After much thought and running into length restrictions on Instagram comments, I decided to start a blog in addition to my Instagram adventures. I’ll publish detailed reviews of both books and my crochet projects here and see where that takes me!
So if you’ve been following me on IG, I mentioned that I was going to finally read Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies. I ended up getting distracted by both of these books…. Oops! Feeling intrepid, I decided to also crochet my first hat (and scarf – pictured here as the ball of yarn).
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: 4.5/5
It only seems appropriate that this is the first book I review. I’ve been a fan of Maas’ writing since the first Throne of Glass book and was incredibly happy when I found out she was doing a Beauty and Beast re-telling (also Persephone but that’s for a future post). This is the second time I read this book. I actually enjoyed it more this time around, perhaps because I was judging it on its own merits, rather than in comparison to Throne of Glass.
The characters: Every character, even the minor ones, was fully developed and was allowed to grow. I absolutely adored Feyre. Every one of her actions was understandable and consistent with her characterization. This review will be spoiler-free but her actions, and subsequent feelings, in the last third of the book are what really won me over. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Tamlin but perhaps that will change in the next book.
The plot: I am a huge Beauty and the Beast fan so I loved the fact that Maas stuck to the basic storyline but really made it her own. While I would recognize elements (such as the dress scene or the dinners together), there were still twists that surprised me and kept me glued to the page.
Love triangle: Not at all! Finding young adult books without love triangles is the holy grail for me.
Overall: This book left me eagerly awaiting the second. I was just as engrossed the second time.
Seven Brief Lessons in Physics by Carlo Rovelli: 4/5
Physics simplified! A great overview of the subject written in an engaging, entertaining manner. Plus it’s only 88 pages and manages to be informative without being too technical. I’m a science person so I enjoyed this very quick read.
The Hat (and Attempted Scarf)
So this was my first attempt ever at crocheting a hat. I just recently mastered the magic circle to start with and that opened up a whole new world of possibilities. I carefully selected my yarn (KnitPicks, Brava Bulky) and a pattern.
First of all, I absolutely love this yarn! I’m highly allergic to wool so I’ve been on an on-going quest to find a good acrylic or cotton yarn. This one is acrylic, incredibly soft, and the finished product is squishy and warm.
After finishing the pattern, I tried on the hat on, looked in the mirror and immediately burst out laughing. It was stretched tight and barely covered my head. I looked back at the pattern and realized that instead of using a herringbone half double-crochet, I just used a half double.
I decided to add a brim to the hat, which luckily solved the most pressing problem, namely that of the length. Now instead of looking like something Santa’s elves would wear on vacation, it resembles a hat that I would actually wear when it gets cold.
I started on a cowl using the remainder of the yarn (I was aiming to use one skein per project) and ended up frogging it entirely. I still like the pattern I was going to use, however I need to start with a shorter chain. Keep an eye out for the complete set in the future!