Not a stitch!

So this is going to be a completely unrelated post to stitching, but my friend Kelsey inspired me to write a bookish blog post. You can check out her blog here, her blog is fabulous and full of books and cats!

I thought I would do a August book haul as I bought A LOT – and I’ve already read through 4 of them…I am part of a group where we live and breath books, we also enable each other a tremendous amount so quite a lot of my money goes on buying books that the ladies tell me too.

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I had a bit of a physical and digital book haul in August, however I am trying to buy more books digitally as I’m running low on space…

On Kindle I picked up;

  • Human Acts – I bought this because the blurb sounded very interesting and I fell in love with Han Kangs writing after recently reading The Vegetarian. This book is based on true events of the Gwangju Uprising in South Korea in 1980, it’s very moving and it took a few days for me to recover after reading it – it also made me go and do a tonne of research into the Uprising.
  • The White Book – This is also written by Han Kang and I bought this soon after finishing Human Acts. The blurb suggests its a book which is about the spirit of life, dealing with mourning and rebirth – I cannot wait to read it!
  • The Alchemist – This was recommended to me by several people so I went in blind and I’m going to also read it completely blind, I am not going to read much into it and I’ll let you know my thoughts when I’m done.
  • Grotesque – I really love dark and messed up books (if you check out my goodreads read list you’ll see…), this has been coming up on my recommendations list for about a year so I thought it was time to pick it up.
  • Out – This was the other book which was recommended me to me alongside Grotesque, it’s the same author Natsuo Kirino and this one intrigues me because the blurb suggests it’s about a group of women who band together to leave their mundane lifestyles, and in doing this they do some pretty bad stuff…
  • Friend Request – This was suggested to me by a few friends so I thought I’d pick it up, but after reading the reviews I’m not sure I’m as hyped for it as I was originally. Who knows though, I may follow up with a blog post about this one.
  • Hex – This is going to be my first Halloween read in October (I put out a tweet asking for your favourite horror books and picked this up straight away), so many of my friends have read this, and the book group I’m part of always talk about how good and scary this is.

Physically I picked up;

  • Strange Weather in Tokyo – I’ve wanted to read this for a long time and recently I’ve found a new love of Japanese slice of life translated books. I thought I’d pick this up because it has such good reviews, and of course the ladies in my book group have been RAVING about this for months. So it’s only natural I join the hype train!
  • Kitchen (currently reading) – I picked this up because of Kelsey (who I linked above) and the cover alone had me sold, then I read the blurb on the back and it confirmed that I NEEDED to read this book.  The blurb is “Kitchen juxtaposes two tales about mothers, transsexuality, bereavement, kitchens, love and tragedy in contemporary Japan. It is a startlingly original first work by Japan’s brightest young literary star and is now a cult film”.
  • The Chalk Man & Snap – I’ve grouped these together because the only reason I picked them up is because they have been advertised on the tubes in London for months, yes, I am one of those people where advertising really does work!

If you’re wondering what I rate my books you can check out my Goodreads here.

So that is the end of my book haul, if you liked this please let me know and I’ll consider doing more in the future!

-Amy x

 

*Please note that I use affiliate links to Amazon purchases, if you use this link to buy the item I earn a small portion of the sale – which essentially goes back into my obsession.

What have I been up too?

Sorry for the radio silence, but life got in the way again!

Unfortunately my family dog passed away, we knew she was very ill and that it was coming (she was around 17/18 – we adopted her so we aren’t 100% sure how old she was), but it still hit the family really hard and I lost my mojo for basically everything, I spent a week in solidarity and thinking about everything.

It’s been almost 2 months since it happened and I’m back! I have been slowly working away on various projects because who needs just one eh?

I taught myself the crochet stitch corner to corner work and have made good use of some sunset rainbow yarn I’ve been hoarding. I joined an amazing crochet facebook group which have absolutely inspired me – you can search for it ‘Hooked on Crochet UK’.

I’m not sure how big I’m going to make the blanket yet, but I’m having a lot of fun with it and c2c is SO easy, I think it’s my new favourite stitch. I think the next project will be to incorporate my love of cross stitch and crochet together to make a pixel pattern blanket for someone.

I’ve also been putting together a granny square blanket I started making for my sister in February…however we both did predict I wouldn’t be finished until Christmas so everything is fine…

The blanket is pastel colour themed (the yarn has glitter running through it, so it’s extra sparkly), and I’ve used a white glittery yarn to do the border. In total it has 8 colours and 15 squares of each colour so far so it’s looking to be a big one – it has to fit her and her cat 🙂

I also want to do a nice border so if you have any stitch recommendations let me know.

And finally I’m heading back to Disneyland Paris this year for both Halloween AND Christmas – I purchased a vlogging camera so I’ll be vlogging my trips. I’ll debut my first vlog when I take a trip to Harry Potter Studio Tours in a couple of weeks! I’m extremely nervous.

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Finally I’m also working hard on my Ghibli cross stitch project which I started forever ago but it’s the project I come back to every now and again so it’s not a big deal if I don’t finish it soon.

Are you wanting to see more free patterns? Projects? Vlogs? Let me know!

I also caught over 200 Eevee’s in the Pokemon Go event which only 8 were shiny, boo!

-Amy x