Things that Happened (#6)

(posted a few days ago but reined in again for editing…)

This would normally be your Weekly Thoughts segment but I think this has become a more accurate title!

  1. We’ve harvested our first batch of strawberries: a ripe little handful of deliciousness…
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  2. I finished some books recently that I didn’t post about. ‘The Winner’s Curse’ by Marie Rutkoski was recommended to me by AT – I say recommended, but in reality, she ushered me to read it and revel in its flaws. It has a beautiful cover, which is its main redeeming point. Aye, it looks beautiful on any bookshelf.
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    The tale is about a generals daughter who bids on a slave purely because he can sing, and bids a ridiculously high price, invoking the wrath of the mythical ‘Winner’s Curse’, which mostly involves her falling in love with aforementioned slave.
    There are several points in the book that AT and I agreed downgraded an otherwise promising story, the main one being that an ‘important’ death was really only used as a [pretty terrible] plot device to propel the MC into action, and then the dead person wasn’t mentioned again, so was she really that important?
    When I share a book I sometimes like to post-it note the inside to share certain thoughts on the book with the next person to read it. AT actually writes in the book (shock horror) with pencil and pink highlighter (gasp!) but I smiled at every note – I agree with all of her little thoughts.
  3. I also finished the second book in the Mara Dyer series, ‘The Evolution of Mara Dyer’ by Michelle Hodkin. At this stage, the only thing I can say for certain, is that I will  definitely be reading the last book just to find out how it ends. It takes a different turn from the first book. I still dislike the love interest/boyfriend, Noah. DSC_0206
  4. Game of Thrones – I started watching season one last Saturday and finished it the following night. It has been on my to-watch list since last year but I am glad it took me this long to begin, as it is both very bloody and very sexual, such that I probably wouldn’t have been able to handle it this time last year.
    Also, after watching Mark Addy’s performance in BBC’s Atlantis, I was surprised to see him play Robert Baratheon so stunningly in GoT. The production is also fantastic. I mean, how often do you see a show that includes the decapitation, spearing and stabbing of both man and horse, and manages to include it all so realistically? There was so much realistic blood, which made it fascinating to watch.
    If you can look past the sex and gore, it’s definitely a must watch for the plot and its twists, and there’s no wonder it’s so popular.
  5. I finished the Purse Stitch Scarf and wore it around the house all weekend! It’s light enough that I can start wearing it as soon as the days get a teeny bit cooler and warm enough to wear into the beginnings of winter. It’s also made with one skein and turned out wide and long enough so I am very happy with how it has turned out. I think that a photoshoot is in order for some of my recent FOs…

I’m keeping my Game Of Thrones binging to the weekends otherwise nothing will get done!

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