Monday, July 17, 2017

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

If you are a viewer of the podcast then you know that I've been reading this series for the last few months. But don't worry, I finally had finished the books, so you no longer have to hear me mumble on and on about it. I had finished the sixth and last book in the series just to other day and thought, what better way to get back into blogging than a book/series review? Well, I don't really want to call this a review, it's more of a recommendation. Because I think that more people need to read these books.

I had first read the first four books when I was in high school. At the time only the four were out, so I was stuck with a major cliff-hanger while waiting for the fifth to be released. Sadly though, it took me a while to pick them up again, other books and life stuff happened. During that gap, I did complete my collection of the series by adding the last two to my library and the author had written a prequel series. She had also written an add-on book and two spin-off series, a movie (that sadly, wasn't that great) and a TV series on Free Form. So it had gained a lot of attention in the last few years since I had first read them. Which it deserves, it's a great Young Adult series.

Cassandra Clare does a great job with creating characters that you can relate to and builds a world around them that you can lose yourself in. She is influenced by J K Rowling and had started writing Harry Potter fanfiction and you can really tell by the way the Shadow world is fleshed out in her descriptions. I would say her books would fall into the Fantasy genre. It's full of supernatural creatures; demons, angels, werewolves, vampires, and fairies, and lore surrounding them. You follow the main character, Clary, on her journey into finding her way through being a Shadowhunter and solving some major family problems.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a series you want to lose yourself in. Check it out!

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Happy Reading!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Episode 65: "Rough Patch"


You can find me on Ravelry (Samashwilliams94), Twitter (sam__williams94), and Goodreads, Pinterest and Google+ (Samantha Williams).
The Ravelry group is The Yarn Reader Blog and Podcast.
You can watch the podcast and find the show notes for each episode here on the blog, in the Ravelry group, and on Youtube, where my channel is under my name, Samantha Williams.

In this episode, I talk about the following segments:
What I've been up to?
Books: City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare and This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen.
Crafty Stuf: FOs, WIPs, Spinning, Sewing, and Future planning.
TV Time
Gamer's Corner.

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Episode 64: "Rise and Shine"



You can find me on Ravelry as Samashwilliams94, Twitter as @sam__williams94, and Goodreads, Pinterest, and Google + as Samantha Williams.

The Ravelry group is The Yarn Reader Blog and Podcast.

You can watch the podcast and read the show notes here on the blog, on Youtube, and in the Ravelry group.

I do a small What I've been up to catch up.

Books
I finished reading City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. I'm currently reading City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare.

Crafty Stuff
I have a few sewing FOs to show off and I talk about some handspun that I got off a spindle. I talk some about the WIPs I'm currently working on. (Check out my project page for all of those.)
There is some future sewing talk as I show you some fabric and patterns that have entered my stash and I plan for some Tour de Fleece spinning.

TV Time
I talk shortly about a few movies and shows that we have watched in the last month.

I hope you enjoyed this month's episode if you did please like and subscribe on Youtube to keep up to date when new episodes are released.

Happy Knitting!
Sam <3

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Episode 63: "A Slightly Shorter Episode"




You can find me on Ravelry, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Google +.
You can watch the podcast here on the blog, in the Ravelry thread for this episode in the group, or on Youtube.
Show notes are here on the blog and in the Ravelry thread.
You can join the Ravelry group, to keep up to date when new episodes are posted, blog posts (whenever I get back to that), and any KALs I host.

Things mentioned in this episode:
Books:
TV Time:
Kubo and the Two Strings, The Secret Life of Pets, Moana, Patorit's Day, In the Dark, The Little Prince, and Harlots.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Episode 62: "Lots of Talking"

Hey, everyone!

Episode 62 is now live! I hope you enjoy. :)


You can find me on Ravelry as Samashwilliams94, Twitter as @sam__williams94, and on Goodreads, Twitter, and Google + as Samantha Williams. 
The Ravelry group is The Yarn Reader Blog and Podcast.
The podcast can be watched here on the blog, in the Ravelry group, or on Youtube.

Just a quick note: I used Windows Movie Maker for the editing of this episode instead of Youtube's, I really like the finished results so I'll be using it for now on!

Things that are mentioned in this episode:

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Episode 61: "Woefully"



You can find me on Ravelry, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Google+, and Youtube. 
Show notes will be on the blog (yarnreader.blogspot.com) and in the Ravelry group (The Yarn Reader Blog and Podcast).

Segments are: 
What I’ve been up to? 
Books 
Crafty Stuff 
Added to the pile 
And a tiny bit of TV Time.

Books I had mentioned in this episode: 
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini 
That Summer by Sarah Dessen 
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares 
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

WIPs I had mentioned in this episode: 
Lightweight Patchwork Blanket 
Narcissa Socks 
Toe Up Baby Socks 
Heilopath Vest 
A Cropped Sweater for Winter 
Dumbledore’s Warm Socks 
Tis a Good Day for a Stretch of the Legs 
Migra Mitts 
The Lonely Tree Shawl

Happy Knitting! 
Sam

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Episode 60: "So Much Cat Fur"

  


Segments are: 
What I’ve been up to, Books, Crafty Stuff (lots of it), Podcasts and TV Time.

What I’ve been up to? 
Jordan’s birthday and we went to the zoo!

Books 
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini 
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Crafty Stuff (everything here you can find on my project page) 
Powerful Wrist Protection 
Herbology/Gardner’s Socks 
Kitschy Kerchief 
Crazy 8s Dishcloth 
Toe Up Baby Socks (6 months to 1 year size) 
Lightweight Patchwork Blanket 
Heavyweight Patchwork Blanket 
Narcissa Socks 
Toe Up Baby Socks (3 months to 6 months size) 
Heilopath Vest 
A Cropped Sweater for Winter 
Dumbledore’s Warm Socks 
Tis A Good Day for a Stretch of the Legs 
Migra Mitts 
I talk a bit about some future knitting and I have a sewing update.

Podcasts 
I talk about a few podcasts that I have been catching up with.

TV Time 
The shows we’ve been watching: American Horror Story, Orange is the New Black, Ghost in a Shell, and Sailormoon. 
Movies: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, V for Vendetta, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Magineifect 7.

Thanks for watching! 
Sam