Goodreads Monday: April 6

I’m taking part in Goodreads Monday. This was started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

This Week’s Post:

Things In Jars by Jess Kidd

Brodie Devine, female detective extraordinaire, is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors trading curiosities in this age of discovery.

Winding her way through the labyrinthine, sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing a past that she’d rather keep buried. Luckily, her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters, including a seven-foot tall housemaid; a melancholic, tattoo-covered ghost; and an avuncular apothecary. But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where spectacle is king and nothing is quite what it seems.

Blending darkness and light, history and folklore, Things in Jars is a spellbinding Gothic mystery that collapses the boundary between fact and fairy tale to stunning effect and explores what it means to be human in inhumane times.

Why I Want To Read It:

This is my local library’s book club selection for April! Although the library is still closed, I fully intend to read this book. As it happens, I received a Libby notification that it’s ready for me to read, so I guess now is the time!

Bookish Thoughts: January 17

Last night I took part in the Book Club run by one of my local libraries. We took time to share our thoughts about Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. There was a small turnout, but an engaging conversation was shared about the predicament of the Osage Indian nation. We all agreed that there was rampant distrust throughout the entire situation.

After the book club finished, we discussed future ideas for books to read. I expressed interest in reading Pachinko by Min Lee. There is a lot of buzz for this book, and it’s always intrigued me. For now, we made a tentative plan to read it in March, but that may change once the other members return next month. I enjoy taking part in the Book Club a great deal, so I’ll agree to whatever selection the group decides on!

Autumn Goals!

Autumn is finally here!

As much as everyone dreads the arrival of Fall, I enjoy it! It’s the season right before everything is inundated with snowfall. Breezy again to wear a sweater, yet not to the point that you’re wearing three layers of clothes!

With the arrival of Autumn, here are three goals I want to accomplish:

My Pumpkin creation from 2013

Revive my crocheting passion
I needed to pause my crocheting last year due to a wrist injury, yet my left hand has healed to the point where I can complete a few rows a day with no pain. Now that this setback is subsided, I can now create Amigurumi (crocheted animals) once again! My end goal is to open my own Etsy shop with my creations, so I’ll see how that goes.

View from The Book Garden’s ‘First Friday’ poetry group, in Frenchtown

Attend local literary/crochet groups
My mainstay community will always by my poetry therapy group in New York City, yet it’s quiet during the autumn months, and I always have a difficult time seeking out local groups in my Central NJ town. That began to change in recent months! I became involved with a poetry group in Frenchtown, and last week I attended my first book group in Tewksbury. There’s also a regular yarn crafting group in the Flemington area for me to practice my skills! I’m so relieved that there are finally local groups in my area. Hopefully I can continue to attend.

Complete revising my draft
I have my 1st draft of a book completed (yay!), and now the painstaking process of changing things around begins. There’s always the tinkering with my main character, or the possibility of adding certain magical elements…which would change the who story around! I’ll get there…just need to get to that revising!

Happy First Day of Autumn!