Welcome to another installment! First off, here's a tutorial on how to make a reusable shopping bag! These are super great to have on hand to avoid that bag fee when you go to the store, and they're great for the environment!
As always, I need a book to listen to while I craft, so this time I want to recommend Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean!
Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izumi discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity…and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.
In a whirlwind, Izumi travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.
Izumi soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairy tale, happily ever after?
Read it HERE on Sora!
Welcome back to another week of crafting!
Here's a super quick tutorial on how to crochet a heart!
Looking for something a little more complicated? How about this super cute jellyfish!
And, of course, you know I need something to listen to! Luckily, we have over 2,000 audiobooks to choose from on Sora, and this week I'm feeling like listening to some awesome fantasy, so, let's take a look at Legendborn by Tracy Deonn!
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
A flying demon feeding on human energies.
A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.
And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.
The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.
She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.
We're back again!
It's springtime, so let's look at how to crochet an adorable bumblebee!
Is a bumblebee a little out of your depth? No worries, you can also make an adorable and super simple flower (great for Mother's Day, no matter who you celebrate).
âFor this week's audiobook, I wanted to spotlight a book that takes place the summer DMX made it big. Here's the author, Tiffany D. Jackson, talking about it:
Here's that book, âLet Me Hear a Rhyme.
In this striking new novel by the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly and Mondayâs Not Coming, Tiffany D. Jackson tells the story of three Brooklyn teens who plot to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star by pretending he's still alive.
Brooklyn, 1998. Biggie Smalls was right: Things done changed. But that doesnât mean that Quadir and Jarrell are cool letting their best friend Stephâs music lie forgotten under his bed after heâs murderedânot when his rhymes could turn any Bed Stuy corner into a party.
With the help of Stephâs younger sister Jasmine, they come up with a plan to promote Stephâs music under a new rap name: the Architect. Soon, everyone wants a piece of him. When his demo catches the attention of a hotheaded music label rep, the trio must prove Stephâs talent from beyond the grave.
As the pressure of keeping their secret grows, Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine are forced to confront the truth about what happened to Steph. Only, each has something to hide. And with everything riding on Stephâs fame, they need to decide what they stand for or lose all that theyâve worked so hard to hold on toâincluding each other.
This week we have a beginning tutorial for knitters!
Also, because so many of you love amigurumi, here's an amigurumi tutorial.
Of course, you all know I HAVE to listen to an audiobook while I'm working on a project, and right now I'm trying to work on a lighter sweater to wear before it gets too warm. This week I'm recommending Angie Thomas's prequel to The Hate U Give, Concrete Rose, available on Sora!
International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.
If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.
Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.
Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.
Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.
When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.
First off, here's an awesome tutorial on how to crochet a super cute bumblebee:
Not sure how to crochet yet? This is a really good tutorial for a beginner:
And of course, when I'm crocheting, I like to have something to listen to. I don't really like to watch anything, because I tend to make mistakes when I take my eyes off my work, so I get really into audiobooks when I'm working on a project. My recommendation is the action-packed Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. You can check out this audiobook, alongside all of Rick Riordan's other books, using the Sora app on your phone or by logging in on your computer for free!
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .