Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Travelers // A Blogging for Books Review

I have to be completely honest: this book took me a long time to read. When I first started reading it, I was really into it, reading for a few hours, but after I put it down that night, I had trouble picking it back up. I mostly equate this to not being my typical go-to genre. I would classify this book as a spy thriller, and it did not disappoint with its edge-of-the-seat moments. Without giving anything away, the book is about a travel writer, Will, who becomes involved in a game of intrigue when he is offered a proposal that he can't refuse. However, this book was too long and not to the point. I kept confusing characters and outright forgetting who certain characters were, and for a novel that is built on intrigue, I found myself not always wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Nonetheless, I was engaged at multiple points of the book, so I'm willing to explore some of the author's (Chris Pavone) other works which have positive reviews and which will hopefully have more direction than The Travelers.

Also, side note, why do books like this always have handsome, mysterious male characters who objectify women? Okay, I'm done now.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

Despite the weather turning warmer, I still want to knit so many things. Do you find that you knit less during the summer? I don't stop knitting outright, but I what knit certainly changes. I move on from wool to cottons and linens and maybe pick up some cross-stitch too. The creating certainly never stops.

But for now, I have been on a shawl kick. What's pictured is Antarktis shawl no. 2. I just love the pattern so much that I had to make another. What are you working on these days? Is the weather warming up where you are?

Friday, April 15, 2016

On My Bookshelf: April

This month has gotten away from me, so this post is quite a bit belated. But that doesn't mean that I can't still share what I've been reading/still planning to read this month!

Divergent by Veronica Roth
I'm pretty late to the game on reading this book, and it really needs no explanation. It's in the same vein as The Hunger Games, but it's refreshingly not too similar. I love a good young adult read from time to time, and I've been listening to this on audiobook from the library on my way to and from class and work.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
This is another audiobook that I finished listening to already. I picked it up because I've been recently getting into sewing, and I was drawn to the "dressmaker" aspect. But if you follow me on Goodreads, you can see that I didn't rate this book too highly. It seemed to trite for such a serious story.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
I love Aziz Ansari, and now I'm thrilled to read his book about the perils of dating in this day and age. I've read a few pages so far, and I love that this book includes actual research about relationships. The math and technical nerd in me rejoices!