Hungry Caterpillar Crochet Stuffed Animal

Last year for Christmas I crocheted a book character for each of my nephews. I then gave them the character and the corresponding book. Below are pictures of the Very Hungry Caterpillar I crocheted, based on the one from Eric Carle’s book of the same name. I got the pattern for free on Ravely here.

To make this caterpillar you will need worsted wight yarn in green, yellow, red, and brown. I think all of my colors are Red Heart, but the green has lost its wrapper, so I’m not quite sure. 🙂 You’ll also need stuffing and a size F crochet needle. As well as scissors and a tapestry needle, of course.

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Caterpillar in progress!
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Under the tree!
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Close-up! No safety eyes, which makes it safer for the toddlers.
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I spy Christmas cookies in the background
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Crawling away…

Let me know if you have any questions or comments! I hope you enjoy seeing bookish crafts. 🙂

❤ Annette

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Book Review: The M-Word by Beverly Farr

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

Brenda is done with dating altogether, but still wants to have children someday. Then she meets a Marius, piano tuner who needs help getting a green card. She decides to risk it and asks him to marry her.

What I Liked

  • This book is SO CUTE. I keep going back to reread certain scenes because I just love how the characters interact.
  • I loved Marius. He’s pleasantly different from any other romantic interest I’ve read. He’s positive and down to earth and doesn’t let things “ruffle his feathers”. In some ways, I would love if my personality reflected his! He also dreams of becoming an opera singer, which was another thing I’ve never really seen in romance novels. It was fun to see a new career/personality than I was used to.
  • Although it’s been years since I’ve seen it, I think this book was loosely based on La Traviata, the opera by Giuseppe Verdi. So that’s pretty cool.
  • This is another “fade-to-black” romance so you don’t have adult content distracting from the plot of the novel.

What I Didn’t Like

  • This book is shorter than many novels, so it didn’t have as many twists and turns. However, the length and complexity seemed to match the character’s stories perfectly. I wouldn’t change anything about this book, it just wasn’t worthy of a five star rating. (Does that make sense?)

In Conclusion

If you like fade-to-black romance novels, you’ll probably love this one.

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Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read

This is another installment of The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday. Today we are sharing ten books we want our children (or future children) to read.

Most of the books below are listed because I enjoyed them so much as a child that I want my children to have the same experience.

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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

I loved this book when I first read it in fifth grade. I loved how the author played with words like “jumping to conclusions” and “on the tip of your tongue”. It was just such a magical world.

Little Critter by Mercer Mayer

Both of my parents would read these stories to me as a child. I think my favorite was Little Critter’s These Are My Pets. I even had the treasury to read from as I got older. Little Critter has such a wide variety of experiences, it’s fantastic.

Time Stops for No Mouse by Michael Hoeye

This book is such a great mystery adventure. I think it’s really undersold – I’ve never seen anyone recommend it. Which is a shame, because it’s a great book!

Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix

This is another book that I loooved as a child. It’s about a girl who thinks she is living in the 1840s, but soon finds out that she lives in modern day. Because the people who run the 1840s society won’t hand out medicine, she must embark on a journey to save them from diphtheria.

Holes by Louis Sachar

This was the first children’s book I remember reading that had a lot of moving pieces that pulled together perfectly in the end. This fascinated me.

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Most of Roald Dahl’s stories are magical. This is no exception.


School Story by Andrew Clements

Another great story.


Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

I would be remiss if I didn’t include this on my list! I read the first book in the series when I was in third grade and Harry Potter grew up as I grew up.

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

This is a great picture book series about someone named Amelia Bedelia who takes everything literally. For example, when playing baseball, if someone yells “Go home!”, she’ll run to her house instead of home base.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, and Lois Ehlert

Skit skat skoodle-doot, flip flop flee! I’ll race you to the top of the coconut tree!

What books would you add to this list?

❤ Annette

10 Books I Want My Future Children to Read

Book Review: Forgotten Honeymoon by Beverly Farr

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Summary

After a car accident, Kelly wakes up having forgotten three weeks of her life. She isn’t concerned, and resumes where (she thinks) she left off. However, she soon discovers that she’s pregnant – which, to her recollection, shouldn’t be possible! The book follows her as she tries to piece together what happened during those three weeks and figure out who the baby’s father is.

What I Liked

  • This is probably one case in which I really like amnesia being part of a book. It was fun to discover and piece together things as the character did. It was also fun to see the other characters around her acting differently than she expected because she forgot conversations and events with them.
  • This was, of course, another cute romance. Which I seem to be reading a lot of these days. It also doesn’t contain any on-screen adult content (only fade-to-black), which is nice.
  • This book was a quick read, which was also nice.

What I Didn’t Like

  • Some of the interactions between characters seemed exaggerated or unrealistic. It was a pretty cute read, it just wasn’t a “wow, amazing” sort of read.

In Conclusion

If you’re looking for a cute, fade-to-black sort of romance then you might enjoy this book.

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November 2017 TBR

As I’m sure you can tell by my previous TBRs and then the end-of-month reviews, I take my TBRs as pretty loose guidelines. For as long as I’ve known me, you’d guess that I was better at knowing what I’m going to read! But that’s the great thing about books – you never know where they’re going to take you!

I need to read 26 more books to reach my goal of reading 100 books in 2017. Which means 13 books for November and 13 books for December. Here’s what I’m aiming for this month:

Secretly Hers by Jamie Beck

I read the first book in this series in October and it was great, so I’m excited to pick this one up.

Unexpectedly Hers by Jamie Beck

This is the third book in the Sterling Canyon series.

Joyfully His by Jamie Beck

A Christmas novella! Perfect for November. 🙂


Warcross by Marie Lu

I’ve heard great reviews about this book, and also met some people who didn’t like it. I want to read it so I can discuss.

Windfall by Jennifer Smith

This book sounds fantastic!


Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson

This one’s been on my TBR for a bit now – another cute sounding romance.

Counted with the Stars by Connilyn Cossette

I picked this eBook up a couple of months ago, so now it’s time to actually read it!

It Had to Be Love by Tamra Baumann

I read book one of this series a year or two ago, so this is another series I want to complete.

Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett

Still working my way through this one for the book club.


Collision Course by Gordan Korman

Hopefully a quick read to boost my books read total!

S.O.S. by Gordan Korman

The third and final book in Gordan Korman’s Titanic series.


Sugar and Spice by Lisa Papademitriou

I so need a cute bakery themed book. It’s been a while since I’ve read one.


Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet! The book is sitting on my nightstand, enticing me to pick it up.

 

What are you planning on reading this month? Any thoughts on my list?

❤ Annette

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Book Review: A is for Abstinence by Kelly Orman

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

This book is from the point of view of Kyle Hamilton, the cocky rock star from V is for Virgin. It’s four years after the first book. Val has graduated college and Kyle is now trying a solo music career after the band’s break up. He’s gotten in touch with Val again and now he’s trying to convince her that he’s changed and deserves another chance.

What I Liked

  • This book was a lot better than the first one (you can see my review for that one, V is for Virgin, here). This one was an actual romance, which I’ve gotten into a lot lately.
  • The characters are older, and are able to make more adult decisions. It made the story more relatable to me – it was no longer just a frilly high school book. (It wasn’t that frilly before, but this book definitely had more substance.)
  • It was great to see Kyle work on improving his character for Val. And it was great to see that Val wasn’t going to compromise her values, even if she had strong feelings for Kyle.
  • It’s always fun to have a book set enough in the future that you get to see where each character ended up.

What I Didn’t Like

  • The characters acted a lot older than their ages. They were, for the most part, 21 and 22, but their decisions were much more mature and life-impacting that the decisions most people are making at that age. So that bothered me a little, but it wasn’t that bad.

In Conclusion

If you managed to make it through the first book, then you’ll definitely enjoy this one.

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Month in Review – October 2017

I think this month was a pretty decent reading month, especially since I did some more traveling. I also spent quite a bit of time on Goodreads, adding to my TBR, which just fires me up to read even more! (I’m not one of those people who keep their TBR very nice and neat… I have 2944 on my list at the moment! And I’m okay with that. :)) Anyways, here’s a summary of my bookish activities for the month. I’ll be linking up to bookdate.blogspot.com, who also inspired the format of this post.

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Total Books Read: 8

It’s half as many as last month, but I still feel pretty good about it!

Books Read

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Taken by Tuesday by Catherine Bybee

Seduced by Sunday by Catherine Bybee

Treasured by Thursday by Catherine Bybee

The Marriage Merger by Jennifer Probst

Accidentally Hers by Jamie Beck

Worth the Trouble by Jamie Beck

Worth the Risk by Jamie Beck

MacFarland’s Lass by Glynnis Campbell

Book Formats

Paperback – 1

Ebook – 7

Book Genres

Romance – 8

No New to Me Authors this month

Top Book for September

Accidentally Hers by Jamie Beck

 

What awesome bookish things did you accomplish this month?

❤️ Annette