What I Read: June 2015 (and my most recent crochet project)

Starting off with the crochet project, because I’d just like to show that I┬áfinally completed the doily I was making for Katherine:

Kats doily-2I decided to just go with the four petals, since that’s how the picture in the book shows it, and K. was making a big deal of it looking like that picture. I did realize that I forgot to put in the last row of the outer loop (oops). Totally not on purpose, but I figure that it’s not really noticeable and there’s a lot of lacy stuff there, so one row won’t matter.

I’m not sure how she’ll actually put anything on it since it’s a bit more 3D than some of the others we have, but… it’s flowers, it’s pink and it’s hers, so I’m sure she’ll be thrilled.

Kats doily

This is the last crochet project I’m working on for the next few weeks. {Linking over at Saint Affairs for this upcoming Sunday’s Summer Stash Buster post}

Onto the reading….


Let’s just say I did not get to all the things I wanted to read this past month. Which is fine, my goals were probably too high. ­čÖé

I know people love the whole “summer reading” thing, but for me it seems like I do tons less reading in the summer. Maybe because we spend so much time indoors in the winter, that in the small amount of warm weather I just want to get outside and do stuff (that we otherwise couldn’t do). So, then I don’t end up doing as much reading? I don’t know. I just feel like I don’t get as much reading done in the summer.

That said though, here’s what I did finish last month:

Gaudy Night
by Dorothy Sayers

I actually liked this one a lot. It took me a little while to get into it, but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s one of the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. And while it is technically a mystery, it felt like the mystery was more of the “background” for the story. Like something that happened on the side, and not really the main point. Well, I mean, it was the main point, because that’s what they “did”, but it was so much more than that.

I almost felt a little sad when I was done. For a few days (at least) I kept wanting to go curl up on the couch and go back to Oxford (where the book is set) and keep reading about the characters and their lives….


Little Beach Street Bakery
by Jenny Colgan

I felt a bit “meh” about this. I mean, it wasn’t bad, and the story was entertaining, but definitely fell into the light and fluffy chic-lit category.


Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

I pushed myself and made it through. And, I’m so, so, SO glad I did.

But how to do this book justice in a nutshell? I don’t think it’s possible because there are obviously so many messages and things to ponder.

But I think one thing that really struck me was how “normal” St Therese was as a child. She talks about being upset when things don’t go her way to the point of crying and tantrum-ing (when she is very little) and it was very comforting. Like: if this girl can grow up to become a saint, I guess there’s hope for everyone :).

I did find it a little tedious to go through all the daily life details at the beginning, but it was all  special to read.


End note: I wrote the majority of this post before we left on our trip, never got it finished and have just finalized it tonight. I know there are probably people looking for trip updates, and I’m working on getting a brief few weeks in review (in photos) up on Saturday. For now though, we’ve arrived safely in GA and we’re enjoying being with the family. Yes, it’s hot, and it must have been a while since I’ve been down south in the summer because: Mosquitos. Oh. My. I’ve totally forgotten about the mosquitos…

Love to all~