Sunday, August 21, 2016

Week in Review - Week 34


Random Thoughts

I gave myself permission to take the rest of August off reading-wise this week. I just find that I am forcing myself to read and where is the fun in that? My mind is just full of other things and is too restless to sit quietly with a book. I am still listening to audios so it is not like I am not reading at all. I am just giving myself permission to do the other things I want to do lately. 

And what are those things? One of them is I am finally making a list of all the unread books in my house. This is very time consuming and scary because I purged a lot of books earlier this year and I still have a large amount of unread books in my house. Add in audiobooks and ebooks... It is scary! These reading slumps do not help. (And have taught me that I need to be more careful as I am reading Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman on my e-reader and turns out I own it in paperback, too. oops!) So, everyday I tackle a shelf or two. I have a ways to go... There is a reason I have never counted how many books are on my TBR!

I also had bought a planner in July and then just could not get into a groove with it... But, I decided to add in some stickers and I did some playing around with this weeks spread this weekend. Now that I sort of have an idea of what I am hoping for, I understand there are YouTube videos to offer more suggestions. Now I just need to find time for those! I am still doing a bullet journal. I have kept that up for months and only missed two days! It has turned more into a journal, though. I still plan out what I need to do the next day, but then I write notes of what some of the key things I did that day were and I have started doing a 'Currently' page everyday. What I have learned from that is we eating really boring food...

I still clean on a schedule of sorts but it has become a habit so I rarely look at the actual schedule any more. I just clean what needs to be cleaned next... My house will never be immaculate, but I don't feel as overwhelmed by it all as I used to. That helps a lot! And, I continue with the treadmill and taking pictures. I also have been really good at keeping up with my feed reader even if I don't comment on every blog that I read. What I can't seem to get better at is blogging myself, but again... Managed to blog once a week so far this year. It could be worse!

Graphic Novel Year

Skip Beat! Volume 1

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Skip-Beat Volume 1 ~ I do not read manga very much because the series are so long, but I had a really good coupon for Kobo that made this book less than a dollar. I figured it was time to see if I liked this series. And, it was a lot of fun and I can see myself getting into it as it goes... But, we will see if that actually happens because that is like 30-something books. I wish the coupon had been multi-use! Recommended!



Bookburners - Season 1, Episode 5 ~ I have sort of fallen out of the habit of this serial thing. I decided the other night when I couldn't sleep that this shorter fiction was the best idea. And, I am really enjoying this story of a group that hunt down all the evil books in the world and their adventures. The writers are all doing a wonderful job! Now, if I could just read more! Recommended!



To the Bright Edge of the World ~ Audio ~ Okay, so if you have not read this you really should! I loved this book and cannot recommend it enough! It would be a great read, but I loved the audio, too. It is set at the end of the 19th century and is told through diary entries, letters, etc. It then flips back to a more modern period where the descendant of the 19th century couple has sent all of the records and artefacts to a museum in Alaska. The history of Alaska, the expedition, and the modern woman that Sophie was all combined with the magical writing of Ivey made for outstanding read. Strongly recommended!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Week in Review - Week 33


Random Thoughts

Well, reading is not getting any better. I read Fifteen Dogs. That book is under 200 pages and it took me like a week. I guess the summer and me will never be reading friends. I try, though... And, if nothing else I have managed to blog once a week at least all year so far. So, there is that accomplishment, right? I am not just neglecting my reading. I am slacking on the treadmill, audiobooks, my bullet journal, planners in general, photo a day challenges... I honestly don't know where my days go since everything I normally do is what is getting neglected!

I have been thinking about reading in general and I have finally found my e-book obsession: 2016 releases on one-day sales. As a result I own more 2016 releases than I have since review copies were popular (for me). I am reading Homecoming right now because it was a daily deal last weekend and I had heard a lot of good things about it. It is not my typical read, but when it was under 5 dollars it was more justifiable to splurge. I don't think I read more than like 5 books published in 2015 in 2015, so it is curious how my reading has changed this year... Audiobooks are helping, too. I grabbed Eowyn Ivey's new book with a credit because I read her previous book on audio and figured I would keep up the trend. I don't use credits until I am ready for a new book. This means that I have been giving into buzz on blogs more than buying books off my wish list.

Graphic Novel Year

Bombshells - Volume 2: Allies

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Bombshells - Volume 2 ~ I took a chance on this series when I heard about it and I am so happy that I did! The Women of DC in a re-imagined WWII. It is right up my alley to be honest. Do I probably miss things because I am not up on all these characters? Definitely. Does it take away from the reading? Not at all. This story brought all the different storylines together. I enjoy that they all have back-stories and then there is the main storyline. I am really looking forward to Volume 3 out in 2017! Recommended!

Fifteen Dogs ~ After all the buzz about this book I grabbed a copy when I saw it at the second hand store. Then another blogger mentioned how much she liked it, so I decided to make it my next read. I love dogs. I love creative God stories. I just didn't love this as much as I expected to. And, I am pretty sure it is my overall mood and not the book itself. Because, I did enjoy the idea behind it and the characters. (Dogs!) I guess I just expected to love it more than I did. I do still recommend it and might reread it when my overall mood is better. Recommended!
Age of Myth ~ (audio) ~ I think my overall mood affected my read of this book, too. It took me forever to get through it. And, I think again I would have loved it more if I read it at a different time. I am so annoyed with myself because I am reading these great books and just not getting invested like I would like to. I still loved this and wish I had read Sullivan long before this, but I probably will have to reread it before the next book comes out because I was so distracted. It is still a great epic fantasy and an awesome audio. Recommended!

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Week in Review - Week 32

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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Week in Review - Week 32


Random Thoughts

Just getting this done very last minute. I had a busy weekend and it threw my routine off. I also had a busy week and hardly read so not like I have much to talk about, but I didn't want to miss a weekend post after doing so well with them so far this year! It is not really a reading slump. The summer is just busy and I find it hard to work reading into my routine. I have been slacking on my audio, too, because of time never being enough. This means that I have been slacking on the treadmill, too. It has also been really hot, so that doesn't help motivation. Hopefully I will have more to talk about next week!

Graphic Novel Year

Monstress - Volume 1

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Monstress ~ The only book I read this week and it took more than a couple days! It was good and the art was awesome. I just couldn't find time to settle in with it! I read the first issue in a Humble Bundle and knew I had to find out what happened next. There was a lot of buzz about this release and it was well worth it! I enjoyed the story and the dark, original story. I can't wait to find out what happens next! Recommended!


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Week in Review - Week 31

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