A weekend of marvellous books

I finished four amazing books this weekend.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik is a most splendid first novel. I eagerly await The Throne of Jade. I would write more but know that any words I write will not to her work justice. If you enjoy historical fiction, if you enjoy dragons, if you enjoy Britain and Napoleon France, go find and enjoy her work.

Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann is the masterpiece I expected. It is quite torturous to read it over chag and shabbos without the ability to read and knit. I’m very happy I met (and invested) in this book now as I am still a very novice knitter. (Maybe I’ll share a picture of the “first attempt” (ok, it’s really the fifth) at socks. I am much more comfy with dpns, that I must say).

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is another beautiful debut novel. The education I received in reading it and the emotions I experienced, it did remind me of Reading Lolita in Teran by Azar Nafisi.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire was a nice fun read, however, I did not really feel the last third of the book (ok, half) was as well developed as could be.

I am now making my way through others in my reading list, Revolutionary Empire by Angus Calder which I picked up before our January trip to London and Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, which I am embarrassed not to have read before. I have over six books waiting for me at various libraries to pick up in addition to many waiting for me here, so we shall see what I get through over the next few weeks.