what I read in November 2019

25 Knitted Accessories by Interweave (Nothing that really grabbed me.)
101 Ways to Go Zero-Waste by Kathryn Kellogg (Some good ideas in here. I’m always looking for ways to further reduce our environmental impact.)
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (Audiobook. I’d hoped I’d like it more, but it was just okay.)
Becoming Dr Seuss by Brian Jay Jones (The library copy I got was large print and the size of a brick. Seriously comprehensive and not at all a white-wash of a complicated man.)
BraveTart by Stella Parks (I don’t have a lot of interest in reproducing things like Oreos, but I admire her baking knowledge and expertise.)
Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow (Audiobook. Totally absorbing from beginning to end and a tour de force, but for the love of God, why did no one stop him from putting on those ridiculous accents?)
Daughter of Family G: A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate by Ami McKay (I felt McKay’s personal experiences and memories were more compelling than the fictionalised bits about her ancestors, but overall it’s an interesting – if stressful – read.)
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Audiobook. I almost abandoned it after the first half-hour, but persisted and I’m glad I did. A quiet, sad story about the lifetime bond between a brother and sister.)
Eat a Little Better by Sam Kass (I already eat better than Sam Kass wants me to eat, but he means well.)
Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Audiobook. Unusual narrative set-up in that the narrator knows EVERYTHING her friend Toby Fleishman thinks, says and does. There’s a lot that could be said about how and why the women characters are such shadowy background figures, but a million people much smarter than me have probably already discussed this online.)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Audiobook. Amazing. Loved it.)
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (Audiobook. Terrible. Hated it.)
The Home Edit by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin (Put every single thing you own in a separate clear plastic container and label them.)
Peace, Love and Fibre by Mairlyn Smith (Fibre is your friend.)
The Seven Secrets to Healthy, Happy Relationships by Don Miguel Ruiz Jr and Heatherash Amara (Considering I can’t remember any of the seven secrets, I think I’m doomed to continue being hated by all.)
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Audiobook. Entertaining.)
Who Killed Tom Thomson? by John Little (A very interesting examination of the facts around Tom Thomson’s death, but boy, did it need a copy editor. The basic usage mistakes [who’s instead of whose, for example] made me crazy.)

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