62/100 At Knit’s End by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

This is the be-all, end-all of knitting humor. If you think you are completely insane about your craft, you have nothing on Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. From stashing stash in the freezer, stash acquisition, what kind of knitter are you, and so much more. You will find yourself both laughing at some of her analogies and cringing at how accurate she is sometimes. This is a great read/listen for knitters and non-knitters alike. Knitters so they can sympathize and agree, non-knitters so they see that the knitter in their lives isn’t quite as bad as they could be (or are they?).
Happy Reading (and crafting, let’s be honest here).

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61/100 Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot’s Guide to the Land of Knitting by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

If you are at all interested in knitting or the fiber arts, and have a decent sense of humor, then this is the book for you. A light hearted ‘tour guide’ to the world of knitting, this is a great way for beginner and advanced knitters to learn a little something without worrying about taking notes. If you think you are the only knitter in the world, don’t know how to reach out to other knitters, or simply take your crafts too seriously, then consider listening to this book. If you are a non-knitter, or pre-knitter (it looks neat, but I don’t think I can do that), then consider reading or listening to this book so that you are better able to understand the knitter in your life.

If you think that the opinions in this book are too extreme/unrealistic…you don’t know, or really know, any knitters.

Go find some, they rock.

60/100 The Painted Crown by Megan Derr

This is a gay romance, if that offends you do not read this book.
This novel of political intrigue, people trying to find their way, heartbreak, and newfound love is worth a second look. This author manages to balance her characters, giving them enough flaws to seem real without making them out to be horrible people. The prince, reviled by his own father, is to be held captive by their enemies for several years. They tell him they will treat him as an honored guest, but their resentments begin to get the better of them, they do better later on. While the prince is feeling lonely a friend stumbles upon him. This new person is having issues and, unknowingly, asks the prince for advice. This causes friendship, and later more, to bloom. If I tell any more I’ll give away the good parts, but suffice it to say the prince’s new friend has a couple of secrets of his own.
There is gay sex toward the end of this book, if that offends then don’t read or skip those parts.
Happy reading.

 

59/100 Easy Stuff to Make with Fluff by Gillian Harris

My first impression of this book was that it over simplified a lot of different crafts, giving a brief overview of them and how to go about creating them.  It did not go into different properties of wool, what types of wool should be used, or even why she prefers Merino.  The directions for creating the crafts she includes are decent, it helps a bit if you have an idea of how the craft is supposed to go.  There is a mention, and a couple of pages, about how to spin ‘wooltops’ into yarn.

If you are interested in some of the fun things that can be done with wool roving, that is not spinning it into yarn, but don’t want to commit to a felting book, then this is the book for you.   It is a bad idea to create a footstool from roving, you cannot wash it and it will felt and get ratty.  It is a bad idea to create fluffy embellishments for bags that you intend to use, see footstool.  If you’re never planning on washing that stole, then go ahead.  Ditto that pot cover, rug, pillow, etc.  Personally, I hope that these fiber intensive crafts don’t become a fad ‘wooltops’, or how I’ve always heard it roving, is expensive enough already.

58/100 Betrayal in Death by J. D. Robb

This is a fantastic addition to the In Death series, I know I say that about almost all of these books.  From a lavish party intended to be a precursor to an auction for a fund intended to support struggling actors and actresses to a hit-man that the FBI and others have been searching out for decades, Eve and Roarke rarely have a quiet time of life.

Watch as Eve manages to dance around, and through, social obligations as well as several gruesome murders while still trying to keep every one safe.  Roarke, always either at her side or dancing to his own tune, manages to help and hinder quite a bit.  With all of the drama, old friends come to visit, and new enemies are made.

The end is a delightful twist, and the entire listening experience is wonderful.  This is a fast paced, sometimes dramatic, sometimes laugh out loud funny, book that takes place in the future.  If you do not like graphic sex, you can skip over those parts.  There is strong language and mentions of all sorts of abuse, including child.  This is not a series you can jump into the middle of.

Happy Reading!

57/100 New York To Dallas by J. D. Robb

If you’ve gone and fallen in love with Eve Dallas and Roarke then you will want to read this amazing addition to the series.  In this book one of the people that Eve put away breaks out, not someone that we have met yet, and Eve has to put him back.  Most of the series revolves, at least in part, around Eve and Roarke’s respective pasts.  For this book Eve’s past is put front and center, for various reasons.  This heart wrenching book allows the reader to get wonderful insight into Eve’s history and where her future lies.  If you are looking for a fast paced drama with a lot of heart-wrenching moments then this is the book for you.  As always I skipped over the graphic sex parts, and there is mention of graphic child abuse.

Happy Reading!

56/100 Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb

This was a really interesting addition to the series.  What starts out as a slam dunk murder mystery turns into so much more.  Murder, mystery, the blue line, corruption, guts, glory, and so much more is packed into this dynamic and heart wrenching book.  I love the development of the characters and the depths that they expose.  I love this series, though I do tend to skip over the graphic parts, and believe that you will enjoy it as well.

Happy Reading.