Friday, November 17, 2017

What I Read: October


I'm only half a month late with this post too! :) I really do apologize for the lack of blog posts lately, you guys. But I have a good excuse...I got married three weeks ago! So obviously things have been busy. (And wonderful!!) I'll try to put up some wedding photos soon. We're settling in, and we have internet at our little house now, so I want to try to get on a somewhat regular posting schedule again.

(Also, I have to find a new spot to take my book photos. So bear with me! Our little house is very dark, ha.)

So here are the two books I read in October. One novel and one graphic novel...like I said, there was a lot going on! As always, click on the book title for my Goodreads review.

The Accident Season, by Moira Fowles-Doyle. This book was so weird. It was a good read for October, and it was atmospheric and pretty addicting. But overall it was just too weird for me to enjoy properly.

Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson. I had heard really good things about this graphic novel. I enjoyed it a lot, but I didn't love it like I had hoped to. It was funny (though not hilarious), and the illustration style was pretty cute. Sometimes it had a bit too much of the typical comic book look for my taste.

Monday, October 16, 2017

What I Read: September


Hey! I'm only half a month late with this post! And I read twice as many books in September as in August...except that I only read one book in August. :) I'm sorry, you guys. Life is crazy right now. And I don't feel the same way about this blog as I used to, ever since Photobucket caused me to lose all of my photos. Does anyone even read this anymore? I'm thinking about just starting fresh, but more on that later. Here's what I read in September:

The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White. Somehow, even though Charlotte's Web has been one of my favorite books since 2nd grade, I made it through childhood without ever reading this one. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I think it got better as it went along. But it was like it couldn't figure out what it wanted to be! Sometimes it was serious, all descriptive nature writing, and then suddenly it's absurd slapstick comedy. I just don't know.

The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex, by Sheila Wray Gregoire. This was by far the best of these type of books that I've read since getting engaged. More details in my review, but it was just what I was hoping for and exactly what I needed!


I also had one DNF this month. After "reading" this book from the first week of September to basically the first week of October and only progressing about 40 pages, I decided to give up on it. It was a middle grade book I'd bought cheaply years ago, on Book Outlet or somewhere, because the cover was cute and it sounded interesting. But I'm just not feeling it right now so off it goes to a new home, and I don't really regret it. :)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What I Read: August


Here is the most pitiful "What I Read" post to ever grace my blog. :) Oh well! I tried...there was just a lot going on in August. Here's hoping next month will be better.

In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson. I really did enjoy this book, though it took me entirely too long to read! It seemed a lot less negative, and his voice didn't grate on my nerves like it does sometimes. I'm not sure if that's because it had been a while since I read one of his books, or maybe because he seems to be really fond of Australia and it shows (as with England in his books Notes from a Small Island). It was interesting and amusing! (My favorite part was his description of cricket. Pretty sure that made me snort laugh.)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Knitting: sparkly midnight rainbow socks.


I feel like I was knitting these socks for the longest time! And truthfully, it was a long time. I cast on April 22, and just finished them this week. I did knit another pair of socks and some other things in the meantime.

But now that they're finished, it's worth it! I love these socks...they're definitely my favorites that I've knitted in a long time. I just did basic vanilla socks, with the heel from Hermione's Everyday Socks. The yarn is from Unplanned Peacock Studio in her sparkly sock base, in the Midnight Rainbow colorway. I love everything I've ever made from her yarn, and these are no exception!

Now I just have to wait until it's cool enough to wear them.

Ravelry project page.

Monday, July 31, 2017

What I Read: July


July was a decent month for reading. I mostly read short, quick reads and while I didn't discover any new favorites, I basically enjoyed everything I read. As always, click on the title for my Goodreads review.

4:50 from Paddington, by Agatha Christie. I've considered myself an Agatha Christie fan for several years now, but I have enjoyed the last few of her books that I've read so much. They're comfort reads for me. And even though I'd seen the Marple adaptation of this one, I didn't remember who was the culprit so it was just as enjoyable as if I'd never encountered the story before. :)

Displacement, by Lucy Knisley. Something else that I've really been enjoying over the past year or so: Lucy Knisley's books. They're graphic novel memoirs, most of them involving travel of some kind. They're definitely not perfect but I really like them. And you can fly through them...the two that I read this month probably took only me about an hour and a half or two hours each to read. This one is documenting a cruise she took with her elderly, ailing grandparents, so it's a bit sad.

How the Heather Looks, by Joan Bodger. This was my big disappointment of the month. I'd been wanting to read this book for so long, and I expected to love it. It wasn't awful or even bad, but it wasn't as amazing as I was expecting. It was a bit dull and took me way too long to read.

Raymie Nightingale, by Kate DiCamillo. This one was also a little disappointing. I generally love her books, but this was lacking something. Even though it did have that quirky feel that I like and lots of unusual characters.

Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married, by Gary Chapman. I'm getting married in a few months and I've heard this is a good book for engaged people to read. It was about what I expected, and a lot of it seems like common sense. But there were some good points, so I think I'll keep it to refer back to.

An Age of License, by Lucy Knisley. This was the last of her major books that I had left to read, and one that gets referenced a lot in her other books. It wasn't my favorite, but still good overall.

Come As You Are, by Emily Kagoski. Once again, I'm getting married and this one was recommended to me. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting...there was a lot of repetition of vague thoughts and metaphors. But again, it's something I might refer back to in the future.