Monday, December 29, 2014

642 Things to Write About

One of the things that David's parents were gracious enough to buy me for Christmas this year is this book, 642 Things to Write About. It's a book filled with, you guessed it, 642 writing prompts to help get the creative writing juices flowing. Some of the prompts require just a quick bullet-point list to answer them while others leave entire pages blank to provide lots of space for an answer.

As 2014 is coming to a close (kind of sad about this one), I've been pondering the 15 things I want to do in 2015. One of my current ideas is to answer a prompt every week and share it here on the blog, no matter how silly it is. My goal is to just start writing more and to get the creativity flowing. With 642 different ideas, I'm sure I'll be able to find at least 52 that I like :)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Knot Little Books of Big Wedding Ideas

No, I'm not about to get married, but yes, I love all things weddings, especially the future one that I will have, and I knew I had to get this collection of 4 books. Wedding planning is really hard, but I think it can also be fun, and these books help to lay out some of the finer details.

The collection is broken down into four topics: cakes, bouquets, details, and vows/toasts. Each book then consists of introductory information, beautiful photographs, and then more minute details to help make the day all your own.

The standout part of this book is definitely the pictures. It's like a printed version of the best Pinterest boards and everything is gorgeous. I certainly wouldn't consider these books the end-all, be-all of wedding books. There are other compilations that are more complete and are more informative, but these books are a fun addition.

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

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Food: A Love Story // Blogging for Books

I think my funny bone is having a love affair with Jim Gaffigan. I just love everything about his comedy routines, and so when I had the opportunity to read this book, I had to take it.

This book lived up to all the hype I gave it; it was just so darn funny. I read it mostly during my commute to work and school, and there were times when I was literally laughing out loud on the bus. (And you know I'm really into a book when I read on the bus or train because usually it makes me motion sick.)

The great thing about this book was that I could hear Jim Gaffigan saying it in my head while I read. Being able to anticipate his inflections and dramatic pauses made it just an all around fun book to read. Plus his insight into food was spot on. Everything he said, I have pretty much thought at one time or another.

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

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

On My Bookshelf: December

Whoa. It's already December. When did that happen? The holiday season is always extra hectic, especially since my number of yarn projects goes through the roof, but I'm still hoping to get some reading done.

This month I'm planning on reading:

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
I love Jim Gaffigan. My love affair started by watching his comedy skits on Netflix, and I'm still laughing. For some reason, his jokes just resonate with me. So I picked out his book from the Blogging for Books site, and I am loving it so far. As I read it, I can pretty much hear Jim Gaffigan's voice in my head, and I'm loving every bit.

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Although it's not really a Christmas book, I thought this would be a good read to help me focus on the religious aspects of the holiday season.

Yarn Along

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

Sorry for being super secretive about all my current yarn projects, but pretty much every thing on my needles or crochet hooks right now is a Christmas gift. So I'm trying to be discreet in my photos but still not bow out of the yarn along completely as December progresses.

So I present you with an up-close image of one of my many works-in-progress. My apologies that I won't disclose what it is, but trust me when I say that I've never wanted to keep a gift for myself so much in my crafty career.

How are your Christmas (Hanukkah, holiday) WIPs progressing?