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Books: 3

World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee *****

End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days #3) by Susan Ee *****

I’m going to review these two together as a series rather than individual books. I liked this trilogy which was a bit surprising to me. I probably shouldn’t have as it has loads of things I normally avoid in a book. But the angels were well done and with a good depth to their story. Penryn was a good female lead, who although was slightly obsessed in the romance, was strong and did things on her own. There’s nothing terribly original here I don’t think but as a YA it was an enjoyable, easy read.

Prince of Fools (The Red Queens War #1) by Mark Lawrence *****

I didn’t realise this was set in the same universe at the same time as the prince of thorns books were. I only read the first one of those as I didnt like the ending of it but may go back and read the rest at some point. I thought this book was very well written. It’s not normally something I notice, (mainly I suspect because I’ve been reading a lot of YA lately and that’s not normally that well written) or haven’t recently anyway. It’s a good story, characters were interesting but not that deep. Though this might improve as the series goes on and there is more character development.

My Month:

It’s so cold! I hate the winter so much. Last month at least I could ignore the cold and look forward to Christmas but now it’s just c0ld. Bring on summer.

What tends to happen this time of year is that I spend money on something to try to distract me. This time it was a little something called the Silhouette Portrait which is an electronic cutting machine. It got here this week and I’m mega excited to start using it.

In fact I’m going to cut this post short and go and play! Wish me luck.

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Old years resolutions

Last year I made three new years resolutions. This was odd for me, as it’s something I never do. But it felt right. I had three things I wanted to do that year so I made them resolutions.

I’m happy to say that was mostly a success. Here’s a quick reminder of what they were (you can check out the full post here).

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I’ve had 1 Litre of water everyday this year (well okay there might have been a day or two where I was traveling that I might not have) so this one is a big tick. First resolution down.

Number two was hanging in the balance there for a while but I finally finished it a couple of months ago. I did it! My blanket is complete, border and all, and you can see my post about finishing it here. Number two: CHECK.blanket

The last one is a little more difficult to quantify. The others were either yes or no but this one…

Well, my blog is still here. We just celebrated its first birthday. My twitter is still a go. But I don’t feel like I’ve really connected very well (This might just be in my head). I’ve also connected with a couple of people this year that don’t have anything to do with my blog and that’s been great. I think I’ll say I haven’t failed this one but this will be more of ongoing thing. I’ve made progress but I have to keep going.

As for this year, I really don’t have any idea about resolutions or goals unlike last year where they jumped out at me. And instead of plucking things out of the air that I won’t keep I’m not going to do any.

Sure there are things I’d like to do but none that have any time limits.

Do you have any resolutions this year and how did you do with any you set last year?

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New Year, New Cross Stitch (SAL)

A lot of new things happening with me craftwise at the moment. After spending half of last year doing one cross stitch project I’ve decided to try a lot of small ones for now. Starting with this bookmark.

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It’s the first time I’ll be making a bookmark. The first time I’ll be stitching on anything other than the normal AIDA fabric. First time that I have tried stitching across two. And also the first time I have used metallic thread (it hasn’t really shown up well in this photo though).

Phew.

I’m thinking of backing it with some black felt that I have, I would prefer fabric but I still haven’t managed to get to the lovely craft store I want to go to after 5 months so I doubt I’ll have been before I finish this.

I’m finding stitching across two pretty difficult. Not the actual stitching so much as the counting. Maybe I made a mistake by picking something with such large areas between stitches but, even with the guide I gave myself around the outside, I’m finding it very difficult for my already foggy brain to do. I am liking this stars and (soon to be) moon pattern, I found it on pinterest. It looks like a scan of something that was in a newspaper or something, I’ve made up the colours though.

I’m looking forward to going through the different cross stitch fabrics that Claire sent me (Thank you again), and have lots of projects in mind.

Here are the links for everyone else taking part in the SAL. We post every three weeks, not everyone posts every time but you should still check out their posts to see what they have been up to.

Avis / Claire / Gun / Carole / KateJule / Wendy / Lucyanne / Cathy / Jacqui

 

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My Books of 2015

I set my reading challenge on Goodreads at just 10 books this year because. as I said at the start of the year, I didn’t want the pressure of reaching a certain number. I was also in the midst of a massive reading rut, I’m glad to say that ended and my reading habits picked up as the year went on. In the end. I managed to complete 32 new books this year (I’m not including retreads or DNFs in this mainly because I don’t keep track of them). Here’s a quick summary of the books I’ve read that I’ve stolen from goodreads:

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If you want to see a full list of what books I’ve read this year you can check out my reading challenge here. Goodreads tells me that my average rating for books was 3.4 out of 5.

My Top Ten Books of 2015

The Princess and The Fool by Paul Neafcy *****

princess“What are we going to do?”

“Something very foolish.”

Princess Katherine gets lost in the wilderness in the middle of a war with all kinds of bandits and magical creatures after her. Her only companion is her Fool, who, like most things, isn’t what he seems.

The Spirit Eater (Eli Monpress #3) by Rachel Aaron*****

The Spirit War (Eli Monpress #4) by Rachel Aaron *****

Spirit’s End (Eli Monpress #5) by Rachel Aaron *****

emEli Monpress is clever, he’s determined, he’s the greatest thief of the age and he’s also a wizard and he’s in way over his head.

First rule of thievery: don’t be a hero.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab *****

magicKell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.


Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman bastards #2) by Scott Lynch *****gb

There isn’t much I can say about this without spoilers for The Lies of Locke Lamora so go and read that one first and I’ll leave you with this quote:

“I suspect this is all gonna end in screaming and drowning”

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss *****

‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

My name is Kvothe.
You may have heard of me’

Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee *****

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Touch by Claire North *****

Kepler is like you, but not like you.

With a simple touch, Kepler can move into any body, live any life – for a moment, a day or for years.

And your life could be next.

The Martain by Andy Weir *****

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

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Happy First Birthday!

My blog is one year old today! I honestly didn’t think I’d manage to stick this out for so long. I tend to be great at starting things and giving up after a couple months. But, here we are!HAPPY1ST And I just want to say a massive thank you to all my followers, anyone who has ever commented on a post, liked a post or shared a post. It means so much to me and has always given me that little bit of encouragement that I needed to keep going. I, truly, wouldn’t have made it this far if you hadn’t.

The blog has changed a bit over the year (as blogs are wont to do), it isn’t solely a place for advice/information about crafting whilst ill. And while I still want those posts to continue, I am also happy that it has become a more personal blog for me too, for me to share things happening in my life, my crafts and the books that I love to read too.

Thank you all for being there. And I hope over the next year I get to know you all better.

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