Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
The Battle of The Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

What I did Last Week

Read

I did a pretty good reading last week, even though I didn’t love any of the books that I read. First up I read The Giving Tree, Where The Sidewalk Ends and A Light In The Attic. I had read these books years ago and enjoyed them, so figured it was time to reread them. I liked them but not as much as when I had read them as kid.

Then I read Elephantoms. Another book I had read a bit over ten years ago and had the craving to read it again. This one was also not as good as the first time I read it. I’m not sure if I will review this one or not.

 

 

 

Next up, was Stuart Little. I’ve seen the movie before, but as far as I can remember I’ve never read the book. I have to say, this book was weird. I may or may not review this one.

 

 

 

Lastly, I read Riders. I didn’t love this one, but I also didn’t hate it. I feel like the story had so much potential but the delivery of the story was what held it back the most. I’ll be posting a full review of this book in the coming weeks.

 

 

Watched

For Bad Movie Monday we watched the new Fantastic Four, and it was boring and quite bad…so a perfect choice for the day. Then I watched plenty of The Golden Girls, finishing up season four and all of season five. For Family Movie Night we watched E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, which was good but certainly not as good as when it first came out. The boy thought it was okay, and I admit it did feel slow at times. Finally, I watched Wolf Children which was fairly good.

Life

It was a pretty busy week. I had a lot of things to get done and I’m happy to say I got most of them done. We spent a day clearing out our old half rotten shed, so that the next day it could be torn down. A day was dedicated to finishing rearranging our bedroom, which involved a lot of work, including putting together a new shelf to house all my Star Wars books. We also rearranged our remaining shed, making room for all the stuff from the now torn down shed in it, and also made a dump run. I spend three days cooking meat and some vegetables for the dog, so now she has several months worth of home made dog food. I know there were other things that I did over the course of the week, but it would get tedious to list them all. Let’s just say it was very busy and productive.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I don’t have a solid reading plan for the week. I have a stack of books that I want to get through before the end of the month, so I’ll end up picking something from that and seeing how much I can read. This will be a mood reading kind of week.

Watching

Well, clearly I will be watching season six of The Golden Girls. I don’t know what I will watch beyond that, because there are so many shows and movies and other things I want to watch, it just all depends on how much time I dedicate to staring at a screen.

Life

I still have quite a bit to do this week, basically things left over from last week, so it will likely be fairly busy again. Weather permitting we will likely have our garage sale this coming weekend, which will hopefully be successful, because I really don’t want to keep this stuff in the house much longer.

Book Review: The Battle of The Labyrinth

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

There’s not much to say about this one. I started off this series a couple months ago really enjoying the first book, but with each book I liked it less and less. I don’t know if it’s series syndrome, where the first book is the strongest and nothing can hold up to that, or I’m just missing something that makes me under appreciate the story as it progresses.

This book felt so darn slow. I was constantly waiting for something to happen, especially something amazing that would lift the book up to the level that The Lightning Thief was. I kept reading, waiting for that something to occur, and I kept reading, and kept waiting, and still nothing felt like it was happening. The whole traveling through the labyrinth part felt like the author was just trying to make the book the same length as the previous book, but while there were some things happening during that large portion of the book, I just didn’t care. I’m starting to hate Percy and even Annabeth is getting on my nerves.

I’m glad that this series is almost over. Part of me just wants to stop here, but with only one book remaining, I will eventually continue on so that I can say I finished the series, but I’m honestly not looking forward to it.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
.hack//Legend of The Twilight by Tatsuya Hamazaki

What I did Last Week

Read

I had another decent reading week last week. First up, I read Fairest. This was a quick and enjoyable book about the villain from The Lunar Chronicles series. I really enjoyed seeing her progress along the way to become more and more the person I recognize from the rest of the series. I’ll be posting a full review of this book in a few weeks.

 

 

Next, I read Erased Volume 2. This was another great manga. I’m really looking forward to seeing where this series goes. I’ll be posting a full review of this book in a few weeks.

 

 

Then I read Provence To Die For, one of the Murder She Wrote novels. This one didn’t appeal to me as much as some of the previous ones, but I still enjoyed it in it’s own way. I likely won’t review this one, as I find it hard to review books from this series.

 

 

Lastly, I read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I had started this one a while back but only got about a chapter in. I quick enjoyed this book, which was a mix of an autobiography and a science text book. I’m undecided as to whether I will review this one or not, as I tend not to review non-fiction.

 

Watched

We finally got around to doing Bad Movie Monday again and last week we watched Earth vs. Asteroid. This movie was quite bad and proves our theory that pretty much any movie that has “vs.” in the title is bound to be bad. Then we watching Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2 and Despicable Me 3. We enjoyed all these, even having seen the first two multiple times. We also watched Wonder Woman, which was my third viewing, my son’s second and hubby’s first. We all really enjoyed this movie and are looking forward to owning it in the future so we can watch it whenever we want. I also watched a whole lot of episodes of The Golden Girls. I’m nearly done with season four.

Life

The week wasn’t busy. I got the last bit of stuff organized for our future garage sale, now we just need to pick a weekend to do it. We ended up going to the city over the weekend to do some necessary shopping, looked at some vehicles (since hubby’s truck is on it’s last legs), and saw two movies while we were there.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I don’t have any solid reading plans this week because it’s going to be a decently busy week, so not sure how much reading time I will have.

Watching

I have about four episodes of season four of The Golden Girls to get through, then I will be starting season five. I also should really watch some of the stuff on our PVR if I can.

Life

It’s going to be busy. I don’t have any solid plans outside of getting as much done from a very long to-do list as I can. If the weather looks good for the weekend, we may have our garage sale then.

Series Review: .hack// Legend of The Twilight

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

About ten years ago, my husband bought me this trilogy after I had showed interest in the .hack video games. Since then, the books, along with the games, sat on my shelves severely neglected. Finally, I decided it was time to read this trilogy.

I realized very quickly that this wasn’t the best starting point for me. After a quick internet search, I found out that there are many different .hack series, inlcuding the games, other manga and anime series and this was not the first of them. Even so, I decided to keep reading and hoped it would all make sense in the end.

Despite not having read, watched or played any of the previous series, I came to enjoy this trilogy. It does vaguely reference things that happened in the previous series, but you certainly don’t need to have read or watched the other series to get through this one, it just helps.

These books were pretty quick reads. I got through all three in one day. Really my only big complaint is that sometime I could tell which character was talking. They all look vaguely similar, especially the hair styles, so when it’s a close up of their face, I didn’t always know who was talking. Also, there were times when I wasn’t sure if a character was thinking something, saying something or if it was some other external dialog going on.

Overall, I liked these books, but I felt that I would have enjoyed them much more had I read the series in order, and of course watched the appropriate anime and played the right games before diving into this one. That being said, you certainly don’t need to do that. If you want to read this trilogy and not touch the other .hack series, then you can do so without being lost.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

What I did Last Week

Read

First up, I finished my reread of Rhapsody: Child of Blood. I really enjoyed this one alot, and even though I had read it before, I had forgotten 99% of the story, so it was like reading it for the first time again. You can find my review of this book here.

 

 

Next I ended up reading Volumes 4 to 8 of A Bride’s Story. I liked some of these more than others, but overall I still really enjoy this series and cannot wait to read the next volume coming out later this year.

 

 

 

Then I read The Last Olympian. I struggled with this one a bit because I’ve lost interest in the series but didn’t want to leave it at one book, the final book at that, as being unread. I’ll probably review this one eventually, but I’m not eager to do so.

 

 

Just when I thought I was done reading for the week, last night I ended up reading Xena: Warrior Princess The Huntress And The Sphinx. This one was okay. I’ve read better Xena books, and I’ve also read worse ones. I’ll be posting a full review of this one in a few weeks.

Eight books in one week. Not too shabby.

 

Watched

Despite my plan to watch some of the stuff I have on my PVR and some anime, I did no such thing. In fact, I barely watched anything last week. I did watch a few episodes of Phineas & Ferb with my son, we are now into season 3 of the show. For family movie night we ended up watching Crocodile Dundee, a movie the hubby and I haven’t watched in a few years. It was the boys first time seeing it and he liked it overall, but found some parts to be boring.

Life

So much for my take it easy and do nothing week. I ended up doing a bunch of baking because a number of orders came through. Then I sorted through the vast majority of stuff we have set aside for a garage sale, took an inventory, worked out pricing and all that fun stuff. In doing that I made quite a mess of half the house, so I then did a thorough cleaning of the house. We did manage to sell a few of the bigger items this week, advertising them on a local sale site, which cleaned up a nice amount of room. We also started the task of rearranging our bedroom, I don’t know why we did this, but it’s happening. I’ve also been spending a good chunk of time in the garden, tending to the steadily growing plants, weeding and just enjoying the nice weather.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I don’t really know what I will be reading this week. I need to look at my TBR pile and see what jumps out at me.

Watching

I will once again try to watch things that are on the PVR in order to clear out some space on it. I also would really like to start to watch at least one anime series this week, though I have yet to decide which series I will watch.

Life

I have some more prep work to do for our garage sale, which will hopefully happen sometime in the next two weeks. Then we need to finish rearranging our bedroom, put together another bookshelf, fill it with books and add the old shelf to the garage sale pile. I’m sure there is more than needs to get done, but that’s the immediate concerns.

Book Review: Scarlet

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

After finishing Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series, I wanted to jump into Scarlet. Much like with Cinder, I decided to go blindly into this book. All that I knew was that it was a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and that somehow it would meld into Cinder’s story.

This book was a bit slow at first. I found myself not entirely pulled into the story, though I felt that it would get better with time, and it did. Needing to introduce a whole new cast of characters and a new setting, of course it would take a few chapters to get things rolling. However, it took a lot longer than I expected for me to really get into the story. In fact, it wasn’t until the last hundred pages that I really got into this book. It was during that last hundred pages that the book truly shined and it made up for all the slowness from before.

One thing I really loved about this book was Scarlet herself. The fact that she was a farmer made me instantly love her character. It is certainly not something you see in YA books and I would honestly love to see more of them in other series. Outside of the farmer aspect, she character did feel a little flat at times, but throughout the story she did get some good charcter devolpment that made her better overall. I liked that we got a more background on Cinder and the connection that some of it had with Scarlet and her Grandmother.

I have to admit though, and I’m probably one of the other people who felt this way, but I really didn’t care for Captain Thorne. I found his character annoying and I just wanted him to stop talking.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Sure it had it’s slow moments but I feel like the last bit of it completely made up for that. I would definitely recommend this series, at least up til this point, to anyone who hasn’t read it yet. I look forward to continuing the series and seeing who lies ahead for these characters and what the other characters along the way will be like.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Warcraft Legends Vol. 1 by Richard A. Knaak

What I did Last Week

Read

Didn’t read much last week. I did get around to reading A Bride’s Story Vol 2 & 3, which I really enjoyed, though I didn’t enjoyed Volume 3 as much as the previous ones. I have decided to review these books as a series, so the review will come along once I have read them all.

 

 

Watched

The boy and I continued to watch Phineas & Ferb and are nearly done with the second season. I haven’t watched all the episodes with him, but quite a few of them I have watched, especially when he tells me it’s one we haven’t seen before. On netflix I watched the anime series Silver Spoon, which is about students attending an agricultural high school. This series was weird at times but overall I enjoyed it, I just wish there were more seasons to it because it was over far too quickly. We also watched Read Or Die together, because my husband said something one day that made me think of this movie (although it’s actually three episodes) and when I tried to explain the connection they showed interest in watching it. In the end they thought it was okay, but I enjoyed watched it again quite a bit. For Family Movie Night we ended up watching Balto 3: Wings of Change, which is what the boy choose to watch. This one was good but not quite as good as the first movie. Lastly, we ended up watching Okja, which was a strange yet good movie.

Life

I was so much more busy that I was expecting last week. I had some baking orders, but then even more came in, so I spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen. On top of this I was regularly in the garden making sure it was weeded and watered often. My son and I also played a ton of board games between the itm ehe got home from school and when hubby got home from work, and then we often played more games after dinner. Over the week we played Touche, The Game of Life, Barrel of Monkeys, Monopoly and Star Wars: Jedi Unleashed. I also started to organize things that I had purged a few months ago, but were simply piled up in our laundry room to get ready for a garage sale which I hope to have in a couple of weeks. It will be really nice to have all that space back and make some money in the process.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I will be continuing with Rhapsody: Child of Blood. I’m about half way through with my reread of this one and really enjoying it. Hoping to have it done in the next couple of days.

After this I’m not sure what I will read, it all depends on if I get the books I recently ordered this week or not.

 

Watching

I don’t really have any solid plan for the week. I have a few things on the PVR that I should watch, as well as some anime that I really want to get around to as well.

Life

I’m hoping to take it easy this week. Last week was really busy, and I need a relaxing week to recharge.