The Gift Of Giving

So I recently did what I like to call a purge of my bookshelves. There was a lot of book that went this time, mostly manga that I hadn’t touched in years but there was some novels too. I ended up bringing most of the books to Savers, since my schedule couldn’t match with library hours, but I did manage to bring some of the book to my job for the residents.

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Everything but the Shakespeare went within the first hour and everyone who took one was so thankful. A lot of them even asked when I could bring more in.

For anyone who is thinking about getting rid of  books that you are done with, let me make a suggestion. Why not donate them to one of your local Nursing or Rest homes? If you’re not sure where the nearest one is then I’m sure that you can google it. Make sure that you contact the home first to double-check what their donation policy is first. Most places will have limited space and so they may not be able to take everything you’re getting rid of. Some may only be interested in certain kind of books.

And don’t just stop at books either. Clothes would likely be welcome as well as some basic toiletries (tooth/hair brushes, disposable razors, shampoo and body wash, those sorts of things). Most of the patients or residents won’t have the money to get themselves everything that they need or want so anything you can bring in would likely brighten their day.

Down The TBR Hole Week #6

It’s time once again for this weekly meme host by the lovely 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?

The Wizard Knight #1 & 2 | by: Gene Wolfe

This is a series that was recommended to me by one of my very best friends. He has never steered me wrong and (at least when it comes to books) I trust him completely.

Judgement: Keep!

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Top 5 Wednesday | Book Trends You’re Tired Of

What are some things you are tired of seeing that are trends in publishing? Maybe something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre? Let it out!

  • Love Triangles!! Right there at the start, I am so sick and tired of almost every YA novel I read featuring a love triangle. Maybe if authors could at least change the formula up a bit every once in a while I wouldn’t hate them so much. They’re very rarely done well. Girl meets two guys, has an existential crisis over who she’s going to choose and then picks the one you knew from page one that she was going to go with in the first place. That isn’t to say it can’t be done well though. The love triangle in The Infernal Devises I thought was done really good.
  • Love at first sight. This is another one that mostly YA novels are guilty of but I’ve read it in a few different genres and reading levels. I get that teenagers and young adults are supposed to be “filled with raging hormones”, but that doesn’t mean that they all fall head over heals with the first thing that they see. In the real world, most of our relationships build and evolve over time. I’d like to see more of that in what I’m reading.
  • Main female character, falling madly in love with main male character after he saves her. This sort of goes along with the above one but it drives me into such a rage when I see it that I just had to include it separately. This is a trope that I see far more in fantasy than anywhere else. It drives me up a wall and even my favorite authors are guilty of this one. Women don’t have to be rescued by dashing knights all the damn time and they most certainly don’t need to sleep with them when they do.
  • The trilogy. Does every story have to come in three books now? Is that a new rule? Multiple volume stories are nice and all but they most certainly are not a requirement. No many times I’ll fall in love with a book and be all excited for the next one only to read and feel that the story has lost its steam. Many times the story feels as though it’s just dragging on for the sake of the word count. So much could just be left behind to make for the faster paced, more crisp story. I love subplots as much as the next girl but sometimes you need to know when to quit.(looks pointedly at GRRM.)
  • The Chosen One! That’s right, I’m looking at you Harry Potter. This is a trope that I’ve been reading since I first started reading. Only one character, usually as told by prophesy, is the one who can beat the bad guy and bring the world peace. Why? Why does this still have to be a thing? I haven’t read as many of these lately but they still annoy the crap out of me when I find them.

These are just the ones that came to mind the fastest. The list most certainly could go on forever. There’s a lot of books that I’ve read that use most of these to good effect though, so they’re not all bad. (I’m sorry Harry Potter, I’ll never speak ill of you again.)

What are some of the trends you’re tired of seeing in books?

Top 5 Wednesday group can found here on Goodreads.

Down The TBR Hole #5

So I’m just going to go ahead and drop this here…you know, like I haven’t fallen behind maybe four or five weeks now.

This is (supposed to be) a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Lia 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 youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats 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 youre 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?

 

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The Heir of Night | by: Helen Lowe

The summary on Goodreads doesn’t actually really say what this book is about, and for the life of me I can’t remember why I even put this on my TBR list to begin with. Maybe I thought the cover looked nice. It wouldn’t be the first book I wanted to read for that reason. Still, I don’t think I’m going to pick this one up any time soon, so I might as well take it off the list.

Judgement: Go

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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood | by: Oliver Bowden

I have mixed feelings about novelizations of other media. On the one hand, you usually get a lot more details than you got in the original, but on the other there’s no real surprise as to the outcome of the story. I read the first novelization of the Assassin’s Creed games and while I loved the bit of extra they gave, most notably the friendship between Ezio and Leonardo, it was still a boring read. I had played the games and so I knew how the story ended. When you know how that story ends, it hardly feels worth the effort to pick the book up and continue reading.

Judgement: Go

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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.