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What I Read: October/November

October/November 2018: What I Read | http://www.roseclearfield.com

I’m excited to share a couple months of reads with you today!

In October and November, I listened to:

  • Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. Salt is a fascinating topic for a book. Since ancient times, so much history around the world has revolved around salt. I learned a ton reading Salt. However, it took me ages to get through the entire book. The timeline jumps around widely within each chapter, which is confusing, and the writing is pretty dry.

 

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I’ve busted through so many celebrity memoirs as audio books and have been mixing up the routine a little bit lately with some classics. I first read To Kill a Mockingbird in middle school English. It isn’t an inappropriate age to read it, but I got so much more out of it now. It really is a fantastic book. To Kill a Mockingbird is so well written and the subject matter is still so relevant. I’m glad that it’s one I revisited.

 

 

  • The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien. The Two Towers is my favorite of The Lord of the Rings movies, and I think that it’ll be my favorite of the books as well. I love where Tolkien takes the narrative through this part of the journey. I think that the pacing is the strongest of the three books, too, with a nice mix of action, back story, and character development.

In October and November, I read:

 

  • The Prodigy by John Feinstein.  I read all of John Feinstein’s fiction and always look forward to his new releases. I still want him to write another Stevie and Susan Carol book, as they remain the strongest of his fiction books. But his other fiction is all solid, and I think The Prodigy is among the strongest of the non-Stevie/Susan Carol stories. The story is very believable, and the insight into the Augusta is fascinating.

 

  • Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion. Two Steps Forward is one of those books that took me forever to finish, and it didn’t feel worth finally making it to the end. The writing isn’t terrible, but I couldn’t get into either of the main characters at all. It would have been disappointing to read this type of book no matter what. But it was especially disappointing after The Rosie Project books. Read The Rosie books and skip this one.

 

  • Results May Vary by Bethany Chase. I liked the characters in Results May Vary better than the characters in The One That Got Away. They’re much more dimensional. However, overall, I liked the story in The One That Got Away Better, even though it was just as predictable. Chase could have taken the high road in Results May Vary and had her character take the tougher path. But she didn’t, which was disappointing and ultimately, left me a little disappointed with the book.

 

  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio. Wonder is absolutely fantastic, young adult fiction at its best. I can see why it’s so popular and am glad that I finally read it. Palacio handles a tough subject with seamless ease, drawing sympathy for all of her characters without getting too sentimental or giving the book an over the top unrealistic ending.

I don’t have any re-reads for October or November because I was working my way through The Two Towers and then starting Return of the King. As I’ve mentioned before, I can only do one epic fantasy series at a time. Most likely I’ll finish out the Harry Potter series after the holidays.

When I started writing my what I read posts in the beginning of 2018, I wasn’t planning on writing them every other month. So I didn’t start the every other pattern until February, and I have an extra month left now. I’m going to wrap my December reads into my final 2018 reading post, summing up favorites and whatnot from the year, in early January. Stay tuned!

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What have you been reading and loving lately?

I’m always looking for new suggestions! Feel free to leave links in the comments.

Past reading posts:

April/May 2018: What I Read | http://www.roseclearfield.com

April/May: What I Read

June/ July 2018: What I Read | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June/July: What I Read

August/September 2018: What I Read | http://www.roseclearfield.com

August/September: What I Read

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DIY Christmas Mason Jar Decor

DIY Christmas Mason Jar Decor - Candy Cane Mason Jars via Mason Jar Crafts Love | http://www.roseclearfield.com

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Mason jars are one of my absolute favorite craft mediums for holiday and seasonal decor. They are so affordable and versatile, and you can find them in any big box or craft store. As such, you can create simple, festive DIY Christmas mason jar decor in a single afternoon. With a few coats of spray or acrylic paint and some Christmas flair, you’re ready for the holidays. I’ve rounded up just a few of my favorite DIY Christmas mason jar decor projects for your home decorating needs this holiday season. Happy crafting!

DIY Christmas Mason Jar Decor - DIY Snowy Mason Jars via A Pumpkin and a Princess | http://www.roseclearfield.com

DIY Snowy Mason Jars – A Pumpkin and a Princess

DIY Christmas Mason Jar Decor - Mason Jar Tree on Car Snow Globes via Mason Jar Crafts Love | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mason Jar Tree on Car Snow Globes – Mason Jar Crafts Love

DIY Christmas Mason Jar Decor - Magical Christmas Lanterns via Adventure in a Box | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Magical Christmas Lanterns – Adventure in a Box

DIY Christmas Mason Jar Decor - Christmas Mason Jar Luminaries via Maison de Pax | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Christmas Mason Jar Luminaries – Maison de Pax

DIY Christmas Mason Jar Decor - French Sheet Music Christmas Candles via Confessions of a Plate Addict | http://www.roseclearfield.com

French Sheet Music Christmas Candles – Confessions of a Plate Addict

DIY Christmas Mason Jar Decor - DIY Anthropologie Mason Jar Snow Globes via Simple Craves and Olive Oil | http://www.roseclearfield.com

DIY Anthropology Mason Jar Snow Globes – Simple Craves & Olive Oil

DIY Christmas Mason Jar Decor - DIY Christmas Mason Jar Holiday Lights via Modern Masters Cafe | http://www.roseclearfield.com

DIY Christmas Mason Jar Holiday Lights – Modern Masters Cafe

DIY Christmas Mason Jar Decor - Gold Glittered Mason Jar Vases via Classy Clutter | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Gold Glittered Mason Jar Vases – Classy Clutter

DIY Christmas Mason Jar Decor - Santa Painted Mason Jar via The Ribbon Retreat | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Santa Painted Mason Jar – The Ribbon Retreat

DIY Christmas Mason Jar Decor - Joy Painted Snowy Mason Jars via Tiny Bitz of Me | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Joy Painted Snowy Mason Jars – Tiny Bitz of Me

DIY Christmas Mason Jar Decor - Snowman Mason Jar Vase via Weekend Craft | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Snowman Mason Jar Vase – Weekend Craft

DIY Christmas Mason Jar Decor | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Did you make one of the DIY Christmas mason jar decor projects?

I want to see it! Tag your photos #RoseClearfield on Twitter or Instagram.


More DIY Christmas resources:

DIY Paper Christmas Lights Decoration Tutorial | http://www.roseclearfield.com

DIY Paper Christmas Lights Decoration

Last-Minute Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Last-Minute Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

10 Cute Creative Christmas Cookies. Baking recipes for the entire holiday season! | http://www.roseclearfield.com

10 Cute Creative Christmas Cookies

 

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2018 Goals Update: November

2018 Goals Update: November | http://www.roseclearfield.com

In an effort to keep myself accountable, I’m sharing monthly progress updates for my 2018 goals.

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Mediterranean Cruise: Cartagena, Spain

Mediterranean Cruise: Cartagena, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Today I’m continuing my Mediterranean cruise tour with our penultimate cruise port: Cartagena. Yes, I have just one more port to share. Then I’ll wrap up the cruise with our final day in Rome, which included a tour of the Vatican.

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Fall Favorites 2018

Favorites: Fall 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Today I’m featuring some of the items I’ve been really loving the past few months. Enjoy!

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