Edel Grace

Programmer, Developer, Enthusiast

Book Blogger Hop #26

Mar 9, 2018 | Comments

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a question is posted for the book blog community to discuss. This week’s question is…

Do you enjoy reading retellings of, or ‘sequels’ to, classic novels? Why or why not?

I can’t think off the top of my head of any retellings of classic novels that I’ve read before. I’ve read plenty of retellings of myths and fairy tales. I’ve also read books where characters from classic novels appear in usually different situations (in terms of time period and setting).

One series that I read when I was younger was The Bard Academy Series by Cara Lockwood which features characters from the classics (of course, Heathcliff is in it and the female main character has feelings for him). At the time I enjoyed the books but looking back on it now, I’m not so sure if I would enjoy them today.

Recently, I have read fictionalized biographies of some of the Bronte sisters (I am obsessed with the Brontes if you can’t tell) but it’s not quite the same as retelling classic novels.

Overall, I’d say that I enjoy them but it really depends on the author. The author would have to be able to suspend my sense of belief enough for me accept their retelling of a story. It’s definitely a little jarring to have a set of perceptions about certain figures or settings be retold through the eyes of another author.

If it’s the original author and a sequel is being told, I would have faith in them to stay true to their own characters and worlds. Especially if the novel is deemed to be a classic. Authors who are considered classic are usually not one hit wonders and are extremely good writers.

When it comes to more recent books, I can’t say I enjoy sequels very much.

For example, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is one of my favourite books. The sequel didn’t come until after many years and when I finally picked it up… I was disappointed. Maybe it’s because so much time has passed that I idealized the characters but it didn’t have the same spark as the first book did.

So really, it depends. I can’t have a blanket answer. It all depends on the author.

February 2018 in Review

Mar 3, 2018 | Comments


February felt so short! Shorter than usual. I suppose it always feels this short because February is short already. Also, Reading Week is a week where we have the entire week off so it’s inherently less productive due to the less hours.

I started using Todoist as my organizational system but we’ll see whether or not it sticks. So far I like it. But I’ve been using the premium version and I might have to pay for it soon… Not looking forward to that. My Amazon Prime and YNAB subscriptions also need to be renewed this month. March will be expense heavy.


  • Feb 05: Limericks for dinner
  • Feb 07: Went to the gym
  • Feb 08: My grandfather passed away
  • Feb 16: Went to the zoo (post)
  • Feb 17-18: Attended a hackathon (post)
  • Feb 19: Dinner at BlueFin (post)
  • Feb 23: Watched Black Panther


Overall spending in February

My total monthly expenses for this month. I’m not sure whether to include “savings” as an expense since it’s just that: savings. So in reality, it’s $481.45 of spending but that’s still quite a lot, unfortunately.

Just for fun: Going out, a lot of eating, and Humble Bundle subscription

We went to the zoo and watched Black Panther so that took up most of the expenses. The zoo is expensive, nearly $60 for two people. As always, I eat out too much. I keep telling myself I need to cut down on it but I lack the discipline. I gained a couple of pounds, unfortunately.

Bills: Tuition/school, phone, transit

I accidentally bought a day pass instead of a 1.5 hour ticket. Whoops. Also, I signed up for graduation and the convocation ceremony fee is hefty.

Expenses: Clothes, food, and misc

I bought some tights and they were really cute. They had cat faces on them! I also went grocery shopping for some stuff for my boyfriend. And I accidentally forgot to cancel my Kindle Unlimited trial and was charged for a month.

Bills (optional): Gym and netflix

I need to cancel my gym membership. I’ve been going to my university gym instead. My boyfriend and I watch more than enough Netflix to justify the price.

Hours of Sleep

Hours of sleep

Wow! I was really on the nose for my average amount of sleep this month. I averaged around 7 and a half hours of sleep per night. That’s pretty good. You can see my four hours of sleep from the hackathon and the immediate recovery I had the next day. Overall, I’m pretty happy.

Hours spent on phone

Hours spent on my phone

I’m not happy with my almost 10 hours of phone usage but that was during the hackathon where I was dead tired to do anything else. I forgive myself for that. But I’m determined not to spend too much time on my phone this time around.

Books Read

  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Sky is Yours by Chandler Kang Smith (post)

Goals for this month

  • Keep up my 7 and a half hour sleeping average
  • At least $50 less in spending on food
  • Keep up my Todoist streak of completing 5 tasks per day
  • Absolutely no Reddit or Tumblr this month

Book Blogger Hop #25

Mar 2, 2018 | Comments

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a question is posted for the book blog community to discuss. This week’s question is…

Off the book topic…do you use a mouse pad? If so, what is on it?

I do not use a mouse pad! I don’t even own a mouse pad. I just use whatever surface I’m using for a mouse pad. In fact, it’s very rare when I actually use a mouse at all.

My only computer is my laptop so I most often use the trackpad instead. The only time I use a mouse is when I’m playing video games on my laptop, since it’s a gaming laptop. Previously I used a wired mouse but the wire wore out. Recently I had to buy a new mouse because my wired mouse just wouldn’t work anymore.

This time I opted for a wireless mouse. I like it so far. I can change the sensitivity with buttons and go back and forward pages when I’m using a web browser. It’s a little bit too big for my small hands but it’s still a great mouse!

However, if I ever get a desktop computer, I think I would buy a mouse pad just so that the table won’t get damaged.

WIP Wednesday: Temperature Blanket #1

Feb 28, 2018 | Comments

WIP stands for a “work in progress.” As an avid crafter and generally creative person, I always have at least one WIP!

This year I’m doing a temperature blanket for real. My inspiration comes from Sakaane who is also doing a temperature blanket. I deliberated over how I wanted to make the blanket. I already had a ton of squares but I know myself too well. I would never get around to joining all those squares and weaving in all those ends.

After browsing multiple projects and patterns, I decided on doing a linen/moss/granite stitch (how could one stitch have so many names?). I chained 160 + 1 in order to make a twin-ish sized blanket and went at it. So far, I’ve only done January and I still have all of February to catch up on.

Blanket up to January 20, 2018

The lighting is kinda bad so the picture makes the blanket look a lot brighter than it really is. The spring green doesn’t look nearly as gross as that. And it might be hard to tell, but the first row is actually in teal.

Colours I’m Using

Each row represents the average temperature of that day. The yarn I decided on was Bernat Premium because it’s cheap (whoops) and plentiful. The colour scheme I’m using is below:

  • 30C+: Red
  • 20C to 30C: Orange
  • 10C to 20C: Gold
  • 0C to 10C: Spring Green
  • -10C to 0C: Green
  • -20C to -10C: Teal
  • -20C to -30C: Royal Blue
  • -30C+: Navy Blue

Picture version of my colour scheme

As you can see from the colour scheme, this has been a mild winter so far. Not -30C+ averages thankfully. It’s even been breaking into the positives! I’m really hoping I can use my navy blue at least once this winter. If not, there’s always December to look forward to!

How I Keep Track

My handy dandy spreadsheet

I have a recurring task in Todoist that simply says “Input into stats spreadsheet” which I do every morning once I wake up. This spreadsheet keeps track of not only the temperature of the day, but how many hours I slept that night, how many hours I spent on my phone, and how many tasks I managed to finish.

Anyway, once I finish crocheting a row, I simply strike out the appropriate cell. I use conditional formatting to change the background colour of the cell to the colour that I should use for that day. Unfortunately, it’s kind of hard to differentiate the colours but I just need to double check myself sometimes.


I think the blanket is going pretty well. By the time this is posted, I’m hoping to have caught up to the end of February. I’m honestly so jazzed at how nice it’s looking so far. I really like how the stitch looks. My only concern is how long it will end up being. It’s already 5 inches for 20 rows. So for ~360 rows… That’s 90 inches long! That’s okay, I plan to wrap myself up in it for those cold Calgary winter nights.


A photo of me

My name is Edel Grace Altares. My programming interests include full stack development and back end development. My languages of choice are Python and Java. Outside of programming I enjoy crocheting, video games, cats, historical fiction, and reading.