Quick Reads March 2016

Since listening to more audiobooks I am finding that I’m consuming books faster than I can keep up with the reviews – might have to make plans for reviewing daily to save them for the monthly list of quick review as I’m currently about a month behind.


the scarlet letterThe Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (free on Kindle): I listened to this on Craft Lit, as always Heather Ordover did a most wonderful job at helping the story come to life.

wreck and orderkWreck and Order by Hannah Tennant-Moore**: I loved the premise of Wreck and Order, Tennant-Moore’s writing is beautiful and she grapples with important questions around who we are, and what we are doing with our lives. But at the end of the day the story fell short for me, and I began caring less and less about our main character. CW for language, sex and rape.

how-to-spinHow to Spin: From Choosing a Spinning Wheel to Making Yarn by Beth Smith*: A great introduction to spinning, although I would’ve appreciated at least a basic introduction to spindling. Smith covers the different types of spinning wheels, how to set it up, troubleshooting, spinning styles, plying and setting the yarn.

why zebras dont get ulcersWhy Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping by Robert M. Sapolsky: I listened to the audiobook, can’t believe I waited for so long. For some reason I thought that a book that had been out for over a decade would be outdated – I was wrong. Not only has the book been updated for the latest release, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers is thorough, detailed, funny and full of fascinating information on how stress affects us even before birth. Highly recommended.

the vintage housekeepers circleThe Vintage Housekeepers Circle by Alison May: Absolutely adored this wonderful collection of essays on what truly makes a home.

Flatland_coverFlatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott (free on Kindle): Another listen from Craft Lit, and I so adored the math of Flatland, I can’t believe I’d never come across it before. Such a fun and thought-provoking read.

furiously happyFuriously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson: I absolutely adored Jenny’s (aka The Bloggess) first book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, probably the funniest book I’ve ever read. For Furiously Happy I listened to the audiobook recorded by the author herself, which only added to the enjoyment. While Furiously Happy does deal with more serious (and very important topics), Jenny’s personality and humour shines through, making you laugh when you shouldn’t and inspiring you and providing food for thought long after you’ve stopped listening (or reading).

the culinary herbalThe Culinary Herbal: Growing and Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs by Susan Belsinger & Arthur O. Tucker*: This is a beautiful and thorough collection of herbs that covers preferred growing conditions, harvesting, storage and use. With a title of The Culinary Herbal the only thing I felt was missing would’ve been more actual recipes for using all of these delightful herbs. Aside from that little disclaimer, I highly recommend it.

knitting it old schoolKnitting It Old School: 43 Vintage-Inspired Patterns by Stitch McYarnpants: These 43 vintage inspired patterns are incredibly hit and miss – probably because they’re all from different designers. Featuring both knit and crochet patterns most of them make me cringe, but there were a few that I absolutely loved – especially because the designers took advantage of the benefits of knitting in the round. I borrowed Knitting It Old School from the library, and I’m not sure if the few pieces that I loved would justify buying the book. If you check it out, pay special attention to the St Moritz, Rally, Saucy Convertible and Swing Time.

vintage knitwearVintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters by Lise-Lotte Lystrup: Beautifully updated patterns, but I’ll never understand the obsession with knitting pieces separately and sewing them together when not necessary. There are a few pieces I would consider knitting, but not enough to make me want to buy the book (I borrowed it from the library).

What have you been reading lately? Check out Modern Mrs Darcy for more quick reads.
As always I invite you to find me and connect with me on Goodreads.

*Received an advanced reader’s copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
**Received an advanced reader’s copy through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Lack of spindles because I was limited on pages and that would have been a whole other book…maybe Storey had one in the works!


    • That makes perfect sense, thank you for taking the time to pass by and comment! 🙂 I’ll keep an eye out for any future books.


  2. Oh my.
    I have met my destiny and it looks distinctly like a quick reads book review category on a particular blog!

    Craftlit props aside (squeeee!!!), I’m thrilled to have seen your tweet leading here … Though where I’ll find the time to catch up to you, I have no clue.


    • I’m so very honoured you took the time to stop by! I’m still working my way through the Craft Lit archives, and enjoying every moment of it.
      I learnt a long time ago that the more you read, the longer your to-read list gets 😉 in my case, health challenges and audiobooks have greatly increased the number of books I can devour.



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