick up more from the library. I have a weird way of selecting books. I like to choose them by their cover and the first page. If you can’t grab me on page one, back on the shelf you go. I have a pretty high success rate. This go round though I got a few duds. Hence the day off, I had nothing to read.
First I read the only book in the Sammy Keyes series that I hadn’t read, Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway. I can easily finish those in a day because I have an insatiable need to see how mysteries play out. I was just as pleased with this one as I was with the rest in the series. Though a little sad that I’ve caught up and have to wait for the new ones.
Next I read Seen it all and Done the Rest by one of my favorite authors, Pearl Cleage. I wondered if I would finish this one when I began. It had an awkward start to me. I think it was the expectations I carried into the story. I had read that it weaved in characters from her other stories, they eventually showed up and I was once again riveted to my sofa to see how things could possibly be resolved. I saw this book among those in the “urban novels” section in the bookstore today. I’m not quite sure it fits there though. I guess it’s a matter of opinion.
Lastly, and after a days break for my eyesight, I read Twilight. As with Harry Potter I may be the last person on earth to read this book. Much like my distaste for magic I’ve never been to wild about vampires. Well vamps that appeared outside the world of Buffy anyway :). But similar to HP the story is about much more than just vampires. I love the authors style, I found myself laughing so much more than I expected. I also recognized the feelings of being totally besotted with someone who you think is way out of your league.
I borrowed Twilight from the library, but the wait for books 2 and 3 is ridicously long so I popped down to the bookstore and bought New Moon (hardcover! which I almost never do). I am resisting the urge to crack it open. I can’t keep going to bed at 3 in the morning feeling wired. I will dutifully knit tonight, now that my hands have had a chance to rest. If only I could find a job where I could read when I needed a break from knitting, and knit when I needed a break from reading. Utopia perhaps? In my dreams seems more likely.