Monday, February 8, 2016

Current Read: Knitlandia by Clara Parkes

"Knitting aficionado and notable artisan Clara Parkes delves into her storied travels with this inspiring and witty memoir on a creative life enriched by her adventures around the world. "

I may not be knitting, but I am reading about knitting. Close enough.

Happy Reading!

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian

An unfortunate and unforeseen event causes Mark Watney to be left behind on Mars. He has to figure out a way to survive for as long as possible with the limited supplies left behind. Will he be able to make it until the next Mars mission is launched?

This book had me laughing, which I didn't expect considering it is about a man being left on Mars to fend for himself until (if possible) he can be rescued. Watney's humor and positive attitude while trapped on Mars and enduring very harsh conditions really kept the story interesting and the science and math palpable. Well, I liked those parts, too.

Really enjoyed this one. Now I have to wait for the hubby to read so we can watch the movie.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

2016 Reading Challenges

It has been awhile since I have thrown myself into a Reading Challenge. This year seems like a good time to do one, or two. Some bloggers have offered up many for me to choose from. I have chosen two. One to help diminish my TBR Pile and to travel the world.

My Goal: I will not purchase any books until I have read at least 10 books from my own shelf. Books that I don't think will get reread will be donated to the library.


Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: 10 countries visited in 1 year.



Will start with And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. This is a read-along hosted by Becca of I'm Lost in Books.

It's a book I have had on my shelf for quite awhile and it will take me to Afghanistan so it works for both challenges. Yay!

Happy Reading!

Friday, January 29, 2016

It's You by Jane Porter

It's You
336 pages, paperback
Published June 2015, Berkeley

Source: Netgalley

After the suicide of her fiancé, Ali leaves New Mexico for a long visit with her father in Napa. In the three weeks she is there she makes new friends and learns about the amazing life of one of her father's neighbors in the retirement community he lives in. 

Edie's story, of her life in Germany during WWII and her love for a German who lost his life with the resistance that attempted to assassinate Hitler, intrigues Ali despite Edie's frosty personality. Her losses somehow resonate with Ali. So much so, that she decides to travel to Berlin to see the places where Edie lived and loved.

It took me awhile to understand how these two stories worked together. They seemed very different. But near the end, Ali and Edie discuss how the loss of a loved one doesn't mean you stop living. There can be love again with another. In this case, perhaps Edie's nephew?

A good read, for the most part. I may have skimmed over Ali's week in Berlin. It read more like a travel book and not much happens until the very last day she is there. 

Happy Reading!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

I need something to knit

I have not knit one thing since before Christmas. I packed up my knitting into a bin before having guests over through the holidays and I have yet to pull it back out. I am not lacking in supplies. I have plenty of yarn- just need a pattern. Something that calls to me and needs to be made. Any ideas?

A portable and quick project would be best. No blankets. No Sweaters. 

Socks? Hat? Some fingerless mitts?


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Books Read in 2015

Happy New Year!
I know, I am very late with this. But better late than never, right?
Here are the books I read in 2015.


1. Greens 24/7 by Jessica Nadel*
2. The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister*
3. My Father's Wives by Mike Greenberg*
4. The Secret History by Donna Tartt <


5. Inferno by Dan Brown
6. The Winter Boy by Sally Weiner Grotta*


7. Seed by Lisa Heathfield*
8. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
9. Roboapocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson~
10. The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore*
11. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
12. The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose*


13. The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg
14. Threshold by G.M. Ford*


15. To Catch a Falling Star by Anna Belfrage*
16. Imaginary Things by Andrea Lochen*


17. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
18. The Appetites of Girls by Pamela Moses*
19. Misery by Stephen King


20. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett <
21. The Stranger by Camilla Lackberg
22. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid*
23. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
24. Doctor Who: Pest Control by Peter Anghelides



25. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson <


26. The Quick by Lauren Owen=
27. Salem's Lot by Stephen King
28. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
29. The Taco Cleanse by Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly P. Frisinger, Jessica Morris *
30. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris


31. The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg=
32. The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley*
33. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
34. Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs
35. The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks <


36. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
37. Curio by Evangeline Denmark*


* ARC/NetGalley
^ LT Early Reviewers Program
# GoodReads First Reads Program
~ Giveaway Win
+ publisher/author sent for review (not ARC)
= Mooched/Borrowed
< Read For Book Group
Happy Reading!

Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

Very well presented description of events leading up to the hikers' disappearance, the initial search and investigation into their deaths and the author's own investigation. This story was intriguing and the author's conclusion about what happened is believable. This story was amazing and seemed straight out of an X Files episode. 

As usual, I am always amazed at people who find trekking into the mountains in treacherous conditions fun. It is not something I would want to do. I just don't understand the appeal.

Really enjoyed this and can't wait for book group to discuss. 

Happy Reading!

Friday, January 8, 2016

First race of 2016

15k this Sunday. Going on a long walk through Golden Gate Park with a friend. We have no time goals, just getting out there and seeing how far we make it. Will probably do some run/walk intervals. 

What are you all doing this weekend?

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Curio by Evangeline Denmark

Curio by Evangeline Denmark
432 pages, Hardcover
Publishing Date: January 2015, Blink

Source: NetGalley, provided by publisher for review

Grey and her family are different and it is being noticed. They do not require the chemists tonic to help them digest food as all others do. They can survive without their rations and make sure to help those who are unable to get theirs. A raid at their house causes Grey to have to escape and where she escapes to is not what she expected. 

Her blood seems to be the key into an entirely different world within her grandfather's Curio cabinet. The "people" within are made of porcelain or clockwork and she appears to be the only human there. 

How did she get here and how is she to get home? Who is the Mad Tock? 

This is only the second steampunk book I have read. I have to say, I kind of like the quirkiness of the characters and the world that was created here. It's an interesting mix of a dystopian world and the steampunk world within the curio cabinet.  Very enjoyable read.

Happy Reading!