Sunday, July 24, 2016

Week in Review - Week 30


Random Thoughts

This week was sort of about trying to get back to normal after the events of the week before. I wouldn't say I was in a reading slump this week, but was more just too busy to read as much as I would have liked. As a result I didn't finish my audiobook yet, which at least meant one longer read on these wrap-ups lately. The happy thing is that when I had time to read, I was enjoying it. So, hopefully this week will be more of a reading week for me now that I am not finding reading a chore. I also changed the format to my Bullet Journal this week and I think I finally found a happy medium. What my crazy life has meant is not really using my planner. I just haven't had time to figure out how to incorporate it into my life! That is one of my to do list things for today because I would like to have something worked out by August.

Graphic Novel Year

Spider-Island: Warzones
M.O.D.O.K.: Assassin

Currently Reading


Audiobook


Weekly Reading

M.O.D.O.K Assassin ~ Marvel Unlimited ~ Another Secret Wars comic that I read off of Marvel Unlimited. It was another one that didn't knock my socks off, but was fun. 







Spider-Island: Warzones ~ Marvel Unlimited ~ This comic has many Marvel characters living on an island where a virus has turned them all into spiders. It was kind of fun considering I read Spider-Man comics, but I get kind of tired of them at the same time because he guest stars in everything possible. Still, I liked this one.




Bookburners - Season 1 - Episodes 1-4 ~ I wasn't sure how I was going to record these serial collections, but this morning I decided to do it by episode because I am not sure if I will be able to read the entire volume in a timely manner. This series is a lot of fun so far. It is a crime series that involves magic and books. Definitely my sort of thing! I have the collected edition from Netgalley, but I am not sure if I can read it before it expires and the cost to buy it is out of my e-book limit, so hopefully I will figure something out! Recommended!

New Additions

Nothing this week...

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 29

Weekly Pictures















Sunday, July 17, 2016

Week in Review - Week 29


Random Thoughts

This last week kicked my butt. Last Saturday the guy and the dog both were under the weather. Mackie seems to have been an allergy and some Benadryl cleared him up. He was still not himself for a couple more days but seems better. The first morning he was better, though, the guy was even worse. So, we spent Thursday at the ER (and probably should have been there before that day). He has an infection and came home with some antibiotics. If they don't work he might have to have surgery, so everyone cross fingers and toes they work. He all ready seems a lot better and ate a real meal last night for the first time all week. As a result, reading and other things all fell to the wayside. If I didn't do some reading on Saturday, I wouldn't have finished anything all week! The fact that this was the time last year where I broke my ankle and derailed my entire summer was a fun undercurrent to the events. I am really happy that it is the weekend!

Graphic Novel Year

Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps
Amazing Spider-man - Volume 5: Spiral
Hawkeye - Volume 5: All-New Hawkeye
Giant-Size Little Marvel: AvX
Secret Wars: Secret Love #1


Currently Reading


Audiobook 


Weekly Reading

Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps ~ (Marvel) ~ Another Secret Wars comic. At least this one takes place in an alternate World War II, so it worked for me a lot better than some of the other Secret Wars comics. It includes a cast of women and I all ready enjoy Carol Danvers. I am really behind with my Marvel reading, but I enjoyed finishing up this series. Maybe not the best in the over all Carol Danvers world, but enjoyable. Recommended!


The Amazing Spider-Man - Volume 5 ~ This concluded the Spider-man run before he entered Secret Wars. This comic was actually a mini series that happened separate from the larger series that was also running. I have read a lot of Spider-man since getting Marvel Unlimited. He still is not my favourite Marvel character, but I enjoy my time with him here and there. Recommended!



Hawkeye - Volume 5: All-New Hawkeye ~ I was buying this series, but I didn't preorder this one last year and just ended up reading it on Marvel Unlimited. I have OCD and will need to own it at some point. Maybe my birthday or Christmas I will catch up with it! In the meantime, Jeff Lemire has taken over writing the series and he has long been a favourite of mine. I am enjoying the story, but I am not sure the art is clicking with me at times. It is still a good series and I look forward to the next volume. Recommended!

The Monopolists ~ Audio ~ My only non-comic of the week was my audio read for the week. I have wanted to read this book for ages and am so glad that I did. I probably own 10 different versions of Monopoly, but I haven't actually sat down and played it in years. It was my favourite game for years, though, and I enjoyed learning the history. I had no idea that a woman was one of the early inventors of the game, for example. I learned a lot and definitely recommend both the book and the narrator.

Giant Size Little Marvel: AvX ~ This was a fun diversion where the Avengers, X-Men, Inhumans, and Guardians of the Galaxy are all little kids. Basically two twins move into the area and they try to talk them into joining their team. And, there are battles and competitions. It was fun and I really enjoyed it. Recommended!




Secret Wars: Secret Love ~ I think this is the only comic for this storyline, but haven't really had a chance to look into it. It is a collection of short stories about Marvel characters and their romance. It is not really all secrets, but it was a chance to see different authors and illustrators tell the Marvel characters stories. Recommended!




New Additions

Darwin's Radio
Saga - Volume 6
Ms. Marvel - Volume 5: Super Famous
Fables - The Wolf Among Us - Volume 2

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 28

Weekly Pictures





















Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ten Facts About Me


1. | I am obsessed with starting new projects to 'better' myself and make life more interesting. Many of them fall to the wayside eventually because only so many hours in the day.

2. | I would consider myself more a dog person than a cat person, but I wouldn't trade Casey and Finn for anything. And, when a friend needed to re-home their cat we volunteered. (They didn't like we had a dog.) I would like to have a second dog one day...

3. | I am very routine oriented. I hate when I can't get into a routine. This is really bad in the summer and is probably why I neglect a lot of my hobbies during the summer. But, I do other things instead, so I need to get better at embracing things. I think it is mostly that my reading suffers and I really like to be reading.

4. | Bullet Journals and cleaning schedules have made a huge difference in my 2016. I think I am really bad at looking at the big picture instead of doing things little by little.

5. | I used to not like graphic novels because they were so short and I read so fast... Unfortunately I enjoy them and have quite a collection now. I still have misgivings about the cost because of the page count, but they are pretty! And good when in a reading slump!

6. | My favourite part of the day is probably bedtime. I enjoy other aspects of the day, but I say 'bedtime' and Mackie dashes upstairs and gets comfy. He has to get down when the other human comes to bed, so I enjoy our time together for a bit.

7. | I would love to get better at photography. Instead I take pictures with my phone and post them on Instagram. Instagram is my favourite app, though, so maybe one day I will get better at using my actual camera and photography books.

8. | I always consider history and fantasy my favourite genres, but I find I mostly read fantasy nowadays.

9. | I am actually blogging this year and I am very proud of this fact.

10. | My dog is laying beside me crying because he wants a treat... The other human tends to give him too many and now he doesn't really understand what 'treat' means. He will act like he needs to go out, but then he goes to the treat area instead. I possibly give him treats sometimes just to get him out of my face. We really need to break that bad habit.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Week in Review - Week 28


Random Thoughts

Mackie has had some sort of allergic reaction. That sort of derailed the weekend because I don't buy Benadryl typically and now I am typing this while waiting for a store to open that I can buy more at. In the meantime Mackie is itchy and half his face is swollen. Hopefully the Benadryl given to him regularly will get things under control. I am trying to make it to Monday so we don't pay emergency vet bills to be told the dog has an allergy and give him Benadryl. Now, give me lots of money. He is eating and drinking and asking to go out, so really normally other than the itchy side of his face. 

It doesn't really matter what is happening with the dog in reading land, but since I am still in a reading slump we can talk about the dog instead, right?

Graphic Novel Year

A-Force - Volume 0: Warzones
Howard the Duck - Volume 0: What the Duck?
Star Wars: Lando
Star Wars: Shattered Empire

Currently Reading 


Audiobook


Weekly Reading

A-Force - Volume 0 ~ I was excited about the idea for this comic, but again... Warzones and Secret Wars just are not knocking my socks off. But, this series does set up an interesting cast of characters and looks like it is continuing after the Secret Wars story-line has ended. I will be curious to see what direction it is going to take and am happy that there is a comic about a group of strong women in the Marvel Universe now.


Howard the Duck - Volume 0 ~ I guess since this series started before Secret Wars, they just made it Volume 0 because now the real stuff will be happening. I find Howard fun. He obviously reminds me of Donald Duck even if he is not necessarily anything like him personality wise. He is more a cross between Donald and Scrooge McDuck. But, it was a fun start to the series and I am looking forward to Volume 1.



Star Wars: Lando ~ My read of the Star Wars comics continues. This one centred around Lando, a character I always enjoyed in the movies. This comic still seems like the same person and captures his personality really well. I enjoyed it!





Star Wars: Shattered Empire ~ This comic takes place right after Star Wars Episode VI. It was good, but was apparently released more to benefit the new franchise than to give the old franchise what they wanted. I think it is because the new movies are introducing new characters and we are supposed to move beyond the Luke, Leia, Hans storylines and start liking the new characters. And, I probably will, but the originals will always hold the special place for me...


Blackout ~ If not for audio, I would not be finishing any longer works lately! But, at least I have audio working for me. First up, I listened to all three of the books in this trilogy in a row. Go me! It helped that they were really good! Mira Grant has someone that I have neglected for too long and really need to check out more from in the future! Georgia, Shawn, and all the other Newsflesh characters were engaging and the back-drop to the trilogy overall was well done. I am so happy I read it and strongly recommend the whole trilogy!

New Additions

Nothing this week...

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 27
2016 in Review - A Mid Year Reflection

Weekly Pictures