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2016 Reading Challenge: Week 31

I finished Thud, for week #10 by Terry Prachett.  This one is part of his Discworld series, and I think I would have perhaps enjoyed it more if I had read some of the prior books, but even without those, a fun, entertaining read.  I do enjoy his writing, but... I dunno.... the style maybe isn't for me.  I'll have to sample more (since his writing has been recommended to me by so many folks!) to say this for certain.

I also read a book this week for week #44: A book you are embarrassed to read in public.  I'm not really embarrassed per se, but this isn't really a book I'd normally read, but hey! it was free! thanks to a newsletter I get on new promo releases.  The book is A Stolen Rose by Amy Corwin.  It's part of her Regency romance series and it is extra-lite and fluffy.  :)  No great literature here - it's just a sweet little easy summer read romance (no heaving bosoms even).  Perfect for a day post surgery and rockin' the Percocet.

Currently, I'm…

2016 Reading Challenge: Week 30

This week, I finished up The Edinburgh Dead.  An okay read - nothing earth-shattering here.  I did like the fact that the author tied the paranormal in with the corpse-stealers (The Resurectionists) of the early 19th century in Edinburgh.  (And it was a book I had on the shelf, so I read it and now it's been donated to the library, so all good.

I also read a book for week #52 (a book published in 2016): The Dark Lady's Mask.  This was a historical fiction book about Shakespeare's purported muse.  Y'all know I like historical fiction and I generally am happy to read anything about Shakespeare, but there were points in this book where I couldn't suspend disbelief enough to let the author take me along for the ride.  A full third of it I kept thinking... "REALLY???"  I finished it, but I'm not recommending it.

Next up, I just started Thud, for week #10 by Terry Prachett.  This one is part of his Discworld series, although not the first one, so we'll …

WIP Wednesday: July 13, 2016

The newest podcast edition is now live (recorded July 12, 2016):

For the quick low-down on what I'm working on, here ya go!

Sekret Knitting:
Working away busily on The Yarn Guys September project in my Nimue Sock yarn.  Currently about 1/4 of the way thru this one. I also cast on the first sleeve for the fall Sweater Club and that is 3/4 finished.Personal Knitting: Plain vanilla stripey socks in the Calvin and Hobbes colorway from Desert Vista Dyeworks.
Pumpkin Spice Socks: Pattern by CC Almon.  Yarn is Wooly Wonka Aerten Sock in the "Bittersweet" colorway.

2016 Reading Challenge: Week 29

I didn't do much reading this week - kind of an oddity for me.  I'm about 3/4 of the way through The Edinburgh Dead for week #43 (Things that go bump in the night).  This one could have used a little more editing.  The plot is interesting, as the time period and the subject matter.  (While it is theoretically a vampire book, it's more about The Resurectionists, aka body snatchers, who provided cadavers for the University of Edinburgh's medical program in the early 19th century.)

I'll likely finish this one up this week and then see what's next to tackle.


The 2016 List
1.A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't.  Entwined by Heather Dixon - DONE.
2.A book set in a different continent: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain - DONE.
3.A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated) - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (audio) - DONE.
4.A book by an author you discovered in 2015: Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr - DONE.
5.A book with a ti…

2016 Reading Challenge: Week 28

This week, I read The Firebird, by Susanna Kearsley, for week 30: A fairytale from a culture other than your own.  Based on the Russian fairytale of the firebird, this actually is kind of a chick lit book with a little fantasy (psychic powers) and historical fiction all wrapped up together.  A fun premise, and a good story line (which surprised me after the fact when I read the notes and realized the historical fiction back story was actually based on historical fact.  Go figure.)  A fun, entertaining summer-type read.  The author has several more books of this same genre that I may pick up at some point.  The storyline ties in the Russian court of Catherine the Great, plus the Stuart claims to the English throne.

I also read a book for week #25: A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you.  I suppose it is sort of cheating in that I read Mind of the Raven by Bernd Henrich, since the author IS the main character (this is a nonfiction book).  A fascinating summar…