May/June reading recap

I’m getting this up later than I intended since it is already July! Between May and June, I got quite a bit of reading done, I’m now four books ahead of schedule according to Goodreads. I wasn’t feeling into books much in May but I did manage to squeeze out two books!

The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers

I went into reading this one knowing I would most likely enjoy it, I’ve read all of the authors previous books and liked them all. So, of course I liked this one. This one follows a family and the aftermath that happens when they find out the father has been running a Ponzi scheme.

Recently on HBO they had a movie called The Wizard of Lies that I watched, I might not normally watch this type of movie right when it’s released but after reading The Widow of Wall Street, I thought it might be a good movie to see. The movie is not about the book but about Bernie Madoff, so the theme is the same. There were so many similarities between the movie and the book. I did like how the movie showed us how his children felt during the whole ordeal, that was something I would have liked to have read more in the book. It was a really good movie, check it out if you haven’t!

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

The book goes between two women that lose men they love, one in September 1911 and the other in September 2001. I liked the book, I preferred the story about the woman in 1911, although some things that happen irked me just because of the cheese factor.

This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

This was such an amazing book. I honestly don’t think I can explain this book in the way it deserves. The book follows a family who’s youngest child is transgender. So much happens, my emotions were just all over the place so much reading this.

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

I was expecting something very different when I started reading this book and was a bit disappointed when I started but I kept going and ended up enjoying this one quite a bit. A family goes on a cruise vacation and while on an off shore excursion, the children go missing. From the description of the book, I thought that as the reader, you would question the parents a lot more but the book follows where the children are the whole time, so it’s not a mystery where they are. It was still a book that hooked me, I finished it in a little over a day, I could not put it down.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

I’m really glad that I decided to pick this book up after hearing about it on the Simply Summer Street blog. It was such a sweet and enjoyable book. One year after Arthur Pepper’s wife has died, he’s decided to go through her belongings. He finds a charm bracelet that he knows nothing about and goes on an adventure to find out about her life before they met. This was just a happy book, a good relaxing read.

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

This was another one of those books that you can’t put down because you just have to know what’s going to happen. The book is told from three different characters perspectives, in the present and in the past. While on vacation, Violet’s husband disappears with their three year old son and no one knows why. It eventually makes sense but of course you have to go through all the different characters and the different times. I enjoyed the book, some things, especially the “happy” ending irked me. I think maybe I’m just starting to feel a little bit over these types of books.

Now I’m reading Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. It was a book club choice at my library but I didn’t get in time to participate in that. I’ve just started and I’m already enjoying it. What are you reading?

♥ Casey


books & yarn

Not a lot of reading has been going on this past week, I’m still reading Their Fractured Light. I am getting more into it now though, so for today, reading that is mostly all I’ll accomplish.

This doll is the main reason not much reading has happened, I have been obsessed! I am crocheting a lot slower than I used to, my elbows hurt a few times and I had to set her aside. She’s coming together nicely though. Her arms and legs are completely moveable, I can’t remember if I’ve ever tried jointed limbs before but I love it and want to do the method on more toys.


I’m working on her sweater at the moment and the yarn is amazing! I’m feeling a bit jealous that she gets something so beautiful, I would love a sweater in this yarn too. The yarn is House of a la Mode in her dreamy DK base and colorway Autumn Plaid, it was a part of the dreamy DK club I took part in last year. I’m hoping to finish her up by the weekend.


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books & yarn

new book to read after my hands can't handle any more cotton crochet

I finished reading Landline from last week, it was a nice quick, enjoyable read. I once tried reading a book with the same type of theme and really hated it but this one I didn’t mind, it’s not a favorite though. Must have just been in the right head space for it I guess. I’m going to start reading Their Fractured Light tonight, it’s the third book in a series. I’m pretty sue that this one is the final book. This book actually finally came up in my ebook library to borrow yesterday but I decided that I wanted a real book, so we visited the library last night. I have never been much of a fan of reading hardcovers but the library doesn’t carry many paperback copies of books, so I’m trying to warm up to them.

Other than reading, I’ve been working pretty hard on my cotton scrappy blanket. I have 16 more squares to add to it, I still think that it will be as big as it’s getting after that. I will still have a decent amount of cotton left after I finish, I have four skeins that have never been broken in to, so I’m going to knit up some washcloths with the rest.

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