Monday, September 11, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)

City of Ashes City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally got to the next book in this series and I'm really enjoying it! Yes, I am watching the TV show and enjoying that as well. The differences in the book and show are interesting and I'm curious what will happen in the next installment. I really feel like with adaptations, I need to watch them first before reading the text. I seem to be able to enjoy the show for what it is without the constant voice in my head telling me things are different or being disappointed as to why certain things aren't in the show.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on The Trench (MEG #2)

The Trench The Trench by Steve Alten
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More like a 3.5

I felt this installment had 2nd book syndrome. It wasn't as good as the first one was for me. Though it was still enjoyable, I didn't like the alternating POV every chapter. I felt that due to this, I lost some of the flow to the story and I was more interested in one POV than the other. I definitely recommend these books over Jaws, which I also read this month and I'm looking forward to the next installment of this series.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Crochet: Peanuts Graphghan - Schroeder


Finished my first square for the Peanuts Graphghan with Two Hearts Crochet! It had to be Schroeder because he's my fav đź’™ Worked in Tunisian crochet as that was the look I liked best. I was never a fan of the purple shirt, so I amended the color scheme ^-^

Monday, August 21, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Jaws

Jaws Jaws by Peter Benchley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was so fascinated by Meg that I thought I should probably check out this book. Yes, I've seen the movie, but I was still curious about the source material especially because I don't quite remember everything from the film. This one was available to stream for free through Audible for Prime Members so I thought, why not.

It's been a while since I've seen the film, though I can say that when I watched it, I did think it was scary. I was a child when I watched it and as an adult, I don't think the movie will give me the same chilling feeling I had then. This book surely was not anything like I expected, and not in a positive way.

The use of vulgar language and a derogatory word right off the bat did not help matters for me. The writing style didn't agree with me and the story itself was very dated. The descriptions of the attacks were not chilling or suspenseful to me and the end was very anticlimactic. There was also a story line in this book that I felt was entirely pointless. It added nothing to the story and I would've appreciated more about the shark or have scenes in the story from the shark's point of view.

In the end, I am glad I finally read this book, but I will probably not be reading any more by this author in the future.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on The Bat (Harry Hole #1)

The Bat The Bat by Jo Nesbø
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie The Snowman and looked up the book it was based on, only to find out it's the seventh book in this series. I don't read series out of order and since the movie looked interesting, I thought I'd check this series out.

For me, this book was good but not very enjoyable. It didn't seem like anything really exciting happened and the investigation dragged. Harry gets intoxicated quite a bit in this book (which I understand is part of his character, but it doesn't make him a likeable or interesting person to me as a reader) and there's a fair bit of foul language. The end was poetic, though I believe it was unrealistic.

I did find it a bit strange that we start this series not in the main character's home land, but in a different country entirely, though I did enjoy the Australian backdrop. I did read the snippet for the next book that was included at the end of this one. It looks like that one is set in another country and I and am interested, so I will be giving this series another chance to impress me.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on A World without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2)

A World without Princes A World without Princes by Soman Chainani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

I enjoyed the story telling in this book, but I did not enjoy Sophie's character one bit. I don't think she was entirely what made this story not as enjoyable as it's predecessor for me though. The pitting of genders against each other was not enjoyable to me either and the ending of this installment was kind of unsettling to me - Not because I didn't know where it was going, but it's disturbing to me. I can't say anymore on that without giving things away, so I'll stop here.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Crochet: Totallee's Crochet Portrait of Frodo

Most of you know that I've been struggling through The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I've got just one book to go before I complete the series. My friend Lee from the blog totallee.net has been with me through it all. As you know, they're taking me forever to get through and unfortunately, I've been the one that lags behind on our buddy read of these books.

While Lee was waiting for me to finish, she's been working on a crocheted portrait of Frodo Baggins and it's finally complete! Check out her amazing work in the below video and subscribe to her YouTube channel to see more. Also, if you are a crocheter and would like to create this portrait yourself, be sure to head on over to her blog as the pattern is now available there.