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This book took me awhile to read. It was a recommendation from Pop Culture Happy Hour and I did like reading the beginning. I have a background in public health. I love history. I am one of those people who get bitten frequently to the point where I don't like camping or being in the woods too long. The bites tend to be big and very itchy too. It's a real nuisance and inconvenience. With…

This was so wholesome. It's a bit cheesy and silly since there are some contrived plot devices like in a teen romcom. Still, I enjoyed reading it. When I was a teenager, I was skipping contemporary young adult fiction in favour of adult fiction or the classics. YA as a genre has come a long way in 20 years. There is a lot more choice and diversity. When I was growing up, there weren't a…

In the old days when I use to have more time and read more literary books, I would read a number of Pulitizer Prize winners. It's been awhile since I read one and I do think they can be hit or miss. At least I remember Pulitizers being a little less mysterious and experimental than some Booker prize winners. This novel was overall okay. The protagonist Arthur Less goes on an around the world journey.…

As with last year, I have made more of an effort to read children's literature. Recently, I went through a little streak from July into August. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White This was nice. I do not really remember much from Charlotte's Webb and had not heard or read anything else by White. I enjoyed that the titular character has adventures all over North America. Danny, the Champion of the World by…

This is the first in the Peter Grant / Rivers of London series. I had read some hype for this series over the years. It's right up my alley as it's a series set in London and it's urban fantasy. I realized while reading this that I've read a lot of urban fantasy set in London including Neverwhere, The Rook series, and Harry Potter counts too. Speaking of Harry Potter, this book had many references…

If you can see the cover, this is a paperback romance novel. I really wanted something light and fluffy after Sapiens. My current reading goal is to alternate between nonfiction and fiction when I can. I chose Eloisa James for a couple of reasons. I have been trying for years to find something akin to Georgette Heyer's romance novels. No one can really replace Heyer. This was my second or third go at trying to…

This is one of the most dense books I've read in awhile. It's not actually that long compared to some other nonfiction history books, but it has a lot of history, ideas, and thoughts. Probably too many ideas. I really liked the start of the book. After reading the Jean M Auel series, I have been more interested in human kind's life pre-Agricultural Revolution. This book presents what life could have been like for early…

Socks are a good projects. Very straightforward and useful results. I have enough sock yarn stash for more than half a dozen pairs of socks. Even though I've stopped making my Barn Raising Quilt, I need to keep using sock yarns. I wear them a lot when running in the cold months. I actually need to darn some handknit socks at some point. The pattern is interesting with the Guernsey pattern. I did not memorize…

The sequel to Clan of the Cave Bear. With the current situation in the world and after some nonfiction, I needed escapism far removed from the present day. I like that this series offers some actual history and anthropology. As mentioned in a previous post, I have been busy with work and have not had time to read as much. This book took a couple of weeks to finish. The first half was not that…

Originally, I had bought this yarn for Sylvi, a big cabled coat. I started it, but it was on hold for years. In the end, I decided to frog it and use the yarn for other things. I usually think of sweaters first when I have an abundance of yarn. I wanted a cozy, easy house sweater. This is an easy and straight forward pattern. It's a top-down raglan with pockets. I even made it…

This took me awhile to read because this is non fiction and even in this "Stay at home" life, I have been busy with work and general life. I love this topic as I consider sleep is closest thing to a universal panacea. It's delicious and wonderful. I love having a long night of uninterrupted sleep. Always have and always will. I'm also an avid dreamer and can lucid dream which makes my dream life…