Cross Stitch Patterns for Book Lovers

I haven’t cross-stitched in a while, but after wandering around Etsy and Pinterest, I’m certainly motivated to pick it up again!

As of writing this post, I have pinned 70 different cross stitch patterns. If you want to see the board, pictures and all, you can check it out by clicking on the screenshot below. Otherwise, I will list each cross stitch by the book (or series) it comes from, and link them. All of the links worked when I pinned them, but unfortunately some may just be inspiration at this point.

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Related to a Specific Book or Series
Alice in Wonderland (Set of Quotes)
Charlotte Bronte (Character)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Bookmark)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Characters)
The Great Gatsby (Quote)
Harry Potter (Bookmark)
Harry Potter (Character Alphabet)
Harry Potter (Don’t Let the Muggles Get You Down)
Harry Potter (“Happiness can be found…”)
Harry Potter (House Quotes)
Harry Potter (“I Solemly Swear…)
Harry Potter (In This House…)
Harry Potter (Luna Lovegood Quote)
Harry Potter (Quote)
Harry Potter (Slytherin Crest)
Harry Potter (Snitch Please)
Harry Potter (Spells)
Harry Potter (Stack of Books)
Harry Potter (Welcome Sign)
Harry Potter (“When in doubt, go to the library”)
Little Red Riding Hood (Characters)
Nevermore (Biscornu)
Nevermore (Quote)
The Nutcracker (Characters)
Outlander (Quote)
Pride and Prejudice (Character Alphabet)
Pride and Prejudice (Lizzie and Mr. Darcy)
Pride and Prejudice (Quote)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Where the Wild Things Are (Quote)
The Wizard of Oz (Sampler)

Other Patterns for Book Lovers
Agatha Christie Quote/Characters
Appendix pun
“The Book Was Better”
Books and Coffee bookmark
Books on a Shelf
“Books! The greatest weapon in the world.” (Dr. Who)
Crowded bookshelf (This one is probably my favorite!)
Fairy tale land
“I like my puns intended”
Shakespeare Quote
“So many books, so little time.”
“William Shakespeare is my homeboy”

 

Which one is your favorite?

❤ Annette

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Book Review: Si Un Brontosauria by Katherine Mead (Brontosaurus Came to Tea)

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Summary

This picture book shows a character preparing for different dinosaurs to come to tea. He makes sure to set out each of their favorite foods. It is written in a cute rhyming fashion. 

What I Liked

  • It is just plain adorable 
  • Dinosaurs 
  • Great for learning new Spanish words! 

What I Didn’t Like

  • The illustrations where a little dark (color-wise) to be honest, but very reflective of illustrations back in my childhood I believe. 

In Conclusion

If you or your child loves dinosaurs, then pick up this book. If you are learning a new language and want to learn dinosaur vocabulary, pick up this book in the new language. 

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (Spanish) | Amazon (English) (affiliate links)

 

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1 Year Ago: Book Review: It Had to Be Him by Tamra Baumann

10 Quick Reads to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

This post is similar to one I did last year, called Ten Book Recommendations for Those in a Reading Slump. That list is comprised of awesome, edge-of-your-seat books to get you hooked again. Today I’m going to take a slightly different approach – here are some quick reads to give you that feeling of accomplishment you get when you finish a book. Hopefully these will help you ease your way out of a reading slump! I’ve linked reviews I’ve written, if applicable.

(This post/prompt was part of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.)

  1. Page by Page by Laura Lee Gulledge
  2. Will and Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge
  3. Weekday Brides series by Catherine Bybee
  4. Twilight Graphic Novel
  5. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  6. Life in Motion by Misty Copeland
  7. Seconds by Brian Lee O’Malley
  8. The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davis
  9. Confectionately Yours series by Lisa Papademitriou
  10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Book Review: Ms. Marvel Volume 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

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Book 3 in the Ms. Marvel Collected Editions

Summary

Ms. Marvel crashes a Valentine’s dance as she faces a new villain – Loki. On top of that, she’s facing a little romance of her own!

What I Liked

  • They called Loki a “hipster viking”. Lol.
  • Finally! A love interest! I was very excited when he entered the scene.
  • The book was quite unpredictable, in a good way. I never quite new what was coming!

What I Didn’t Like

  • There were more returning characters (from other comics) in this edition, which is great for comic fans, but a little more confusing for those of us trying to be a comic fan.

In Conclusion

Yet another great edition to the Ms. Marvel series.

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

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1 Year Ago: Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

If Hogwarts Houses Were Represented by Pokemon

So, I’ve been bitten by the Pokemon Go bug! I haven’t been posting here as much because I’ve been out and about catching various Pokemon. 🙂 So every month the Silph League holds a themed tournament and this month’s tournament is inspired by Game of Thrones. I don’t plan on participating, but it got me thinking – what if Hogwarts houses were represented in Pokemon?

The only Pokemon knowledge I have is through Pokemon Go, so I’m really only using the first four generations of Pokemon. Hopefully the information I have is accurate. 🙂 Also, this is just for fun!

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Gryffindor

Type: Fire
I’m not sure why, but I associate fire with courage and bravery. Maybe it’s firefighters, or walking across a hot coals, or just the fact that lions looks like they have a mane of fire. Also, according to Wikipedia, Gryffindor more closely matches the element of fire. (I definitely didn’t see this fact until after I’d chosen fire, but it makes so much sense!)

Mascot: Arcanine
This is a fire-type Pokemon that seems to be a cross between a lion and a dog. The lion is a nod to Gryffindor’s actual mascot. But I also think this Pokemon is a good fit because it’s pretty kick-butt.

Hufflepuff

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Type: Normal
Although “normal” seems like a pretty plain type, I think they represent a lot of what Hufflepuff stands for – hard work, patience, and loyalty.

Mascot: Linoone
I picked this one mostly because it looks closest to Hufflepuff’s original mascot. Also, Hufflepuff somewhat represents the element of Earth, which fits pretty well with this Pokemon

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Ravenclaw

Type: Dragon
In most lores, dragons are known for being highly intelligent creatures. This fits very well with Ravenclaw’s value on intelligence, learning, and wit. (Unfortunately dragons aren’t super-intelligent in the Harry Potter series, so it isn’t a perfect fit.) Also, Ravenclaw fits the element of air, and Dragons spend a lot of time in the air. Flying type would be a second contender for their type.

Mascot: Latios
According to pokemongo.gishan.net, “It understands human speech and is highly intelligent.” It’s also a dragon type, and it’s blue!

Slytherin

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Type: Poison
Poison/venom is often associated with snakes. (And yes, I know the difference between poison and venom, but Pokemon only has a poison typing and not a venom typing.) Additionally, the use of poison seems to be associated with ambition, cunning, and resourcefulness.

Mascot: Seviper
A pretty sweet snake. Fits with the different personality types associated with Slytherin.

 

Anyways, I had a lot of fun putting this together. What typings/Pokemon would you chose for each Hogwarts house?

❤ Annette

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Book Review: Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

Chris Voss is an expert hostage negotiator with the FBI. In this book he shares different techniques for negotiating in any situation, as well as examples and stories from his time with the FBI. 

What I Liked

  • There are some really great techniques presented in this book, especially in the first 100 pages or so. I didn’t realize how realistic these techniques were until I watched a video on Conflict Resolution on Lynda.com – and everything they outlined I’d pretty much already learned from this book! 

What I Didn’t Like

  • The book got a little repetitive after a while. 
  • He includes both positive and negative examples from the FBI. While you can definitely learn from mistakes, the amount of negative examples provided made me doubt his credibility a little. 
  • One of the methods he mentions is waiting it out. While I understand that saving someone’s life is definitely more important than a quick rescue, if you’re being held hostage, waiting for days (or weeks, or months, or years) has got to be excruciating! 

In Conclusion

I’m glad I read this book and it definitely contains a lot of valuable information, especially in the first 100 pages. It’s worth a read, even if you don’t agree with all of his methods. 

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

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Books I Loved with Less Than 2000 Ratings on Goodreads

I was surprised at how many books I’ve read that have low amounts of ratings on Goodreads! Per the Top Ten Tuesday prompt, here are books I loved with less than 2000 ratings on Goodreads. A couple of them are series that I rated highly, instead of just single books.

(Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl, and I would have linked there if I had finished this post in time!)

Maya Davis series by Erynn Magnum

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

Only Everything by Kieren Scott

The Hermux Tantamoq Adventures by Michael Hoeye

The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch by Glynnis Campbell

The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor by Melody Carlson

Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls by Robyn Neeley

The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction by Jeff Gerke

Meet Your Match series by Rachael Anderson

Love and Chocolate series by Beverly Farr

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1 Year Ago: Authors I Loved in Elementary School

Book Review: Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 2 in the Ms. Marvel Collected Editions

Summary

Kamala is finally getting a hang of her powers as Ms. Marvel, just in time to face a new enemy. 

What I Liked

  • You get to see more of her culture. I mentioned this in my review of the first book, but I really like it for two reasons: 
    1. It’s different than my culture 
    2. It’s refreshingly not the same as pretty much everything else I’ve read. (Which is sort of sad really….) 

What I Didn’t Like

  • The message of the story was very in-your-face this time. If you have to explicitly state the moral of the story, then you didn’t do a good enough job showing it as an author. It should be obvious without being said. (To be honest, it would  have been obvious without being said, but it was said anyways. Blech.) 

In Conclusion

Another great edition to the Ms. Marvel series. 

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

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Five Beautiful Bookish Quotes

Hi all! Sorry for the intermittent posts! I’m working to become more consistent. 🙂

Today I have for you five bookish quotes that I think are very pretty/printable. I had fun playing with different fonts and formatting while making them. I hope you enjoy!

(If you want a list of 100 bookish quotes, you can check out this post.)

_I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book._With freedom, books, fowers, and the moon, who could not be happy_Everyone is a reader... Some just haven't found their favorite book yetBe our new copywriter.Beach Vibes 2020

Which one is your favorite?

❤ Annette

1 year ago: 5 Awesome Crochet Books and 5 More I Want to Read

Book Club Around a Bonfire!

Depending on the weather where you live, now may be the perfect time of year to have an outdoor book club. Around a bonfire! If it’s still too chilly in your locale, you can hold on to this idea until the time is right.

For a while my friends and I held a book club once a month. We used it as a way to pick up books just slightly outside of our comfort zone, or books that a lot of people seemed to enjoy, but we never got around to. We read books like And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, and The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisburger. We found it best if we chose books no one had read before and books that may have book club questions already existing online. For some, we also enjoyed watching the movie after we discussed the book. Plus, getting together with friends and perhaps eating some yummy snacks was always fun.

One of my favorite book club nights took place around a firepit. My friends have a nice gas fire pit that we could all huddle around while discussing our latest read.

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If you need ideas for s’mores, we’ve done some experimenting with those as well. Here are some suggestions for different ingredients you can use:

Graham Substitutions:
Wafer cookies
Just use chocolate and put the marshmallow in the middle
Oreos
Chocolate Substitutions:
Dark chocolate
Fancy chocolates
Reeses
Nutella
Cookie Butter

Our favorite combo is Graham Cracker+Reeses Peanut Butter Cup+Marshmallow (this is so good!)

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(The s’mores ideas and pictures were originally published on my personal blog, musicmicetro.blogspot.com on March 27, 2017)

What’s your favorite way to discuss books with your friends?

❤ Annette