Last week, having finished one book, I stood in front of my bookshelf and stared at it for a while, trying to decide what to read next. Apparently my confidence levels are high not only in knitting (a cardigan!) and running (a marathon!), but in reading, because I settled on a 16th-century, 785-page tome: 'Don Quixote'.
According to a recent story on NPR, high school students are reading fewer classics, and I think that's a shame. Contemporary novels are fantastic, but there is so much more to appreciate in those novels when you have a foundation in the history of the novel itself. So kids want horror and fairy tales? Hand them a Gothic novel (but maybe don't tell their parents about that one). There are plenty of stories hidden in the harder-to-read books of the past. And once you're lead to one, you're so much more likely to seek another one out for yourself.
And so here I am, with 'Don Quixote' on the sofa next to me along with my project bag. I'm 86 pages in, and that is part of the reason I'm only a few more rows along in my sleeve. I keep picking up my book instead of my needles when I have a random moment. Also: I haven't been able to go to my coffee klatch at work for two weeks in a row now, so I've been missing on that prime knitting time.
But still, it's progress. I'll find the balance eventually, and then I can sit on the sofa curled up with a good book while I'm wearing this cardigan. Whether that book will still be 'Don Quixote', I'm not sure.
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