Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List.

I don’t always stick to a seasonal TBR, but I am going to try my hardest to read all of these this fall, since they are all books I really want to read this year and time is running out. So here they are, in no particular order.

  1. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  2. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  3. Howl`s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  4. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  6. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
  7. Orange by Ichigo Takano
  8. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  9. The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
  10. I, Robot by Issac Asimov

There you have it, the books I’m really hoping to read this fall. What books are on your fall TBR?

Advertisements

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Cress by Marissa Meyer

What I did Last Week

Read

Nothing. I didn’t have the time nor the desire to read.

Watched

I didn’t watch too much last week. I did finally finish up the last few episodes of River Monsters from the PVR, as well as some episodes of The Incredible Dr Pol and a couple of documentaries I had recorded like a year ago. I also watched Miss Hokusai, which was different but I really enjoyed it. For Family Movie Night we watched Princess of Thieves, which we all enjoyed.

Life

It was a semi-busy week. I got more things done around the house, knocking off a lot of things on my to do list. The weather was pretty nice, though we did get quite a bit of rain in the last half of the week, but I still managed to get outside quite a bit in between the rain and storms. so when I wasn’t working, I was outside taking Penny for lots of walks and working in the garden.  Speaking of the garden, all that work of covering it the previous week due to frost has paid off. I was finally able to harvest a ton of beans and quite a few peas as well. I should be able to get at least one more big harvest before the end of the season. I did have to pull up some plants that has started to die, but overall, 90% of the garden is still there and looking really good. I also took another load of donations out of the house. These were things I had tried to sell in the last two weeks but no one showed any interest in, so off they went. I’m slowing gaining back all the space that is being used to temporarily store the things I am trying to sell. A few more weeks and it will all be gone – hopefully.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I don’t know how much reading I will get done this week. I have family visiting, which means the chance of sitting down to read is limited. If I sit down to read, someone will inevitably come up and want to talk to me.

Watching

Much like everything else this week, what I have time to watch will be limited. My parents will be here and I swear they drive for two days just to watch TV the entire they are here, but I might be able to watch one of two things if I’m lucky.

Life

All plans I might have had this week have been put on hold due to family visiting. I don’t know what we will do, likely just sit around the house and be uncomfortable.

Book Review: Cress

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

For some silly reason, it took me a full month to read this book. Mostly it was because I was busy with other things, you know how life gets in the way of a good book, yeah that’s what happened, and then when I did have time to read I would pick up other books (generally short manga’s that I could read in one quick sitting). I wanted to read this book so badly, but everything seemed against me finishing it. Luckily, I did manage to get it done a whopping thirty days after starting it, and I really enjoyed it.

I’m not going to go into much detail with this, but I will cover some key points. First off, I thought Cress was a great character. She had her quirks, some faults and a definite zest for life. There is a lot of character growth for her over the course of this novel and I think the Cress we will see in the next book will be even better. I still hate Thorne. Not as much as I hated him in Scarlet, but I still really, really don’t like his character. He has redeemed himself some through his actions in this book, but ugh I just can’t stand the man.

Like the previous novels, everything has been coming together smoothly, perhaps not for the characters, but in the sense of all the story lines intermingling and joining into one very strong and appealing plot. It’s this aspect alone that has made me enjoy these books so much. I honestly didn’t think I would like this series at all, and didn’t see how these retellings would work in any way, and yet here I am loving these books and looking forward to reading the next one.

Am I the only one that was disappointed that Cress’ hair got cut so early in this book? I get why it happened, but I was hoping to see more Rapunzel-ish action.

Overall, this was a really good book. I only wish I could have read it in more of a one sitting fashion instead of it taking weeks to complete. Even so, I loved it and am really looking forward to finishing off this series, and yikes the end is so close I almost don’t want it to end. If you haven’t read this series yet, I would recommend checking it out, as it has great characters and a wonderful story line.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is is freebie week, so I am going with the Top Ten Older Series I Still Need To Read.

I tend to read a lot of older books, not so old that they are classics, but books that have been published 10-30 years ago usually. I have read a number of older series, but for this list, I’m focusing on the series that I own but haven’t read yet. Some series may still be ongoing, through most are completed.

  1. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. I’ve have some of these books on my shelf for probably 15 years and I still haven’t read it yet.
  2. Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuin. This is a more recent addition to my shelves but the series is fairly old. I’m hoping to get to this one later this year or early next year.
  3. Hythrun Chronicles by Jennifer Fallon. I’ve technically read the second trilogy in this series, which I believe came out first, but I haven’t read the prequel trilogy.
  4. Dark Glass Mountain & The Troy Games series by Sara Douglass. Ever since reading The Wayfarer Redemption series I have wanted to read the rest of Douglass’ books. I own them, I just haven’t read them yet.
  5. Asian Saga by James Clavell. I don’t own all the books in this one yet, but I really want to get around to reading it soon.
  6. Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte. I love the various stories about King Arthur and so I had to get this series. One day soon I will read it…hopefully.
  7. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I don’t know why I haven’t read this series yet, but I really need to fix this.
  8. The Borrowers by Mary Norton. I might have read this one as a kid, but I don’t remember, so I want to read it again/for the first time at some point.
  9. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. This one has been on my TBR for far too long. I told myself I would read it last year no matter what and I didn’t. Hopefully I actually get to it this year.
  10. Symphony of Ages by Elizabeth Haydon. This is a series I’m currently reading. I may only be working on book two at the moment, but I’m enjoying it and looking forward to reading the rest of the series. This series also recently finished, with the last book having been published last year.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

What I did Last Week

Read

Didn’t do too much reading last week. I did manage to finish reading The History of Bees. To see my thoughts on this one, click the link above.

 

 

 

Then I read Dead Ringer. This was a very quick read, as I get through it in a few hours, and overall I enjoyed it. I will be continuing on with this series soon and will be posting a full review of this book in a couple of weeks.

 

 

Watched

I was busy cleaning out my PVR this week once again. I watched more River Monsters, Deadliest Catch, and a whole ton of The Incredible Dr. Pol. For Family Movie Night we ended up watching Thunderbirds, which was alright. We also watched the 1971 version of Black Beauty, which was an okay movie, but was horribly inaccurate to the book.

Life

It was another busy week. Just when I think I’m done doing things around the house, another dozen things pop up on my to-do list. I did manage to finish sorting through everything I had purged last month and took another load to get donated. Then I started to sell a few things here and there, so I’m slowly putting a dent in the pile. Hubby and I also rearranged the shed. We had worked on the shed not to long ago, but we didn’t get to set it up how we wanted it because rain cut us short, so now everything is stored properly and all the winter stuff is easily accessible. I gave my truck a thorough cleaning and vacuuming, I normally do this in the spring as well, but somehow missed that this year, so it was in desperate need of a cleaning. I also had to start covering the garden at night, since most nights have been dipping close to or at freezing, which means uncovering it all come morning, to allow the plants sunshine, and then covering it again at night. It’s a lot of work, but it’s allowing the beans and peas time to produce before they are killed off by the cold and from the looks of it I should be able to pick some later this week. The boy also started school last week and has really been enjoying it and really likes his teacher, so that’s always great to hear.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I will be reading Prophecy: Child of Earth this week. I started this one last week, but only got about 50 pages in because I was so busy. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this story progresses and getting that much closer to moving on through the series.

 

 

Watching

I’ve still got a lot of stuff to watch on the PVR, but I’ve managed to whittle the list down to just under 100 things, so that’s progress. So this week I will be watching even more from the PVR, I’m not sure what else I will watch, will all depend on how much time I have.

Life

I feel like it will be a busy week again. I don’t quite know what items on my to-do list that I will tackle, but it’s still fairly long. The time sensitive stuff will take priority, but the more I can get done now the better.

Book Review: The History of Bees

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review via NetGalley.

I can’t recall when or where I first saw mention of The History of Bees, but I know I was immediately intrigued by it. Especially with the current situation in the world of bees dying/disappearing in massive quantities.

The idea behind the book, focusing on three different time periods, before, during and after the bees have disappeared, was certainly an interesting way to approach the story, and added a bit of history to it as well.

The book immediately dragged me in with the first chapter. The idea of humans having to climb trees in order to pollinate the flowers to ensure that there would be enough food was such a fantastic way to start things off. I could only imagine how difficult this would be, especially for those who had previously been working other jobs when the bees were still around. This is the job that Tao, one of the three main characters is forced to do. In fact, everyone has to do it, including young children. Tao’s story was by far my favorite of the three within the book.

The story about George, a bee keeper struggling during the collapse of the bees, was also pretty good. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Tao’s, but there were several aspects of his story that made me want to know more. To see how he would manage as the bees began to disappear.

Then there was William’s story. William’s part is in the past, the mid 1800’s when bees are plentiful and there is plenty of research to be done about them. This part of the story I struggled so much to get into. The start of William’s story was as far away from anything about bees as you could get and I honestly questioned why it had been including for quite a few chapters. Even when the focus finally switched to bees, I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t care about him, his fascination with bees or his family. I just wanted to read the other two stories and be done with it.

I will admit that in some ways I was disappointed with this book. I honestly thought that bees, and in Tao’s case the lack there of, would be a major focus of this story, but in the end the book is more about broken families and their struggles to become normal than it is about bees. Bees just happen to be a common factor in all their lives. Other than that, they really have no connection. The author did make the stories have a connection in the end, and in a way it made sense, but by then I didn’t feel like they needed a connection.

I was torn on what rating to give this book. I kept waffling between 2.5 and 3 stars. Eventually I settled on 3 stars just because of Tao’s story. It was really the best things about the whole book.

I’m sure that there are many people out there who would love this book, so if you have considered reading it, then I say go for it. You will never know whether you will like it or not based on another opinions, you just have to read it and find out for yourself.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Warcraft: Legends Volume 2 by Richard Knaak

What I did Last Week

Read

I didn’t read all that much last week. I did read Nimona. I liked this one, but didn’t absolutely love it. I definitely enjoyed what the story was about, and the artwork was fun as well. I will likely check out more books by this author in the future.

 

 

Watched

I watched a decent amount of things last week. Working through things on the PVR, I finished up Yukon Men, as well as watching several more episodes of River Monster. I then finished watching InuYasha: The Final act and really enjoyed it. I’m glad that I finally got around to finishing this series and now I really want to read the manga to see the differences and to experience the original full story. For Bad Movie Monday we watched Goosebumps, and I have to say, it was a lot better than we though it would be. I honestly figured it would be horrible, mostly because Jack Black was in it, but it was actually quite good. Then for Family Movie Night we watched Mars Attacks. Hubby and I have seen this movie a few times, but it was the first time the boy watched it.

Life

It was a semi busy week. Monday we headed into the city for a rushed shopping trip, but we managed to get everything we needed. Then Tuesday was a post travel recovery day and putting everything we bought away and getting things ready for the boy to return to school next week. I spent two days baking dog treats to fill orders. Then we got busy stacking up our wood pile for winter, making sure everything in the sheds were organized and easy to reach. On the weekend the fair came to town, however the weather wasn’t all that great, with it raining and storming on Saturday it didn’t even open. On Sunday the weather let up enough for us to go, which made the boy happy because he really wanted to go on the rides. While we didn’t get to enjoy the fair as much as we hoped, since even on Sunday our time was cut short by rain coming in, it was still fun and it was nice to eat some fair food – despite it being unhealthy and super expensive. I was also finally able to get something out of the garden, besides weeds. The snap peas are coming along well and we managed to harvest a small amount of them this week, with more to come soon.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I will be finishing up The History of Bees this week. I’m over half way through this one but finding it a bit of a struggle to read. It started off good, but my interest in it has waned. I’m close enough to finishing that I will soldier through it.

 

 

Then I plan on reading Fruits Basket Volume 2. This will be a refreshing and fun read after finishing up the above book and I’m looking forward to seeing how the story will progress.

 

Watching

I have a few more episodes of River Monsters to watch on the PVR and then I’ll be done with those. Of course there are plenty of other things for me to watch on the PVR as well, so I’ll be working my way through some of those this week. I will also likely start watching some anime I’ve had on my to-watch list on Netflix for a while now. Not sure which series I will pick, but I need to start watching them before they are removed.

Life

The boy will be back in school starting Wednesday. It’s a short week for them, but he’s excited to go back and see all his friends and meet his new teacher. Beyond getting the boy to school, I don’t really have any solid plans for this week. I think I will just wing it.