These are the books I finished reading in October. I loved them all!
Brown, Larissa Golden and Martin John Brown, Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together.
Oh my heart, the pictures. So pretty! I love doing crafts with other people, and just glancing at this book on the coffee table made me want to sit with 5 or 6 people and drink coffee and do crafty things even if I can't follow a single pattern in this book. It had pretty pictures and a message I liked hearing. All I need.
Browne, Jill Connor. The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love.
The last time Jarrett was at my house, I somehow discovered he didn't know what Sweet Potato Queens were--even though we'd just sampled the cheese dip from the central Arkansas branch, Hogs and Kisses, at the cheese dip championship. So I pulled out my books and we as a group of friends banded together to impart this important knowledge of fabulous Southern ladies to this poor half-Canadian. Then I wound up reading the book. These ladies know a lot about love. They seem to think it's important. I'd have to agree.
Farrell, Chris. The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better.
Some of this I already knew, some of this I didn't need to know (investments are confusing), and some of this I didn't want to hear (what do you mean I need to stay away from Target and Old Navy?!). But a lot of it was incredibly valuable--especially the parts about paying off debts early, and the difference a little extra money each month can make when you contribute toward your retirement. You should read this.
Smith, Alexander McCall. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies.
I love when detectives solve crimes. And I love when the tone of a detective novel is light-hearted and charming and fun to read while I'm falling asleep.
Woolf, Virginia. Orlando.
Swoon. This is her most fun novel that I've read. She's not just wry here--she gets flat-out mischievously funny. But it's still so good and full of standard Virginia Woolf-like complicated and deep thoughts about the sense of self and gender implications and travel and heritage and time and what it means to be an artist. Sigh. I love her.