Memo Pad: June Book Wrap up

It’s June which means it’s summer, the world cup and most importantly it was my birthday this month. I got older (unfortunately I haven’t found a way of having birthdays without that side effect). And after my mini book haul from my birthday money I am officially stating that I am on a book buying ban until Christmas. Yes, that long. I don’t know if I’ll last but I’m going to try because I have more than enough books to read until then (plus any arcs I get in the meantime). Seriously, I have over double the amount of books I could feasibly read in that time so no more until Christmas…. If you see me buying anything I give you permission to shout at me.

But back to this month, I was hoping to get through quite a few books in June as I’m finally taking a couple of months off editing but, in true me fashion, I got obsessed with a new story idea instead which meant I didn’t get through as many as I’d like. But four is still a decent number and considering one of them was 780 pages I feel like I should be allowed to count that as two books. It was my favourite book of the month though, and all year too.

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Read: 4

(Reviews are spoiler free and links go to the goodreads pages for each book)

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The Saga of the Perfect Scarf

Many a year ago I bought some very expensive yarn to make two scarfs. They were Rowan aran Pure Wool in Red & yellow and green & grey (or Gryffindor and Slytherin colours). And if I can remember correctly they were about £8 for each 100g ball. By far the most expensive yarn I’ve ever bought.

My plan was to knit a tube scarf in stockinette stitch but I’d never done cookie changes like that before and wanted to make sure they were smooth with no holes so i used the red and yellow yarn as practice.

And it ended up with a long, warm heavy and comfy scarf that I absolutely loved but it I’m not a Gryffindor so it was time to knit my perfect scarf….. Continue reading

Birthday Book Haul

It was my birthday last week so that obviously means I bought books. I was actually very restrained partially because I already have SO many books on my kindle to read and partially because I’m trying to save up some money right now. I allowed myself a £20 voucher to spend on books and wasn’t expecting anything else but got surprised on the day with a lockpicking kit (my parents are awesome!).

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Anyway, I decided to buy the four books I most want to read, it was actually a really easy choice (even though I have a list of about 400 books to buy). They’re all books I’ve really wanted to read for a while now and all four sound like perfectly me books. So here they are: (Links go to goodreads pages)

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SAL Cross Stitch Update – Christmas is Coming!

Time for another update on my cross stitch progress and I’m happy to say that I’ve gone back to my Christmas project and am excited to get stitching again. That small adventure quote project was just what I needed. A little bit of a change and a happy dance and now I’m up and running again.

Here’s where my Christmas project was last time I shared it with you all those months ago:
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Book Series I’m Waiting on (Book Series #3)

Next up on my posts about book series is a list of series I’m waiting to finish. These are series where I’ve already read (at least) the first book and am waiting for the next book to be released. You can check out the other posts I’ve done about book series here: Book series I loved but won’t finish and Book Series I am planning on finishing.

(Links go to goodreads page for the first book in each series)


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Linen Stitch Scarf FO

I finished my linen stitch crochet scarf and thanks to all your helpful comments it is now long enough. And, if I do say so myself, rather pretty.

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I went with the colour most of you suggested, although I think its a bit different than it showed up in the picture I had taken but I really love it. It’s not the same as the colours in the variegated yarn but its a really nice contrast. I don’t think I would have been brave enough to pick that yarn if you hadn’t suggested it so thanks everyone! Continue reading