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Knitting: Bakery Bears Sock Box Project | Blizzard Socks (Pair 1)

Heel flap on my first Blizzard sock is done! Not gonna lie - I totally thought my contrast yarn was a dark navy blue LOL It wasn't until I took this pic that I see that it's a gorgeous green! That's what I get for only working on the sock at night in bad lighting. It's ok though. Being that there are Christmas trees on the leg of this sock, it is still on theme ^-^
This will be my first in my Bakery Bears Sock Box Project for 2019. I didn't want to commit to a Make 9 project, but I have almost all of Kay Jones' sock patterns and thought it would be a nice and doable project for the year. I don't believe Kay has 12 sock patterns out right now, but I'm hoping she'll release a couple more during the year. If not, I'll just double up on the patterns she has released so I'll have 12 pairs by the end of the year.

Books: My Thoughts on Phantom Evil (Krewe of Hunters #1)

Phantom Evil by Heather Graham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting start to the series and it definitely has a couple things I enjoy in books - ghosts and mystery. I enjoyed how the mystery from the past was tied into the story as well. I'm not yet completely hooked, but will definitely be continuing further into this series.

I'm not sure if it was because I listened to most of this or if it just didn't completely grab my attention, but I had a hard time keeping track of each characters names. Besides the ones we see often, I couldn't remember who was who. Even with the different voices that were performed by the narrator, it was hard for me to keep track of them all. I know as I read through this series further, I won't have that problem, but it was a bit confusing for me.

Looking forward to the next one.

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Books: My 2018 in Books

My 2018 in books! Click the link here to see more. I'm not surprised that the least popular book I read (meaning has the least amount of people who read it, not the lowest rated) is a manga. It usually is!
This is not quite right though, because my last review of the year was for We Wish You a Murderous Christmas and not A Christmas Journey. If it were correct though, you wouid see that the first book I read and the last book I read in 2018 were from the same series. Pretty cool.
Another interesting thing is that I don't think I gave out very many 5 star ratings in 2018. I don't see any highlighted on this page at least. I'll have to go through my list to see for sure, but I don't know if that means if I'm being more critical about giving out 5 star ratings, or if I just really didn't have any books that I loved last year. I know I really liked a lot of the books I read though, which is great!

ETA: Of the 100 books, 51 were volumes of manga and 49 were novels.

#Book1Cozies Club Bonus: My Thoughts on We Wish You a Murderous Christmas (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery #2)

We Wish You a Murderous Christmas by Vicki Delany
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was more like a 3.5 and was #Book1CoziesClub Bonus Book of the Month

I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first one. Not sure if it was due to the fact that there were more dislikeable characters or if it was something else. I also didn't care for Merry's investigative style in this one. Maybe my tastes have changed since a year ago, but the style in which she was questioning people and obtaining information didn't sit right with me and I found myself shaking my head or being irritated with her approach a lot of the time.

I do like this town, and Merry's relationship with her parents and friends is great. I also appreciate how this novel left things with Merry in the romance department. I am looking forward to reading the next one during the holidays next year.

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Books: My Thoughts on A Christmas Journey (Christmas Stories #1)

A Christmas Journey by Anne Perry
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This one was just ok for me. It was my first book by this author and I think most of my disappointment lies in the fact that I thought this was going to be a mystery, and it really wasn't. It is definitely about a journey though and so the title is fitting. It's just not what I was expecting or the type of book I enjoy. Not sure if I will continue to read the rest of the stories in this series.

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Yarn: Yarnie Update 5 | December 2018

Show notes can be found after the break ^-^

Books: My Thoughts on A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read for #HolidayBookBingo

I'm glad I read this, though I don't feel like it was very different from the story I'm already familiar with. The adaptions I've seen of this story have been a more entertaining experience for me. It's definitely on the shorter side which is a plus and I'm glad to have one more classic under my belt.

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