My goal for several years has been to read 50 books in one calendar year – 52 weeks – but I have always fallen off the rails around 25 books. This year, I’m twice as determined. I will be posting short reviews of each book with my thoughts and any recommendations I received for the book as well as a link to purchase the book from Amazon, (though I recommend checking your local library first). If you have questions, leave a comment! If you want to follow my journey, find me on Goodreads.
My college pal, Caitlin, mailed me this book after finishing it. We’ve long shared books and crochet patterns and so much more. I appreciate her so much.
The Friday Night Knitting Club follows a group of unintentional friends whose common threads stem from a knitting store in New York City opened some years earlier by a single mother trying to survive adulthood. I loved the characters and their development over the course of the novel. Georgia, the main character, has gumption and follow-through that are enviable, not to mention her Scottish grandmother, “wise” or, as she says, just sensible. (I can’t get away from Scotland in books these days. Must be a sign.) Anita reminds me so much of a dear friend of mine, creating a safe place for growth and security, seeing the greatest potential in her people. I felt one kind of way about this for the first 2/3 of it. The last hundred or so pages threw me for a loop, but were beautifully written. Kate Jacobs handles loss in the most tangible, heartbreaking way. I wanted to call all of my people afterward and tell them I love them. This little tapestry of lives made me so thankful for my own friendships that have emerged out of the most unexpected places.
Goodreads rating: 3.41/5
My rating: 4/5 stars
Days read: November 7-20
Recommend: yes, then knit a sweater!