BookWyrmKnits’ 101 in 1001 Challenge

BookWyrmKnits’ 101 in 1001 Challenge

START DATE: 7/11/2016     //     END DATE: 4/8/2019

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Friday Reads ~ 15 December 2017

I think this will be one of the last of this kind of Friday Reads post I do, or at least that I do on a regular basis. I might do another next week, but then I’m going to move on to other styles of Friday Reads posts. I’m looking forward to it! In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been reading…

WHAT I READ

I finished A Scandal in Battersea by Mercedes Lackey. This is the 12th (or 13th, depending on whether you count The Fire Rose) in her Elemental Masters series, and it will be my last of them. The new books in this series are no longer interesting, instead following a boring pattern which is incredibly predictable. Plus, the accents. Oh god, the accents. Someone stop her from writing in accents, and I might consider reading new Lackey again. Otherwise? Hell no. (The full review is here.)

I also finished Rest in Pieces by Rita Mae Brown, which completed my 2017 Cat Mystery Challenge. Yay! Full review is here, but the short version is that this is a really cute book in a really cute series, and I’ll be continuing with it. Solid 4 stars for this one.

WHAT I’M READING

I started Warcross by Marie Lu. (Don’t judge me. I know I said that The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid or To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis would be next. They’re still on deck, so they will be next after this.) I’d heard so many good things about it, and my last paper books only took 2 days to read, so I thought I’d try to squeeze this one in during December as well.

I’m still listening to Second Hand Curses by Drew Hayes, but I don’t think I will be for much longer. It’s so fun that it’s easy to listen to it. I’m enjoying the book but I also want to know how it ends, so I’ll finish this one soon. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys slightly different takes on fairy tales. So far there hasn’t been anything to make me limit my recommendation much. I’d say YA at the youngest, because there are a few mentions about unsavory things, but nothing has been overtly described. Still. Great fun.

And I’m still reading Lazette Gifford’s Raventower and Merriweather #1: Secrets. I feel bad for not giving this as much love as I could be, but mobile games have been distracting me lately, and so even when I pick up my phone intending to open my Kindle app, I open the games instead. Bad me.

WHAT I’LL READ NEXT

In paper books, The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid or To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis really ARE next this time. Promise.

For audio, I think I might try Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress next. I’ve been enjoying fiction, though I think swapping to sci-fi might be a nice change. Besides, I already own that one on Audible and I want to get my queue down before I buy any more audio books if I can help it.

WIP Wednesday for 13 December 2017

Oops. I have a problem. See if you can spot it:

Oops

Yup. I didn’t do the pattern correctly on the second sock. I’ve been purling every row on the ribbed section instead of every other row.

Which means I now need to rip back to the cuff ribbing. And I just finished the heel turn, so that’s 1/2 the sock.

Oops

This is a gift sock, though, so I feel I need to fix it. If it was for me, I’d totally consider keeping a fraternal pair of socks. (I still might come to the same decision, though, since I’m a bit picky about matching striped socks.)

Damn.

At least these are for someone who will understand if the gift socks are late.

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Best of 2017

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday!

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Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

These are my favorites of the books I’ve read in 2017. I didn’t include any re-reads in this list. (The ones with asterisks are audio book versions.)

  1. The Girl Who Drank the Moon ~ Kelly Barnhill
  2. NPCs ~ Drew Hayes
  3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones ~ Seanan McGuire
  4. The Princess Diarist ~ Carrie Fisher *
  5. Beware the Wrath of Bunny Hopper ~ Lazette Gifford
  6. Bellwether ~ Connie Willis
  7. Going Rogue ~ Drew Hayes
  8. Norse Mythology ~ Neil Gaiman *
  9. Beauty ~ Robin McKinley *
  10. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson *

Have you read any of these books? What was your favorite read of 2017?

Linkity on a Sunday

This week let’s do something different for the Sunday Summary! I haven’t written anything fiction-wise since NaNoWriMo ended, because I’ve needed to use my creative energy for making holiday cards and knitting gifts. So instead of discussing what I’ve written (which is nothing) let’s take a trip around the blogosphere and see what other people have written!


Lattes and Llamas shared this Llama Christmas Cookie link, and I think I mush make them. NOW. So cute!

Ally had this great discussion about medication in YA books, and how it’s not portrayed in a healthy fashion.

Zuky announced her December BookBum Club theme, and posted links to the November BookBum Club reviews.

In her linkity on Friday, Chris shared this tumblr post about how knitting led to the moon landing. She also had a link to a list of Mexican references in “Coco” (the Pixar movie, which I ABSOLUTELY LOVED — GO SEE IT).

I recently found out about Hunter Hammersen‘s knitting patterns (courtesy of the love given by SpaceCadet yarn). And for the first 3 weeks of December she has an advent calendar of sorts in the form of discounts on her knitting patterns! (Each day a different item is discounted through December 24th.) Love it, and I’ve already bought a few patterns as a result.

Friday Reads ~ 8 December 2017

It’s snowing on WordPress again! Yay! I don’t know why, but that always makes me happy.

WHAT I READ

Since last week, I finished Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire. It was a great novella. My full review of it is here, but it’s safe to say that if you like McGuire’s other work and are willing to read a shorter stand-alone story instead of a full-length novel, you’ll probably enjoy this one, too.

I also started and finished The Squirrel on the Train by Kevin Hearne. This is a short story (which I listened to) in the Iron Druid Chronicles. It’s also the second of Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries. It’s highly amusing, especially since Luke Daniels narrates it in Oberon’s voice. Oberon (the Irish wolfhound) is one of my favorite characters in the series, so getting more from him is always fun. I kinda hope that we continue to get Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries even after the Iron Druid Chronicles come to an end with the next novel.

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh got finished as well. Granted, I switched from the audio version to the hardback part-way through. And I also skimmed some of it once I’d switched to the paper version. But still, it’s finished (and not DNF’d). I’m… still not sold on it. There was too much “do I despise him or desire him?” in it for my tastes. Yes, the setting was beautiful. Some of the story was beautiful. But in a story where you are trying to show a girl break out of the controlling atmosphere she grew up in, is this book really the best way to do it? I sincerely hope not. (Full review is here.)

WHAT I’M READING

I’m still working on Lazette Gifford’s Raventower and Merriweather #1: Secrets. Now that I’m done with the McGuire ebook, I’ll be able to focus on this one more, and will hopefully make good progress.

And I’m nearly done with Rest in Pieces by Rita Mae Brown. Highly amusing again, like the first one. It’s a classic cozy cat mystery, though. Don’t expect much depth out of it, though it does provide an engaging read.

And lastly, for audio, I recently started Second Hand Curses by Drew Hayes. I needed something fun, and I’m curious to try something by him that’s not in the Spells, Swords, and Stealth series.

WHAT I’LL READ NEXT

The next paper book is going to be A Scandal in Battersea by Mercedes Lackey, since I saw that at the library and it fits the BookBum Club‘s December theme. After that will be either The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid or To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. (And whichever one isn’t next will be after that.)

Other than that, however, I don’t think I’m going to make “what’s next” predictions right now. I’ve been in a fickle book mood, and have tended to pick up whatever book was shiniest at the time. I guess I’m just in that kind of mood.

WIP Wednesday for 6 December 2017

There has been a surprising lack of progress on knitting this week. I guess that’s because I spent a lot of what would have been craft time addressing and mailing the first (and second) batch(es) of Christmas cards.

However, there has been some knitting! I have a few knitted gifts still on the needles, so I can’t stop knitting entirely.

First up is the latest coffee cup sleeve:

This one is a bit taller than the others. It still fits well, though I neglected to do the short row shaping that’s in the pattern. (I got carried away and missed the wrap & turn instructions.) I also just noticed that the color is way off in the WIP photo. I was emphasizing the stitch contrast when I took that picture and didn’t even pay attention to the fact that the color looked nothing like the real thing. The FO picture is closer to true.

I’ve also made progress on my gift scarf:

I’m on to the second ball of yarn now, so if all goes well I’m halfway done. I’m hoping that I’ll like the length when I’m done with this ball of yarn so that I don’t have to wait for more yarn to arrive in the mail.

Still, pretty decent progress overall! Have a great rest of the week, everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Book Vacation

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday!

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Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

Well, some of these will be on most (if not all) of the Top Ten Tuesday lists this week. I’ll try to make at least a few of them original, though.

  1. Rivendell from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
  2. Hogwarts Castle from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series
  3. Inside Charles Wallace in Madeline L’Engle’s A Wind in the Door (mostly because I want to meet the mouse-like farandolae)
  4. The Bog from Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon, but only if I have Glerk to guide me
  5. Benden Weyr from Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series (or really anyplace there where the dragons are)
  6. Elfhome from the Wen Spencer series of the same name, though it would take some extra safety measures since it seems everything native to there wants to kill you
  7. The titular Secret Garden from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book. I didn’t like the story much, but the garden sounds lovely.
  8. The 100 Acre Wood from A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh
  9. Another planet (or moon) from pretty much any book set in space. Because space.
  10. The Dawn Treader from C.S. Lewis’ Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I have recently discovered that I like cruising, and that would be an amazing ship to cruise on.

Where would you go if you could vacation somewhere literary?