January Wrap-up & February’s TBR List

I have actually managed to get quit a bit of reading done this month. Mostly during my down time at work so I guess I haven’t had that much to keep me busy this month.

Cress & Winter, by Marissa Meyer, finishes off The Lunar Chronicles and oh my goodness let me tell you how much I really LOVED this series. Winter took me a lot longer to read than I thought it would, partly because I took a small break to read the other two on this lost, but also I there were a lot of part I found myself starting to feel bored. I guess I was just super anxious to see Queen Levana get what was coming to her.

As for the other two, The Princess Saves Herself In This One, by Amanda Lovelace, and My Spiritual Journey, by the Dalai Lama, they were ones I began reading on a whim one day when I had thought that Eat Pray Love was downloaded onto my kindle. Turns out it wasn’t and I have no internet connection at work so I had to choose something else. I don’t regret it though. I loved both of them and they were both short so it didn’t throw me off too bad.

Maybe I’m being a little delusional in thinking that I can get another four books read in a month but hey, I did it once already so a girl can dream right? Eat Pray Love I’m already half done with so that shouldn’t take me to long to finish. Farenheit 451 has been on my TBR list forever and I think it’s about time I finally read it. I got The Sun Is Also A Star in my Book of the Month box a couple of months ago and it looks too good to keep on my self any longer so I’m going to definitely try to get that one read. Ice Massacre I’ve read a few reviews for recently and it sounds interesting. Definitely a good book for my diverse books new years resolution.

Top 5 Wednesday: Current Favorites that Aren’t Books

Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from books and talk about some other things you’ve been obsessed with. These all don’t have to be in the same category. Mix it up! What TV shows have you been enjoying, makeup you’ve been wearing, food you’ve been eating, etc.??

For this I’m actually going to be sticking to one category; video games!!

When I’m not doing something with my daughter or reading a book, I can usually be found playing video games. I’m definitely a more casual gamer than I used to be but there are still several games that I have loved the heck out of recently.

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5. Bioshock: The Collection

My wonderful husband got me this for Christmas. I had never played the first two games before but had pick up Bioshock Infinite not long after it had originally been released and I fell in love. So far, I’ve finished the first game and it was just as amazing as I thought it would be. I’m maybe about 1/3 of the way through the second one and am still just as impressed so far. This T5W has also remanded me that it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve played this as well.

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4. The Sims

Specifically, The Sims 3. I’ve been a Sims junky since the first game came out when I was still in high school. I’ve always considered it one of my guilty pleasures, mostly because of the teasing I get when I tell people how much I freaking love these games. I haven’t made the jump up to The Sims 4 yet. I’m not sure if I ever will since I love 3 so damn much and I don’t have a lot of money to invest in all of the explanation packs.

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3. Dragon Age: Inquisition

This one I’ve been playing less and less of now that I’ve played through it at least a dozen times but that doesn’t mean I love it any less. Thedas ranks high on my list of favorite game worlds and I have to admit that have a weakness for rich fantasy worlds filled with tons of lore.

2. The Elder Scrolls and Fallout

I’m putting these two together because they both deserve to be on this list and they both rank at about the same spot on my favorites list. I put Skyrim down a while ago and haven’t played it in a while but I will always love and be ready to jump into it. Fallout 4 was my crack for a while. I loved everything it had added to the game and the fact that it was set in Boston (my most favorite city) was only an added bonus.

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1. The Mass Effect Trilogy

I have no words to describe how much I love these games. I have played through the entire trilogy more times than I can count and every time I fall more and more in love with all of these amazing characters. I can’t tell you how excited I am for Mass Effect: Andromeda’s release next month. You will all probably lose me come March 21st.

Top 5 Wednesday group can be found here on Goodreads.

Down The TBR Hole weeks #3 & #4

I know I say I’m bad at this all the time, but I am really bad at this. The Christmas week was crazy for this momma and last week the little one was sick so it was extra hard trying to find the time to sit down and write this post. So I’m just going to ahead and do two weeks together.

For those who don’t know, this is a weekly meme hosted by Lia over at Lost In A Story.

 Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
    Order on ascending date added.
    Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
    Read the synopses of the books
    Decide: keep it or should it go?

So without further ado, here they are:

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The Princess Bride | by: William Goldman

I’m actually really mad at myself for still never having read this. I loved the movie (are any of you noticing a pattern here cause I know I am.)

Judgement: Keep

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1984 | by: George Orwell

This is another one that I’ve wanted to read forever. A few years ago I started to really get into dystopia novels as well so that of course made my interest in reading this book increase probably ten fold. I’ll have to read it eventually.

Judgement: Keep

Since this post has ten books I’m going to go and put the rest of them under a cut this time.

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Top 5 Wednesday | 2017 Goals

So I suppose I already did this with my resolution post the other day but I did say that I wanted to post more so here it is.

For those who haven’t heard of it, Top 5 Wednesdays is a weekly meme. Topics for this weekly meme can be found here on Goodreads and was something that I enjoyed taking part in a while ago and thought it would be fun to do again.

So here we go. My top 5 bookish goals for the New Year.

  1. I’ll start off with the easy one and reiterate my goal of trying to read at least 24 books by the end of the year. Easy.
  2. Visit the library more and get a library card. I love libraries, always have but I also really liked owning all of my books that I read. I don’t know why, I’ve always been that way. Coupled with my slow reading I never liked the idea that I had a time limit to read said books. So I don’t go to the Library all that often. My town’s library is amazing. It has a wonderful children’s section that I’ve brought my Daughter to a couple of times and I know that they do all sort of activities for the little one on a regular basis. I also know that their funding has been cut quite a bit over the last few years and so I’d like to start going again and show them my support in any small way that I can.
  3. Visit the used book store down town more often. Now a days, most of my book purchases are done online from Book Depository or Amazon. Not 10 minutes away from me is a tiny used book store and the lady who runs is the nicest person you will ever meet. There’s another one in the next town over and the last time I visited that one, Annie recognized my grandmother and me even thought we hadn’t been there in years. Both stores have no problem ordering books and even give discounts to those who trade in some gently used books. I need to visit these places more often.
  4. Read more diverse books. I look at the books on my shelf and I’m surprised at how many of them were written by men. Straight white men to be exact and most of the main characters of these books reflect that. I’d like to try to get some more diversity into my reading. This includes the reading I do with my daughter.
  5. Oh this is harder than I thought. Oh I know. Organize my shelves and donate more books. I’m never any good at figuring out what to do with the books I decide not to keep. I’ve brought them to the library, donated them to thrift stores before and even traded them in to the used book store a few times. But the books in my to-go pile just usually end up sitting there for so long. I actually have been thinking about bringing most of my to-go books into work so that the patients can read them. A lot of them are always commenting on how much I read when I’m there and many seem genuinely interested in what I’ve been reading. I know a lot of them would like to read them themselves. It would keep my shelf more organized and make more room for my daughter’s ever growing collection of picture books.

What are some of you’re goals for this year?

2017 New Years Resolutions

I had something really personal and heartfelt to start this post off with but I’ve been sitting here trying to write it for hours and I just can’t write it. Not yet, and maybe not ever. So I’m just going to jump into it.

I’m not usually a new years resolution type of person. I’m not good at sticking with stuff and so I’ve thought they were useless. Given how hard this past year was though I thought it would be good to try to get into some better habits. So here we go:

  • Read more books. Right there on the top of the list. According to Goodreads, I only read 12 books during the year of 2016. I’m pretty sure I read one or two more than that but I didn’t log them in and now for the life of me I can’t remember what they were so I’m just going to go ahead and agree with Goodreads on this one. I’d like to double that if I can and read 24 book by this time next year.
  • A second part to the read more books resolution is to read more books with my daughter. This won’t be that difficult since she usually brings me at least three books to read to her between the time she wakes up in the morning and the time I put her down for her daily nap before I leave for work. Still, it’s a good thing to continue to encourage.
  • Write everyday. Even if it’s just a 100 word journal entry. This is a habit that I’ve been trying to get into for a while but it never works out for all sorts of reasons that are really just useless excuses. I’ll try to do better with it this year.
  • Make more time for myself…without giving up anymore of my sleep. Before I became a mother, my shower was my shower and the time I put aside for reading and video games was my “me time.” The universe at large, and this includes most of my family, seems to think that once you have children, trips to the bathroom alone should be cherished (which they are of course) but that is the most you are expected to get and you are expected to be grateful for it. Pardon me for saying so but that’s complete bullshit. This year I’m going to make more of an effort to make more time for me.
  • Spend more time with my husband. Also without giving up anymore of our precious few hours of sleep. I’m sure it goes without saying but having a child is a hard blow to any marriage. On top of that, my husband recently started a new job that came with a slightly later shift and so the bit of time we had during the switch off between our jobs is gone. We can go half a week without having a full conversation face to face. I have no idea where all of this time is going to come from but I’m determined to find it.
  • Post more content to my blog(s). I’ll be the first to say it, I’m bad at this. Luckily this can be included in with my write everyday resolutions. Surely I can get a post typed up every once in a while, right?
  • Stick to my low-fat diet. I’ve been doing okay with it so far and I haven’t had a gallbladder attack in a little over a month. That’s progress I suppose.
  • And last but definitely not least, don’t take life, or the people who are in it, for granted. Most days I still feel like I’m reeling from the loss of my grandfather. It will be a year since the last time I saw him. I’m told that his death was slow and as comfortable as the doctors could make it but that doesn’t actually do anything to make me feel better. I have a hundred excuses of why I couldn’t be there but not one of them is really good enough. I still feel my reasons for cutting him out of my life were sound, but that too still doesn’t do much to ease this guilt I’ve been feeling. I love you Opa, I’m sorry that you couldn’t agree with my life choices but I still love you.

So there we go. New year, new me and all of that. Or maybe it’s a bit more of trying to reconnect with the old me. I don’t know. Here’s hoping that 2017 will be a better year.

December Wrap-up & January’s TBR list

This month I only managed to finish two books. Sometimes my slow reading makes me sad but then I remember that my husband got me the Bioshock games for Christmas and it makes more sense to me now.

A Gentleman In Moscow, by Amor Towles, was a pleasant read and I found myself loving just about every character that graced the pages. It even managed to be a little suspenseful towards the end.

Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer, took me a little longer than Cinder had to pull me in but I soon enough fell in love with her, Wolf, and especially Captain Thorne (I feel a bit like Cress in that regard I suppose.) Cress I almost finished. I have a little over 100 pages left but I just wasn’t able to free up the time to finish it.

….Okay yes you’re right. The late night reading time I had made for myself the past week was totally being used for video games. In my defense though, the dark is the perfect way to play a creepy game like Bioshock.

For the Goodreads challenge this year I’ve chosen to try and read 24 books during 2017. Two books a month shouldn’t be that hard but since I only read half that during 2016 we’ll see how things go.

This month I’m going to finish Cress, probably in a couple of days. I’ll finish off The Lunar Chronicles with Winter and then I’ll take a book that’s been on my TBR list for several years and read Eat, Pray, Love.

Down The TBR Hole #2

Week two of this meme started by Lia over at Lost In A Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here we go:

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The Kite Runner | by: Khaled Hosseini

The movie based on this book was recommended to me by one of my coworkers a while ago. I still haven’t watched the movie yet either but I am still very interested in reading this. I’ll keep it for now so that I don’t completely forget about it.

Judgment: Keep

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Odd Thomas | by: Dean Koontz

I think I added this because my best friend loves the author. I’m not a huge fan of the mystery/thriller genre though.

Judgement: Go

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Pride And Prejudice | by: Jane Austen

Not going to lie, I’m not overly interested in reading classic literature most of the time. I’ll read it if I’m ever in the mood but otherwise I doubt it’s ever going to happen.

Judgement: Go

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The Time Traveler’s Wife | by: Audrey Niffenegger

This just sounds to interesting to pass up. Time travelling and an out-of-order love story, sounds like something straight out of Doctor Who.

Judgement: Keep

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The Notebook | Nicholas Sparks

Another movie that I enjoyed, another book I need to read.

Judgement: Keep

Being Healthy Is A Drag

So I’ve decided to put myself on a diet and I really intend to stick to it this time. Earlier this year I tried eating better. This mostly involved counting calories, which let me tell you is no way to diet. It seemed like it should be easy, and at first it was. Eat more veggies, eat less microwaveable junk. I’m still really not sure where it derailed, but it did.

A few months ago I was diagnosed with gallstones. It has been recommended that I get my gallbladder removed, but I opted to hold off on surgery for the time being mostly because I didn’t feel like going through the recovery with a one year old to take care of. So now I’ve got a gallbladder full of stones that likes to cause me pain once in a while. Only that once in a while has increased over the few months since my diagnosis and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that it’s the junk I’m eating that’s causing it.

So I’m going on a low fat diet. Loosing weight would be nice but I’ve decided that this time I’m just going to focus on limiting the amount of fat and sugar in my food. With any luck the symptoms of my gallstone attacks will decrease or at least become less severe as a result.

So why is this a drag? I’m attempting to change a major portion of my lifestyle, in a household of people who do not wish to change theirs. So all of the fatty foods that I have grown to love are still here, tempting me, everyday.

My willpower is strong, for now; so I will persevere, I hope. Wish me luck guys.

Down The TBR Hole #1

So I found this and I thought it would be a good idea. I don’t actually have a ridiculously long TBR list on Gooodreads like I know some people do, but I love stuff that helps get me organized.

I found this over  on Lost In A Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, you’re Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

So here I go:

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Animal Farm | By: George Orwell

I’ve been wanting to read this since I was in High School, I just keep forgetting all about it. Maybe the book I’m currently reading is having an effect on my decision but I still findd myself very intristing in reading this.

Judgement: Keep

 

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Lord of the Flies | By: William Golding

I’m not sure what this is even doing on my list. I’ve never really felt even a little bit interested in reading it.

Judgement: Go

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A Tale of Two Cities | By: Charles Dickens

I’ve never read any of his works and while I do want to read his most popular ones someday I just don’t see it happening anytime soon.

Judgement: Go

 

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Les Misérables | By: Victor Hugo

Not only has this been on my TBR list since the stone age, but I’ve also had a copy  of it on my kindle for just as long. Will probably never get to this. Not overly interested in it any more either.

Judgement: Go

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Eat, Pray, Love | By: Elizabeth Gilbert

There’s no debating this one. I’ve actually finally purchased this book recently for my kindle too. My sister and I watched the movie a while ago and that’s probably why it ended up on my list in the first place. Love the movie and definitly want to see if I feel the same about the book.

Judgement: Keep

Holiday Traditions

I know it’s already a bit into December but I wanted to share with you guys a cute Christmas tradition that my family and I started this year for my daughter.

I originally saw it posted on Facebook, so the chances of most of you already seeing this are pretty high, but I though it was too good an idea to ignore.

24 book of Christmas!!

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Basically you get your hands on 24 books. I bought mine at Savers for only $22 but new books can work too if you have the money for them.

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So once you have them, you wrap them. Admittedly this was where I began to regret my decision since I HATE wrapping but it was pretty worth it.

Now place all of them under the Christmas tree, and beginning December 1st let your child pick one book a night to open. Spread out a comfy blanket under the tree and read together.

So far my daughter loves it and I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing this every year for many more years to come.

Are there any holiday traditions that your family does that you love? Have you started any of your own? I’d love to hear about them.