reading recap (January – March)

I’m going to attempt to do these ‘reading recap‘ posts every month or two, I’ve been terrible at writing up reviews again on my goodreads account. Something I want to work on again and maybe a recap post will help me with that.

This year, I’ve set my reading challenge goal at 25 books on goodreads. I’ve read six books this year, one I only read half of but it still shows up towards my challenge annoyingly, I need to figure out a way to stop that.

The Girl Before by Rena Olson

This was my first read of 2017 and it was a good one, I read it entirely in one day, it was just too hard to put down. It’s not a slow paced book, you know what’s going on from the start and it’s quite disturbing. Loved this one, a great start to my book reading year.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

I had seen this book around quite a bit and it sounded like it would be a really good read, so I was happy when it finally showed up on my hold shelf at the library. I read more of this than I normally do before completely giving up on a book, I made it half way through but I just couldn’t deal with the writing anymore. The writing style reminded me of books I might have read as a tween.

Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong

I was excited to read this one! One day I decided to check out Kelley Armstrong’s facebook page and found out about this one, I hadn’t heard anything about this one being out. I bought the e-book immediately and sped through it. This is another book from the Cainsville series, mainly about Gabriel and Patrick. Patrick brings Gabriel a fake case that ends up not so fake, so he can spend time with him, there’s a reason for that but if you haven’t read the books, I think it’s a bit of a spoiler. I really enjoyed it, it was a good read to hold one over during the wait for the next Cainsville book.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I have seen that a lot of people read this one in high school, it was never a book that we read in school, so it wasn’t really on my radar I guess. A lot of people seem to be rereading this one again, so I noticed it and picked it up. This is a good one and I understand why it would be a book read in school.

The Bear by Claire Cameron

This was such an interesting book! It’s told from a five year old girl’s point of view and I think it was done really well, although some parts didn’t quite sound right. So much of this was intense to read, Anna (the five year old) wakes up on a camping trip and her parents are being killed by a bear. Terrifying. It’s really not that gory because she doesn’t really understand anything that’s happening around her. The book follows her trying to take care of her little brother while they wait for their parents. This was such an intense and sad book, I definitely recommend reading this one!

Commonwealth by Kim Patchett

I was at the library at the cover of this one caught my eye so I grabbed it without even really checking what it was about. This book follows two families that break up because of an affair. The book flies between family members through many years but it worked. I enjoyed this one a lot, it was written so well. I’ll be checking out more books by this author.

What books have you been enjoying this year so far? I’m always happy to get recommendations!

♥ Casey

yarn along

Hello! I’ve been doing a lot of different things, reading, knitting and even crocheting.  I am enjoying crocheting more again, I say it anytime I manage to squeeze in some of it but I want to keep doing more of it.

reading and knitting with George 😻 all I want to do for the rest of today. . . . #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #bookstagram #georgethecat #catsofinstagram

George keeps me company most of the time, he’s always the comfiest. I started a pair of mittens that are now being frogged but I’m not even a little upset over it! Right now I’m reading Results May Vary by Bethany Chase, it’s been a slow read but not in a bad way.

Before this book, I read It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover and it was such a great read! I cried and felt so many different emotions reading this one, it was almost too hard for me to read, it really brought out so much, it’s such a real, honest story. I think I can only say that this book deals with domestic violence, if I go too into the story, I’d give too much away I think. I couldn’t get the book out of my mind days after reading it.

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the crochet!

got my crochet on for a Halloween costume prop 💀 . . . #crochetgirlgang #crochetersofinstagram #craftastherapy #amigurumi #crochetaddicts #makersgonnamake #toymakers #crochet #halloweencrochet #halloween #wednesdayaddams #doll

First thing I crocheted is this headless Wednesday Addams doll. My daughter is dressing as Wednesday for Halloween this year and I decided that instead of ripping off the head of one of the many baby dolls in this house, I would crochet one instead. I think it turned out really cute! No pattern for her, just made her up.

cheeseburger tissue cozy

Next up is this super fun cheeseburger tissue cozy! My oldest daughter loves anything hamburgers, so I thought this would be really fun to give her for her birthday this year. Her birthday isn’t until December but I had Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode a la Mode out from the library, so I decided to get it made before I had to return it. I’m pretty excited to have a gift done this early though, I’m usually a massive procrastinator when it comes to handmade gifts. Another fun part of this gift is that I’m going to tape money together so it comes out like tissue when she opens it, she has been dropping so many non subtle hints that she wants cash this year haha. We’re going to be cool parents and surprise her this year, totally not something we would normally do!

linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along

Thanks for taking time out of your day to stop in! Have a great week!
♥ Casey

lately…

Hello! It’s been awhile since I’ve been here, I’ve tried to write but haven’t been able to figure how exactly to. My mind’s been fogging I guess from all the sickness and pain I’ve been dealing with since last month. So, I’m just going to go with whatever flows out today.

I ended up with bronchitis for most of September, I have the rare painful coughing fit still but I’m for the most part over it. As soon as I started feeling a little better, tooth pain hit me like a damn train. I was supposed to go see an oral surgeon a year ago to have an extra tooth pulled but the pain subsided and I basically chickened out. Definitely kicking myself right now for that! It’s been so terrible that my husband wanted to take me to the hospital a few times. I got a new appointment with the surgeon when my pain started but it wasn’t until December 7th, so we called in to explain what was going on and I got bumped up to go in tomorrow. I’m definitely nervous about it but I’m excited to be done with the pain and excited to eventually be able to eat more than just soup again!

Enough about that stuff, I have managed to do a few small things during the last month. I finished up my son’s blanket completely, border and all. He sleeps with it every night now.

so far this week has been the shittiest, most pain filled ever 😵😵 but there were two really good mail days! I got an email telling me I won a book from @randomhouse and it was in my mailbox the same day 😁 also, minis from @nikki

I won Jodi Picoult’s new book Small Great Things through a Random House giveaway, they emailed me one day to let me know I won and it was in my mailbox the same day! Pretty awesome. I’ve finished reading it already, it was tough to make it through because I seriously hated some characters, they were white supremacists. I think it was so tough because of the fact that there really are disgusting people like that out in the world. But, in the end, I absolutely loved the book! The book is released next week on October 11th if you want to get your hands on it too.

I ordered some new minis from Nikkislipp’s shop on etsy. She’s my favorite mini dealer, I decided to see how many times I’ve ordered them from her and I am no longer able to count on one hand… I have pretty much no doubt eventually two hands won’t be enough.So, now I’m working on my cozy memories blanket again. After knitting my son’s blanket, this one seems so small!

I love knitting on this, I should do it more often 💓 . #knittersofinstagram #cozymemoriesblanket #scrappyhueshift #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #ourmakerlife

This blanket is the only project I really feel like working on right now. I have almost no drive to do anything else, I’m sure it’s just because of how crappy I’ve been feeling. I have socks that still need to become pairs, hopefully I will find some desire to knit on them again soon. But, for now I’ll just enjoy my blanket.

I hope everyone out there is having good weather where they are! We got out first bit of snow yesterday and it’s sticking so far, it’s supposed to stay pretty cold for awhile. Perfect for curling up and knitting though!

Have a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by!
♥ Casey

yarn along

Hello! It’s been a little while since I have posted for Yarn Along! I’m not doing any knitting or crochet this week because of tendinitis in my hand again, caused my over knitting a birthday blanket. I am happily reading some good books though, it’s been nice to just immerse myself in them, though I do wish I could knit on a sock. I won’t though, I know it only makes recovery take longer.

enjoying a lazy day after staying out late celebrating my brother's wedding last night. My daughter caught the bouquet... she's thrilled about it haha but I'm not allowing her to be next. #bookstagram #caughtthebouquet #lazyday

My brother was married on Saturday, it was such a great day and night of celebrating. My daughter caught the bouquet, she was so excited. I know that she would have loved to have been involved in the wedding, she loves that kind of thing, so catching the bouquet was a really awesome thing for her! We’re not very close to my brother and as much as I would like to change that, I doubt it ever will change, so we weren’t involved. The only part we really took part in was getting to eat first with the wedding party, so it wasn’t too terrible!

Since we were out so late, we spent the next day being lazy. I read Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I enjoy her writing, so I gobbled the book up pretty quickly. In her usual style there was a twist and you don’t find out what the big incident was until close to the end. I didn’t see too much of it coming, so I should have enjoyed it more than I did. I liked it but didn’t love it.

jumping into a new book today, excited for this one!! Also, gonna dig into some Halloween chocolate 🎃 love when these come out #bookstagram #kelleyarmstrong #halloween

The next book I dove into is Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong, this is the fourth book in her Cainsville series. It’s been a year since I read the last one, so I needed some refreshing and Kelley always does a great job reminding you of what happened in previous books without it seeming cheesy. I don’t know if that’s really the word I’m searching for but sometimes other books will tell you what happened so forcefully without it meaning much to the new story but in Kelley’s books, it’s all worked in pretty seamlessly. I wanted to take my time with this one because I know I will be waiting another whole year for the next but I couldn’t help myself, I devoured it! If you’ve read her books before, you’ll probably understand the feeling. And if you haven’t already, try out the Cainsville series!

I have been devouring books lately! This is the next one I'm digging into. I'm resting my hand after knitting that birthday blanket, my tendinitis came back so it's hurting quite a bit. I want to knit and crochet so badly, so all this reading is a good di

I’m now just starting to read The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. A movie is being made from the book and I had been hearing how great it looked, so I was excited to read the book. I chose to try to avoid seeing the preview before reading the book because I wanted to go in knowing nothing, I have done that with a couple books this year and really liked that. Unfortunately, I did see a few seconds of the trailer about a week ago, so I knew things… it’s okay though, I’m still ready to read it.

linking up with Yarn Along today

Thanks for stopping by and reading today! I hope you all have a great week 🙂
♥ Casey

books & yarn

First, if you were curious to know how George was managing since being back home. I’d say he’s back to feeling like his old relaxed self again. He’s lazing in all his strange positions again, turning his nose up at dry food and he’s back to wanting playtime again. Playtime is a huge necessity for this guy, he’s full of energy and will attack kid’s legs before bed if he doesn’t get his energy out before then. Thanks for all the sweet comments on his return, we’re all so happy to have him back.

George is definitely starting to feel like himself again 😹😹 his vet check up went great the other day, nothing to worry about just need to get his weight up! 💕 #georgethecat #catsofinstagram #bookstagram

I finished reading I Will Always Write Back this past week. I even wrote a little blurb review on goodreads. I kind of can’t believe that I’m actually keeping up with doing that, it has only been four books but still good. I’ve decided that I’m going to stop grabbing new books from the library and just read my Jane Eyre now, I’m ready to be lost in that world for awhile.

Super Raccoon is ready to fight crime! He's crazy cute 😍 my son has been very patiently waiting on this guy, so he took him the moment I snapped this picture. I love that he still likes what I make! 💓 #knittersofinstagram #toyknitting

Yesterday, I finished knitting the Super Raccoon! I’m so happy with how he turned out, he’s super adorable. He can stand on his own if you prop his tail right, so cute! I knit him for my son and he so patiently waited on me to finish him. The moment I finally snapped a finished picture, he grabbed him and went to play with him. I hope my kids never tire of the things I knit or crochet for them.

I decided that I would knit this toy in acrylic yarn after what happened with the teddy I knit in nice merino yarn. I’m hoping he won’t fuzz up too much, some of the toys I crocheted in acrylic yarns fuzzed up pretty ugly in the past. I’m hoping that won’t be the case since this has a much tighter gauge than those. For everything but the orange, I used Vanna’s Choice, a yarn I used to hate the feel of but I don’t mind as much now, it feels and looks a lot like Cascade to me, though maybe not as sturdy feeling.

Today I’m linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

♥ Casey

happy things

Let’s start with the happiest thing of all, my cat George came home! He had been gone for two months. During the last month, I started having mixed emotions because the kids kept spotting him and he would run away. So, I knew he was okay and out there, just not coming home and it was making me feel like a bad owner. I know I’m not but I sure questioned it!

The George has come home two months later, for now he is anyway, we'll see what he does. I've had some mixed emotions about him being gone in the last month, he's been spotted around but just never came home and it has annoyed me a lot! He's in now though

Anyway, he is finally home again. He was definitely starving, I can feel his ribs. I can tell that he’s already starting to feel better, he’s sleeping without startling awake as much and he’s looking for wet food. He’s a spoiled cat, before this he would only touch wet food, never dry. He’s also not meowing as strangely anymore, except when I leave the house. He’s always been pretty attached to me but right now it seems to stress him out if I leave his sight too long.

knitting with this guy beside me 😻 he's calmed down a lot today, finally sleeping without waking and freaking out a little. Vet tomorrow for a check up! #knittersofinstagram #georgethecat #catsofinstagram

new projects

so loving this!! 😁 #knittersofinstagram #toyknitting #craftastherapy #rebeccadangerI started Randolph Raccoon!

glowing socks (again)

Glowing knit socks! Always fun at glow bowling!! #glowbowling #socktawk #sockknittersofinstagramI wore socks that glowed at bowling again! They’re my So Over the Rainbow socks knit in yarn by Spun Right Round.

new books

thanks @lululoves_uk for asking #widn I'm enjoying a little bit of sun and a new book while my kids are at the youth program in the park. #bookstagram #crochetgirlgangIt has been very hot here this last week and our air conditioner finally bit it, so I’ve decided to just embrace the heat a little. Also, even though it’s hot out, it’s hotter inside! We walk to the school park and I lay out my finished scrappy blanket and read a little while the kids go into the school for the youth program or play on the playground. The other day I started a new book, I Will Always Write Back. It’s about two pen pals, one in the United States, the other in Africa. I’m really enjoying it!

linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along today 🙂

thanks for stopping by! ♥
Casey

books & yarn

😭😭😭 teddy needs surgery! not sure what happened to him 😕 #knittersofinstagram #injuredteddybear

patchy - butt 😁 my son thinks it's cool so it's fine with me! #knittersofinstagram #injuredteddybear #craftastherapy

the teddy that I knit recently needed some surgery, not sure what happened either too much love or a cat got at him. He’s fixed, not really the best looking fix but oh well, now he’s called patchy-butt. I’m not entirely certain that I should be making too many more teddies out of the really nice yarn because this guy only made it a few months before the holes. I may have to stick to the more hard wearing yarns.

back to my sock! #oneweeksockchallenge #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #operationsockdrawer #craftastherapy #rainbowknit #knitpicks

I cast on a new pair of socks on Friday for another ‘one week sock challenge‘. I’m using Knit Picks Felici in the Dark Side colorway. It’s my first time using this yarn, I am absolutely loving it! I’ll most definitely have this pair finished in the week time line.

rainy afternoon plans ☔ making good progress on my #oneweeksockchallenge socks, I'll most definitely finish before the week is up 😊 #knittersbookclub #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #teamgarterstitch #teamstockinette #booksandyarn

During the last week, I finished reading two books. Lily and the Octopus was one I had started when I posted last week, after that I read I Let You Go. I had also mentioned that I would like to start writing more reviews on the books I read on goodreads, so I did write something for each of those books. Take a peek if you’re interested here. I’m hoping to keep it up from now on!

I’ve just started reading The Girl with All the Gifts. It’s this month’s pick for the knitters book club on instagram. I haven’t gotten far into it, so I have no opinions on the book just yet.

Hope you all have a lovely day! ♥

linking up with Yarn Along and KCCO.