Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet.

Oh geez. This is going to be embarrassing to list some of these, because not only have I not read these books during the almost four years that I have been blogging, but some of them have sat on my shelf for years on top of that. Well, let’s get to it. Here they are in no particular order.

  1. Noble Dead Saga Series 3 & Series 3. Granted the third series has only just come to a finish, so those books are fairly recent additions to my shelf. But as far as the second series go, those are from 2009.
  2. The Wheel of Time series. This one is probably one of the longest sitting books/series on my shelf. I started buying them when there was only about 4 or 5 books out in the series and while I have them all now (I think), I still haven’t read a single one yet.
  3. Eragon series. Though I bought the books only a couple years ago, this series has been on my list for quite some time and I still haven’t read any of them.
  4. Dune by Frank Herbert. I’m not even sure how long this book has been on my TBR, but it’s quite some time, so I really need to get around to reading it soon.
  5. Shogun by James Clavell. Another book that has been on my TBR since forever ago. Though in the case of this book, I don’t plan on reading it until I own all of the series, then I will read them all, and I am currently missing two books from it.
  6. Jurassic Park by Michael Critchon. Seriously, how have I not read this one yet? I loved the movie and I know the book will be even better. I think the thing that stops me from getting around to it is that the book has such tiny font.
  7. Hythrun Chronicle: Wolfblade Trilogy. This has been on my TBR for 8ish years, maybe more. I read the other trilogy a while ago, but still haven’t gotten around to this one, which is actually a prequel to the other trilogy.
  8. Lonesome Dove. This book, and the series it’s in, has been on my TBR for longer than I care to admit, but let’s just say this one wins the award for being on it the longest. I keep telling myself each year, that this will be the year I finally read them, and then I don’t.
  9. Star Wars Books. As much as I love Star Wars, I have not yet read all of the books in that enormous series, and I’m referring to the Expanded Universe (Legends) in this case. So, that means that a number of those books have been on my shelf since before I started blogging. But I do plan on reading through the entire series, in chronological order as soon as I get the last 7 books that I’m missing.
  10. Lord of The Rings. Okay, let me just say that these books I will probably never read. But I bought them back when the movies were being released, because I thought “Hey, I like fantasy books, so therefore I should love these” and then I saw the movies, got bored out of my skull and the books have been sitting on my shelf ever since.

There are so many more books that could have made the list, but these are the ones I figured deserved some spotlight. Maybe by admitting that it’s been so long and I still haven’t read them yet, that will give me the incentive I need to finally read them.

Monday Progress Report

 

mondayReviews Posted Last Week:
None

What I did Last Week

Read

I was tired of not finishing anything, so last week admit continuing the struggle to finish Stormrage, I picked up and read Black Beauty. I have loved this book since I was young and tend to read it at least once every year when I’m looking for that nostalgic read or to break a reading slump.

 

 

Watched

Over the week I ended up watching a couple episodes of Zoo so that I’m all caught up. We took in several episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, so we are not about half way through the second season, and of course we watched a few episodes of The Simpsons as well. For Family Movie Night we watched Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and well, we didn’t really like it. I think part of that was the confusion we had throughout most of it, likely because we hadn’t seen any of the Superman of Batman movies that led up to this one. But even beyond that, there were things that just didn’t feel right with the movie.

Life

It was another busy week at the house. I picked and canned yet more green beans from the garden. Which prompted me to reorganize the canning shelf since it was a disaster and annoying to put new things on it. I also got to have an awesome but way too short visit with my best friends mom and brother, whom I haven’t seen in quite a few years. I see her as my own mom and he is, and forever will be, my bratty little brother – even if he is in his 20s now. But most of all I kept busy in the kitchen this week. I made a bunch of meals for the freezer, such as Shepard’s Pie, Veggie Lasagna and Pizza Pocket, so that when we don’t feel like cooking we have something we can just throw in the oven. I also made a bunch of bread, granola bars, granola cereal, sub buns and other things for the week ahead. Other than this, I played Star Wars: The Old Republic whenever I have time to sit down, which wasn’t all that much.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

While I will still be picking away at Stormrage (I will finish that book one day), I have decided that if I have time to read whatever I feel like this week. I’m hoping that by doing this I can still get books read, but not completely ignore the book that has become the bane of my existence. I’m not sure what I will read yet, but I will likely just look over my shelves and pick up whatever pops out at me the most.

Watching

I really, really want to watch the final two episodes of Deadliest Catch this week. They have sat on my PVR long enough, but I’ve just been so busy that I haven’t wanted to watch it when I have down time. I’ll also watch the new episode of Zoo and try to squeeze in a good number of Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes. Then there are the picks for Bad Movie Monday and Family Movie Night, which I’m not sure what we have settled on for either of those.

Life

Who knows what life holds in store for me this week. I know there will be more beans to pick and can. But beyond that, we’ll see what needs to get done. Probably will clean out the shed and reorganize that since, unfortunately, it’s coming up on that time of year where we need to make sure it’s ready for winter and all the shovels and such are accessible at the door.

Shelf Talk: 15 Facts About Myself

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Welcome to Shelf Talk, a bi-weekly discussion post that covers a variety of topics including, but not limited to, gardening, video games, cooking, crafting and of course books. If you have any suggestions for topics that you would like to see on future Shelf Talk posts, leave it in the comments or send me an email, and I’ll do my best to cover that topic in the future.

I figured I might as well start this thing off by introducing myself. Though I have been blogging here for almost four years now, I haven’t really gone out of my way to share a lot about myself. So to remedy that, I am sharing 15 Facts About Myself.

  1. I Love Bread. No, I don’t think you understand. I LOVE bread. It’s one of my favorite things to eat and because of that I eat way too much of it. Nothing beats going to the kitchen and pulling out a slice of bread, especially if it’s homemade, and just eating it. No need for butter or jam, I eat it plain. Honestly, if I don’t ration it out, I can easily eat half a load of bread in a day and that’s clearer way too much bread. And now I want bread.
  2. I Have Moved 8 Times. Most of those moves, as in 6 of them, happened in over a 5 year period. While I’m not a fan of the town we live in now, I’m both looking forward to and dreading whenever we do more. Too many books to pack!
  3. I Have To Wear Glasses. Legally, I have to wear them while driving. Otherwise, you will never see me where them because I absolutely hate wearing glasses.
  4. I Love Grasshoppers. Not only did my uncle nickname me Grasshopper when I was little, but he stills calls me that to this day. Stranger still my boss, from when I worked at Walmart (who oddly enough also looked and sounded like my uncle), randomly decided to start calling me Grasshopper as well. I own a stuffed grasshopper toy and two small plastic grasshoppers. I’m pretty sure the Grasshopper is also my spirit animal.
  5. Until Recently, I Couldn’t Cook. Up until about 2 1/2 to 3 years ago, I could barely accomplish anything in the kitchen. Even the most simplest of meals was way too difficult for me. Now however, I cook all the time, trying new meals regularly and increasing the difficulty of what I make. On top of that, I also make a lot of things from scratch, including snacks like crackers, granola bars, etc.
  6. I Was A Corpse Disposal Technician. Well, that’s what my husband calls it. I actually went to school to become a funeral director, but left that career path after my internship and became a stay-at-home mom. While I enjoyed the work, I don’t really miss it.
  7. My Favorite Color Is Purple. But I’m picky about it. I don’t care for the lighter purples that look far too close to pick. Really it’s lavender and royal purple that are my favorites, but (almost) all purples are great.
  8. I Hate The Heat. I could never stand the heat as a kid and I can stand it less so now that I’m an adult. Anything over 75F and I’m dying. Of course, I also don’t like the cold, but at least that is easier to deal with since you can always add another layer for warmth.
  9. I Own Over 1000 Books. You read that right. I own over 1000 books. Now a chunk of those are non-fiction books that I read in my teens, but most are novels and the majority of those I haven’t read yet. But don’t worry I’m working on it, one book at a time.
  10. I Was Bullied As A Kid. It’s not something I like to talk about it, but the fact is that I was severely bullied for basically all of public and high school. And it wasn’t just the kids I went to school with, my parents and grandparents also joined in on the bullying. This is the main reason I am so socially awkward and tend to avoid people as much as I can.
  11. I Don’t Wear Makeup. In fact, I haven’t worn makeup in about 10 years. I just never felt right wearing it, though my mother forced me to put it on during my high school years. I am now makeup free and love it, blemishes and all.
  12. I’m Terrified Of Spiders. No, just no. I do not like them one bit. I see one and I am running in the opposite direction. And if I accidentally walk into a web…I’m just done for the day! No amount of frantic wiping will get it all off!
  13. I Enjoy Video Games. I liked playing video games as a kid. In fact, I distinctly remember losing hours to the game Rainbow Fish on our old Commodore 64. Then I moved on to games like King’s Quest and Legend of Kyrandia, and my love grew into a slight obsession. My World of Warcraft years were a blur of grinding levels and raiding bosses. I’ve since taken a bit step back from video games, though I certainly do still enjoy playing them, especially Star Wars: The Old Republic.
  14. I Judge Books By Their Covers. I’ve done it for years, I’m almost always right and I will probably continue to do it. Though I have gotten better in the last few years and I will read a book that has an ugly cover as long as the premise sounds good. But it does leave a dirty taste in my mouth.
  15. I Dislike Making Lists Like This One. Seriously, it should not have been all that hard to come up with 15 facts about myself. Yet it took me way too long. In fact, this was originally going to be 25 facts, but after struggling to reach 11, I decided to make it a more manageable number. I guess the side effect of leading an exceedingly boring life is, that there is not much to say about it.

Monday Progress Report

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Reviews Posted Last Week:
None

What I did Last Week

Read

I knocked out a few more chapters from Stormrage, however, I didn’t give myself as much reading time as I needed to really put a dent in what’s left of this book.

Watched

For Bad Monday Movie, we ended up watching Lilo & Stitch. I had seen this movie before and didn’t like it, but this was the first time the boys had seen it. In the end, we all agreed it was a bad movie. Over the week we watched a number of episodes of The Simpsons, though the boys tend to watch it more than I do. For Family Movie Night we ended up watching Strange Magic, which was…well strange. I figured a movie by George Lucas would be good, but it was okay/almost bad. It was certainly not what I expected from the man who made Indiana Jones and Star Wars. We also watched the first two episodes of Bleach, because we wanted to see the origin of Leek Spin (if you haven’t experienced Leek Spin before then click the link), and it was such a tiny thing in the second episode that led to this internet phenomenon. Last up, we knocked out a few more episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Life

My time was equally divided this week between the garden, the kitchen and Star Wars: The Old Republic. In a week I harvested beans three times, peas once and pulled up the last of the potatoes. I also ended up canning all the beans, and happy to have 16 jars of beans already in the first week of harvesting. Should have quite a bit by the time the garden is done. On top of that there was all kinds of baking and meal prep happening, but it’s nice to know that the freezer is filling up for easy meals come winter. So when I wasn’t in the garden or the kitchen, I decided to play my favorite video game, because I was too tired to read, and sometimes mindless killing in video games is just what I need to do.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

For the millionth time in a row, I will be working on finishing up Stormrage. This book is the bane of my existence right now, but I am determined to finish it. I just need plenty of time, and motivation, to get it done.

Watching

I need to catch up on Zoo this week. I haven’t yet seen last week’s episode and then there will be the new episode this week as well. On top of that, I want to catch up on Deadliest catch. There will of course be more Star Wars: The Clone Wars and likely some episodes of The Simpsons as well. Not sure what we will be watching for Bad Movie Monday or Family Movie Night yet.

Life

I foresee more harvesting and canning for me this week. At the rate the plants are producing, I will be picking, and then canning, green beans every few days. But that’s okay, because it means we will be eating good come winter. I have some more baking planned for the week as well, namely pizza pockets for the freezer and probably a few loaves of bread as well.

June & July 2016 Book Haul

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It’s been a while since I have done a book haul, mostly because it’s been a few months since I have bought any books. However, during June and July, I went to a couple of book stores while on vacation and so as a result, I bought a few books. A couple of pre-ordered books also finally arrived during that time.

The books on the left I bought at Chapters, which were on a 2 for $10 deal and I just couldn’t pass them up. The book in the middle I found at a Thrift store my sister took us to while on vacation and scooped it up because it sounded like a neat read. And the pile on the left is a combination of books I bought at my favorite used book store in Sudbury and some online pre-orders. In total, I brought in 15 new books into the house.

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is Top Ten Tuesday REWIND, where we go back and pick a topic we missed or one we want to revisit again. After scouring the list, I decided to go with Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations.

For this, I decided to break up the list into the best and worst book to move adaptations, since not all movies get it right. And honestly, I haven’t watched a lot of adaptations over the year, so I kind of have to do both.

The Best Adaptations:

  • Fried Green Tomatoes. By far my favorite adaptation. It may not follow the novel exactly, but this is one of the few instances where I can say that the movie was better than the book. If you haven’t seen this movie, then you need to because it’s fantastic.
  • Black Beauty. Though there have been many adaptations of this book, it is the 1994 adaptation that is truly wonderful. Black Beauty was one of the first books that stuck with me and I have read it more times than I can remember, so I’m very happy that there is that perfect adaptation out there. The other movies are pretty good too.
  • The Help. The book was great and so was the movie. I felt that it was very true to the book and really helped to bring all those characters to life.
  • The Martian. The book was good, though sometimes I felt it was bogged down with technical jargon. However, the movie was great.
  • Misery. Alright, let me start by saying 99% of the time I hate Stephen King’s books and movies. The one exception is Misery. I enjoyed the hell out of this book, but the movie is perfect, especially since Kathy Bates really nailed the whole crazy Annie Wilkes. The only thing that would have made the movie better is if they had have kept the hobbling scene the same as the book and included the lawnmower bit.
  • The Book Thief. It didn’t exactly follow the book, but really not many adaptations do, but I felt this one was really well done.
  • The Road. Okay, honestly, the book was boring and so was the movie. So in that respect, it was a well done adaptation. I’m pulling at straws here, leave me alone.

The Worse Adaptations:

  • World War Z. Hey let’s take a really good zombie book and bastardize the way only Hollywood can! Seriously, why did they have to make the zombies like Olympic sprint runners? I get they tried to make it more action packed and interested, but I felt it kind of ruined things. Plus it was actually really hard to focus on everything while these great hordes of zombies dashed everywhere.
  • Ender’s Game. Sure it had some pretty amazing special effects but who cares when the movie itself was bad. Granted I didn’t like the book either, but I felt like this was a terrible adaptation all around. Plus Harrison Ford was in space and was not playing Han Solo, therefore it was wrong, all wrong!
  • The Maze Runner. It wasn’t necessarily the worst adaptation that I’ve seen, but I felt that it didn’t follow things well enough to be considered good and thus I haven’t even bothered to watch the sequel.

Monday Progress Report

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Reviews Posted Last Week:
None

What I did Last Week

Read

As it turned out, I didn’t have as much reading time last week as I would have wanted, so unfortunately that means I didn’t finish anything. I did read a couple of chapters of Stormrage though.

Watched

I watched about a dozen episodes of Deadliest Catch. I fell way behind watching this series and since the season finale is very soon, I decided it was time to play catch up. I also caught up with the latest episode of Zoo, which was good but now it’s so close to the end of the season (assuming this season will be as long as the last one), I don’t want it to end though I know it will sooner than I’m ready for it.

On Saturday we went to see Ice Age: Collision Course. The movie was actually pretty good. My son especially loved it and he is already hoping that there will be a sixth movie.

Life

I had a very busy week. A lot of my time was spend on finishing up the major cleaning and purge that the house has been going through. I finished up the two bedrooms, the computer room and half of the playroom. The kitchen slowed me down quite a bit since it meant taking everything out of each cupboard, cleaning the shelves, checking dates and whatnot, then putting it all back.  This also gave me the chance to inventory everything, so I could see what things we need to stock up on for winter.

Saturday we spend the day in the city doing shopping and having some fun. It was a long day, about 14 hours (8 of those being the drive there and back), but we got everything we needed on the list, ate some great food and got to enjoy a movie. The only downside was, that by the time we finished all the necessary shopping, we ran out of time to visit any of the book stores. But I suppose that could also be a good thing, since it likely saved us money.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I will be trying to finish up Stormrage this week. Hopefully, I’ll be able to knock this one out, since the longer I spend reading it, the less I want to read it.

 

 

 

Watching

I have 4 more episodes of Deadliest Catch to catch up on, plus the new episode for the week, so that will be my priority. There’s also the newest episode of Zoo to watch. This week we are also bringing back Bad Movie Monday, and for this we will be watching Lilo & Stitch. I’ve seen this movie before, and thought it was pretty darn bad, but this will be the first time the boys have seen it. I’m not quite sure what movie we will be watching for Family Movie Night this week.

Life

It’s bound to be another busy week. The garden needs another round of weeding, but more importantly I have beans, peas and potatoes that will need to be harvested in the next few days by the looks of it. I will also be finishing up the major project of cleaning and organizing the kitchen. The play room may be tackled this week as well, though there is a chance I will wait until the boy is back in school next month to do it. This week we may also be getting the last of the renovations to our house done, which involves fixing up our deck.