When They Call You A Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Today’s audio book and crochet selection is #whentheycallyouaterrorist #blacklivesmatter by #patrissekhancullors
This title is available to purchase as an ebook from #kindle and #googlebooks $11.99.
This title is also available as an audio book from #googlebooks and #audible for $14.95
This title is not available to borrow from #overdrive #libby or #hoopla

‘No white supremacist purveyor of violence has ever, to my knowledge, been labeled a terrorist by the state. Neither the slayers of Emmett Till nor the Ku Klux Klan bombers who extinguished the lives of Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, Denise McNair, and Addie Mae Collins before they could emerge from girlhood were ever charged with terrorism or officially referred to as terrorists. But in the 1970s, President Richard Nixon instinctively hurled that label at me, and in 2013 Assata Shakur was designated by the FBI as one of the world’s ten most dangerous terrorists.’

This is a fast and easy listen. Interesting, engaging and extremely relevant.

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Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills

 

Today’s audio book and crochet selection is #blackfortunes by #shomariwills
This title is available to purchase as an ebook from #kindle and #googlebooks $12.99.
This title is also available as an audio book from #googlebooks and #audible for $14.95
This title is not available to borrow from #overdrive #libby or #hoopla

This is the story of the first Black US citizens to take advantage of the so-called ‘American Dream’ starting from chattel slavery.
I don’t really care about rich people, even rich Black people, but oppression can be tracked easily in wealth and opportunities to acquire wealth. Most of which has been historically blocked to Black US citizens.

‘Persuade someone to read “Black Fortunes” in 50 words or less.
It gives you a different perspective, not only on black wealth but also America’s history. It reveals people who worked behind the scenes to provide the means for abolition, civil rights and racial equality. And they were also rich people with just fascinating lives.’*

*Excerpt from NY Times article from author describing this novel.
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/01/28/books/black-fortunes-shomari-wills.amp.html

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Today’s audio book and crochet selection is #thepresidentismissing by #jamespatterson and #billclinton
This title is available to purchase as an ebook from #kindle and #googlebooks $14.99.
This title is also available as an audio book from #googlebooks ☆$14.95☆ and #audible for $21.55
This title is available to borrow as an audiobook from #overdrive or #libby

I have been moving away from James Patterson as his books are so formulaic. Yet I truly couldn’t resist and as it was available to borrow as an audiobook I figured why not?
The President is missing and has disappeared without a trace from the Oval Office. Where has he gone and why?
This promises to offer an insiders view of The White House as well as the Presidential office itself.

Currently on the Hook-Nature CAL Blocking and Trimming Squares

The afghan for my MIL (pattern and graphs by #3amgracedesigns #3amgracedesignsnaturecal ) is done except for the bottom banner.
I ran out of the mint yarn and so I blocked and trimmed the squares while I wait for the yarn to finish the bottom banner.

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This is my informal blocking station. I use these large plastic interlocking mat squares and a clothes steamer. I prefer the clothes steamer to using an iron, though I have used an iron before, this is just easier.

This is the afghan with the top banner and full 16 squares. The only thing missing is the bottom banner.

Another pic of the top banner and 4 rows of 4 squares.

The pictures do not accurately convey how extremely huge this afghan is.

The afghan is almost 5 feet wide.

And over 6 ft long. This is with the top banner and all 16 squares.

This is without the bottom banner, which is longer than the top banner.

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My MIL is tiny and has a double bed, lol.
I removed 1 row, 4 squares and I’m probably going to either do pillows or makes a smaller afghan for the kids.
This project has been long but very fun.
I look forward to the finish project.

17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazi’s and the Biggest Cover-up in History by Andrew Morton

Today’s audio book and crochet selection is #17carnations by #andrewmorton
This title is available to purchase as an ebook from #kindle and #googlebooks $9.99.
This title is also available as an audio book from #googlebooks ☆$14.95☆ and #audible for $20.75
This title is available to borrow as an audiobook from #overdrive or #libby

This is by the infamous royal ‘biographer’ that brought us Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words based on taped interviews with the late former Princess of Wales. Also the author of the more recent Meghan: A Hollywood Princess.
So basically trashy, gossipy and fun reading. Mr Morton is not a true biographer so I do not put faith in his books as anything more than gossip. Still, I love gossip.

If you’ve watched or even read about #TheCrown on Netflix, then you are familiar with history of The Windsor’s and Nazi war criminals. Late King Edward VIII was a supporter of Hitler and the Nazi Party, even going so far as to visit Nazi Germany with his wife, Ducchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson. I’m also aware that the current Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and consort of Queen Elizabeth II has strong familial ties to Nazi Germany. 2 of his sisters married men who were high up in Nazi Party. One of those sisters dies while the Nazi’s are in power but the other sister, Princess Sophie, and her husband were active and highly placed in the party, even naming their son Karl Adolf after Hitler. They were regular visitors of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II in the UK after the war. I’m hopeful this book will cover that shameful episode as well.

Currently on the Hook: Nature CAL (3amgracedesigns)

I’ve got a couple of months of work in on this afghan for my mother in law. I love how it’s turning out.

At this point I am working on my last square, which is another rose style square in red. After that I just need the bottom banner which is thicker than the top banner. This is much larger than I anticipated even without the bottom banner. It’s wide enough for a queen size bed and at least 5 feet long. My MIL is really short and has a double bed. So I’m seriously considering removing a row (4 squares) and making a matching kids size afghan with the extra squares. Or maybe 2 pillows to go with the afghan? Not sure if the pillows would work because honestly there’s too many blue squares.

***This pattern was not designed by me, it was designed by 3amgracedesigns and is available for free: https://3amgracedesigns.com/nature-blanket-c2c-cal/ ***

Anyway it’s coming along nicely and I’m thinking of edging the afghan in the darker color yarn that I used for the letters in the ‘Nature’ banner like in this pic I saw on instagram. I really like the way this looks.

***This picture is not my work, it belongs 2: https://www.instagram.com/ifsogirl1961/ ***

I need to finish final square, bottom banner, steam block, edge and attach squares. This will be my first experience attaching mini C2C squares so I hope my result looks as good as the pic above.

Hope to post more progress next week. My goal is to post on Hooking on Hump Day weekly on longer projects. My motivation is just all over the place on larger projects.

Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro

Today’s audio book and crochet selection is #primaryinversion by #catherineasaro
This title is available to purchase as an ebook from #kindle $5.99 and #googlebooks doesn’t have it available as an ebook.
This title is also available as an audio book from #googlebooks $14.95 and #audible for $10.95
This title is available to borrow as an audiobook from #hoopla
Not currently available to borrow on #libby or #overdrive

This is the first published novel in the #sagaoftheskolianempire #skolianempire #skolianempireseries #sagaoftherubydynasty
In these novels an unknown alien race took human beings from Earth, specifically Indigenous peoples in what is now South America about 4000BC. The humans were left on the planet, Raylicon, and eventually reverse engineered the alien technology and used it to settle the stars. Eventually these Raylicons divide into 2 groups: The Skolians who are psychic and The Eubian Concord who feed on pain from psychics. The Skolians come in a variety of colors some with lavender eyes and ombre hair and metallic gold skin. The Eubians have alabaster skin, red eyes and most of their population is enslaved, they are actively out seeking others to capture and enslave.
Eventually Earth joins these other groups of humans in space as the Allied Worlds of Earth and mostly, as the weakest player, attempts to be peacemaker.
Sauscony (Soz) is a warrior and Primary from Skolia. She is a Jagernaut, which means she has machine parts in her body and that she is bonded to her fighter ship. Soz is also a member of the ruling family of Skolia and set to be the next Imperator after her brother, Kurj.
How do you make peace with people who do not respect you as a human? Or your right to live free.
This is a first novel and some parts are clumsily written but mostly this works. The story explores the effects of generational trauma, PTSD and battle fatigue. Great world building and lots of action.