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Book Review: The Book of Life

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It has been almost a week since I finished reading this book, and I am just now able to collect my thoughts about it and post a review! There WILL BE SPOILERS, so please keep that in mind if you choose to read ahead.

Once again my expectations were sky high for this final installment of the All Souls Trilogy, and once again Deborah Harkness did not just meet those expectations, but she far exceeded them. Like... WOAH. The book itself feels magical, in that it is so complex and there are so many intricate details and plot twists and a host of new characters from the first to the last page. With so much going on, I often would stop and think, "how is she possibly going to wrap this up in this ONE volume???? HOW???" I kept expecting to reach the end of the book and have a little note from the author say, "GOTCHA! I'm writing six more books in the series. Stay tuned!" In my mind, that was the only …

Weasley Sweater #2

As mentioned in an earlier post, July has been a crazy month.  I was seriously freaking out that I would not finish my July socks let alone this sweater.  Seriously.  Freaking.  Out.  As I furiously stitched in the evenings while watching TV with the hubby, I would be sitting in my corner with my craft light muttering things like, "I'm never going to finish this by the 31st.... must.... knit..... faster..... what was I thinking..... how am I ever going to accomplish this....." Thankfully hubby is used to my "colorful" (crazy?) craft-related ramblings, so he didn't take much note....

....with the exception of one fateful evening when he had the gall to ask me, "so what if you don't finish by the 31st?  The world isn't going to end.  Just take a few extra days to get it done.  No big deal."  No big deal????  I stared at him wondering if he'd ever MET me before.  I then proceeded to give him an earful that my OWL examiners in the House Cu…

Summer Sunshine.... or Can't Wait for Candy Corns? (July 2014 Socks)

July has been CRAZY!  We have had international visitors, lots of family get-togethers, birthday parties, the 4th of July, appointments and health check-ups and.... oh my oh my.  This is always the busiest month of the summer for us, so while it has been awesome, I'm looking forward to a somewhat more relaxed August! 

Crafting time has been minimal with all the running around, but I managed to finish my July socks and they are gorgeous!  I actually purchased this yarn recently after seeing the manufacturer post a picture on her Instagram feed.  I loved the colors so much, I had to buy it right away.  Normally, when I purchase pretty yarn (with no project in mind), it languishes in my stash for long periods of time.  This one, however, just struck me as the perfect July sock.... bright and colorful, summery and sunshiney!  It also totally reminds me of autumn, too, and candy corns. I know I'm jumping ahead here, but since fall is my favorite time of year and Halloween is my fav…

Yule Stocking... My Last One?

Back when I was pregnant with my first child, I started knitting a Christmas stocking.  It was early in my knitting career, and I took the Christmas stocking class because I wanted to learn Fair Isle.  I did, and it was so much fun, but then the baby was born and the unfinished stocking got set aside... for a long time!

It wasn't until I was pregnant with baby #2 that I decided I wanted to finish the stocking, and also make stockings for myself and my husband.  (Sidenote:  I knit like crazy when I'm pregnant!!!!!).  I finished the first stocking, motored through the next one (for my soon-to-be-born second child), and then knit stockings for myself and my husband.

In 2010, I was pregnant with baby #3, and he was born in August of that year.  As soon as he was born and we had his name confirmed, I got to knitting his stocking and had it done in plenty of time for Christmas.  I love that each family member has a similar handmade stocking, and it has become a fun family heirloom f…