This week was BBAW and it was one of the most heart-warming, sentimental (in the best way!), happy-making BBAWs that I can remember. It was all about loving your fellow book bloggers and just saying thank you. What an amazing week. I posted about how I have met a few bloggers this past year and I want to meet more, an interview with Bernadette Davis, and about how much the connections I’ve made through book blogging have meant to me.
Some of my favorite posts from this week:
- Trish’s “On Book Blogging,” including the rules of being an “awesomesauce blogger”
- Iris’s “A Belated Moment of Blogger Appreciation,” because I know exactly what she means
- Jillian’s hilarious “Top Ten signs that it might be time to start a book blog“
- Adam’s answer to “What Book Blogging Means to Me“
- Cecilia’s answer to “What Book Blogging Means to Me.” My favorite line?
“And finally, blogging is discovering the next story that will change my life, widen my horizons, and alter my future. It is therapy and magic.”
Last week, I also blogged about a very informal readalong that I’m hosting in October. I’d like to have Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern read by October 31st. Will you join me?
I have thrown myself into RIP VII full force this week. I read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I didn’t mean to read Where Things Come Back for RIP, but after I started reading it, I realized it is kind of RIP-y. I started reading The Seance by John Harwood.
Also, things you should know about these books:
- All four feature characters with the name Alma or very similar to Alma (Amma in Sharp Objects.)
- Two of them feature ornithologists prominently (Where Things Come Back and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children)
- All of them feature missing, murdered, or dead children
- All of them are creepy
I’m a little ornithologist-Alma’d-missing kid’d out. I’m going to finish The Seance, but I need to read something totally different ASAP. Hopefully something still very RIP-y, but not so weirdly similar as these four.
Poetry took the back burner for BBAW this week, but there was a really wonderful poem sent out as part of the Poets.org Poem-A-Day email. It’s called “Big Game” and it’s by Brenda Shaughnessy. My favorite lines:
Now, in grownhood, I call the ghost
to my fragile table, my fleshy supper,
my tiny flame.
As a reminder, this month our theme is “classic” poetry. You can sign up for this month’s Mr. Linky on Kelly’s blog.
So, my sisters want crocheted things for Christmas, because I am broke (student loans!) and I have a huge stash of yarn that I need to use up. (So I can spend the money not spent on student loans on new yarn. Who needs to eat?) I started making my sister’s shawl and, thanks to some help from Heather, found a matching hat. She requested a black scarf and hat set to match her red coat. I chose this shawl I found on pinterest:
And aldjfpwoeuroaughghghghghghhhh. As I was writing up this post, I really looked at the photo and compared it to my shawl and it looks different. I realized that I read the pattern incorrectly and did the flower part wrong. I was wondering why mine didn’t look as good, and now I know. So all the work I’ve done! I’m going to have to rip it out. This is my sad face.
Anyway, my goal today is to find a hat and scarf pattern for my younger sister. She wants to be surprised, but my other sister is “supervising” the decision. That’s all for me this Sunday. I hope you have a fabulous week!