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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…

This was an okay Christie novel. I brought all my Christie novels to my current home from storage and this was the last one I believe. It took me awhile to really get into it. I have not actually had much time to read during isolation. I already worked from home and I am thankful to still have a job. As a result, work has been steady. I cook and bake a bit more, but…

This is the final instalment to the Arc of the Scythe trilogy. I quite enjoyed this Young Adult trilogy. I feel like in some aspects it's not that objectively good, but it was entertaining. I do not think I would recommend it to most people though given how dense these books got at times. It's hard to describe why I liked them so much in some ways. I think there are some interesting and entertaining…

What a lovely graphic novel. It has beautiful art which is fantastical and perfectly fits the mood of night time adventures. I already liked the style from the cover. It vaguely reminds me of a close artist friend's style. The book uses really nice paper as well. This is the second young adult graphic novel that I've read recently which I find amazing. I think this is an area of young adult fiction that does…

I have mixed feelings on this series. Like the first volume, I found this one disjointed. There were at least four separate storylines and over a dozen characters for most of the novel. Keeping track of the plotlines is one thing and I don't mind it as much in Monstress (which is more confusing and complex than this series). I don't find many of the characters that compelling especially when they are apart. While the…

In an attempt to meet new people and read books, I have started to attend some book clubs. I read this book for one. The synopsis interested me right away. I had not heard of this author who is relatively well known in Japan. This novel from the beginning is beautifully written. Nature in particular is rendered poetically. It sometimes feels quiet but movingly so. The first third or half of the novel is slower…

Another interesting volume of this graphic novel series. This instalment was less confusing than the previous one. I often forget so many of the details of this series between volumes. They come out only once a year so I can't remember all the details from volume one or two let alone three. I did like this volume better than the last one. There was some family drama and the little Fox got some things to…

A bit late with this review. I finished this book almost two weeks ago on a plane. This book was nice and sweet. I listen to Linda Holmes on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour. I remember reading her recaps back in the day when she was Miss Alli on Television Without Pity. I had heard this book got good reviews for a debut novel. It is a good debut novel. Holmes is a proficient writer…