New read-alouds and The Help which I finally finished!
Except for a few instances of language which were offensive to me (curse words and misuse of the Lord's name), I LOVED The Help and highly recommend it. For those who have yet to see the movie, I insist that you read the book first! For those who've seen the movie but haven't read the book, you simply must read the book!
The movie was quite good and followed the story fairly well, BUT I was disappointed that in the end (in my opinion), an attempt to build sympathy for a certain cruel character was made -- one who deserved sympathy only in her ignorance. For an excellent review, read this post by Thabiti Anyabwile whose mother was a domestic worker. (Thanks, Pamela, for the tip!)
Current family read-alouds include Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson -- the second book in the 100 Cupboards Trilogy which the Papa is reading and Peril and Peace, Volume I: Chronicles of the Ancient Church -- the first in a five volume series on church history which I'm reading. Gotta mix the fun reads with the historical reads to keep things interesting!
While my daughter was in town I put her scarf aside to work on a few easy-to-work-on-while-visiting projects including another beanie. Altogether I got three beanies out of one skein of yarn and used the last of it to crochet a bonnet. Since I ran out of yarn, I'll have to buy a piece of colorful ribbon to use for the tie.
I also worked on an almost-finished brown cowl that needed it's ends woven in and started a blue one with this pattern which I found here (thanks, Mary!). The yarn is Serenity Garden Yarn's "twilight" and is more blue and brown looking than reflected in this photo.
Because this post has gotten much longer than I'd planned for, I'll let the photo tell the story of my current personal reading other than to say that I've read Raising Maidens of Virtue before (when it first was published) and highly recommend it!
Sharing at the Yarn Along and Fiber Arts Monday :)