3 Bookish Things Tag

I wasn’t tagged but I saw this over on Cait’s paperfury blog where she took some of the questions from instagram and made others up. I thought it was a really fun tag. (also I have just moved and so hello queued post). Without further ado, 3 bookish things:

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3 favourite authors

I really don’t follow authors much so this isn’t a great answer but:

  • Megan Whalen Turner for writing the Queen’s Thief series. There’s only one book left but I’m sure I’ll be keeping an eye out for anything else she writes afterwards
  • VE Schwab has quite a few books that I want to read but haven’t yet. I absolutely loved A Darker Shade of Magic and I WILL read the sequels at some point and I also really want to read Vicious (and the sequel comes out this year too)
  • Shaun David Hutchinson has a lot of books I want to read. I haven’t actually read any of his books so I’m not sure I should really be putting him on a list of favourite authors but there isn’t really anyone else who has so many books that I want to read let alone have read.

 

3 weirdest things used as a bookmark

My brain? Okay wait, hear me out. I don’t mean literally using my brain as a page holder. But I use to just…. Remember the page number rather than ever actually use bookmarks.

I have however used tube tickets before (back in the old days before oyster cards) simply because I had so many of them lying around that there was always one within reach.

And thirdly, a surface. If I don’t remember the page I’ll just leave a book open and face down on a surface. Maybe a table, maybe my bed… I really never use bookmarks much.

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Mini Blanket Finish

Project number two that I wanted to get finished before the move was a mini blanket that I had started years ago and had been sitting on my shelf for three years.

Here’s where it was:

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My original plan for the aran yarn was to knit a scarf but this was around the time I stopped being able to knit so I realised I needed to do something else with it. I decided on a blanket instead. I only had the one ball of the light grey yarn as it was only supposed to be the contrast colour in the scarf which meant the blanket could only be so big if I wanted to keep the colours relatively even. Continue reading

Memo Pad: July Wrap up

This post is a little late but I’m officially moving this week! It’s all a bit up in the air even though I’m literally leaving everything up to other people to sort out! All I need to do is pack some clothes and my favourite pillow and get on a plane but knowing that all my creature comforts will be in a van for a week (I.e not with me!) is not great. (also my laptop, so if you don’t hear from me anytime soon then well, something may have gone wrong!)

But anyway, back to July. My month started out with me still being completely obsessed with the new story idea that I started outlining in June, and when I’m completely obsessed with writing my reading time suffers. A lot. So the start of the month was a bit rocky. In fact, to try to help me get into the reading mood and feel like I had at least read something I read a short story. Then I read a novella…. But then I finished my story outline! 48,500 words of obsession over and suddenly I had a lot of free time again.

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I ended up reading three books in a week and the I still had ten days left of July. At which point I realised I was going to have to write loads of reviews (because I never manage to do them as I go and always end up doing them all at the end of the month) so I looked through some of the longest books on my kindle to help prevent the number from getting out of hand and (with the help of twitter) I picked a book.

 

I also wanted to update you all on my book buying ban. It has officially been 7 weeks since it started and I caved this week and bought 2 books in the kindle summer sale because I really wanted them and they were less than £1 each. BUT, I still think it is going well. In the first 6 months of the year I bought 30 books which amounts to over a book a week (plus arcs!) so 2 books in 7 weeks is still an improvement and the number of books on my kindle is still going down. Which is good because trying to pick between the 60+ books on my kindle is very overwhelming (hence needing the help of twitter even after I’d narrowed it down).

Books on kindle at the start of the month: 69

Books bought: 2

Books left: 65

I’m looking forward to seeing this number drop as the months go on. I want to get down to at most 50 books on my kindle by christmas. I could say less than that but I’m planning on writing the first draft of my new story outline between now and then and, as I mentioned, I’m terrible at reading while I’m writing.

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Read: 6

Format: 1 short story, 1 novella, 4 novels

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Cross Stitch Semi Happy Dance

I have another cross stitch update for you and after months and months (and a mini hiatus to work on a different project) I have reached the end of all the white stitching on my Christmas project!

Here’s where I was last time:

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I finished the lettering and the borders. That was the top of the piece so I have unfurled the fabric and you can see the whole thing now:

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The Move – Goodbye Guernsey

The move has crept up on me. I can’t believe we’ve lived in Guernsey for three years. It feels like it wasn’t long ago that my parents made the decision to move here temporarily and now we’re leaving. The first photo we took when we moved into our flat here:

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I’ve loved my time here even though I have rarely left the flat! It’s been a lovely change and I’ve enjoyed being able to go outside easily, have bbqs and the meals out that I’ve had with family. Having a restaurant less than two minute wheelchair ride away had been awesome. My health has improved too, being able to do little things easily has made a huge difference. It’s going to be a massive change going back to living upstairs in our old house. But I do hope that I might manage to make it down the stairs once or twice a month. Maybe. Continue reading

Book Series I want to read in the future (Book Series #5)

This is the final post in my planned book series lists. I’ve done book series I loved but DNF’d, book series I’ve started and will keep reading, book series where I’m waiting for the next book to be released, and book series where I’ve bought the first book but not read it yet (there were a lot of those!). But time for books I wasn’t to read in the future.

That means series where I haven’t read or bought any books in the series and at least the first book has already been published (and the second book has at least been announced). That might seem like a lot of rules but I still have plenty of series to add to this list!

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Looking back through my goodreads want-to-read shelf to compile this list has made me remember some amazing books I added ages ago but now really want to read all over again (thanks past me). So this list got a bit longer than planned! I haven’t added every series that I have interest in reading just the ones I really want to read the most otherwise we’d be here till Christmas.

I managed to shortlist 11.

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The Five Year Shawl

I’m moving next month back to London after our three year temporary move to Guernsey. Which means I’ve started looking through and deciding on all the things to pack and what to throw away. Obviously, I started with my yarn stash (because that’s the most important thing, right?)

Looking through my stash was a little bit of a wake up call. There were quite a few balls I just wouldn’t use anymore as they were Aran weight or thicker which I think is too thick for most crochet projects personally and I can’t knit anymore. So they were mostly easy to get rid of (although I still have my expensive green rowan yarn I shared with you a couple weeks ago). That cut my stash in half (to be fair the last couple of years I have been trying to use up my stash rather than buy new yarn so there wasn’t that much)

But then I came across a few projects that I hadn’t finished. Projects which I’d taken with me three years ago last time we moved and hadn’t touched since! Ooops! So my new goal was to get them finished before the move.

Now there were only really two projects: A small blanket which, if all goes to plan, I will share with you soon. And a shawl (there was also an amigurumi dragon in parts but I don’t see me completing that)

So this shawl, I started it in 2013. Five years ago. Luckily for me I used ravelry to track it so it was easy to find the pattern and I had left myself notes on where I’d got up to. According to my notes I went back and did a few rows after I first moved here in 2016 but it’s sat on my shelf, within easy reach, and untouched since. Continue reading