Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Tenth 10

This group's number one book was an easy choice. I tend to read a lot of young adult fiction, particularly the sci-fi dystopian kind, and Divergent was a great start to what looks to be an awesome series. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the books as they come out. Also of note is the Dairy Queen series, about a football and basketball-playing girl from Wisconsin. DJ is something special, and is a character girls can really look up to as a role model. One more at the top: Hot Guys and Baby Animals. Seriously, do you need another nudge to go get that one? You won't regret it. ;)

1 | Divergent  Veronica Roth  [Book 1 of the Divergent series]

2 | The Off Season  Catherine Gilbert Murdock  [Book 2 of the Dairy Queen series]

3 | Hot Guys and Baby Animals  Carolyn Newman and Audrey Khuner

4 | Front and Center  Catherine Gilbert Murdock  [Book 3 of the Dairy Queen series]

5 | Uncommon Criminals  Ally Carter  [Book 2 of the Heist Society series]

6 | Dairy Queen  Catherine Gilbert Murdock [Book 1 of the Dairy Queen series]

7 | Liesl and Po  Lauren Oliver

8 | Crossed  Ally Condie  [Book 2 of the Matched series]

9 | Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks  Lauren Myracle

10 | The Catcher in the Rye  J.D. Salinger

And with that, 2011 in reading is over. I barely made it to 100, but I did! Keep watching for my year in reading wrap up post.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Ninth 10

Michael J. Fox. He is amazing. That is all.

1 | Lucky Man  Michael J. Fox

2 | Level Up  Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham

3 | Skip Beat!, Volume 25  Yoshiki Nakamura

4 | Un Lun Dun  China Mieville

5 | The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie  Alan Bradley  [Book 1 of the Flavia de Luce series]

6 | Hourglass  Myra McEntire  [Book 1 of the Hourglass series]

7 | Cleopatra  Stacy Schiff

8 | Gimme a Call  Sarah Mlynowski

9 | A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future  Michael J. Fox

10 | Improper English  Katie MacAlister

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Eighth 10

The top two spots this week are filled by two vastly different books. The top spot went the lastest installment in one of my favorite series, Heat Rises by "Richard Castle." I love the show Castle, and I love that the main character "writes" real books. The other book is one of my very favorite comfort books, The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye.  The rest of the books I read all ranged from really enjoyable to moderately enjoyable. All-together, not a bad set of books.

1 | Heat Rises  Richard Castle [Book 3 of the Nikki Heat series]

2 | The Ordinary Princess  M.M. Kaye

3 | Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children  Ransom Riggs

4 | The Winter Queen  Boris Akunin [Book 1 of the Erast Fandorin series]

5 | The Help  Kathryn Stockett

6 | Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist  Michael J. Fox

7 | What Happened to Goodbye  Sarah Dessen

8 | Prime Baby  Gene Luen Yang

9 | Abandon  Meg Cabot  [Book 1 of the Abandon series]

10 | The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1  Mark Twain

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Seventh 10

This group of books was incredible hard to rank because I read 2 books in particular that I loved, but in vastly different ways: East of Eden by John Steinbeck and Bossypants by Tina Fey.  In the end, I had to give the Number 1 spot to East of Eden, because as hilarious as Tina Fey is, it's John Steinbeck's writing and characters that have really stuck to me, lacking onto my mind and not letting go. Now please excuse me while I go listen to my best friend Tina Fey read me Bossypants one more time before I have to return the CDs to the library. :)

1 | East of Eden  John Steinbeck

2 | Bossypants  Tina Fey

3 | A Game of Thrones  George R. R. Martin [Book 1 of the A Song of Ice and Fire series]

4 | Skip Beat! Volume 24  Yoshiki Nakamura

5 | A Night to Remember  Walter Lord

6 | The Serpent on the Crown  Elizabeth Peters [Book 17 of the Amelia Peabody series]

7 | Guardian of the Horizon  Elizabeth Peters [Book 16 of the Amelia Peabody series]

8 | Empire State: A Love Story (or Not)  Jason Shiga

9 | Dead Reckoning  Charlaine Harris  [Book 11 of the Sookie Stackhouse series]

10 | Insatiable  Meg Cabot  [Book 1 of the Insatiable series]

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Quilting Bee Round Up

So, last year I joined quite a few online quilting bees. 3 to be exact. That might not see like many, and at the time, it didn't strike me as that overwhelming, but for some reason, I was always dragging a little behind in sending my blocks back, especially as time went by. Plus, after the first few months, I pretty much gave up on blogging about them. So again, I apologize for my epic laziness! Since I finally sent my last blocks back last month, and I plan on starting to blog more, quilting-wise, I thought I would post one giant update with all the bee blocks I made in the last 18 months. Are you ready? :)

The Modern Tradition Quilt Bee
This is the first bee I joined, and I think the one that lost the most people along the way. :) Oh well! Life happens. 

Log Cabin Blocks for Leanne (February)
Modern Tradition blocks for Leanne

Grandma's Flower Garden Blocks for Lesly (March)
Modern Tradition blocks for Lesly

Arkansas Crossroads Blocks for Greta (April)
Modern Tradition blocks for Greta

Tulip Block for Norma (May)
Modern Tradition Block for Norma

Starflower Block for Sherri (June)
Modern Tradition Block for NoahandLilah

Star Block for Lydia (July)
Modern Tradition Bee Block for Lydia

Quatrefoil Block for Rebecca aka Reebecki, my RL friend! (August)
Bee Block for Rebecca

Churn Dash Blocks for Heather (September)
Churn Dash Blocks for Heather

Buzz Saw Block for ME! :D (November)
Buzz Saw: Modern Tradition Quilt Bee
You'll see many more of these! I'm still waiting on a few, but I have received most of them, and have picked out the sashing, and plan to sew them all up at our annual retreat in September.

A Spider Bee
This was the second quilting bee I joined, and we all did the same pattern when it was our turn (for the most part), and just varied the color. I got REALLY good at these blocks, and still love them!

Flowered centers and bright florals for Brioni (February)
Spider Bee Blocks for Brioni

Brown centers and foresty colors for Theresa (March)
Spider Bee Blocks for Theresa

Purple centers and green and purple batiks for Tracy (April)
Spider Bee Blocks for Tracy

Now for something completely different for Becca! :) (May)
Spider Bee Blocks for Becca

White centers and orange and pink strips for Greta (June)
Spider Bee Blocks for Greta

White centers and peach and green strips for Suzy (July)
Spider Bee Blocks for Suzy

Surprise blocks for Heidi, who had a baby boy! (September)
Spider Blocks for Heidi

Blue centers with white frames and pink and green strips for Sudi-Laura (November)
Spider Bee Blocks

Maroon Striped centers and rich stripes for ME! :) (December)
A Spider Bee

Bee Liberated
This is the last bee I joined last year, and we started this one in May. This one was particularly focused on Gwen Marston's Liberated Patchwork, and was a lot of fun to participate in.

Slashed Nine-Patch Blocks for Dena (May)
Bee Liberated Blocks for Dena

Liberated Baskets for Kimber (June)
Bee Liberated Baskets for BahamaDawn

Owly Liberated Log Cabin Blocks for Susan (July)
Owly Liberated Log Cabins for Susan

Liberated Log Cabin Blocks for Jessica (August)
Liberated Log Cabins for Jessica

XO Blocks for Jill (September)XoXo block for Jill XO block for Jill

Liberated Star and Friends for Joan (November)
Liberated Star for Joan   

Liberated Log Cabin Blocks for ME! :) (January)

Liberated Quarter Log Cabin Blocks for Heidi (March)
Bee Liberated Blocks for Heidi

Kathy's Blocks for Krista (April)
Bee Liberated Blocks for Krista

Free-pieced word block for Wendy (May)
Bee Liberated Block for Wendy

And one more set of blocks...
My friend Rebecca was in another bee last year, and she let me make a few liberated stars for her quilt. :) They were fun!
Light Wonky Star Dark Wonky Star

So that's it! You should be seeing my completed quilts in the next few months hopefully. :)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Sixth 10

1 | The Book Thief  Markus Zusak

2 | American Born Chinese  Gene Luen Yang

3 | American Gods  Neil Gaiman

4 | Delirium  Lauren Oliver  [Book 1 of the Delirium series]

5 | Children of the Storm  Elizabeth Peters  [Book 15 of the Amelia Peabody series]

6 | Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic  Alison Bechdel

7 | A Game of You  Neil Gaiman  [Volume 5 of the Sandman series]

8 | Mennonite in a Little Black Dress  Rhoda Janzen

9 | My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands  Chelsea Handler

10 | Citizen 13660  Mine Okubo

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Fifth 10

1 | The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake  Aimee Bender

2 | Something Borrowed  Emily Giffin

3 | Looking for Alaska  John Green

4 | The Ghost Map: the Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World  Steven Johnson

5 | Persepolis: the Story of a Childhood  Marjane Satrapi  [Volume 1 of the Persepolis series]

6 | Persepolis: the Story of a Return  Marjane Satrapi  [Volume 2 of the Persepolis series]

7 | The Golden One  Elizabeth Peters  [Book 14 of the Amelia Peabody series]

8 | Grayson  Lynne Cox

9 | Suite Scarlett  Maureen Johnson  [Book 1 of the Scarlett series]

10 | Interview with the Vampire  Anne Rice [Book 1 of the Vampire Chronicles series]