Aloha. I’m finding it helps me to prep a post in advance during the weekend for Year of Projects and for It’s Monday! What are you reading? I don’t feel rushed to type it off and I can give each my full attention. Speaking of which, mahalo nui loa for visiting yesterday and for the scarf and beanie love. Accessories, especially handcrafted ones, are what I tend to utilize a lot when it’s cold, scarves or cowls more as my neck can easily catch a chill. Do you prep posts in advance?
I realize I had forgotten to slip in this year’s Halloween:
Man, do you know how much costumes run nowadays? The girls and I had our first jaunt to the Spirit store and costumes were at least $39.99. The tween picked out her Robin Hood costume and afterwards, I thought of Amazon Prime. Thank goodness we found it for a little over half of what Spirit charged. Jellybean got hers from Target. I told them next year, Amazon is where we’ll look. I took them out on Halloween to trick-or-treat. To make my babies happy we hit every block in our neighborhood niche. I turned on my Map My Run app and it said we walked 2.76 miles that night in 1:35:49. Earlier that day I had power walked for about 3 mi. Oh boy were my calves jelly. But the girls were happy and look at how much candy they got!
I finished up Cinder by Marissa Meyer about a week ago, using Overdrive’s Listen feature. I love it since I’m always on the laptop catching up on your blogs and knitting while either watching podcasts or listening to an audiobook.
I am so glad I finally “read” this book. I think I had put it off because I didn’t know how I’d take to cyborgs. Anyways, Cinder is a unique read I enjoyed immensely. It’s so different with the droids and technology in that world. Meyer’s take on the classic Cinderella tale is definitely a fractured version with its twists. I wanted more by the time I reached the end. I’m on the waiting list for book two which will be the Kindle version. Four stars.
Do you have any particular books slated for this year to read? I do and even had created a shelf on Goodreads but I keep forgetting to pull from that. Every time I read about the books you’re reading, I get curious and check it out. If I like the summary and ratings I’ll look for it on my library’s database.
My original intention was to read a hardcore mystery. However, I got sidetracked by this series: A Tea Shop Mystery. Every time I was checking out the New Fiction section, the latest in that series was on the shelf. I don’t know about you, but I do not like to read a series out-of-order. So I borrowed this Kindle version of book one, Death by Darjeeling.
If you’ve been to tea you know there’s a certain ambiance in a tea room. This book has that feel of proper etiquette and civilized indulgence in baked goods and tea. You know how some of the themes of cozy mysteries are superficial and just in the background? Not in Death by Darjeeling. I really loved learning about tea throughout this read especially since I’m a tea drinker. I didn’t know a blend could be so intricate. I even got it wrong on who the murderer was! The author brought in a good mix of possible suspects and I didn’t expect who it actually was. Three stars and a series I’ll definitely continue.
YA Fantasy is always a welcomed genre. I am constantly drawn to that type of book. Six of Crows was an impulse pick after one of you talked about it.
What a book. I was taken to the past to a different world full of unusual magic. It took me a while to adjust to what was talked about. I think reading beforehand Leigh Bardugo’s other series, The Grisha, might have helped with clarification, but that’s all minor. I enjoyed the multicultural cast of characters and learning about their strengths and weaknesses. Each of them was like a puzzle piece who would only fit with the others into a complete unit. This read certainly has hard edges. Nothing was pretty nor safe. Four stars. Looking forward to the second installment.
Reading Challenges (so far):
I. Foodies Read
Status: 1 – ╭( ･ㅂ･)و fulfills Short Order Cook [1-3 books]
II. Audiobook Challenge
Status: 6 ✧*｡٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و✧*｡ – Weekend Warrior [5-10 books] reached!
III. Ebook Reading Challenge
Status: 20 – short 30 for Gigabytes [50 ebooks]
Well, I gots me some knittin’ to do. Been tryin’ to make a dent in my NaKniSweMo project as I’m dyin’ ta get to ‘da colorwork section. TTYL. Aloha.
- Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1) by Gail Carriger
- (listening to) The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith