Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Fairest by Marissa Meyer

What I did Last Week

Read

First up, I listened to Old Man’s War. This is a book I had been intending to read for a while, and figured now was the time to do it. I liked it enough, and may continue on with the series at some point. I’ll be posting a full review of this book in November as a part of SciFi Month.

 

 

Then I read Rough Rider. This was the final book in the trilogy I started a month or so ago and it was pretty good. I’ll be posting a full review of this book later in the week.

 

 

Watched

I pretty much ignored the TV again last week. We did end up watching Shiloh on Monday, and then for Family Movie Night watched Shiloh Season.

Life

Had Thanksgiving at the beginning of last week, so spent several days eating way too much turkey. Now I don’t want to see or eat turkey until Christmas. Did more work in the garden, now it is 99% ready for winter. It was another week of great weather, considering the time of year, so I once again took full advantage of it, spending lots of time outside and taking Penny for as many walks as I could fit in. Took another round of donations out of the house and now everything that was purged is gone, except for several boxes of books, which I plan to sell. On the weekend we headed to the city to do one final shopping trip for winter stock up and to get things for Christmas. It was a very long day, but we got everything on the list, plus plenty of extras, so now I think it’s safe to say we are ready for winter – well, stuff wise, but I’m certainly not mentally ready for it.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I just started Gabriel’s Ghost the other day. I haven’t made it very far, so I can’t yet decide whether I will like it or not, but my plan is to finish it this week. I will probably pick up another random SciFi novel from my pile after this as well.

 

 

Watching

The PVR is filling up again, thanks to me ignoring it for the last two weeks, so this week I will try my best to watch the backlog of episodes from The Incredible Dr Pol, Alaska The Last Frontier and Heartland.

Life

I’m keeping a close eye on the weather this week, as I still have carrots left in the garden and I don’t want them to die off from cold nights and frost before I have a chance to harvest them. I need to dedicate a bunch of time for NaNoWriMo prep as well as some blog work.

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August & September 2017 Book Haul

So the last two months have been pretty book heavy with purchases. I couldn’t help it though. During part of August, Chapters had a buy one get one 50% off sale on manga, so I went a little manga crazy. I might have bought more, but my bank account said no. In total I brought home a total of 16 books in August.

Then September saw the remaining books that I had ordered in August arriving along with a few preorders. It was another manga heavy month, but I’m happy to have nearly all of InuYasha on my shelf now. For September, I brought a total of 14 new books into the house.

Fun fact: I have only read 3 of the 30 books I bought over the last two months. However, I plan on reading the entire InuYasha series back to back as soon as I get the last four volumes, which will probably happen in October.

Book Review: Fairest

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Villains have always been my favorite part of books and movies. So whenever there is a story that focuses on a villain, I want to read it. I have really been enjoying The Lunar Chronicles, but was feeling that I didn’t quite know enough about Levana to truly appreciate her role as villain in this series. So when it was time to read this book, I was excited to see exactly what pushed her to be the woman we all know her to be.

This book is quite short and I was able to read it in one sitting. One thing I did find strange was that there were no chapters in this book. Yes, there were breaks put in at different parts, but the lack of actual chapters was weird.

I really enjoyed getting to see Levana as a young child and teenager. It helped to really paint a full picture of what her life was like before the events of the series and gave up a look at what she was like before she became this evil queen we all know and love. What really made this book was the various relationships it’s showed that shaped Levana’s life, from her parents to her sister and the man she loves, they all help in their own ways to push her into becoming the woman we see in The Lunar Chronicles.

One part I really found interesting was that she has something in common with Cinder. I can’t really go into detail about it, but it definitely tied the two women together beyond their shared blood.

Overall, I thought this was a great book. It really adds something to the series as a whole to finally find out what made Levana into the woman we know, why she does what she does and helps to fill in some gaps that otherwise would have been left unanswered. If you haven’t started this series, I would recommend that you do. They are all fantastic book and I cannot wait to finish them.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Erased Volume 2 by Kei Sanbe

What I did Last Week

Read

I did a little bit of reading last week. First up I read Binti. I actually received this book from a friend last week and read it that same day. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be continuing on with the series. I will also be doing a full review of this book next month.

 

 

Then I read Orange The Complete Collection Volume 1 & 2. This series was so darn good! I don’t know if I can even properly review this one because it was just…I don’t know, it was amazing but even that word feels flat. I’ll eventually be posting a review for this one once I can better explain why I loved it.

Watched

I finally watched Alien. This is a movie I have been saying I would watch for YEARS and I finally did it. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it, it was alright. I will be doing a full review of this movie next month for SciFi Month. I then watched all of Planet Earth II on Netflix and really enjoyed it. I just wish there were more episodes, but who knows, maybe there will be a third series in the future. Then I watched more of The Incredible Dr. Pol, which has been filling up my PVR a bit. I really enjoy this show and so glad that it’s finally available to me, because for the longest time it wasn’t. For Family Movie Night the boy picked the second Pink Panther movie, A Shot In The Dark. We enjoyed the movie overall, but didn’t find it to be great. To finish the week off, we watched The Lego Ninjago movie, which the boy really enjoyed and hubby and I thought was pretty good.

Life

It was kind of a slow week. I prepped more of the garden for winter. There’s still carrots, horseradish and a few pea plants left, but the rest is gone. It makes me sad to see it empty but I know I will fill it with plants once again next year. I also took more stuff to donation, and sold our second fridge, which we no longer needed, so that cleared up more space in the laundry room. I did some baking on the weekend, making homemade granola cereal, scones and rolls. Other that I enjoyed the decent weather, giving the dog plenty of walks and spending as much time outside as I could.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

No real plans for this. I’m in a bit of a mood reading phase, so I will see what strikes my fancy for the week and read that.

Watching

I will probably end up watching a few SciFi movies that I have on my list to watch and review for SciFi Month, though at this very moment I can’t think of what any of those movies are. I will also be watching more of The Incredible Dr. Pol.

Life

Monday (today) is Thanksgiving so we will be cooking a turkey and later stuffing our faces with all kinds of delicious things. Depending on the weather I might harvest the carrots or I’ll leave them to grow for another week. I may also try to paint our entryway walls this week as long as the house is still warm enough to allow the paint to dry, which is another thing that will depend on the weather.

Book Review: Erased Volume 2

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

After reading the first volume, I immediately wanted to know what was going to happen next. So I ordered the second volume and waited until it arrived several weeks later. I can’t go into much detail, because I don’t want to spoil the The story picks up right where the previous volume ends.

Once again, I enjoyed watching Satoru try to navigate the past, as well as the present, while trying to solve two different murders. It was interesting to watch him try to piece two different time line together, gathering what clues and evidence he could find along the way, while also avoiding getting too tangled up into either situation. In fact, it’s this double mystery that is one of my favorite aspects of this series. A single mystery would be interesting enough, but toss a second one in and you’ve got quite a story.

I have to say that the art is also growing on me. I wasn’t a huge fan of it with the first volume, but I’m certainly loving it more. I think as the story progresses with each volume, I will come to love it more and more.

I’m really looking forward to the next volume to see exactly what will happen next. So many things are up in the air at the moment and I can only guess at how things will turn out.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

What I did Last Week

Read

I didn’t have much time for reading this week, but I did finish the audio book of Redshirts. This was a different book, I enjoyed it for the most part but I also found some parts to be annoying. I’ll be posting a full review of this book in November.

 

 

Watched

I spent quite a bit of time watching TV this week. On the PVR I watched more episodes of The Incredible Dr. Pol and a few episodes of Battle Castle. I know I also spent several hours staring at the TV but not really paying attention to what I was watching. On Netflix I watched the documentary Ghosts of the Mountain, which was supposed to be about snow leopards, but is actually more of a documentary about the people and challenges of making a documentary about snow leopards, so while okay it wasn’t what I was expecting. For Family Movie Night we watched Speed Racer, which was weird but good. We also watched Office Space this weekend with a couple of people my hubby works with who had never seen it, so that was fun.

Life

Didn’t do a lot due to being sick, so the first half of the week was mostly spent laying on the cough, watching TV and trying really hard to cough up my lungs. I did a bit of work in garden over the weekend, pulling plants out and readying the beds for winter. I also did some baking for orders – which mostly equated to making lots of dog treats.I took another load of donations out of the house because things aren’t selling and I refuse to hold onto this stuff for months just to make a few bucks.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I’m not 100% sure what I will read this week. I may focus on finishing up Prophecy, or I might pick up a new short book. I think it’s going to be one of those weeks were I base my book choices on my mood.

Watching

I’m running out of things to watch on the PVR and that’s a good thing. It’s finally down to under fifty items, so it won’t be long now before there is nothing on it. I think I will watch more Battle Castle this week, because I have been really enjoying that show.

Life

I have no idea what I need to do this week. I might just take it as an easy week, since I still have a pretty good lingering cough from my cold and I don’t want to push myself too hard until it’s fully gone.

September 2017 Wrap-Up

Now that it’s October, it’s time to look back at everything I did during the month of September. Reading wise, it was a decent enough month and when it comes to life, it was different. In total, I read six books.

So what did I read in September?

  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  • The History of Bee by Maja Lunde
  • Dead Ringer by B.J. Daniels
  • A Bride’s Story, Volume 9 by Kaoru Mori
  • Ranma 1/2 Volume 1 by Rumiko Takahashi
  • Redshirts by John Scalzi

This month was crazy. The boy returned to school, which meant we had to get back into the habit of waking up early and making lunches at night. It was actually easier than previous years to get back into this routine. The weather was all over the place, with some days being cool and the nights dipping down to freezing, then it would suddenly turn warm again, practically returning to summer weather. This caused a lot of issues with the garden, since I had to start covering at night when it was cold, but then uncover it during the day so it wasn’t smothered. By the end of the month, I was pulling out most of the plants as the growing season had clearly come to an end. A few plants remain, which should be harvested soon. Other happenings of the month were that my parents came up to visit and it was….messy, yes, I think messy is the best way to describe those few days. Then to add to the overall fun of the month, the boy and I got colds, likely a combination of the wonky weather and returning to school. The fair also came to town at the beginning of the month. This is a newer thing for us, as it’s only been coming to town for a couple of months, and it isn’t a very large fair, but we are glad to have it and most importantly, the boy loves it, so we make sure to go.

I also got back into the habit of baking on the weekends so that we had healthy snacks for the week ahead. I let this slide during the summer months, but now that the boy is in school again I felt it was extra important to do it. Plus the homemade snacks taste so much better than the store bought stuff.

The movies we watched were Goosebumps, Mars Attacks, Thunderbirds, Black Beauty (1971), Miss Hokusai, The Princess of Thieves, Speed Racer and Office Space. I had a bunch of shows on the PVR that I watched as well, some had been on it for a while along with a few that were newer. These shows were Yukon Men, Deadliest Catch, River Monsters, and The Incredible Dr. Pol. I also watched InuYasha: The Final Act.