Absolutely hilarious! Seriously, literally laugh-out-loud funny! Which was kinda embarrassing as I often read it in the train!
A colleague "forced" meAbsolutely hilarious! Seriously, literally laugh-out-loud funny! Which was kinda embarrassing as I often read it in the train!
A colleague "forced" me to borrow this, when he discovered I was a fan of Randall Munroe's webcomic, XKCD. He knows me well :) Exactly the type of nerd'ish humour that I absolutely adore.
Some of my favourite Q&A include: - What would happen if the oceans drained onto Mars (to both the Earth and Mars)? - What would happen if everybody jumped at the same time? - Could you build a Lego bridge from NYC to London? - Do earthquakes measured in negative numbers on the Richter Scale exist?
... and that's just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
If you enjoy XKCD, you'll love this book :)...more
I received this ebook from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
This is not your usual book of knitting patterns. Instead it is a book of ideas. II received this ebook from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
This is not your usual book of knitting patterns. Instead it is a book of ideas. Ideas of how to turn everyday events into knitting projects, and begin seeing both those events and your knitting in a new light.
"Knit the Sky" lists 31 project ideas as well as inspiration on how to invent your own project. It does list 12 basic patterns to help you get started with the projects, but also encourages you to branch out, and use whatever pattern you feel best fits the spirit of the project.
I loved the idea of knitting your everyday life and was quickly taken in by the concept, so even though some of the ideas were a tad too twee for me to tackle, or followed a path that wasn't relevant for me to follow, I walked away from the book with a great appreciation of what Lea Redmond was trying to do... Not to mention a great desire to try (or to have tried, if I had known of them in the past) some of the projects mentioned.
For instance the title concept of knitting the sky. Similar to the well-known project of knitting a temperature scarf, this is a year-long project of knitting the colour of the sky.
Other favourites include: "Sweet Possibilities" where you use gumball machines to help you chose colours for a project (although I might use coloured marbles instead - not being a huge fan of gumballs). "The Mood Ring Cowl", that has to fit the colours of the cowl to your mood. "Monsters under Your Bed", where your inner insomniac comes out to play. "Play By Play" that allows me to combine my husbands interest of soccer with my own knitting hobby. "Navigating By Heart" where you knit a well-traveled road. "K1 B1", that combines meditation and knitting "Mind the Gap" - although that really only works in a city with lots of public transportation. Copenhagen has that though, and I'm kinda itching to get started on this! "Pins and Needles" where you knit a teeny-tiny project! "Dormitory Hop" - probably my very favourite of the lot, and I would have loved to have thought of this back at boarding school. Not a project that's relevant for me to do now, but one that I'd recommend to any knitter setting out to meet new friends. "Party Popper", which is a fun idea for passing on yarn to others.
So that's easily a third of all the projects mentioned, that I'd like to try out for myself. Definitely good value for a knitting book :)...more
Considering that David Lagercrantz was hired by Larsson's estate, and that Eva Gabrielsson (Larsson's partner both in life and in writing) is againstConsidering that David Lagercrantz was hired by Larsson's estate, and that Eva Gabrielsson (Larsson's partner both in life and in writing) is against this continuation of the series, I'm going to stay away from it. Definitely a money-grab and nothing else.
I was really intrigued by this take on a "pre-apocalyptic" novel. I've always loved post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels, but pre-apocalyptic novelsI was really intrigued by this take on a "pre-apocalyptic" novel. I've always loved post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels, but pre-apocalyptic novels are few and far between - probably because they're harder to write, I'd assume.
I think Tommy Wallach did a really good job though. I was instantly charmed by his writing style (found two quotes I wanted to write down in just the first chapter!) and he managed multiple POVs extremely well.
I'm not entirely sure what I think of the ending, but I guess I understand why he decided to end it like that... I'm not sure anything else would have worked.
Terrifying from pretty much the very first page. I picked it up at 11pm on an evening where I was home alone, which was less than inA 3.5 star review.
Terrifying from pretty much the very first page. I picked it up at 11pm on an evening where I was home alone, which was less than intelligent, as it got me on high alert. Perfect for a read-a-thon where I needed to stay awake though ;)
The book is about 360 pages, and I absolutely LOVED the first 330. It was at turns frustrating, intriguing, terrifying and satisfying. Totally unputdownable.
But unfortunately the last 30 pages didn't work for me. Without giving too much away, I thought I found a plothole, and the ending itself employed one of my biggest pet peeves in suspense novels, which unfortunately subtracted a couple of stars.
I still think I'd recommend it though, because for most of the book I was totally captivated. Could just have wished for a less stereotypical ending....more
I wasn't sure what to think of this book at first, as it seemed to take awhile to find its groove, but once it did it really took off, and I couldn'tI wasn't sure what to think of this book at first, as it seemed to take awhile to find its groove, but once it did it really took off, and I couldn't put it down. It's not quite as good as her "Across the Universe" trilogy, and I did think there were some questions left unanswered - or where the answers given weren't satisfying - but as a whole, I thought it worked. ...more
"Time After Time" picks up immediately where "Time Between Us" leaves off, and the two books should really be read as one, as they'd have worked just"Time After Time" picks up immediately where "Time Between Us" leaves off, and the two books should really be read as one, as they'd have worked just as well as one long book, rather than two middle-length ones. Because of this, I have a hard time thinking of them as two individual books (it also probably didn't help that I read the last half of the first one, and the entirety of this one in one day!), and I can therefore think of very little new to say about "Time After Time" that I didn't already say about "Time Between Us". I liked that Bennett was the narrator of this book, so we got to see things from his side, and got to meet his family.
I don't envy Anna and Bennett their circumstances, and almost hope there'll be a third book, to show us how things turn out down the line. This book seemed very final though, so I doubt there'll be more.
The ending confused me a lot - at first I thought there was a major plot-hole, and couldn't understand how Tamara Ireland Stone (or her editors) hadn't discovered that, but thinking about it, I'm starting to think that it wasn't a major plot-hole, but just a really brilliant twist... although possibly still with a tiny plot-hole in order to make it possible. But tiny plot-holes I can accept :)
And my initial opinion still stands - I'd love to read more from Tamara Ireland Stone's hand....more
After reading (and being blown away by) an ARC of "Every Last Word", I knew I had to read more by Tamara Ireland Stone - even if I realized I was likeAfter reading (and being blown away by) an ARC of "Every Last Word", I knew I had to read more by Tamara Ireland Stone - even if I realized I was likely to be disappointed.
Fortunately that didn't turn out to be the case. Granted, "Time Between Us" could in no way live up to ELW, but even so it's a very enjoyable YA. It reminded me very vividly of "The Time-Traveller's Wife" in places, but as that is one of my favourite books, I have no complaints there ;) The plot itself is a pretty run-of-the-mill girl-meets-boy, boy-cannot-remember-girl, boy-time-travels-to-girl (okay, so perhaps not quite that run-of-the-mill) story, but the writing style that captivated me in ELW is present here as well and though desperately sad in places, I was glad to read it.
Don't enter into it expecting another masterpiece like "Every Last Word", but if you're just expecting a traditional YA romance novel, you're likely to enjoy it.
I did - and will be continuing right on with the sequel....more
Beautifully written, poignant and real. I'm finding it very difficult to talk about this book without squeeing all over the place, but I don't want toBeautifully written, poignant and real. I'm finding it very difficult to talk about this book without squeeing all over the place, but I don't want to hype it too much, so I will try to restrain myself.
I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley, and pretty much had no idea what to expect - I just liked the cover - but I quickly realized that this was right up my aisle. I loved the writing style, and the plot is YA when it's best. I really liked Sam and the rest of the PC, and found a lot of the poetry really brilliant. Especially nearer the end - it was clear that people improved.
I also appreciated reading a book about OCD where the focus was more on the obsessive part than the compulsion part - i.e. more a brain that cannot be turned off, than specifically having to do certain things.
Mostly I loved the ending, and as I finished the last page, I had tears (good tears) running down my cheeks. Definitely a book I'll want to reread....more