Hand Made Book Sleeves

I’ve been putting off doing this because I constantly have one of these in the works that I want to wait until it’s finished before showing them off but enough is enough.

So book sleeves have been pretty popular lately and with my new crocheting skill I thought why not make some myself.

So here I am showing them off because I’m actually really fond of them. For anyone who crochet I’ll tell you the wool and stitch. These are all made with a 4.5mm hook and measure roughly 16cm by 30 cm. Seems like odd dimensions but I’ve found it by trial and error.

Suzette Stitch

Stylecraft special Grass Green

The green on this really doesn’t come up well on camera but in real life it’s such a rich green.

Half trebble crochet  (uk)

Stylecraft special Clematis

Block stitch

Stylecraft special Parchment

Stylecraft special Turquoise

Waffle stitch

DK Choice with Wool Multifleck

Cobble Stitch

DK Choice with Wool Rose Marl

Made a mess of this one and is certainly my least favourite.
Mini Bean Stitch

Stylecraft special Raspberry

This is definitely my favourite

That’s all folks.

I would love to see any book sleeves that you have!

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His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

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A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of seventeen-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? Will he hang for his crime?

Presented as a collection of documents discovered by the author, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers of Culdie, Ross-shire. They offer conflicting impressions of the accused; one interviewee recalls Macrae as a gentle and quiet child, while another details him as evil and wicked. Chief among the papers is Roderick Macrae’s own memoirs, where he outlines the series of events leading up to the murder in eloquent and affectless prose. There follow medical reports, psychological evaluations, a courtroom transcript from the trial, and other documents that throw both Macrae’s motive and his sanity into question. Graeme Macrae Burnet’s multilayered narrative will keep the reader guessing to the very end.

Published 5th November 2015

288 pages

Try It – 3.5 stars

Read from 21st to 24th April

So I have really been enjoying reading historical fiction and after Outlander I took an interest in any Scottish historical fiction I could find.

I originally had heard about this book in passing but it wasn’t until it showed up on a Scottish history GoodReads list that I became interested. I immediately tried to order it at my local library but was unsuccessful as it didn’t have a copy. I walked in a couple of days later and there’s copies sitting on the Scottish authors spotlight and immediately had to have it. It felt like fate.

I really enjoyed this, it showed a really good version of what highland life is like and the problems that come with family names. Roderick is a hard character to like but as he explains his version of events it’s impossible not to feel the same hate that he does. I liked how real it all felt and I know that there have been similar cases to this and the sheer rarity of them. It is a hard read that displays the unfairness of life.

The life his family leads is heart-breaking and the destruction of his family is a hard thing to read about. It was made harder by the particular way it happened and some of the ways that certain memories and scenes were written.

Throughout the whole story you are conflicted about what the justice should be. You are also trying to gauge Roderick’s character, thinking if he is insane, or intelligent, or dim-witted, or just simply naive.

After reading his memoirs we get a different version of some of the events as well as some extra scenes that show another side of his character. Just when you thought that you had your mind made up about what happened and who Roderick really is, it comes into question.

It is a slow and difficult read but definitely one I would recommend. It’s not that long a book in terms of page count but there are no chapter breaks making it feel much longer that it is.

I also think that it was interesting that I read this not long after Code Name Verity and to see the differences but still a memoire nonetheless. I do think that the style and format were so well suited to the story and will definitely wish to check more of Macrae’s work out. He has written about some other interesting topics and I would definitely tell people to keep an eye out for his work


That’s all folks!

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WWW Wednesday – 10th May

This might be a bit of a mess so I’ll appologise now. It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these and I’ve finished quite a few books since then. I think it’s actually been a whole month.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words. Simply answer the following questions:

  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

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Let’s be honest this isn’t a surprise. A lot of people have finished this or are currently reading it. I’ve just got to the big culmination so I’m relatively far through it. I am really loving it so can’t wait to finish it. May is such a big month for new releases and I think we are all quite busy but no one is complaining.

Read Next

These are for a book club read and a monthly buddy read. I want to make sure I can read these before the mountain of new releases from last month never mind this month AND next month!


That’s all folks!

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Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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An unforgettable love story that breaks all the rules.

When Tate Collins finds airline pilot Miles Archer passed out in front of her apartment door, it is definitely not love at first sight. In fact, they wouldn’t even consider themselves friends. But what they do have is an undeniable mutual attraction.

He doesn’t want love and she doesn’t have time for a relationship, but their chemistry cannot be ignored. Once their desires are out in the open, they realise they have the perfect set-up, as long as Tate can stick to two rules – never ask about the past and don’t expect a future.

Tate convinces herslelf she’s ok with it, but soon realises that it’s harder than she thought. Will she be able to say no to her sexy pilot when he lives just next door?

From one pilot to the next. So I really enjoyed this, it is currently sitting at my favourite Colleen Hoover book. I think the new adult aspect of this was just much more interesting to me as a 20 year old.

Published August 5th 2014

322 pages

Try It – 3.5 stars

Read from 17th to 19th April

I really liked how career driven our characters were. They had such focus and life was more about themselves rather than solely the relationship. I can’t say that they were my favourite main characters but as a whole it created a whole story and journey that I just couldn’t put down.

I absolutely fly through her books and I think it’s because of how it is written. It is just such a pleasing writing style for me and I just get hooked on the drama. I just love how the story was built out and all of the small turning points that we get.

I really wasn’t a fan of Miles because he just couldn’t deal with his past and as hence was putting himself into a negative present situation. I can understand how difficult the past was for him but he refused to deal with it and I think that’s the hardest thing.

Again Hoover brings in this huge dramatic moment and it was much more related to this story and fit better. In the past I just haven’t cared for the twist. This does seem incredibly unlikely, like the others, but for some reason having gone on the journey makes it that more relatable.

Colleen Hoover is definitely my guilty pleasure read and I’ve been trying to pick up some other contemporaries. I do find it hard to write a long review about her books because there isn’t really much to talk about.

Also, I will mention, the protective brother in this isn’t great. He’s kind of meh, like he is ‘protective’ but its poorly shown until the end and it’s done in such a forced way throughout. I think that’s my only criticism in the grand scheme of things.

There may also be ‘problematic’ themes but if you’re old and mature enough then you should understand how to deal with these situations and understand the difference between fiction and reality. If you want a more true and realistic account of some of the events then surely you should seek out books actually designed for that rather than a contemporary.

I will say that if you feel too old for all the ya contemporaries out there then this might be a book for you. I want to try reading some other new adult contemporaries, but just don’t know where to start so would love some recommendations.


That’s all folks!

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FREEDOM!!! Books I want to read now that university is over

So I won’t be doing a May TBR but I do have a lot of new releases from April and May that I want to read now that I am finished university. It also means I can get back to my posting schedule.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer #1) – 544 pages

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (Defy the Stars #1) – 512 pages

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – 338 pages

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde – 288 pages

Geekerella by Ashley Poston – 320 pages

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (ACOTAR #3) – 699 pages

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #2) – 704 pages

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (Flame in the Mist #1) – 368 pages

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – 320 pages

The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye (The Crown’s Game #2) – 400 pages

Release by Patrick Ness – 287 pages

Now I Rise by Kiersten White (The Conqueror’s Saga #2) – 496 pages


It would take me a long time to explain why I want to read all of these so I’m just not going to.

That’s all folks!

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April Wrap Up

1632 by Eric Flint (Assitti Shards #1) 597 pages

I cannot remember reading this, it feels like such a long time ago. I can’t believe how long this month has been. I enjoyed this, it was an interesting premise and a really different historical fiction.

Between the Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 344 pages

This was an incredibly heartbreaking book that showed the atrocities of the other side of the war. I love the depth and research that Sepetys goes into and will always pick up anything she puts out.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 449 pages

I picked this up on a whim. I didn’t realise this had a Scottish protagonist but I absolutely loved it, I loved how this was written a how well conveyed the characters were. I also liked all the bits of information speckled throughout.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover 322 pages

From one pilot to the next. This was something quick that I really needed due to exam season. I really liked this,, its probably my favourite Colleen Hoover book, I really liked the new adult aspect of this.

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet 288 pages

Such a Scottish name for a very Scottish story. I wanted to pick up some historical fiction after reading Outlander recently. This popped up and seemed like an interest concept It was a really hard read and you had no clue if it was true or not till the very end.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 333 pages

I didn’t dislike this but it felt so much like a school book and a poorly done one at that.


I’m excited to get back to posts but it is taking me a while to write them and get back into the flow.

That’s all folks!

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