Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

What I did Last Week

Read

I had hoped to do a bunch of reading last week, but alas, it did not happen. I tried, I really did, but honestly every time I sat down to read my mother would want to talk. Reading with family visiting is an exercise in futility.

Watched

Didn’t really watch much last week, as the TV was being controlled by visiting family and they watch the stupidest shows ever.

Life

Soccer started this week for the boy, so that kept me busy in the evenings. Then the parents arrived for a visit and it’s been hectic and annoying every since. I’ve been playing as much World of Warcraft as I can, which keeps me too busy to truly visit with them, but that leaves the boy open to take advantage of visiting grandparents.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I likely won’t get to do any reading until Wednesday, as that’s when the family leaves, but after that, I will be focusing on finishing Cress. I really, really want to finish this one to see what happens in the second half.

 

 

 

Watching

No real plans this week. I will probably just watch whatever I feel like on any given day.

Life

I don’t have any solid plans for this week. I’m stuck with the family until Wednesday and then I’m free to do whatever I wish after that. Soccer will still occupy three nights of the week. I’m hoping to do some stuff in the garden soon, mostly just a bit of weeding and prepping the beds for planting, but a lot of that will depend on the weather.

Book Review: Violet Grenade

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Oh this book. I don’t even know what to say.

Initially, I was fairly excited about this book. It sounded so intriguing when it was first introduced by the author months ago. Then I was lucky enough to get an early copy to review.

When I started reading this book, I was sucked into it pretty quickly. I didn’t want to put it down, and I wanted to know all that would happen. I read most, if not all of it, in one sitting. There were times when it felt repetitive, mostly involving things in the house, but otherwise, I still enjoyed it. I didn’t really fully understand Domino’s character at times, but I figured it would all make sense the further into the story I got.

Then I got to the end of the book and…hell, I don’t know what happened, but almost as soon as I finished the book, all the details of the books faded from my memory. I couldn’t remember most of it and honestly couldn’t tell you why I liked the book so much while I was reading it. I can’t explain it. I still don’t understand it myself, even a month later. I guess it’s just one of those books that doesn’t stick with the reader.

That’s it. Can’t really talk more about it since I honestly don’t remember the details of the book. If you haven’t read it and are curious about the story, go ahead and read it. You might like it, you might now, but you’ll never know until you read it.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Bird & Squirrel by James Burks

What I did Last Week

Read

It wasn’t the best week for reading. I ended up adding two books to the dreaded DNF pile. I tried to finish Lord of The Flies, but I just couldn’t be bothered with the second half of the book, which is disappointing because that was the one book that stuck with me from high school. Then, I started The Devil Wears Prada, made it about half way and had no desire to keep going.

Watched

I didn’t watch much last week. I watched three or four episodes of The Golden Girls. As far as movies go, I ended up watching Ocean Waves, which was alright, but not as good as I was hoping for.

Life

I played far too much World of Warcraft last week. Honestly, beyond that I did pretty much nothing because almost all of my waking hours were spent playing the game.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I started Cress on the weekend. I am a little but further than quarter of the way through it and enjoying it quite a bit so far. My plan is to focus on finishing this one over this week.

 

 

 

Watching

I don’t have any plans to watch anything specific this week. I will likely watch more of The Golden Girls and hopefully get around to watching some things on the PVR so I can delete them.

Life

The boy starts soccer this week, so my week will be full of games. On top of that, hubby is away hiking, returning at the end of the week, just in time for my parents to arrive for a week long visit. So, I will be once again cleaning the house unnecessarily just to make the visitors happy and give the illusion of a perfect life and home. Of course, I will also be playing World of Warcraft.

Book Series Review: Bird & Squirrel

                                                                        

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Back in January, my son got Bird & Squirrel On The Edge from one of his friends on his birthday. My son is not a reader, so seeing the excitement over the book told me this was something special. Then the fact that he read this book as soon as we got home from the party, instead of playing with the toys he got, I knew this was a great book. That same day we went online and ordered the other three books. A week later, we had the full series and my son eagerly started reading them as soon as he got home from school. Then as soon as he was down he brought them to me and asked if I wanted to read them. Seeing how much he loved these books, I knew I had to, plus I was curious about the books.

I read all four in one sitting. They were fast, fun reads. I can certainly see why my son enjoyed them so much. I have to say that between the friend heavy story line and the artwork, this was a wonderful collection of books. I won’t go into too much detail, but I will say that I think these are excellent books for kids, that show the value of friendship and the joys of adventuring with that friend, even if it is very unexpected.

Like my son, I do hope that there are more books coming out in this series, because it would be great to continue to see the friendship of Bird and Squirrel evolve with each book.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

What I did Last Week

Read

I got a couple books read last week. First up I read Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure. This was a quick and fairly enjoyable read, though one or two things slightly bothered me. I’ll be posting a full review of this book in the coming weeks.

 

 

Then I read Ghosts. This is a book I had wanted to read for a while now, and bought at my sons school’s book fair, since he wants to read it too. I really liked this one and I’m looking forward to hearing my sons opinion of it once he reads it.

 

Watched

I didn’t watch too much last week. I did get through a couple of episodes of the fourth season of The Golden Girls. Other than that, I can’t really remember anything that I watched. Once again we skipped Family Movie Night, because we weren’t home for it.

Life

Life was sort of boring. I played lots of World of Warcraft. On the weekend we went to the city to do some necessary shopping. Ironically enough, we forgot to buy the most important thing while we were there, which was soccer cleats for the boy.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I started Lord of The Flies last week and got about half way through it. I plan to finish reading it this week. I read this one many years ago in high school, but I’ve wanted to reread it since and this is my opportunity to do so. It’s okay so far, but I’m not feeling the strong attachment to the story that I felt reading it the first time, who knows if the second half will change that or not.

 

Watching

I have a number of shows stacking up on the PVR, so I plan to watch and delete several of those this week. I might watch some shows I want to watch that are on Netflix as well, if I have time.

Life

No real plans this week. I will probably lose many hours to playing World of Warcraft, but that’s okay, because I’m enjoying the game. I also need to start working things out for a yard sale we will be having in a few weeks, which will clear up lots of space in the house and allow me to finish the big purge I started at the beginning of the year – it’s been on hold the last two months since I have no place to store anything we want to get rid of at the moment.

April 2017 Wrap Up

With May here, it’s time to take a moment to look back at all the things I accomplished in April. In total I read fifteen books in April, which is fantastic.

So what did I read in April?

  • Warcraft Legends Volume 1 by Richard A Knaak
  • Warcraft Legends Volume 2 by Richard A Knaak
  • Murder In A Minor Key by Jessica Fletcher
  • The Battle of The Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
  • The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
  • Saga Volume 1
  • Saga Volume 2
  • Saga Volume 3
  • Saga Volume 4
  • Saga Volume 5
  • Saga Volume 6
  • Saga Volume 7
  • .hack// Legend of The Twilight, Vol. 1
  • .hack// Legend of The Twilight, Vol. 2
  • .hack// Legend of The Twilight, Vol. 3

April was such a weird month. The weather was one of those things that just couldn’t make up it’s mind. For the most part, we were having gorgeous spring weather, some days even almost felt like spring. Then on Easter weekend we got hit by a couple inches of snow. Then the last week of April saw a huge winter storm hit most of Northern Ontario, which effectively shut it down for two days – though the roads somehow remained open despite everything else being closed. This storm also screwed over my plans to go see Your Name, since it hit the day I was supposed to go to the city to see the movie, and it was only in theaters for one day, so needless to say I was in a very annoyed mood that day. Probably didn’t help that the in-laws also came up at that time, so I had to deal with them, really bad weather and not get to see the movie.

April also saw me return to playing World of Warcraft. I hadn’t played in nearly four years, but I really wanted to check out the latest expansion, Legion, because it looked so darn good. I have really been enjoying my time playing the game again, though it does tend to eat up most of my waking hours.

I did watch a bunch of movies and TV shows over the course of the month as well, however, I will admit, I don’t feel like looking over my previous posts in order to see what all they were and list them here. If you want to know all that I watched, check out my Monday Progress Report posts and you will find it all there. So, that was my month. Hoping that May will be good.

Book Review: The Sea of Monsters

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The second book in the Percy Jackson series is just as good, if not better, than the first. I won’t go into a lot of detail, mainly because I find it hard to talk about books part way into a series without giving away something important to the plot. And yes, I understand that most people have probably already read these books, but for those that haven’t, I want to keep this spoiler free.

I really enjoyed this book. It picks up almost a year after the first book, yet there is no gap in the story. Right from page one I was hooked and could have easily read this entire book in one sitting, had life not gotten in the way of course. The characters have come a long way since they were first introduced to us, and even throughout this book, there is good character development. Of course they still have a ways to go, but hey it’s only the second book in the series, so more growth will come with time.

This story has a nice fast pace to it, with something always happening. There were some good twists in the plot that made it all come together wonderfully. I can’t think of a single thing I didn’t like about the book. I love how the new characters introduced throughout this book helped and hindered the heroes in various ways. Some of this characters had unexpected affects on Percy and the quest he found himself on.

Overall, this was a great book. I think Rick Riordan does a wonderful job of melding the present day with ancient Greek myth. I cannot wait to continue on with this series and see what Percy and his fellow half-bloods must endure and overcome next.