Stacking The Shelves

Stacking the shelves is a book tag hosted over at tyngasreviews where we share what books we’ve bought and received lately and link up with others. Here’s what the official post says:

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 All descriptions are taken from goodreads and that’s where the links go



Revenger by Alistair Reynolds

The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.

And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them.

Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded by layers of protection–and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.

Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future–a tale of space pirates, buried treasure, and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism and of vengeance… 

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25 Questions about me Tag

Okay so this is another tag, I seem to have done a few lately but in my defence they’ve all seemed really interesting. I got this one from Liz over at Travel In Retrospect. I seem to get all my tags from her blog she has the best ones!

1. What is your middle name?

Jade. My nan chose it, She’s Chinese

2. What was your favourite subject in school?

Difficult question. I wanted to be good at art and, while I definitely wasn’t bad at it, I was always best at maths and science which I enjoyed too.

3. What is your favourite drink?

Chocolate milkshake. I really don’t have a normal favourite, if I’m in a restaurant I’ll order fanta (and no orangina is not okay instead) but I’ll always pick a chocolate milkshake if that is an option (sadly it rarely is).

4. What is your favourite song at the moment?

Hmmm. Just one? Right now it might be I Only Lie When I Love you by Royal Blood or maybe Desperado by Rihanna Continue reading

Super Secret Project – Reveal!

I hinted a couple times that most of my time was being spent working on a super secret present. First of all, i finished it in time! Woo! And sent it at the beginning of October. (it takes 3 weeks to get to systems from here which is ridiculous but true) and it arrived in time for her birthday!

And I can finally share it all with you.


Christmas stockings with rather unchristmassy fabric. The cuffs are across stitched with the inhabitants of the house. Continue reading

Cross Stitch Update

Cross stich update time. Last time I showed you how far is gotten on my last pin cushion and said is have it finished to show you this time. Well, ta Da!

Hufflepuff done. That all four houses (incidentally I’ve got all four patterns in a pack on offer right now). And here they all are together and stacked up because why not? I had quite a lot of fun photographing them all together like this.

I had so much fun designing and stitching these. They go so quickly and are so easy to make 3d as well.

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NaNoWriMo Here We Come

I actually can’t believe its nanowrimo time again. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month where people sign up and attempt to write 50k in the month of November.

I am actually very well prepared this year but I still feel like I was only writing my last nanowrimo post a few weeks ago rather than nearly a year ago.


If you’ve been around on my blog since then you might know that last year I took part for the first time. I chose to write a prequel to a story to help me get to know what I was doing and aimed for 20k instead of the 50. I thought that would be a good way to ease my way in. In the end I won, I did the full 50k which worked out as 13 chapters. That story ended up being 21 chapters and I finished it in July so I figure NaNo worked well for me. It was a brilliant experience but it also left me with an on and off again migraine that lasted about 3 months…. So this time I’m aiming to get six chapters written which at a guess would be about 25k. More would be great but then – migraine – so I’ll see how I go. I’ve planned the whole thing and written a chapter plan that includes a line or two about what happens in each chapter and from whose Point Of View. I’ve also done in depth outlines for the first ten chapters so far. I doubt I’ll write further than that in a month so that’s all I got up to. But, see? I am prepared! Continue reading

Crochet Cowl Finish

I have a finish! My camel stitch cowl using one Caron cake. Ta Da!

One Caron cake = one snug double wrap cowl


So obviously, as I mentioned it’s a caron cake which is aran yarn. I went a couple of hook sizes up from what was recommended because camel stitch is quite a dense stitch. I used a 7.00mm hook and I chained 175 stitches to start and joined. It’s large enough to wrap double and lovely and snug and warm. I managed 25 rows of the half double crochet camel stitch and it’s the perfect size. (My tutorial for how to do the camel stitch the easy way is here). Continue reading