Christine Caine is an incredibly talented, passionate and inspiring speaker, and unlike in some of her earlier books, this comes acrA 3.5 star review.
Christine Caine is an incredibly talented, passionate and inspiring speaker, and unlike in some of her earlier books, this comes across very strongly in her writing as well. Part of that might be that this book is a mix of a memoir and an inspirational book, and it's therefore easier to see how somebody might apply the lessons Christine tries to teaches in their everyday life, because she is very open about how she applied them. It all still boils down to how to actually hear what God has to say to you. Until you know how to listen, it doesn't matter how 'undaunted' you are with regards to following his plans for you.
I don't know if I'd say the book has taught me anything I didn't already know, but it certainly gave me a new appreciation and respect for Ms. Caine....more
I always love looking at crochet and knitting books for baby clothes. The clothes are cute and quick to whip up, and the babies are absolutely adorablI always love looking at crochet and knitting books for baby clothes. The clothes are cute and quick to whip up, and the babies are absolutely adorable!
This book is no exception, and I quickly found a number of projects I wanted to cast on right away. The projects are well laid out, with good descriptions and clear photos. Where relevant, the patterns are given with both written instructions and a chart, making it easy for beginners like me who know the basic stitches but are still finding their way around the structure of charts
The book contains a nice selections of hats, tops, trousers, skirts, blankets and of course toys. While they weren't all hits with me, there was a large enough ratio of things I wanted to make for the book definitely to be worth it.
This cable reference book is an absolute must for any knitter who wants to knit cables, design cables or just look at cables.
Judith Durant goes into gThis cable reference book is an absolute must for any knitter who wants to knit cables, design cables or just look at cables.
Judith Durant goes into great detail about how to knit cables - all the tips and tricks that makes the oh-so-complicated-looking cables into a breeze to knit, including, but not limited to how to cable without a cable needle (although I'm obviously a bigger fan of that technique than she is), how to count rows in a cable, how to add texture to cables, how to make the first stitch after a cable look nice, and even how to knit two-coloured cables!
Each cable comes with a clear chart, a written description of the cable and a nice, big picture of a swatch in a colour that makes it easy to see the details.
I found a ton of cables I want to try my hand at, and might have to knit a bunch of swatches to try them out. A definite "buy-it-now" book....more
A great overview on all aspects of spinning - from choosing a wheel and fiber, through various ways of drafting and plying, to how to properly finishA great overview on all aspects of spinning - from choosing a wheel and fiber, through various ways of drafting and plying, to how to properly finish the yarn.
I wouldn't recommend this book to a complete beginner, as it does rush over some parts, or tries to explain in words what would be better explained through videos, so I would worry that it might confuse or overwhelm somebody who's never tried spinning before. However, for somebody like me who's just starting out, and who's primarily self-taught, it was a great help, as I could focus on the areas where I felt uncertain, and experiment with techniques that were new to me.
The book focuses on wheel spinning, but as many of the techniques are transferable, spinners who use drop spindles might learn something as well, so I'd recommend flipping through the book regardless, to see if there's something in it for you....more
This book caused ALL THE FEELS!!! I was a bit skeptical at first, as I wasn't sure how the format would work - being told part in pA 4.5 star review.
This book caused ALL THE FEELS!!! I was a bit skeptical at first, as I wasn't sure how the format would work - being told part in prose, part as a graphic novel, and part through poetry - but it totally worked, and left me feeling completely emotionally exhausted near the end.
Jaycee is still reeling, trying to come to terms with the grief, anger and horror of having seen her brother die five years ago. Her parents aren't much better, and her primary reaction is to lash out at everybody.
But this summer - the last summer between high school and college - her old friends (and one new) once again attempt to reach out to her, and for whatever reason, she allows them to. Together they try to walk in Jake's footsteps, to understand him better... and along the line, get to understand themselves better as well.
A wonderful YA/coming-of-age novel that I didn't think would work, but totally did. It was heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time, but most importantly, it was true. Cori McCarthy grasped the emotions of teenagers perfectly, and was able to portray them in a way that didn't seem cloying, but instead reminded the reader of what it was like to be 18 and only just trying to find your feet in a grown-up world....more
While the first book in the series was pure genius, this sequel unfortunately couldn't deliver at all. The writing wasn't nearly asA 2.5 star review.
While the first book in the series was pure genius, this sequel unfortunately couldn't deliver at all. The writing wasn't nearly as tight and often confusing, with lots of needless repetitions (yes, everybody's hot for Susan - we get it already!), and a plot that didn't really take off until about 20 pages before the end, so we're left with a cliffhanger, and resolutions that won't happen until the next book. I was especially frustrated by the lack of follow-up on what happened to Tom. That was such a brilliant idea, but other than a brief comment from Frank, the reader was just left hanging. Hopefully this will be brought up again in the next book.
The first book was obviously the first in a series, but still nicely contained, leaving the reader eager to read the next book, but not terribly frustrated by a ton of loose threads left hanging. A shame Mannino couldn't repeat that excellent bit of writing for the second book.
I still want to read the last book, in the hopes that Mannino will redeem himself. But I'm no longer as excited about it, as I was before reading this one....more
A random pick from Netgalley, which turned out to exceed my wildest expectations. It's Hogwarts for Deaths students with all the chaA 4.5 star review.
A random pick from Netgalley, which turned out to exceed my wildest expectations. It's Hogwarts for Deaths students with all the charm, intrigues, joys and sorrows one might expect of such a school. It even has its own new ball game similar to Quidditch.
But though one might fear it, "School of Deaths" in no way seemed derivative or like a copy-cat read. It was completely delightful, and I quickly got to care for Jason, Billy, Frank and of course Suzie. I loved the Elementals, and am curious to (presumably) hear more about the dragons in the future.
The book was hard to put down, and I read it in just two sittings over the weekend. People who enjoy books like the Harry Potter series, Rick Riordan's books and others of that ilk will be sure to enjoy this as well. I'm eager to read the next book in the series....more
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with this ARC.
This book is part crochet patterns, part fairy tales, and as thus makes for a very charming resourcThanks to Netgalley for providing me with this ARC.
This book is part crochet patterns, part fairy tales, and as thus makes for a very charming resource for parents, teachers, babysitters and anybody else who's frequently around children. The book is split up into five parts: "Hansel and Gretel", "The Hare and the Hedgehog", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Tom Thumb" and "Rapunzel". Each part starts off with the original Grimm fairy tale, and is then followed by patterns to the most essential characters and settings in the story.
So for instance for "Hansel and Gretel" there's a pattern for Hansel, Gretel, the Witch and the Gingerbread House!
A crocheter with small kids can make the crochet projects, and use them to tell the story; and a crocheter with older kids can use these patterns to teach the kids to crochet, so they can make their own characters to tell the stories!
The patterns instructions were clear, with good photos of each finished project, and I liked how Vanessa Putt included both very well known and slightly more obscure fairy tales.... and with the success of "Tangled", Rapunzel will be sure to be an instant hit....more
I love living vicariously through other people - especially on travels - so the minute I saw the description of "Only in Naples", I knew it would be rI love living vicariously through other people - especially on travels - so the minute I saw the description of "Only in Naples", I knew it would be right up my aisle. Katherine Wilson travels to Napoli - originally only for 6 months - and ends up falling in love with the city, the people, the mentality and the language... and when her future husband's family take her in as one of their own, she knew she was never going back.
The first few chapters were a bit slow-moving. I got slightly frustrated with Katherine at times, and wasn't sure where she was going with her memoir. As she became more familiar with the country and its customs the frustrations lessened though, and before long it came to the point that I smiled involuntarily just from picking up the book, because its charm had so completely captivated me that I felt like I knew these people, and were reading about friends of mine.
Originally I'd assumed it to be a travelogue, but it's more a story of an unexpecting ex-pat falling in love with a new country. As such, it didn't inspire my wanderlust, as much as it made me relive my own experiences abroad, and I therefore connected with the book on a different level than I had expected, and found it intensely relateable.
Fourth and final book in the series, and unfortunately also the weakest of the lot, so it's probably a good thing that Audrey Faye is moving on to othFourth and final book in the series, and unfortunately also the weakest of the lot, so it's probably a good thing that Audrey Faye is moving on to other characters. I still like Carly and Jane... not to mention Rosie and Lelo... but too much of the plot happened between the lines and/or felt unrealistic.
I was glad to get some of the loose ends all wrapped up though....more
A fairly run of the mill chick-lit. It kept me well entertained for most of the ~300 pages, but I did have to put it down from time to time as it tookA fairly run of the mill chick-lit. It kept me well entertained for most of the ~300 pages, but I did have to put it down from time to time as it took some twists and turns I wasn't a huge fan of... nor felt were justified or in character... at least not the character we'd been introduced to for the previous 200 pages or so. Especially when it came to Pixie and Alex. I found their sudden changes (trying to stay out of spoiler territory) TOO sudden and didn't really buy it.
But while it definitely had some issues, I was mainly looking for an easy, fluffy read while sick, and it fit the bill perfectly there, so I'm inclined to be generous with my rating.
I am slightly annoyed that none of the women on the cover are actually overweight though....more
I'd already read all of these online, but I still loved them, and am glad to have a physical copy. I'll have to get my hands on the later collectionsI'd already read all of these online, but I still loved them, and am glad to have a physical copy. I'll have to get my hands on the later collections as well :)...more