yarn along

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Reading: I have an interesting collection of books on my bedside table. And I’ve finished three of them since taking this picture. To be fair, I was nearly done with The Elite, Bleach took just a bit to read, and Scarlet I was most of the way through. I picked up The One from the library but I only got a couple chapters in before I had to put it down. I just got so frustrated with the main character!! I’m finishing my reread of the Lunar Chronicles with Cress. As soon as I can, I’ll see if I can find Winter.

Knitting: A Man Hat with some rockin’ hot pink Malabrigo! I’m so in love with this color and this pattern. The pattern is super quick and simple. I’m really happy with the combo!

Linking up with Jenny!

the bookshelf tag

Kristin over at Wool and Wheel had a great post the other day showing off her bookshelves and talking about the contents. I have not posted in a good long while and her post was a good boost to get back up there. I will be taking a pretty long break after this post, however, just so y’all are aware. So, without further ado, I give you the bookshelf tag!

Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from.

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I have one main bookshelf plus a few other shelves scattered here and there, all covered in books. My main one is my gloriously ugly shelf I got at the thrift store for two dollars. I wrote about it here. These are not all of my books pictured, I have more all over the place. And third picture from the top is a picture of my Star Wars collection, a picture I said I would never post. Haha, I broke that promise. I’ll talk more about that later.

Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books?

Yes and no. I group my books by nonfiction and fiction, then in smaller subcategories. Fiction books, I normally have books that go together, like series or authors, sometimes the same genre, like with my Christian fiction section. My Star Wars books are in a section by themselves, simply because there are so many of them.

With my nonfiction books, I have them split by subject; religion and theology, craft books, literature studies, and all my doula books. I like things to be organized and tidy, but I don’t get super obsessive about them. Not anymore at least.

What’s the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf?

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My two thickest books are my copy of the Narnia books (all in one volume) and The Book of Virtues.

What’s the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf?

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I Ask St. Philomena is the thinnest book I own at 115 pages or so.

Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?

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I’ve received several books as gifts. Redwall, Runny Babbit, Oliver Twist, and Eight Cousins are a few of them. Eight Cousins is probably one of my favorite books ever. It’s just so classic!

What’s the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

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The smallest book I own is Emma by Jane Austen. I’ve had it for four or so years now, and I still haven’t gotten around reading it yet, something I hope to remedy shortly.

What’s the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

I love this book, 100 Cities of the World. It’s a coffee table book with gorgeous pictures. 🙂

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?

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My copies of The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian were gifts from my sister’s godmother. I Ask Saint Philomena was a Confirmation gift from a good friend.

Most expensive book?

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Most expensive would be a toss up between Tiger’s Dream, The House of Hades and The Lost Hero. I bought all three the day or days after they came out, so yeah, expensive.

The last book you read on your shelf?

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Cress was the last one I read.

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read?

I really have no idea.

Do you have more than one copy of a book?

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Yes, I have doubles of On the Banks of Plum Creek, Love Comes Softly, and Love’s Enduring Promise. Old and new copies! I’m not sure which I like better…

Do you have the complete series of any book series?

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Yes! The Mitchells, the Swallows and Amazons, the Narnia books, the Martha books, and a few others.

What’s the newest addition to your shelf?

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Again, Cress is the newest of my books.

What book has been on your shelf forever?

Honestly, I couldn’t tell you.

What’s the most recently published book on your shelf?

Either Cress or House of Hades.

What’s the oldest book on your shelf (as in the actual copy is old)?

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I have a love of old books and I’ve managed to pick up four or five. I have two old etiquette books from the 1920s, a dictionary from 1867, a book of Tennyson’s poems from 1907, a copy of When Knighthood Was In Flower, and a French history book from the early 1930s.

A book you won?

I don’t think I’ve ever won a book. 😦

A book you’d hate to let out of your sight (as in, a book you’d never let someone borrow)?

I will loan out my books, but I’m not overly fond of letting new books out of my sight. I just feel more protective of them, you know? New books as in fresh from the printer, just came off the shelf. I’d rather them get some mileage before I let someone else borrow them.

Most beat up book?

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The two etiquette books from the 1920s have completely lost their spines and are falling apart!

Most pristine book?

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I have quite a few pristine books. Most of my doula books are newish. Most of my new books are very nice still.

A book from your childhood?

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The Martha series I’ve had for years and read them in when I was much younger.

A book that’s not actually your book?

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For some reason, I have one of my brother’s books on my shelf. Why, I couldn’t tell you.

A book with a special or different cover?

I don’t know what special covers my books might have. *shrugs*

A book that is your favorite color?

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Sphinx’s Queen and Now We are Six are two of my favorite colors, purple and yellow respectively. Isn’t the girl’s dress on Sphinx’s Queen gorgeous?

Book that’s been on your shelf the longest that you still haven’t read?

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I have had these two books for years. Probably going on ten or eleven years and I still have not read them. They are nice books and I have no idea why I have never read them…

Any signed books?

No, I personally do not own any signed books, but my family owns signed copies of all but one of Regina Doman’s books. 🙂

So there you go! Check out Kristin’s post, and if you do a post like this, link it in the comments and maybe link it in Kristin’s post as well!

happy new year!

Well, hey there! Nice to be back after a two-week break. 🙂 How was your Christmas? Loud? Quiet? Peaceful? Exciting? I had a good Christmas and so far I’m having a good new year. 🙂 I was able to squeeze in some reading, some knitting, and some Downton Abbey!!

I had grand plans of reading a mountain of books, as seen in the picture below. Yes, I checked all of these books out, (except Insurgent and Allegiant). Actually, if we’re being honest here, I had grand plans of reading War and Peace. Then I went to the library. ‘Nuff said. 😉

Let’s see, there’s Zita the Space Girl, Return of Zita the Space Girl, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four, Cicero, The Book Thief, The Juliet Club, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, IceFall, The Giver, Wildwood, Catherine the Great, Brotherband: the Outcasts, Circus Galcticus, Halt’s Peril, and The Kings of Clonmel. 

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Bah on crummy, badly lit pictures. But I think you get the point. I tried to read 23 books in the space of two weeks. Did I succeed? Ehhh….

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No. I didn’t. I only read 15. That’s 65% of the books I got! Some of the books were great, some were terrible, and some were just eh. It did give me some good materiel for reviews. 🙂

Knitting-wise, I finished two socks and started another one. Downton Abbey is really good for sock knitting! Raise your hand if you are excited for the new season. *raises hand and jumps up and down*

Ahhh…. It’s good to be back. 🙂

How was your Christmas? What are you looking forward to in the New Year? Leave a comment!

RKLW {reading, knitting, listening, watching}

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{A once-a-week post about what I’m reading, knitting, listening to, and watching.}
{Feel free to join along and link to your post in the comments.}

Reading: I’m reading, or have read, a lot of things this week. On the list, in no particular order:
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Lay Siege to Heaven and Citadel of God both by Louis de Wohl
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Ranger’s Apprentice: The Battle For Skandia by John Flanagan
A Sister’s Secret by Wanda E. Brunstetter
SummerHill Secrets by Beverly Lewis
The Complete Father Brown Stories by G. K. Chesterton

Knitting: A Honey Cowl, a pair of house socks (which were finished after this picture was taken!), and the mate to another sock. I had to *gulp* frog my Smaug socks because they were WAY too small. For those who don’t know, frogging is pulling out the knitting. It’s a dreadful thing to have to do, but it needed to be done so that I will be happy with the end result later on. It’s only bearable with deep breaths and chocolate.

Listening: The Return of the King soundtrack.

Watching: Holiday Inn, An Unexpected Journey, and The Desolation of Smaug. Rewatching the Hobbit movies in preparation for going to see The Battle of the Five Armies…. *sniff* I just know there will be many, many tears shed!! I’ll be sure to tell you all about it…

I’ll be taking a break from blogging for the next week, it being Christmas and all. 🙂 I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, and blessed Christmas.

What have you been reading, knitting, listening to, and watching? Leave a comment!

venting

Pardon me while I briefly vent about classic books.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good classic. This is my problem: I start the book, have a hard time getting into the story, it is dragging on and on and on… Will it ever end?? Finally, it starts to become enjoyable! I understand what is happening, I’ve connected to the characters, and life is good. Then, BAM! Story over. Done. Fin. No more story. I’m left bewildered, confused, angry and more than a little irritated. Come on, author! You couldn’t have written just a smidgen more? When I get into something, I want it to go on. I’m the kind of person who likes finality. What happens to all the characters? What are their fates? Either write another book or finish it off. Don’t you dare leave me with loose ends. I will become very cross and sulk for days about it. Yes, I take my books very seriously.

I’ve had this problem quite a lot over the years. Ahem, not to point any fingers or name any names… *cough, cough* The Woman in White, David Copperfield, Silas Marner, Pygmalion, A Tale of Two Cities, Jane Eyre. *cough, cough*

Actually, I have the same problem with other books that aren’t classics. Like I said, every loose end needs to be tied up in a neat, pretty bow, (double knotted so it doesn’t get picked apart by the fans), by the end of the book. If the book is in a series, then at the end of the series, there had better be a good finish. Don’t leave me wondering what happens to the characters! You hear me, Eragon? Tiger’s Curse? Percy Jackson?? Yeah, I’m talking to you! I can’t really get mad at the classic authors. They are all dead. Contemporary authors, on the other hand….

Just kidding. I don’t get mad at them, just slightly displeased. I get over it pretty quickly. Unless, of course, I meet another book nerd who has the same feelings as me. I will rapidly bring back my angst for about twenty minutes to rehash what drove me nuts about the book. There will be gesticulating and much talking with the hands. Then I will calm myself back down and continue on with life. And wait for the next book to drive me over the edge.

I’m done venting now. 🙂

Do you have this problem? Any specific book in particular that drove you bonkers? Share it with us below!

burning questions!

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I have a few burning questions I would love to be answered by y’all my readers. I’m super nosy like that, you know. 😉 Spill all your book secrets!!!

Question time! Leave a comment if you feel the need to answer any or all of the questions. I love comments. 🙂 I’ll try to answer the questions to give you an idea of what I’m asking you.

What is the best book-to-movie adaptation you’ve ever seen? (Best as in most like the book in your mind.) 

I would say it’s a toss-up between Anne of Green Gables (the first one) and the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice.

What is the worst book-to-movie adaptation you’ve ever seen? (Worst as in as far from the book as possible.)

Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story and Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters. *sigh* There are no words for how much of a travesty those movies are. Can we say destroying the story much???

What is your favorite book-to-movie adaptation? (Doesn’t matter how close it is to the book, just how much you like it!)

The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies. Anne of Green Gables one and two. I also really like the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart. 🙂

What book have you read the most? + an average number of times you think you’ve read the book.

Ummm….. Good question! Either Eight Cousins or An Old-Fashioned Girl, both by Louisa May Alcott. I’ve probably read them both about 70-75 times. That’s just a rough guess, though. Another close one is Anne of the Island, my favorite of all the Anne books.

What was the most disappointing book/book series you’ve ever read? 

Don’t cast me out, but I was seriously disappointed in the Hunger Games trilogy. Out of all of them, Catching Fire was the only one I even tolerated. I didn’t like the other ones at all.

What book/book series do you think has lived up to all the hype about it?

Was there ever any hype about Shannon Hale’s Books of Bayern? I love those books! They’re fairy tale retellings. I haven’t read the second, third, or fourth ones in a long time. I do have the first one, (got it for a trip), and it’s a retelling of the Goose Girl. That’s what it’s called, in case you’re wondering. 🙂

Favorite classic book and why?

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Pride and Prejudice. Because Jane Austen is my hero.

What genre (eg. fantasy, classic, history) do you read the most?

I read everything. I tend to lean more toward history-like books, (because I’m a nerd!), fairy tales and Star Wars, (because I’m a geek!).

Best book series?

I’d say The Penderwicks books are the best series I’ve read. They are just so amazing and sweet. 🙂 I also like The Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Who is your favorite book character?

Can I have more than one? Well, since I’m the one asking the questions, I say yes! Feel free to say more than one. 🙂 I love Anne Shirley, Percy Jackson, Elizabeth Bennet, Han Solo (he counts!!), Gilbert Blythe, Meg March, Father Brown, Blanche and Rose Brier, Bear, Skye and Jane Penderwick (all the Penderwick sisters actually), and Henderson from The Boy on Cinnamon Street.

Biggest literary crush??

Gilbert Blythe, Percy Jackson, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Thornton from North and South (even though I haven’t read N&S yet…), Henderson from The Boy on Cinnamon Street, Ren from the Tiger’s Curse series. Sigh…

What is the best book you’ve ever read in the course of your whole book-reading existence?

Okay, this question is pretty much impossible to answer. It’s like asking a parent to choose their favorite child.

Thoughts on e-readers: love ’em, loathe ’em, consider them practically against your religion?

I’ll take option number 3, please.

Do you freak your friends out by the sheer amount of reading you do? 

Can I plead the Fifth on this one??

Can you do other things while reading?

I can read and knit at the same time. The secret is to hold the book between your toes. 😉 But it really only works on larger books….

Favorite snack while reading?

I eat lunch while reading. I love Goldfish, Cheeseits, and crackers, but I’ll eat just about anything while reading. Bad for the books, I know….

Favorite period drama? (This may not apply if you’re not it to that kind of thing.)

North and South, Pride and Prejudice, and Anne of Green Gables (one and two, avoid the third one like the plague as an adaptation. As its own movie, with no reference to the books, it is slightly tolerable.)

Seriously, if you have never watched North and South, you are missing out on something stunning. Everything about the show is wonderful. The cast, the costumes, Richard Armitage, the setting, the storyline, Richard Armitage…. Sorry, I have a bit of a one-track mind sometimes. 😉

Favorite superhero movie? Marvel or DC? (I just had to ask, even though it has nothing to do with books!)

Captain America: The First Avenger and The Winter Solider. Hands down, the Cap has my heart! And it’s Marvel for me. 🙂 Just because of Captain America, of course. Squee! I’m looking forward to the next Avengers movie. It looks pretty amazing.

How many books do you have and how do you store them??? 

I have a lot of books. I’d say a conservative estimate would be 350-400, possibly more. I’ve never counted. I need help with my book habit. And my sock yarn habit. But that is a different story all together…..
I really need help in the storage bit. I’m still on the lookout for a good bookshelf. 😛

 

So, leave a comment if you want to answer any or all of my questions! Thank you!

well, what do you know?

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Would you look at that? It’s the complete Sherlock Holmes! Shall we review it over the next few days? I think that’s a wonderful idea. So glad you agree. 🙂 Get used to seeing this cover.

By the way, I’m open to any suggestions you might have for book reviews. If you give me an idea, be sure to look out for the review! Please leave a comment if you have a favorite book you’d like me to read and review.