K is for...

The knitting may have been a bit thin on the ground around here lately, but there are TWO new projects on the go which I can't show you yet (boo!) and this one, which I can... 
The picture is today's entry for the Fat Mum Slim "Photo a day" challenge. Yes, you've seen the project before, and aside from the colour change, you can't see my progress as the cable is shorter than the round, but it's proof that I have actually done some knitting amidst all the reading. (There is a fair bit of yarn left so I should get a few more inches done before binding off and showing you how I intend to wear it.) I've finished two books this week - the excellent dystopian novel Shades of Grey, by Jasper Fforde and the omnipresent The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I've been a fan of Jasper Fforde for some time (to the extent that in my 'former life', I took my team of co-workers to the Fforde Ffestival for the weekend - we all got to meet him and he even wrote a postcard to my friend Rachel). Sadly the hardback had lain semi-forgotten in my bedside cupboard since Little Miss was a baby, when I was too tired to read it for fear of dropping it on her head - such was life before Kindles - and I'm so glad to have finally read listened to it. There were echoes of Catch 22 and Brave New World with a bit of Douglas Adams thrown in alongside the humour I've come to expect of Fforde. Now I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel which is expected next year.

It was inevitable I'd read The Fault in Our Stars - it's everywhere and people kept asking what I thought of it. I'm sure you already know that it's a tale of teenage lovers who meet at a cancer-support group, and that the main character, Hazel, is terminally ill. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised just how much I liked it - certainly 4 out of 5 for the star rating. I laughed, and cried... and highlighted some quotes - one in particular which I keep coming back to:
That novel was composed of scratches on a page, dear. The characters inhabiting it have no life outside of those scratches. 
I couldn't disagree more! You?

1 comment

  1. I want to read that book. Because the movie's out or whatever, there's an insane hold list for it. I can wait though.


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