Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About.

I feel like…this is nearly every book I have read. Honestly, I can’t remember the details of all those books I read in the past that I loved. Heck, some times I can’t even remember what happened in a book I read only a few days ago, even though I enjoyed the story. Memory is a funny thing. So, I’ll just randomly pick books that I remember little to nothing about because otherwise, I might as well just link my entire Read shelf from Goodreads.

  1. The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton. This was the first Star Wars books I read, and it was 15 or so years ago. I really enjoyed this book, but the details are extremely vague. I know there were Dathomir witches and Nightsisters and umm…other things. Yeah, I’m going to need to reread this one at some point.
  2. Matilda by Roald Dahl. I have read this book a number of times over the years, but it never really sticks with me fully. I guess that’s good in a way, since it means I get to enjoy rereading it.
  3. The Mountains Call by Caitlin Brennan. Another book I read years ago and loved, but I can’t remember a darn thing about it outside of magic and horses. I actually plan to reread this trilogy soon.
  4. The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass. I absolutely loved this trilogy when I read it several years ago, but now I can’t remember a single thing about. I am hoping that I have a chance to reread it this year.
  5. Guardian of Honor by Robin D. Owens. This was the first book that I bought when I got my Kindle several years ago, and outside of it containing some magic or something, I honestly can’t remember a darn thing. I would like to reread this one and possibly continue on with the series at some point.
  6. Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor. This is a more recent read from a few months ago, but be damned if I can remember much about it.
  7. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. I adored this entire series as a kid, in fact I read it so much I wore out two different sets of these books, but I can’t remember much from them sadly.
  8. Watership Down by Richard Adams. I first read this one fifteen or so years ago, loved it and even reread it once or twice after that. But ask me what it’s about? Well..there are bunnies in it. That’s about all I remember.
  9. Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War by Christie Golden. It’s been about five years since I read this one and I don’t remember much. I do remember enjoying it quite a bit. One of these days I will reread it and all the other World of Warcraft books.
  10. Under The Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig. I think there were mutant crops in this one? I really should reread this book, since I never did finish the trilogy but wanted to.
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Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

What I did Last Week

Read

I didn’t have too much reading time last week, though admittedly, it was more a lack of desire to read. I did manage to read Saga Volume 8. I liked it, but not as much as the previous novels. I’ll be posting a review of this series up to volume 8 in a few weeks.

 

 

Watched

I watched quite a bit of things last week. On TV I watched Homestead Rescue, My 600LB Life, The Incredible Dr. Pol, and Family By The Ton. I also managed to watch the entire first season of Hercules The Legendary Journeys.

Life

It was a fairly busy week, yet I feel I did very little. I did get the laundry room 90% cleaned out and organized, though the rest will have to wait until spring so I can get the spare fridge and a couple of other big items out. On the weekend I did some baking, making some homemade buns and dog treats. I had planned to make more things, but I got hit with a cold and had no energy to do the rest. I played a bunch of World of Warcraft as well. Mostly though, I played ping pong, especially on Tuesday when Warcraft was down for 8 hours. The weather was quite nice over the week, which allowed us to take the dog for a walk each day, at least up until the weekend, when freezing rain turned everything into an ice rink.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I don’t really know what I’ll be reading this week, but hopefully I will get through a book or two.

Watching

I have a couple of things on the PVR I want to watch as well as getting through more of the movie/series stack that I have picked out for this month, so I will likely be focusing on those this week.

Life

I don’t have any solid plans this week per say. I do need to get some things ready for the boys birthday party, which is happening this weekend, but that shouldn’t take more than a day to do. I think I will probably take it easy, since I’m still feeling the effects of that cold that hit me over the weekend.

Book Review: Nimona

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Nimona is one of those books that I knew nothing about, but kept seeing it on so many blogs. It seemed like everyone loved this book and couldn’t stop recommending it. I’m normally leery of books that get too many recommendations, but I was also curious. So after months and months of debating on whether or not I should read this one, I decided to give it a chance.

I feel like I missed something. I liked the book, I really did. I just didn’t feel that love that everyone else seemed to feel when reading this book.

It was a quick read, and the characters were enjoyable enough. The story was…I don’t know, maybe this is where I only liked it and didn’t love it. This is really one of those ones that I can’t explain myself. Perhaps someone who did read this and love it can help me out here. Why did you love the book?

I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who haven’t read this book yet and will enjoyed it. Others may be like me and simply like it. I’m not sure if I would recommend it or not, but hey if you want to read it, do so, since you will never know if you will like, love or hate a book until you give it a try.

Book Review: Night of Cake & Puppets

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Often times, I don’t read novellas that are part of a book series. Either I forget that they exist or I just don’t have an overall interest in them. However, I knew that I wanted to read Night of Cake & Puppets. A few years ago, when I was actively reading the Daughter of Smoke & Bones series, I really wanted to read this one. In fact, I even bought the Kindle edition, since that was the only one available at the time. The problem was, I hate reading books on my Kindle, so I kept putting it off. Then finally the book was released in physical format and I had to get it.

I really wanted to love this book, because I loved the main books in this series. However, as I was reading this, I kept questioning things. Who the heck was Kaz? What the heck is going on? Who/what was Kishmish? While I was enjoying the story, I wasn’t fully understanding everything. Obviously the problem lied on my end. It had been too long since I had read the series can I could no longer remember who was who or anything that had happened up to this point.

So needless to say, while I liked the book, I didn’t love it. The story is a very quick read, and the illustrations scattered throughout definitely added something extra to the whole experience. I am glad that I finally read this one, even though it didn’t blow me away like I had hoped it would. I think to truly appreciate this book, I need to go back and reread the entire series, that way I will know all of the characters and events that led up to this point – which I plan to do at some point..

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is Bookish Resolutions/Goals.

I don’t have enough bookish related goals to fill up this list, so I am going to slip it between bookish and non-bookish resolutions.

Bookish Resolutions

  1. Read My Older Books. It’s so easy to fall for all the new titles coming out in the year. I mean, I want to read a bunch of them, but I more so, I want to focus on the books that have been sitting on my shelf for months if not years and are still unread.
  2. Get Rid Of Books. Last year I got rid of almost 200 books. This year I want to continue to thin out the shelves. I will only keep the books/series that I truly enjoyed and want to read again. This will keep my shelves from getting too full and allow room for newer books.
  3. Listen To Audio Books. This falls into the first category, but I’m marking it separate for a reason. I have quite a few audio books that I still haven’t listened to yet, but since they don’t sit on my physical book shelf it’s so easy to overlook them. This year I will make a conscious effort to listen to a lot of them.

Non-Bookish Resolutions

  1. Write More. I have so many ideas I want to put down onto paper, but I never make enough time to do it. This year I will make an effort to write, and not just restrict myself to NaNoWriMo to do it in.
  2. Exercise. I was doing really good last year with this, and then winter happened and the desire to do it waned. It doesn’t help that it’s too cold out to go outside most days, but that shouldn’t stop me from doing something. So I will be making an effort to get moving even if I have to do it inside my house.
  3. Be Positive. This is seriously something I have struggled with for years. I find it so hard to get and stay positive. But I’m tired of letting things get me down. I will be letting all their weight go and looking on the bright side of things this year.
  4. Cut Out Toxic People. This goes with the be positive idea. I have a couple of toxic people in my life that I have put up with for far too long, but it’s time to let them go as well. This is a bit challenging since they are family, but I cannot let them continue to make my life miserable just because we are related.
  5. Learn A New Skill. I don’t quite know what that skill will be, and I may end up relearning an old skill that I no longer use, but I want to do something new/newish this year.
  6. Eat Healthy. This is actually fairly easy for me for most of the year. But it’s so easy to fall into the holiday candy trap and then I eat nothing but junk food for weeks on end. I want to really cut back on that and only allow myself the occasional unhealthy treat, like when we go out to a restaurant to eat, that way it’s not a full time, consuming my life thing.

There you have it. Those are my resolutions for the year. A lot of these I do each year and generally speaking do well with them, but others I definitely need to improve on and this year I am focusing on me and improving myself in various ways, so it should be relatively easy to accomplish them.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Erased Volume 3 by Kei Sanbe

What I did Last Week

Read

Remember how I said I’d get lots of reading done with Bout of Books last week? Yeah, that didn’t happen. I did read about three quarters of one book but that’s it. I either didn’t have time to read, or was doing something else.

Watched

I watched quite a few things last week. On the PVR I watched My 600LB Life and Homestead Rescue. Then I watched Hercules and The Circle of Fire, Hercules In The Underworld, and Hercules In The Maze of The Minotaur.  I enjoyed the first two movies, but that last one was basically a recap of all the previous Hercules movies with about 20 minutes of actual new stuff, so it was a bit of a let down. For family movie night we ended up watching The Forbidden Kingdom, which we all really enjoyed.

Life

It was another busy week. I was mostly busy with things around the house. I did a bunch of cleaning, and then did a big reorganization project over the weekend to make room for us to finally set up the ping pong table that has been in storage for about 4 years. It took two days to get everything moved, and then a couple of hours of digging around the house to try to find a few missing parts for the table, but we finally got it set up and spent a few hours Sunday playing ping pong. I also kept up with my yoga and exercises this week and I have to say, I feel great. I only missed one day due to life getting in the way, but otherwise I have been keeping up with it. I also did some meal prep over the weekend, getting all kinds of fruits and vegetables ready to just grab an eat as well as three days worth of lunches. All in all, it was a busy but good week.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

Well, I will once again be working on finishing Final Ride. I’m about three quarters of the way through this one, so I just need to find one good hour or so to sit down and finish it. Once this one is done, I’m not sure what I will pick up next.

 

 

Watching

On top of watching a couple of things that I have on the PVR, this week I will be working through the first season of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

Life

It’s the boys birthday on Tuesday. So I’ll be cooking up a special dinner for him and I have a feeling we will be playing ping pong all night. I also want to finally get around to rearranging the laundry room this week, as I didn’t quite get around to it last week. I feel like there are some other things that I need to do, but I can’t think of them at this moment.

Book Review: Erased Volume 3

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Boy am I glad that I randomly stumbled across this series last year. Even though we are only three volumes in, I can safely say that this is easily one of my favorite manga series.

This volume was so darn good. I feel like the story has been getting better with every volume. The first was amazing and set the groundwork for the story and the time travel, the second ramped things up and this one took everything in a whole new direction.

I will say that every now and then the plot was fairly obvious, especially when it came to the kidnappings, but there were still a lot of twist and turns along the way that made this book one heck of a ride. The characters have come a long way since the first volume and there is so much more for them to experience as the story progresses.

I found the ending to be particularly great, in the fact that it ties up some things as well as helps to pull characters back into the story that had little to no page time as of late. And yet, there is so much that is still unsolved, characters and events that are in need of more attention and I cannot wait to see what comes next.

Unfortunately, I can’t go into too much detail for this, because I don’t want to spoil the series for anyone. I am very much looking forward to the next volume, it can’t come out soon enough, and I would highly recommend this series to everyone.