A Discovery of Witches & 2016 Reading Progress

Hey Kara,

I have been truly horrible at updating you on the books I’ve been reading and my progress. I promise that I never went a week without reading because I was reading a wonderful book series, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. These books were so good.


First, the characters in the books are creatures: human, demons, vampires and witches. I spent the first book detoxing from the last Vampire book I read (Twilight barf I hate myself) and it took me almost all of the book to stop comparing and hating myself for reading a vampire book. By the second book that was gone and by the third, I am almost ready to forget about the horrible time in my life when I thought those books had any value at all.

Once I got past my prejudice, I feel in love with the characters and the story and it was sciency and magical and romancy and lovely! (There was a disturbing amount of DNA talk in this book, Kara, I think you might like it) I hesitate suggesting this to anyone, because I’m rolling my eyes at my reading of this so when someone rolls their eyes at me for suggesting they read it, I totally get it. But it was good and I hope those who chose to read it or have read it love it as much as I did!

So here’s my progress for the year:

My challenge: 10/25 books read! (Goodreads Bookshelf)

And our challenge: 4/11 books read! (Goodreads Bookshelf)

Discovery of Witches completed the “Book I’ve been meaning to read” category.

My next book is going to be the fourth book in the Lady Trent Series! Which will complete the “Book published this year” category!

Yay books!

Also, we’re in Vegas right now – THAT’S SO EXCITING.

The Cuckoo’s Calling -A Review

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Hi Steffibun!

I FINALLY finished The Cuckoo’s Calling last weekend…only 2 months to read it, not bad. It was over 400 pages, making it the longest book I’ve read since Harry Potter. I enjoyed reading it a lot; it’s a mystery crime novel and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed Nancy Drew. I tried not to think of who actually wrote it as I read, but I do know that helped me through some parts…Jo must have a great ending so I have to keep going. Don’t worry, no spoilers here. I was both surprised and mildly disappointed in the ending. Surprised because I honestly didn’t see it coming, but I am very bad at predicting the outcome of such stories even though I watch lots of CASTLE. Disappointed because I was surprised for all of half a second until the effect wore off.
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I was a fan of the foreshadowing that I didn’t know was there until it was all revealed at the end. It had a OHHHHHHH-esque feeling to it that I’ve been missing since Harry Potter, though it was nothing of that caliber.

So I am definitely glad I read it, but I’m excited to read something more fantastical next. Which is why I am currently reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! It’s very short and I plan on reading the illustrated HP afterwards so I can catch up on the challenge.
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2016 Book Challenge: 1/12
Books read in 2016: 3

Monkeys and Things

Hi Steffibun! Today’s post comes to you in four parts.

Part one: happy Chinese New Year! This year it’s the year of the monkey and I know this because there’s lots of crocheted monkeys around.

 

I made my own too! The pattern was meant for thin yarn but I don’t use thin yarn so my monkey is huge. Lookit his face!

Part two: something that makes me and Grayson very old. We go see movies well after their release date, on Saturdays, in the mornings. Not only is the cost only $12.50, but there’s no one else there and we love it. We went to see The Revenant last Saturday (not recommended, but it’s part of my 101 in 1001 and Leo) and there were only some old people who showed up. We also saw Inside Out on a quiet Saturday morning. Oh! And speaking of movies, you have seen the Martian, right? You have to if you haven’t! We rented it on the PSN and it was totally worth the $6 to stay home and watch it from our couch with pizza.

Part three: is something that was on Dear Hank & John. I love listening to their podcast and on a recent episode they were talking about code-switching. Grayson had to explain it to me:

In linguistics, codeswitching occurs when a speaker alternates between two or more languages, or language varieties, in the context of a single conversation

And he observes me doing this anytime I am around my family. We don this weird accent and say weird things. It’s not something I do consciously, but I love it and I love that we have something unique that brings us together.

Part four: reading updates! Let me just start by saying that so far this year, I finished Felicia’s book and Tyler’s book and I’m starting on a third book. And it’s not even 2 months into the year yet! And those aren’t on my challenge list because I was already reading them beforehand. So I am on track to read FOURTEEN books this year.

Here’s the ones I’m adding to my list based on your suggestions:
A book published before you were born: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
A book chosen by your BFF: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
A book you can read in a day: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
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Currently reading: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith pg 80

And for your book, Grayson suggests you read Wizard’s First Rule (Sword of Truth series) by Terry Goodkind. I suggest you read it too because he’s been telling me forever to read it and I will, eventually.

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2016 Book Challenge

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Hi Steffibun! I wanted to show you the books I plan on reading for this year’s challenge. And I need suggestions from you!

  • A book published this year: All the Birds in the Sky (thanks Felicia!)
  • A book you can finish in a day: ANY SUGGESTIONS?
  • A book you’ve been meaning to read: The Maze Runner
  • A book recommended by your local bookseller: The Cuckoo’s Calling (B&N top 100)
  • A book you should have read in school: The Catcher in the Rye
  • A book chosen for you by your BFF: YOU PICK! (lemme guess, the author rhymes with Fart or …Dawson)
  • A book published before you were born: ANY SUGGESTIONS?
  • A book that was banned at some point: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • A book you previously abandoned: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • A book you own but have never read: Ready Player One
  • A book that intimidates you: The Name of the Wind (662 pages??!)
  • A book you’ve already read: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

All the Birds in the SkyThe Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)The Catcher in the RyeThe Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)Ready Player OneThe Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter #1)

I’m using my Goodreads account to keep track of all of these. Feel free to yell at me when I’ve been reading a book for over a month. Otherwise I’ll never read this many haha!

101 in 1001 Update and a Book Challenge

Hello Steffibun,

Our resolutions this year are almost identical! I’ve been attempting mine before the new year started though since I’m more of a 101 in 1001 fan than of new year’s resolutions.

I’ve updated my 101 in 1001 post. I’m sad to say there are a few that cannot be completed now that I’m on my last year. I’m not going to change them; I think I’ll just put them on my next list.

  1. How much do you have left to go? I have 8 months and 36 goals!
  2. What did you most recently cross off? Play fantasy football every year, host a meal at our house, go to an NFL game, have a Hunger Games movie marathon, read one new book every year.
  3. Which one would you like to complete next? Practice yoga every morning for 2 weeks, schedule all of our doctor’s appointments, go camping.
  4. Which one are you most concerned you won’t finish? I can’t finish the christmas ones left and going on a US road trip isn’t likely to happen.

End Date: August 23, 2016
Progress: 65/101

One thing I think both of us should do is this book challenge! It will be much easier for you since you’re used to reading more than one book a year, but since it’s both of our goals to read more books I thought it’d be fun to do together 🙂 Let’s post our books on instagram!

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DIY Harry Potter Wreath

Hi Steffi, I accomplished some goals this weekend! I pretty much ignored what I normally do/need to do on the weekend and I spent my time doing only things that I could cross off my list. Here’s what I did!

#87. Make a wreath
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Thanks for the ideas pinterest! Here’s how I made it:

20150926_131659Materials! I got this stuff for less than $20 and I already had the glasses, time turner, etc.

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I cut strips of tulle about 2 feet long.

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I tied the strips of tulle all the way around, alternating colors.

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I put some craft glue on the backside to keep the tulle from undoing and sliding around the foam ring. It dries clear!

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I put all the details on with craft glue and some sewing pins. TADA!

I also completed:

#63. Make a homemade pizza
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#69. Make a dessert in the crock pot. Slow cooker chocolate lava cake
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#80. Use a face mask
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Other things I was able to cross off recently:
#41. Make a fungeon. This was “man cave” before but our fungeon is so much cooler.
#56. Make a light box
#59. Floss everyday for a month
#60. Rewatch Lost
#65. Keep up a regular workout schedule
#79. Get a massage
#84. Go to a beach
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I’m now over halfway done with just under a year to go!

End Date: August 23, 2016
Progress: 54/101

Goals to be completed next:
#8. Read a new book every year. Just one more to go!
#11. Make 10 recipes from pinterest. (8/10)
#15. Try 5 new foods (4/5)
#23. Start a pay it forward in a coffee drive thru
#28. Have a Hunger Games movie marathon
#68. Go to 3 states we’ve never been to. (I’ve never been to Nevada!)
#86. Try quilling