Almost a month ago, movers packed up our stuff, we lived in hotels for a few days, and started settling into our new house and city. Which means it has been almost a month since I’ve sewn, painted, cut, or crafted anything! I looked back at the Instagram picture to remind myself what my sewing room looked like mid-packing.
We moved to a relatively large city in Iowa, yet you would think we’d relocated to a remote island for the effort it’s taken to get Internet set up. I think sometimes bloggers almost fetishize the notion of “disconnecting” and taking an online break, but I don’t have anything poetic to say about the experience. I enjoy settling in on the couch to go through emails, read other blogs, and work on my posts – so not having wi-fi really put a cramp on my late night routine. We’re finally working on unpacking the basement so I can actually make some things but in the meantime, I’ve spent much of my free time rereading some of my favorite books. I don’t usually post about reading, but here are the top 6 that have entertained me for a second (or third) time during the move.
The unifying thing about all these books? They don’t remind me of anything else and are unique. I’ve linked them all to Amazon so you can read the official, longer summary and reviews if you’d like, but I’m a huge proponent of using the library so check them out there first!
“Bel Canto”* by Ann Patchett
An opera singer and a group of International business people are held hostage for months, surprising relationships ensue.
“Passing” * by Nella Larsen
Two fair-skinned African American women in the 1930s have their lives collide and intersect as one of them ‘passes’ as white; it’s a dark novella looking at happiness and racism.
“Dogs of Babel”* by Carolyn Parkhurt
A professor comes home to find his wife dead, fallen from a tree, with only their dog as a witness. The story follows him trying to teach his dog how to speak as he tries to unravel whether she took her own life or not.
‘Daughter of Fortune”* by Isabel Allende
The Amazon cover photo is awful! My version has an illustration of the protagonist and is much more compelling. Anyways, a young girl runs away to chase her lover to California in 1849 and completely changes her life masquerading as a boy. I never guessed what was going to happen next and found myself completely wrapped up in the narrative.