Friday 56

Hello and Assalamualaikum! Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. So the rules are reaaaaaally simple.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky (in Freda’s Voice blog btw). Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple

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Crochet

I talked a bit about my crochet hobby in a previous post (I can’t remember which one though) so since I haven’t read enough books to warrant two book reviews this week I thought why not I talk about something that isn’t book related? Because let’s be serious the whole ‘Saturdays with Ezza’ isn’t working partly due to me being busy or just plain lazy.

I was practicing my brush lettering again last night (still haven’t improved as much as I wanted to) before I got tired of doing it then decided to crochet a small amigurumi last night while watching a video.

The pattern I chose was a unicorn! I didn’t take a picture of it though. At least not yet.

But when I was crocheting last night it reminded me of a few things.

  1. Crochet is seriously tiring especially for your fingers especially if the thing you crochet is small. I got a cramp in my pinky finger!! If the pattern is big then its your wrists that get tired.
  2. I forgot how much I really enjoy crocheting. Its very relaxing especially when I don’t feel like reading. Crocheting scarves are great because its the same pattern over and over and over again so you can just zone out in a way and let your fingers do the work. You don’t have to overthink it. I don’t crochet scarves as much because there is no use whatsoever. Miri is so blistering hot, using a crochet scarf is just suicidal.

Anyhoots, here are a few amigurumis that I crochet. It’s not all because I have a tendency to not take pictures. Why? I don’t know. Which is a shame actually because I crochet a HUGE giraffe once for a friend and it was beautiful but I don’t have a picture so its only in my memories.

 

If you ask me which amigurumi is my favorite, I would say the lion but they take so much time and energy to do. I have to attach each strand of yarn, ONE BY EXCRUCIATING ONE. But the end product is that my lion has FABULOUS hair! Absolutely fabulous!

Don’t let the picture deceive you the brown mane lion is about 25-30 cm tall… I think in my next post I am going to include my newbie crochet projects so a comparison can be made of how far I have come. 😀

 

WWW Wednesdays

 

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words and pretty much you just answer the three questions below and voila! You’re done.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

 

Currently reading:

I am currently reading ‘The Silkworm’ by Robert Gailbraith, ‘The Bone Clocks’ by David Mitchell and ‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt. So far I am reading ‘The Silkworm’ more because of the size and ease in carrying it around. ‘The Bone Clocks’ is too huge for me to lug around in my bag but I do read it before I go to sleep which explains why my pace in reading it is so slow. Nothing much to say about ‘The Goldfinch’ yet because I am just on page 3.

Recently finish reading:

I recently finished ‘Ink and Bone’ by Lisa Unger and ‘Love from Paris’ by Alexandra Potter. A review for ‘Love from Paris’ will be posted next Monday so hope you guys can check it out. This weeks reading started out slow but once it picked up it went well considering it only took me a day to finish ‘Love from Paris’.

Reading next:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because I am going to get it THIS SUNDAY!!! EEEEEEEEPPPP!!! SO EXCITED!!!

 

Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About after Reading Them

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

So this weeks theme is as the title above states. Let’s get started!

 

 

  1. Learning about magic and how awesome my life would be with them (I can get the tv remote without the need to actually get up!)

  1. Be a super bad ass, tattooed hacker

 

  1. Learn how to harness (my super awesome) power and use any type of weapon because I need to KILL TO SURVIVE

 

  1. Be the assistant of a Private Detective

 

  1. Travel and (miraculously) fall in love with an drop dead gorgeous man

 

There would have been more but I forgot the titles. They were books I borrowed from the library. I just remember the base plot and the color of the book cover. I should have discovered Goodreads way earlier that way I would actually know which books I have read because seriously the books I have in Goodreads are not all of the books I have read since like ever.

Review: Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger

Title: Ink and Bone

Author: Lisa Unger

Publisher: Touchstone

Pubhlished: 7th June 2016

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 4/5 Anythings

 

Goodreads Summary

Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is rarely alone. Visited by people whom others can’t see and prophetic dreams, she has never been able to control or understand the things that happen to her. When Finley’s abilities start to become too strong for her to handle – and even the roar of her motorcycle or another dazzling tattoo can’t drown out the voices – she turns to the only person she knows who can help her: her grandmother Eloise Montgomery, a renowned psychic living in The Hollows, New York.

Merri Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too late. Time, she knows, is running out.

As a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl. As Finley digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.

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Wishlist Wednesdays

 

Wishlist Wednesday is a book meme hosted by Pen to Paper where we pretty much talk about a book that has been on our wishlist for sometime.

So the book that has been on my wishlist ever since I heard it was going to come out is HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD!!!!!! 

WAAAAARRRGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! AGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!

 

Okay… enough screaming like the fangirl that I am… Yes… this is the book *squeals*!!!!

I do not even need to explain the why I want the book. Like, it’s Harry Potter. I who have read and personally own ALL of the Harry Potter books MUST own this one. It is not enough just to read it I MUST and I WILL own it.

I would have watched the play too had I not been born in Miri, Sarawak in Malaysia. It’s enough to say I was born in the middle of nowhere. Ugh the pain I feel I swear when peeps be talking about second-hand bookstores or the Big Bad Wolf sales going on. THE PAIN!

But it is totally fine BECAUSE!! I put in a deposit with Popular for this book and I will get it END OF THIS MONTH!!!!!! THAT’S 12 MORE DAYS!!!!

When this book arrives and is safely in my hands and warm in my embrace… woe to all the books that I am currently reading because Imma be all get outta my way!!!!

BTW I didn’t do WWW Wednesdays because the post would’ve been similar to last weeks’ post so I thought I’d do something different.

Ten Books Set Outside The US

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s topic is about ten  books that are set outside the US. So to do this I have included books that I have read and also books that I am interested in reading.

When doing this meme I just realized that I haven’t read much books that are set outside either the UK or the US and that is BAD! VERY BAD! Because hello! I read to know more about the world and their lifestyle and whatnot but so far 80% of my books are set in those two countries so I gotta step up the game in reading more diverse books.

I didn’t include books that are set in a post-apocalyptic world or fantasy or books where its set in an imaginary world because… well yeah those world don’t exist.

Books I have read

UK

1) The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Gailbraith (Cormoran Strike series)

2) Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

3) Cynster novel series by Stephanie Laurens

Germany

4) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Sweden

5) The Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson

Russia

6) Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

7) The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith

Romania

8) Dracula by Bram Stoker

Books I’m interested in

Iran

9) If you Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

India

10) A Time To Dance by Padma Venkatraman

There it is the books that I have read or I am interested in reading which are set outside the US. See what I mean when I say I haven’t read much books that are set outside UK or US. I mean look at the list. It’s an embarrassment 😥

 

Review: From a Buick 8

Title: From a Buick 8

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Published: 13th October 2011 (First published on 24th September 2002)

Source: Personal

Rating: 2/5 Anythings

 

Goodreads Summary

Come close, children, and see the living crocodile. A vintage ’54 Buick Roadmaster. At least, that’s what it looks like . . .

There is a secret hidden in Shed B in the state police barracks in Statler, Pennsylvania. A secret that has drawn troopers for twenty years – terrified yet irresistibly tempted to look at its chrome fenders, silver grille and exotic exhaust system.

Young Ned Wilcox has started coming by the barracks: mowing the lawn, washing the windows, shovelling snow; it’s a boy’s way of holding on to his father – recently killed in a strange road accident by another Buick.

And one day Ned peers through the windows of Shed B and discovers the family secret. Like his father, Ned wants answers. He deserves answers. And the secret begins to stir . . .

 

Review

Hello and Assalamualaikum! I finished reading this book last year-ish to be exact (at least I think so, it was either end of last year or early of this year.. I can’t remember) and since I have been SO preoccupied with brush lettering (my new hobby/obsession) I haven’t had the time to finish anything I am currently reading. I think I am slowly going into the dreaded reading slump *GASP*.

Anyhoots, to the review!

This book I wanted to give it either a 2 or 5 rating but because I am predominantly a feelings or emotions type of reader I decided to stick with the 2 rating.

The reason for this is because the book started to be a real drag in reading after it hit the mid-point mark. The narration and the writing was so immensely slow, you really start to think is this book worth finishing (and undergo this slow torture of forcing myself to read said book?). Apart from the writing/narration, the plot becomes recycled towards the end where its the same old weirdness going on with the car. Nothing new happens and you are just waiting for the punchline but it never comes so you just stand there/read there looking like some idiot just waiting and waiting for the plot twist that never comes and when you finally get to the ending (Thank God!), it is unsatisfactory. There are no answers to your questions. Nothing is solved and you are just left with the uneasy truth that some things will just remain unsolved.

Now, as to why I had an urge to give it a 5 rating.

This reason correlates to the same reason I gave it a 2 rating. In the above statement I said there was nothing new, it was the same weirdness with the same weird car but as I was reading to the reviews in Goodreads it struck me was this Stephen Kings intention all along?

I mean yes the book was slow but was it to give you a feeling of how the characters felt like with said weird car? and didn’t I myself just admit that even though weird things still happened I have now become used to it being weird that it is now ‘normal’?

Have I become like the characters? So used to the anomaly made by the car that it is now my normal. Which brings me to the question of what is our normal? 

I feel like I am Neds dad where he just can’t let the car go much as I can’t stop reading the book. You know deep down it isn’t going to give you the answers you seek yet you’re still there hoping for a different outcome.

All in all this book has deterred me from reading anything from Stephen King but maybe after tentatively reading his other book titled ‘Thinner’, I will start liking his works.