Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Review: Peter Pan

Peter Pan Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After finally getting a beautiful copy, I read this classic fairy-tale. It was a good read, there were a few points where the writing threw me off a bit, but that tends to happen with classics for me. Peter is definitely not the sweet boy that Disney shows him in their movie. He and Wendy both were a tab bit annoying to me but all in all, not terrible. This story is one that I will read to my future kids, I think it important to have them hear the stories behind the Disney movies.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Review: Extras

Extras Extras by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others. The book was...ok, but compared to the others it was a bit disappointing.

The book is set three years from where Specials ends and in a different city, that is not said where but you later found out the main character speak Japanese when they meet Tally about more than halfway through the book. Which is another thing, you are introduced to brand new main characters who are obsessed with fame or in the author's words, "face rank", though fame is also used as well. After a while, this plot line got annoying for me. The action scenes were great to read and kept the book interesting for me and kept the plot moving but then it got a little hard to keep that interest when the characters started talking about "face rank" again. I could have done with out that.

All and all, I enjoyed the series as a whole but the series probably would have been ok with out this book ending it. Although, I think that this would have been a great start to a spin off series.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: Specials

Specials Specials by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I feel like Tally had really grown up a lot in this book than the first two. This book sets around a year after everything started happening to her and you can really look back and see her progression. This book didn't feel clunky like the last two, but I feel like that has to do with the characters are older and making adult decisions, unlike the teenage angst that was the other books. I had found myself being drawn into the story and I would lose track of time, finding myself so far into the book and almost finished with it. I would say this (at the moment) is probably my favorite book in the series. But we will see how the last book competes with it.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Episode 67: "Power Through"

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You can find me on Ravelry as Samashwilliams94, Twitter as Sam__williams94, and Goodreads, Pinterest and Youtube as Samantha Williams.

You can watch the podcast here on the blog, Youtube, and in the Ravelry group (The Yarn Reader Blog and Podcast).

Segments are:
What I've Been Up To?
Books: books mentioned are Just Listen by Sarah Dessen and Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras by Scott Westerfeld.
Crafty Stuff: FOs, WIPs, and Spinning. (Check out my project page for more details about those projects that are mentioned.)  
TV Time

I hope you enjoyed the episode if you have any comments or questions for me just leave them below!

Review: Pretties

Pretties Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was another book where I had enjoyed it more the first read through, but I did enjoy it. These books seem like they would do well as a stand alone book, for those who might stumble upon them and picked one up at random. (Although, I'm not sure how book three and four will fall into that category.) They lead perfectly into each other, they end in a small cliffhanger that ties everything together in the following book.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Summer Days

We're a little bit than halfway through summer in the northern hemisphere and I can not be happier about that. Summer has always been my least favorite season, I don't like being warm at all and I hate being outside in the heat. And with living in Florida, we suffer through super high humidity with 90 degrees (F) heat, so it's like an oven. (An oven filled with blood-sucking mosquitoes.) So I stay cooped up indoors with the AC blasting while I job hunt (ugh!), knit, read, spin, and play the Sims 4 while listening or watching podcasts and TV shows to keep me company, while I dream of the cooler Fall weather that is in a couple of months (and a job that supports my hobbies!). I wanted to do a post today that shows some of what I've been up to since the last podcast episode I had recorded. Don't worry, I'll talk more about these on the podcast. But this is for those of you who don't watch the podcast. (How many times can I say podcast in one blog post?) 

If you watch and/or listen to any knitting podcasts recently or have been on Ravelry, then you might have heard about the Tour de Fleece that had run from July 1st through July 23rd. It is a spinning event that coincides with the Tour de France bike event and the goal is to spin the length of the tour and resting on the rest day of the tour. My goal for TdF was just to spin a little bit each day, I did end up having a couple of rest days because I just forgot the pick up the spindle, but I pretty much met my goal. I'm not quite finished with the braid of fiber yet, but I am close.

For my knitting, my projects had gotten a bit of love but today my attention has been on Jordan's Hagrid Sweater. I've been loving the cabling in this project it definitely hits all of my buttons.I also had realized that the errata that I thought I had found wasn't actually errata, I just misread the pattern, oops! I'm really enjoying the way it is working up.

Last week, I managed to finally finish my cropped sweater! I also got to wear it while running errands and it was perfect for the over air conditioned DMV and Library. All the details for this sweater can be found on the project page on Ravelry, I did do a modification for this pattern. The pattern is an Andi Satterland pattern, A Cropped Sweater for Winter. It's a free pattern that is great for a beginner garment knitter. I've never knitted one of her patterns before and I defiantly will be knitting more. This was also my first time doing the type of construction for a sweater, it had short rows to shape the shoulders, and it was super easy to do.

As I had mentioned above, I made a trip to my local Library last week to pick up the rest of the books in this series. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld is a YA Dystopian novel that I first read years ago, so it has been a while but it was one that I remember that I loved when I was in school, hence the reason why I have the first book in my personal library. It's an easy read for me, so it's going by quickly. The story is set during a time in the future where everything that we have right now is centuries old and is consider artifacts and anyone who looks normal or different is considered an Ugly. When people turn sixteen, they get an operation that turns them "Pretty" and they look like everyone else. I'll talk more about it on the podcast, so if you want to hear more check it out.

How is your summer going? Do you have any favorite summer reads and/or projects at the moment? I would love to know in the comments below or in the Ravelry group.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Episode 66: "Some Books"

You can find the podcast and show notes here on the blog, in the Ravelry group, and on Youtube.
You can also find me on Ravelry (samashwilliams94), Twitter (sam__williams94), and Goodreads, Pinterest, and Google+ (Samantha Williams).

The segments for this episode is:
What I've been up to?
Books: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare and This Lullaby and Just Listen by Sarah Dessen.
Crafty Stuff: WIPs and Spinning, you can find the details of my project on my project page.
TV Time

Thanks for watching and happy knitting!