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December 5, 2013

yarning along: early december
posted by soe 2:41 am

Rudi was away tonight and instead of being responsible and getting some of the cleaning done that absolutely needs to get done in the next few days, I opted to while away the hours on the couch with books and knitting. (I’m behind on both of those as well, and, honestly, if you’re going to pick things to get caught up on, those tasks seemed so much more appealing than recycling and cleaning the bathroom.)

I read two graphic novels and started the book you see below on the left:

Yarning Along: Early December

The knitting is the fingerless glove that I decided was too wide since last you saw it, causing me to rip it back and start over. I’m nearly done with the thumb gusset now, so there’s a possibility the pair could be done by this time next week. It’s mindless knitting for the most part, so fits well with holiday movie watching and party attending.

The books are Mary Oliver’s latest poetry collection, Dog Songs, which combines well with plain knitting, and The Universe versus Alex Woods, which I’ve seen on a number of best-of lists so far. Since I’m only in chapter two, I can’t speak yet to whether it will appear on mine.

(Yarning along with Ginny.)

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December 4, 2013

top ten anticipated 2014 releases
posted by soe 11:39 am

The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday list asks about the Top Ten 2014 Releases I’m Dying To Read. I’m pretty sure I’ll still live if I don’t get my hands on these, but they have top billing on my radar for next year’s new releases:

  1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell (Because she is awesome.)
  2. The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde (Book 3 of the Dragonslayer series)
  3. Threatened by Eliot Schrefer (The next ape book by one of my favorite Cybils authors)
  4. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children)
  5. Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill (I’m thinking this could be the female version of Will Grayson, Will Grayson)
  6. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith (It looks charming in the same way her
    The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was.)
  7. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (The latest novel from the author of Anna and the French Kiss.)
  8. Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper (A debut novel from one of my Cybils co-judges.)
  9. The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale (A graphic novel along the lines of Rapunzel’s Revenge, perhaps?)
  10. My Real Children by Jo Walton (Her latest novel about alternate-timeline lives of a woman.)

(Yes, I’m tardy with the list. I was tired last night!)

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December 2, 2013

virtual advent tour begins (yesterday)
posted by soe 11:12 pm

Virtual Advent #2I just wanted to let folks know that the annual December tradition of the Virtual Advent Tour began on Dec. 1.

I’ll be contributing a post on Dec. 20, but I suggest bookmarking the page or adding the feed to your blog reader, because folks really do write on a broad and fascinating array of holiday-related topics. There will be posts on books, music, food, ornaments, crafts, and quizzes, as well as personal, cultural, and national traditions.

It’s definitely a festive way to mark the season, and I find starting my day by reading the day’s contributions really puts me in a good mood.

Oh, and if you’re in a mood to contribute, it’s not too late to sign up for a date (well, unless you wanted Dec. 1, 2, or 3).

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December 1, 2013

an odd truth
posted by soe 2:03 am

I don’t like peppermint, but I am looking forward to making my own peppermint ice cream this month. (I bought candy canes today to smash up into it.)

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