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.


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.

45/100 Great Courses: The Industrial Revolution

This is a great book having to do with the Industrial Revolution. It is amazing how in depth this book can get without steering off of the path. If you want to know almost everything to do with the Industrial Revolution then this is a great book. I loved hearing about the progression of technology and how this has shaped our society. If you are looking for a general overview, then find another book.

44/100 Great Courses: Forensic History by Elizabeth A. Murray

This is a great exploration of forensics and how it has evolved.  While listening it is very easy to tell that Elizabeth A. Murray is very passionate about her subject as well as the people that are impacted by her forensic investigations.  The author is a forensic anthropologist and so picks up cases often after they have gone cold or if the body was found only a long time after death.  This gives her a very different perspective from a coroner or a detective investigating a crime.  I really enjoyed learning about Forensics and how far they have come over the centuries.  This is a great listen for anyone interested in mysteries, crime dramas, cold cases, science of forensics, or just true crimes.  Great author, great listen.

43/100 Great Courses: The Black Death

This was fantastic! Yes, it does take a good deal of time to get through these Great Courses, but it is often time well spent. Honestly, I intend to see if I can get any other courses featuring this professor. She was wonderful at making the situations come to life and adding in a bit of wit without losing the gravity of the situations being discussed. If you only listen to one Great Course, and have a bit of interest in medical science/history/anything similar, then you really should listen to this one. There is even a great explanation of the politics involved as well. I really love this audio book!

42/100 Vikings (Great Courses)

This was a fascinating course I obtained through Audible. I tend to listen to Great Courses while I am in the car and therefore probably do not pay enough attention, but what I did catch of Viking History was fascinating. This lector has a wonderful way of making history come to life. I had no idea how long the Viking Age spanned, nor was I aware of how much impact the vikings had on our history overall.
If you enjoy Norse Mythology, like watching shows about vikings, or love reading about vikings then this is a great course to help you winnow the facts from the fiction.
Happy Listening!

32/100 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

This audio book was a very interesting interpretation of the Norse Mythos.  Gaiman is a very talented author and it was amazing to hear about a subject that fascinated him from his own perspective.  The Norse Mythos are indeed one of the less popular/widely known mythos.  They tend to be greatly interpreted by the Marvel Comics from which we find Thor in modern times.  These are not always true to the original myths, in fact they are greatly changed and often misrepresent individuals within the myths.  I enjoyed listening to the retelling of the myths from Gaiman’s perspective and hope that either he continues this trend, or that other authors take up the mythology banner.