SRP: 2nd Half of July

My brain has pretty much fried from the high heat we’ve had lately. But I did get a fair amount of reading done.

  • The Austere Academy, 227 pages, The Ersatz Elevator, 264 pages, and The Vile Village, 261 pages, (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Books the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh), by Lemony Snicket. As usual, the Baudelaire orphans suffer misfortunes at the hands of their poorly-suited guardians and the slimy, greedy Count Olaf. In Academy, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are sent to Prufrock Prepatory School where they must endure living in a shack, boring classes (or a job, as in the case of baby Sunny), and running laps all night. They meet and become friends with the Quagmire triplets (a brother and sister who, like the Baudelaires, are left wealthy orphans after the death of their parents and brother). In Elevator, the Baudelaires are sent to live with Mr. and Mrs. Squalor in a high penthouse at 667 Dark Avenue. Mrs. Squalor is obsessed with what’s In, and what’s Out. Orphans are currently In, but this doesn’t improve circumstances very much for Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. Mr. Squalor is very kind to the orphans but hates arguing and therefore is of no help. The orphans think the VFD village might contain a clue about Count Olaf and voluntarily live there under the care of the village people in Village. An enormous murder of crows also live in the village and the villagers are extremely devoted to these birds and also are very fond of rules. The orphans must do chores and solve a puzzle composed of couplets to free the Quagmire triplets. These books are such fun to read; as the series progress, bits are revealed about Lemony Snicket, his Beatrice, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding the Baudelaire parents’ past.
  • High Wizardry, by Diane Duane, 338 pages. This is my first time reading from Duane’s Young Wizards series. I’ve had this book (#3) and the next book on my shelves for quite a while. I was surprised to find out that they’re older than I thought (~1990). Nita and Kit are young, newly ordained wizards who have already gone through their Ordeals and other events in the earlier books. In this book, Nita’s sister, Dairine, who is very smart, very much wants to become a wizard herself. Their family purchases a new (but now Old School) Apple IIIc+ computer, which turns out to be a computerized, beta version of the Wizard’s Manual. With this computerized manual, Dairine quickly sets off on her Ordeal. She must help a newly intelligent lifeform laern about the world and being, and battle the Lone Power. I would have loved this book when I was in my early teens.
  • Murder on a Girls’ Night Out, 244 pages, and Murder Runs in the Family, 264 pages, by Anne George. Mary Alice (”Sister”) and Patricia Anne (”Mouse”), bless their hearts, are wonderfully warm, funny, and engaging women. I couldn’t help but like them when I read my first Southern Sisters book several years ago. They are different in personalities and looks, but are very close to each other. In Girls’ Night Out (this is the first book in the series), Sister buys a cowboy bar on a lark. Two days later, a dead body is found on the premises, and things just get worse. In Runs in the Family, Sister’s daughter gets married. At the wedding, the sisters meet a relative of the groom who is a genealogist. Sister and Patricia Anne are just getting to know this new family member when she suddenly leaps—or was pushed?—to her death.
  • A Stitch in Time, by Monica Ferris, 247 pages. I’ve only read Crewel World so far, and loved Ferris’ elegant but accessible writing style in that book. I was glad to find the style hadn’t changed in this book; here’s an example of what I’m talking about: “It meant that will he, or nil he, this tapestry was going to get cleaned…” (Ferris, A Stitch in Time, 6). The meaning is clear, but how often do you see the phrase “will he, or nil he?” An old, damaged tapestry is found in an abandoned room during a Church renovation. Betsy struggles with keeping her late sister’s shop afloat, the holidays, and other small crises. She finally realizes she is in danger after two unsuccessful attempts to end her life. Apparently, it has to do with the tapestry, but Betsy needs to figure out why/how it is connected to her.

Bonus goal progress: Knitting while reading? A little bit, but still not as regularly as I would like. I’m usually reading “on the go,” in the car or at work, when I don’t have a knitting project with me. I’ve cleaned out 9 out of 15 shelves now, yay!

I mentioned earlier that I was going to get a second curio cabinet for my fridge jars. We had breakfast at IKEA last Saturday before doing some shopping. After picking up the box for my cabinet (DETOLF), I stopped by the As Is room and found a green swivel chair for my desk. It was hardly scratched (just a tiny bit of discoloration at the top edge), so I decided to take it home with me as well. My old desk chair has been broken for over a year now.

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