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.
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.
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!
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!)
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.
Although “normal” seems like a pretty plain type, I think they represent a lot of what Hufflepuff stands for – hard work, patience, and loyalty.
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
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.
According to pokemongo.gishan.net, “It understands human speech and is highly intelligent.” It’s also a dragon type, and it’s blue!
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.
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?
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!
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.
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
Book 2 in the Ms. Marvel Collected Editions
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:
It’s different than my culture
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.)