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John Hodgman is one of my favourite celebrities. This was not always the case; I had read or listened to the audiobook The Areas of my Expertise and liked it alongside his appearances on "The Daily Show". However, it was not until a few years ago when I started listening to the Judge John Hodgman podcast that I became a true fan. It is hands down, my favourite podcast. He gives funny, sincere, and relatable…

This nice blue hat was made for my partner for his summer birthday. He selected the pattern amongst a number of hat patterns I showed him in early spring. He was a fan of M Cousteau growing up. This popular pattern has been in my queue awhile. Looks great and I made a lot of mods from the pattern including using an worsted/aran yarn and another needle size. I tried 120sts on 3.5mm and it…

These were birthday socks for a best friend. One of the only people I knit for. She received a pair of Thuja about seven years ago and requested socks again last year for Christmas. Originally, I started this project January 2, 2017 and worked on it slowly until June using Marks & Kattens Fame Trend sock yarn. That sock yarn was terrible. It kept knotting itself and I had to keep untangling it as I…

Vacation book #2. I had read that this book was one of the most interesting Christie novels alongside The Murder of Royger Ackroyd. I generally like the pacing of Christie’s novels and enjoyed Poirot and Miss Marple in the past. This one only had one Christie regular: Colonel Race. He did seem rather dashing in this novel. The plot was alright. I do not know how I ended up reading two mystery books related to…

This was one of my vacation books. I am not sure why I didn’t read Live and Let Die first. I guess it was not on Kindle for some reason. I enjoyed Casino Royale well enough. These books should be decent pulp fiction easy for the holidays. When Bond was going to New York, I too was on a plane. I didn’t know what to expect, but given this book did not inspire one of…

This review covers the first two books of The Custard Protocol series. The first book was a nice start. I had to warm up to Rue (Prudence). There was some fun but not enough of the classic characters. I found the plot moved along, but I did not seem to like it as much. I also am not a big fan of the main romance in this series. It's not bad, but it does not…

I realized the other month that I hadn't been catching up to the Gail Carriger's steampunk supernatural series. This is the last book in the Finishing school series. Carriger's books are simply fun if you're into steampunk, Victorian times, and supernatural creatures. The books do not take themselves too seriously. I liked the ending of these books. I liked Ria as a protagonist and want more. I am glad Carriger never drags her series out…

This is a fun nostalgic our of beauty and skincare products. Each page has one entry on a product that was iconic to the industry and beauty in some way. I have been following Sali Hughes' Guardian coloumn for years and always enjoyed her thoughtful and informative writing about beauty, skincare, and fragrances. It helps we have some similar tastes. Some of these items are unknown to me due to generational and geographic reasons. Hughes…

I read this novel over a month ago, and started this review but never completed it. This an nice and twisty suspense romance inspired by Jane Eyre. When I first started it, I was not sure how romantic it would get. It started off more like a gothic horror novel with a lot of Dickensian reveals. It didn't get romantic until the last half and I was surprised how much I liked it. I found…

It's been awhile since I updated this blog and wrote a book review. I've read a couple of very small books since then and they weren't worth the post. My time has become precious and am trying to read more again with difficulty. I had to write a review for this graphic novel. I had read reviews about this last year and it sounded intriguing with its dark and Asian inspired themes. I loved it.…

This is my third Gretchen Rubin book. I think I like this one less than her last two on happiness, but it's still a good book. While Rubin's nature is more extreme than a lot of people, I actually relate a lot to her in a few ways. We both like research, analysis, introspection, and literature. She is a personal writer too and most of the books have a memoirs and reflective nature similar to…