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Nothing like an easy peasy pair of lace socks to get me through summer. I worked on most of this in August. This is at least better than the Girasole blanket of last year. I'm starting to become one of those knitters who does not really knit in the summers. I spent much of this summer outdoors which is great. In any case, my third pair of socks of this year. I always like knitting…

Which is more important? Quality for your reading? Or quantity? - BTT In almost every case in life, quality is better than quantity. Having said that, I aim for both in my reading. I like reading a lot of books. I love them, and I'm very glad to have a range of interests in genres, styles, and periods. I have thousands of books I could read and most of them probably wouldn't be bad. Yes,…

Once I start with Heyer, I find it hard to stop. Her world is distinct and comforting. The novels are often predictable, but the characters are fun and sometimes sweet. I liked this novel's lead as well. The idea of a slight, quiet soldier who comes home to become an Earl. He seems almost like an everyman in some ways. I also liked the female lead and again, my frequent complaint was that there was…

This title was a bit misleading. It is about an orphan though. It's about the Duke of Sale who decides to pretend being normal and has some fun adventures along the way. There is a romance, but like in some other Heyer novels, it's an afterthought. The main "foundling" in the novel is a simplistic but beautiful young girl. Thankfully, unlike in Sprig Muslin, this silly female is not featured heavily. Overall, I liked the…

The Reluctant Widow This was more mystery than romantic comedy. The lead male was a bit too smooth through the whole thing. It was enjoyable to read most of the time, but I feel like I wanted more of his interactions with the female lead. The romance seemed to be an afterthought in the whole thing. It was amusing mostly. Read on Kindle August 18th 2013. Sprig Muslin Gosh, this book had an annoying young…

We all know the beauty of reading a really wonderful book for the first time—when everything about the story and the writing and the timing click to make a reader’s perfect storm … but it’s fleeting, because you can never read that book for the first time again. So … if you could magically reset things so that you had the chance to read a favorite book/series again for the first time … which would…

Another cross-dressing romantic romp in the Regency era. Georgette Heyer's heroines generally fall into two categories: 1) Young, spirited and childlike girl who sometimes cross dresses (These Old Shades, this book, Masqueraders) 2) Mature and more sensible lady (Lady of Quality, A Civil Contract, Arabella) There is some overlap and all are usually rebellious or headstrong. Still, can you guess which one I prefer? Not to say the more ingenues are bad, but they sometimes…

This week, I posted my selection for Classics Club Spin 3, a WIP socks post, and my review of Sedaris's Holidays on Ice. This weekend, I read Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (awesome - review to be up tomorrow) and Georgette Heyer's The Corinthian. The weather is slowly warming up again. The last hurrah of summer here. As a result, I was out too long in the sun yesterday. I got a headache from…

This is a holiday themed collection of Sedaris essays and short stories. I'm not as keen on Sedaris's short stories as his essays except his animal ones. This series has the classic "Six to Eight Black Men" and a couple of other funny Sedaris essays I've read before. The first one in the collection was new to me. It was fantastic essay on Sedaris's experience as Christmas elf at Macy's Herald Square. I was horrified…

I’ve asked before how you feel about lending your books. I’ve asked how you feel about libraries. But—how do you feel about borrowing books from friends? Is this something you like to do? Does it make you feel uncomfortable or rushed while reading? Does it affect how you feel about the book you’re reading, pressured into liking it? - BTT Thankfully, I do not have to borrow books from my friends very often. I read…

These socks were started near the beginning of summer on July 1st. It feels like time has flown by since then. I've been very busy and preoccupied to sit and knit. I need to finish these by the end of the month for Sockdown. I'm past the halfway point though. I only turned the heels on them last week! As I've written in recent posts, knitting has become less and less of a priority for…