Friday, December 1, 2017

What I Read: November


With post actually being on time, I hope this is the beginning of me getting back on track with regular posting here. :) I only read two books in November, and they seemed to sort of go together, both being quirky, strange British stories with very long titles. (Which was completely unintentional.) As always, click on the book title for my Goodreads review!

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night, by Jen Campbell. I wanted so badly to like this book! The cover is gorgeous and it sounded like a quirky, sort of creepy set of short stories. Unfortunately it was just a little too weird for me. I liked a few of the twelve stories, but overall I was disappointed.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman. Now this one, I did enjoy very much, so much more than I expected. Neil Gaiman's books have always seemed like something I should enjoy, but up to this point I'd not really liked any of them. (I've read his children's books: Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and Fortunately the Milk.) So this was my last try at one of his books. But this one was pretty magical. It was strange too, but in a good way. The beginning felt like magical realism (which I love) but then it became fantasy. The writing was beautiful and the story sucked me in. I'll be willing to try more of his books after this one!

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.