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Weekend Inspiration

October 11, 2014 Art, Books, Lists, Miscellaneous 6

With the fall season upon us, the fact that temperatures will actually drop below 40 degrees this weekend, and because my favorite scarf is looking a little worse for wear, I am feeling the need to either knit or crochet myself a new one. As my skills have developed, this decision (which scarf do I make this time) has become harder every year. When I could only follow one pattern, it was easy! It was just a matter of deciding which color this time! Now, this all important decision includes questions like cowl? Infinity scarf? Go all out with a shawl? Knit or crochet? That awesome yellow color I used last year:

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or pick something new? A dark orange? An interesting blue? Oh, the decisions!

This is why Ravelry exists. And Pinterest. And Google. They give me the hope I can narrow down my choices and make a decision. So, for submitted for your approval, here are my top choices of what to make this year:

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This GAP-tastic Cowl looks humongous, but also terribly warm and snuggly.

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But this New Year’s Cowl does too. And I love that color!

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Or, is this the year I finally learn cables? Because good golly look at that thing?? Love! Even the color! Hmm…

So, do you see my problem? What do you think? Which scarf tickles your fancy? What colors are in this fall? I am in no way up on the latest fashions. Have something else to suggest? Hit me up in the comments!



Top Ten Tuesday – My Summer TBR List

June 17, 2014 Books, Lists, Meme 12

It has taken me ALL DAY, but dangnabit I’m going to post this. I love lists too much to ignore it. It will just have to be a barebones, stripped-down version (as in no pictures. Sorry!).

Here is a list of 10 books I HOPE to read this summer. It is by no means comprehensive. It is likely to change within 10 minutes of my hitting publish. But here it is:

1. The Green Mile by Stephen King. I know I previously said I wanted to tackle another King this summer, but a review pushed this one to the forefront. Plus, I adored the movie. God, I miss Michael Clarke Duncna.

2. The Dollmaker by Harriet Arnow.  For The Estella Project this summer. It sounds fabulous. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it!

3. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner. There were two different books by Stegner on The Estella Project list, this one and Crossing to Safety. My library has Angle of Repose, so it wins.

4. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Another, and last, for The Estella Project and also so Andi will be happy. She’s read so many books I’ve recommended to HER lately, that it’s time I read some of hers. This one has gone on long enough. Andi is usually right about books I’ll like and she insists I’ll love this one.

5. Middlemarch by George Eliot. I really need to just go on and start this one. (*digs in heels*)

6. The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman. I managed to score an ARC. Plus, hello! It takes place in a book shop? I’m there. Plus, this paragraph from the first few pages:

“Because, after all, the fellow who invented the guillotine was a man of medicine,” he continued, restoring books to the shelves, riffling their pages to kick forth the old-paper aroma, which he inhaled before pushing each volume flush into its slot.


7. Where the Mountains Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. My daughter ALMOST got this book this past weekend and I rather wish she had. The book feels so lovely in your hand! And the story sounds fantastic. She may be getting it soon anyway!

8. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. FINALLY! The last one!! Will be reading with Andi. VERY SOON.

9. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld. Another to blame on Andi.

10. Wicked by Gregory Maguire. Blame this one on Idina Menzell. I want to listen to the music from the Broadway play and I’m afraid of spoilers and also not knowing what is going on. Damn your amazing voice! lol

So, that’s a small sampling of all the books I hope to read this summer. What’s on your list?



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Top Ten Tuesday

December 10, 2013 Lists, Meme 9


Almost did the wrong list (I pulled next weeks by accident)! It’s why I’m late posting. I had to think!

Betwixt and Between by Jessica Stilling

As I mentioned last week, I saw this on the new arrivals shelf at the library and it just called my name!

To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl

Heard about this one on the History Chicks poscast and it sounds amazing.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

It was on sale Black Friday, or maybe Cyber Monday… either way, I snapped it up. It’s Donna Tartt y’all!

True Grit by Charles Portis

Completely Melissa’s fault.

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Also on sale whatever day that was…. Sounds like a nice, cozy read. Actually got the whole trilogy.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

AND on sale. Been meaning to read it forever.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Need to review it…. And that cover is just so cute to me!

Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano

Was on sale sometime or other. Sounds good!

The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins

For Estella!

The Devil in Silver by Victor Lavalle

Reading this with my Andiroo. We call it the demon buffalo book.


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Okay. This is what I’m taking.

July 5, 2013 Books, Lists 7


Let us pray I don’t change my mind before Sunday. Cause we all know I will.

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (ebook)
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (ebook)
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (ebook)
  • Doll Bones by Holly Black (I’m behind in Holly Black books) (book)
  • Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (ebook)
  • The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine (ebook)
  • The Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich (if I don’t finish before I leave) (book)
  • Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne Valente (book)
  • Smoke & Mirrors by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)
  • The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison (ebook)
  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (ebook)

That should hold me, right? What do you recommend as good beach reading?



Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Most Intimidating Books!

July 2, 2013 Lists, Meme 10


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This week! The Top Ten Most Intimidating Books (might be intimated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won’t etc). Since I just LOVE lists, I’m going to give you two. Books I haven’t read and books that DID intimate me, and I read, conquered, and loved!, them anyway.

 Books I Haven’t Read (but really want to)

  • Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – I don’t know why. Seriously. I need to read this. Soon.
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving – Starting it today!
  • I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb – It’s just so huge!
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – I tried. I really did.
  • Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes – I tried this too. Really!
  • Game of Thrones by George RR Martin – I have it. It’s on my list. Swears!
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison – Toni Morrison just intimiates me.
  • Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens – Ahhhh…Dickens. My literary nemisis. I think it’s because I love Wilkie Collins so much and I imagine them to have been rivals. It’s all in my imagination. I should write a book.
  • Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray – I TRIED, OKAY?
  • In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust – Il est français et effrayant.

 Books I Have Read (and totally loved)

  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – Historical fiction at its best.
  • The Stand by Stephen King – Just as horrific as I expected, but in a less overwhelming way that I was expecting. Definitely one of my top ten favorite books ever now.
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas – LOVED this book. So funny to me.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo – Oh, Quasimodo. How you broke my heart.
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I’m sorry, but Scarlett is like one of the best villians ever.
  • The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber – Yes, the same book I just tanked on rereading (IN AUDIO, in my defense). Still love it though.
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman – Loved it the first time. Loved it the second. Will love it again.
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert – Made better by reading it with Andi, but also stinking hilarious. Oh that carriage ride.
  • North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell – THE ENDING. And also, Richard Armitage.
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Good LORD y’all. I love this series SO HARD. I reread this one this year and loved it even more. I can’t wait for the next one.



Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books of 2013 (so far…)

June 25, 2013 Lists, Meme 9



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Oh goody! I love this list. This list will be fun. Although, first, I have to remember what I have read so far this year….

Oh. Right. Now I remember.

My Top Ten (So Far) of 2013 (in order read)

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (read by Emily Klein)
  • Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore
  • Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman (read by Jenna Lamia)
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

What’s that you say? That’s 11 books? Umm…yeah…. So? What’s your point?

What books are in your top ten so far this year? Have you read any of mine? What did you think of them?



Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Day 1

September 10, 2012 Books, Lists 24

It’s that time of year again! Today is the first day of the annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Today’s topic is:

Appreciation! There are no awards this year, but it can still be hard to navigate the huge universe of book blogging. Share with your readers some of the blogs you enjoy reading daily and why.

Wow. I read quite a few every day. Here are a few of my very favorites, I read them if they publish, every day. This is just a small bit of the ones I check if they pub. I can’t name all of the blogs I read, or I might as well write a novel! There are SO MANY good ones out there now!

The Avid Reader’s Musings – Melissa is awesome. And so is her dog.  I love her readerly mind.

BermudaOnion’s Weblog – No one has commented on my blog as much as Kathy. And she is such an awesome reader. She reads so many books I want to read, if I could ever find the time!

Beth Fish Reads – My GO TO Audiobook reviewer! And cookbook reviewer! And photographer to drool over! Plus she’s just awesome.

Booklust – Aarti challenges me more than just about any blogger, except for maybe Ana.

Book Nut – Melissa is my go to for kids books. She reads them all, so I can weed out what I think my kids will like. And also me. :)

book-a-rama – Chris rocks my socks off. Nuff said.

The Estella Society – can’t really get away from it. lol

Fig and Thistle – Gosh, Amanda, Andi, and I have been at this forever. Together. We all started about the same time, over 7 years ago! Amanda is my go to woman for all things Mama, classic reading, feminist reading, cooking, cleaning, crocheting, knitting, embrodering, and more. Amanda is one of my heroes, in so many ways.

Fizzy Thoughts – JILL! Of COURSE I read Jill’s blog! Where else will I get a slightly vulgar song that knocks my wicked socks off?

Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity – Um, if you don’t follow Trish, there is something wrong with you. Also, she has the cutest baby ever. Well, since my own. Yes, I am completely biased.

Regular Rumination – Lu is awesome. She reads great books AND she crochets! She rocks!

Reading Adventures – Marg has been around so long, I can’t remember when I “met” her! She’s my go to for historical fiction and all things Australia. AND she’s my interview partner for tomorrow!

Stainless Steel Droppings – Carl. Oh Carl. I don’t know what I would do without Carl and his awesome reading events. My Autumn would never be the same and I know no matter what, I will celebrate RIP in someway for the rest of my life.

still nothing of importance – DEBI! My dear, sweet, loving Debi. I always read her blog because I just love HER so much.

Stuff as Dreams are Made On – And here is my Chris. What would I do with out Chris? He has taught me so much, I don’t think he even realizes it. And he reads such great books! Listens to such great music! Even if sometimes I don’t get it! lol He’s just wonderful.

things mean a lot – Ana challenges me so much as a reader. Don’t tell her this, because it would embarrass her, but she intimidates me a bit too. But she is the sweetest, most gentle person ever. She’s just fantastic.

Tripping Toward Lucidity – Andi’s my best bud, I guess everyone knows that by now! She’s my reading soulmate, best friend, and rock.

The Written World – Kelly! Kelly challenges me too. She reads SO MUCH! And so variedly! I think she is the first one to convince me to try something science fictiony and I am so glad she did. Plus she’s my go to for all things Canadian.

Write Meg – Beautiful photography, beautiful food, beautiful words. Meg’s place is not a place to miss. She invariably makes me hungry, thirsty, and desperate to read whatever she’s reading.

Gosh, that was way more than I meant to do, but there were so many I couldn’t bear to leave out. I STILL left out so many I can’t bear to leave out! Now, I can’t wait to visit everyone and discover new blogs! Happy Book Blogger Appreciation Week everyone!




R(eaders) I(mbibing) P(eril): Year Seven

August 30, 2012 Books, Lists, Reading Challenges 8

The leaves are turning shades of red and orange. The air is cooler. I made my first pot of soup last night. School started weeks ago. It’s time for this young girls’ thoughts to turn to vampires, werewolves, psychological terror, and grisly horror.

RIP VII is here.

I cannot believe it’s been seven years since I first took part in this magical, mysterious, and blood-curdlingly exciting event. Without a doubt, it is the highlight of my favorite season. My plans are to do Peril the First (read up to 4 books), Peril of the Short Story (I never succeed at this, but I always keep trying!), Peril on the Screen (hopefully starting with ParaNorman!), and Peril of the Readalong. Andi and I are hosting a readalong of The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, a bloody good spooky book, over at The Estella Society. And, despite the fact I’ve already reread The Graveyard Book this year, I will probably do that one too. It is, after all, probably my most favorite book, now that The Princess Bride seems to have been knocked from that pedestal (hangs head in pitiful sadness).

Come on over and join in. It is SUCH a good book and perfect for RIP.

Contenders, since no RIP post is complete without pictures of books, am I right?

And also on my iPod:

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, read by Simon Vance
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova , read by Justine Eyre, Paul Michelle (reread, if I can get my husband to read it too)
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, read by Steven Crossely (ditto the above)
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, read by Stefan Rudinicki (if I can’t get into the book. I’m determined to read this one this year!)
Dracula by Bram Stoker, read by Anthony Valentine (reread, since last years’ reread was so disappointing. I think this one is unabridged!)
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, read by Simon Vance (haven’t read this since college!)
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, read by Scott Brick
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (got hubby reading listening to this now, may have to reread so we can discuss)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (this makes me laugh. I’ve never read this book and despair that I ever will!)


The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (It may be a stretch, but I’m putting it down anyway. Those monkeys are hella scary.)
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes ed by Georgia McBride and Michelle Zink
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Peterson
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Ratcliffe
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

And maybe also this:

Do I get a nose?

Now I think I’ll sneak off and start reading. If you would care to join in the fun (please, you should!), head on over to Carl’s blog and sign up. Happy RIP everyone!



The Classics Club August Meme

August 9, 2012 Books, Lists 15

This month’s meme asks a truly difficult question.

What is your favorite classic book? Why?

Okay, asking what classic book is like asking me what’s my favorite flavor of chocolate. How on EARTH do I pick? I could say so many:

Gone with the Wind
The Great Gatsby
The Old Man and the Sea (yes Andi, I KNOW.)
The Three Musketeers
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Les MiserablesThe Count of Monte Cristo (I went through a very hot and heavy French author phase around age 14)
The Scarlet Letter
Huckleberry Finn
The Woman in White
The Moonstone
The Secret Garden
Pride and Prejudice
Little Women
The Faery Queene (I’m not kidding!)
Jane Eyre

Oh my gosh, I’m giving myself an itch to reread all of these!

If I HAVE to pick a favorite (go on, twist my arm), at this very moment, I would have to go with… um… well. Let’s see. I guess I will pick… aw, geez. I’m sorry to hem and haw, but I just can’t seem to make myself pick. Okay. I’m just going to rip it out, like a bandaid…

And this is mainly because I want Andi (and the REST of you, if you haven’t read it yet) to read it.

Why? I think it’s the sort of book every book lover should read at least once. Francie Nolan is one of the best characters ever written. And, for me, it’s a comfort read. It’s the story of the coming of age of a confirmed book worm, set in 1940s New York. It’s about the struggle to grow up in less than ideal circumstances. It’s about loving someone who doesn’t deserve it. It’s about loving someone a little less, who deserves it more. It’s about struggling to raise yourself up and become something better than you are. It’s about love. And family. And music. And words. And faith.

It’s one of the best books ever.



A Music Post

August 5, 2012 Lists, Music 6

I don’t know what to call my music post yet, or what day I’m going to do it on (I am leaning toward Sunday though!), so right now it’s just called A Music Post. Not feeling terribly creative this morning!

First thing, I have to apologize to Chris. I’m PRETTY sure he tried to introduce me to Grace Potter once before, on one of his Christmas gift mixes. I guess it was a matter of timing, because it didn’t click. It does now though. Sorry Chris, because what a voice!

And also:

Thanks Pandora, I discovered Damien Rice. I am so butt crazy in love with this song, OMG.

Lastly, this girl is awesome. Her voice. Oh my gosh. Love.

Um, I never realized this was Adrian Brody in this video… And no, I didn’t *just* discover Tori Amos…let’s just say I *just* discovered a new appreciation of her.

Also, I started another YouTube playlist of songs I like that are not classical crossover. It’s here….How about you? Heard any good music lately?