Monday, March 30, 2009

A good read..

I'll get to the knitting in the next post, I still need to take photos and the weather/light is NOT cooperating. But this post will be about books. I don't read, rather I listen so I can knit or clean house while enjoying a book. I'm a HUGE Audible and good ole' public library fan. If I find a book I want to 'read', I check my library first and if they don't have it, I purchase it on Audible. If you haven't downloaded a free book from Audible yet, please do so! Tons of podcasts have a link, plus I think you can log onto Audible and get one that way.

Here's a few of the recent books I've "read":

Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer: Yes I succumbed to the pretty mind candy. It was fun to listen to. I listened to them back to back, so I wasn't forced to wait from one to the next. I'm not sure I recommend listening to/reading them this way. I was burnt out on teenaged angst by the end of the 3rd book, so it ended up being a bit of a haul to get through the last. Beware though, you end up a bit addicted to them and might show signs of Edward withdrawals! This happened to me and at least 2 of my other friends. Just a warning. ;)

Duma Key by Stephen King: I grew up with King. I read Night Shift when I was in 6th grade, from then on I was hooked. I continued to eat his books as they came out, but finally stopped around TommyKnockers. I hated that book and am still convinced that Tabitha really wrote it. :P BUT anyway, on a whim I decided to get a King book from Audible and came across Duma Key. I am so glad I did! It's an amazing book. It makes me want to start reading his books from here backwards until I find out where his writing was bad. ;)

Duma Key is not a jump out and scare you type of book. It's more tension and suspense being built gradually with some good writing thrown in to boot. I highly recommend this book.

The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage: This is an amazing book. I really enjoyed listening to it. The information on their relationship is in depth and very captivating.Learning about Lincoln as a man shed so much light on Lincoln the Politician. I do think there is a lot of history in it and that I may have been more bogged down reading it rather than listening to it.

Drood by Dan Simmons I adore books that are a play on something else. Doesn't make sense? Well this book is about Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins during the last few years of Dicken's life when he was writing The Mysterious Edwin Drood. Is Drood real or not? Awesome, such a great twist and original idea.

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson Wow. This is an amazing story, that isn't a 'story' but rather a non-fiction rollercoaster ride. I am an avid serial killer freak. :) I love watching things on the Discovery Channel and the like. Plus I am enamored with the World's Fairs, the grandeur and just immensity of them! What I wouldn't do to have seen one. The story about exactly what it took to make one happen was like candy to me and then mix in one of the all-time freak serial killers too!! And it's all TRUE! I'm feeling faint. ;)

As you can see my reading is a bit eclectic. I'll put up a few more of the things I've read in another post. I'd love to see what's on your shelf!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hello hello

It's Spring Break for me so I have time to piddle around the internet again. :)

I've been knitting a bit, working on the Hemlock Ring Blanket. It's pretty, but can be a total pain in the arse if you aren't paying attention. Darn that lace!

I can't wait for it to be finished. Granted it will be late spring/early summer so it won't be getting a ton of use! But I will enjoy looking at it.

Various news to share:

  • I've returned to school. It's only for 2 classes this semester, but there is a grand plan in the works. I am going for my Clinical Lab Science B.S. in Cytology
  • I have 2 newly minted babies in the family! Keira, my niece and Sean a cousin. Boy and girl, so pink and blue on the horizon.
  • I'm a Twitter girl now. KnittyLynn. Feel free to follow and share if you Tweet too!
On to more knits!
Here are Keira's booties. I still need to put buttons on them and seam the one on the right. It also looks a tad smaller because I didn't stuff it as much. This is a great pattern. One of the few I've been willing to pay for! It's Merry Janes by Bekah Knits.

Seriously cute stuff. I knit it with Sport Shine from Knitpicks. I'm happy with the yarn, as I'd never knit it with it before.

Then my Bird in the Hand mittens. Well this picture is of one almost finished, as of now they are complete and off the needles. I just liked this picture. I was futzing around with a home made light box. I like it, just need a bigger box and stronger light.

There are a few more knits, but I'll keep them to give me something to blog about later!

Hope everyone is doing well and has survived their winter...or surviving, since here in Wisconsin it refuses to DIE! :)

Though I haven't been posting I have been keeping up with you! :)