Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hiatus



To those who follow the blog, I'll be going on hiatus for a little while. I'm struggling to create content. I've been reading but I haven't really wanted to review anything recently. I'm playing with a new idea for reviewing and I may play with that a little more first.

Otherwise, I'll be back.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Review--Armada by Ernest Cline

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure. 

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe. 

And then he sees the flying saucer. 

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. 

No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it. 

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?



I really loved "Ready Player One" and I was so excited to get my hands on "Armada". I sat down eagerly to read and then something weird happened. I hit the 150 page mark and was just done. It didn't have the magic of the other book (and by magic I do not mean wizards). It didn't flow like the other ones. In fact it bored me so much I DNF'd it for now.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Storyline I Wish Once Upon a Time Had Utilized


I love Once Upon a Time and I watch it faithfully every week it is on. I love the characters and the parallels between the faerie tale story versus the present day representations. I fell in love with season one when the characters were cursed and I followed it through arcs which were terrible, characters who were under-utilized, and decisions that seemed ludicrous. Regardless I still love the show.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Stacking the Shelves--August 7/Weekly Wrap-Up



It's been a long week. Summer reading at the library is now over. I'm gearing up for Fall training. Oh and I'm in a major reading rut. I haven't been able to find any book that inspires me to read. It's troubling but I'm trying a change in direction by trying some YA. How was your week?


Library

 1. City of Bones (Mortal Instruments Bk 1) by Cassandra Clare

2. City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments Bk 2) by Cassandra Clare

3. Fallen (Fallen Bk 1) by Lauren Kate

4. Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

5. The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1, the Faust Act by Kieron Gillen/Jamie McKelvie/Matt Wilson/Clayton Cowles


Weekly Wrap-Up

Review

1. Sway (Delicious Bk 1) by Lauren Dane [5 Stars]

Discussion

1. A Mood Thing
2. Obligatory Reading

Books Read

1. Inuyasha Vol. 36 by Rumiko Takahashi
2. Inuyasha Vol. 37 by Rumiko Takahashi
3. Thor, Vol. 1 Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron/Russell Dauterman
4. Inuyasha Vol. 38 by Rumiko Takahashi
5. Inuyasha Vol. 39 by Rumiko Takahashi
6. Inuyasha Vol. 40 by Rumiko Takahashi
7. Inuyasha Vol. 41 by Rumiko Takahashi
8. Low Vol. 1, the Delirium of Hope by Rick Remender/Greg Tocchini
9. The Boy with the Painful Tattoo (Holmes and Moriarity Bk 3) by Josh Lanyon
10. Sway (Delicious Bk 1) by Lauren Dane
11. Never Enough (Brown Siblings Bk 4) by Lauren Dane

Currently Reading

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Obligatory Reading



I've been saying all week that I'm in a reading rut. I'm not sure what is happening precisely but I can't muster up much interest in anything. I've been gaming a little bit more this week instead. I also re-read two Lauren Dane books to see if I could get my mojo back. Kristen Ashley's works used to help me with that but I've read them so much they don't do it anymore. Anyway that is all besides the point.

Welcome to my stack. To be fair I now have it all contained in a purple crate. These are library books. These are only library books. Do you see my problem? This picture is a few weeks old but it looks like that now with different books.

I have this weird illness. Okay so it's a brain glitch or something. When I check books out I have this weird feeling like I HAVE to read them. I can't just bring them back! I have to at least read 30-40% and see if I like it. Then more come in and I get panic attacks just thinking about how I'll read them all. I have this problem with review copies too.

Well this week has been stressing me out to no end with library books. I have 15 manga books to read to finish a series and this will be done. I have holds coming in and books I thought sounded interesting. So here is where some things change.

Tomorrow I'm bringing back half of the books checked out. I can always re-request them later. I'm going to have my 15 manga copies and about 5 other books. These are recent books I've wanted to try. I'm going to tackle them first.

I'm not sure why I feel this weird obligation but it seems like it is time to clean house a bit. I really want to want to read. I really want to pick up those books I've been asking for in the past few weeks and get into them. I have some unexpected books in my pile.

So do you guys feel this obligation when it comes to library books? Do you guys have way too many and then stress about reading them?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Favorite Book--Sway (Delicious Bk 1) by Lauren Dane




I've been struggling a lot to find the desire to read again. It's troublesome to say the least. I've gone through periods like this before and I've found comfort reads to be the best medicine. It's tough because this doesn't feel like a slump. It sort of just feels like I'm in a rut. I've tried a variety of different genres and nothing seems to be appealing.

Well last night I decided to read a book I love.

A few years ago I went looking into menage romances (this is not a menage romance). That general search led me to Lauren Dane. So...she was my gateway drug into that world. Anyway I started with "Tart" and then quickly went into the Brown Siblings series. "Laid Bare" is still my favorite menage book ever.

Anyway, I discovered there was a prequel "novella" in the Delicious series and went back to find it. At the time I had to buy it with a Maya Banks book in the "Cherished" anthology. It was fine but it took me years to actually read the Maya Banks book and for the life of me I cannot remember it.

The Lauren Dane book? It is called "Sway".

Monday, August 3, 2015

A Mood Thing



I'm honestly not sure what is going on here. I know we all talk about book slumps and give each other reassurance. I love that, really, but this is a weird case. I'm not in a book funk or slump or whatever. I'm in a weird place at the moment.

The last four books I've started, I've DNFd. They range from SF to mystery to romance and still I am DNFing. I'm really not sure what is going on.

I DNFed a James Patterson.

I DNFed an erotic contemporary romance.

I DNFed a science fiction book I have been waiting years to be released.

I DNFed a well-respected mystery book.

I nearly DNFed a graphic novel I forced myself to finish.

I'm not sure what is going on. I'm on a minor break from reading. I'm still working my way through a manga series though. I also haven't been able to muster the mood to watch Gotham. So...I'm not sure if it is a general mood or what.

Anyway, I hope to have some posts up later this week.