Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Week in Review - Week 13 &14


Life

Well, it was bound to happen. I am not really reading that much, so now blogging is losing its allure. After blogging at least once a week for over a year, I missed a week. I am sad about it, but I just don't really know what to talk about when I am in a slump. It is not getting better either, folks. It is April 4th and I have not read anything or listened to any audio so far this month. I have no idea what is wrong with me this year.

What have I been doing lately? I started couponing. It is not like it is in the US in Canada, but we can still do it. I am on week two and I have got free shampoo, soup, and cat food. I have also received really great savings on other things. We came out of the grocery store the other night with like 4 bags that cost me under 20 dollars. I was pretty proud of myself. I am still learning, though. I am not sure I will ever be an Extreme Couponer, but any savings are better than none!

I started a second job. I am not sure if I will be continuing it, though. I like it, but it is very time consuming, and I haven't quite figured out how to fit it in around my regular job and everything else happening in my house. When I got paid for it on Monday, though, I was very happy to have extra money in my account. So, I will have to make it work.

I have been continuing watching Disney movies. Since my last post I watched Lady and the Tramp, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Pocahontas, Alice in Wonderland (2010), Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Cinderella (2015), The Good Dinosaur, Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), and I think that is it... Part of my issue is finding all of the movies that I want to watch. 

I am also still making puzzles, but not as fast as I was...

Currently Reading

Probably nothing...

Audiobook


That's the plan, anyway!

Weekly Reading


American Street - I really liked this audio. The narrator did a great job and the story was compelling, too. It is too bad that this is the last audio I have finished recently, but at least I left off on a good note. If you haven't checked this out, I do recommend it!


Ghosts - I read Drama earlier this year and had fun with it. This one was at the second hand store when I went in last week, so I grabbed it and actually managed to read it in a timely manner. I like how the author touches on serious matters in almost a lighthearted way. I actually had two friends growing up that had cystic fibrosis and they both passed away before graduating high school. So, I could relate to a certain point to the experiences in this book. 

New Additions

Bombshells - Volume 3: Uprising

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 12

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Week in Review - Week 12


Life

Remember how I tend to be a bit of project undertaker? I haven't really had one in a while, so I started one this last week. I have been mentioning all my movie watching lately, right? Well, I am doing a movie project. Disney movies! I printed off a list of all of them ever made and that will be my movie watching over the next while. I am going to start with ones I have never seen before and then move on. We will see how far I make it in this project. I am not a big movie watcher typically, so this could end up fizzling, but it has been fun so far! As I write this I am watching the new Alice Through the Looking Glass and regretting that I didn't rewatch Alice in Wonderland first because I hardly remember it. I think I will have to rethink my plans a bit.

I am still not reading very much. It makes me kind of sad that I can't seem to settle in with anything lately, but at least I have found other things to do in the meantime. 

Disney Movies Watched

This list will be a bit long to catch up on what I have watched so far this year...

Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Brave
Wreck-It Ralph
Monsters University
Maleficent
Big Hero 6
Inside Out
Zootopia
Finding Dory
The BFG
Queen of Katwe
Moana

Currently Reading

I don't even know. lol

Audiobook


Weekly Reading


Dreams of Gods & Monsters (audio) ~ Look, I finished a trilogy! I really enjoy the narrator of this trilogy, but I do not think I liked this book as much as I could have. It is why my audio listening slowed down after being off to such a great start this month. I did like it, but not as much as I wanted to and enough to keep me wanting to pick it up. I probably should have set it aside, but I wanted to finish a trilogy.


All-New Wolverine - Volume 1: The Four Sisters ~ Even with my comic reading, it is all over the place. I have a couple series started on Marvel Unlimited and keep starting new ones. I am enjoying how there are more and more comics centred around women. I especially like how this new run of Wolverine wears real clothes and doesn't feel the need to wear the gravity defying outfits that other superheroes tend to wear. She can just be kick ass and awesome all on her own. I enjoyed this first volume and look forward to her future adventures. Recommended!

New Additions

Giant Days - Volume 4

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 11

Friday, March 17, 2017

Books, Life, & Everything Else (7)

March 2015
1. | I have embraced the reading slump and am just watching a ridiculous amount of movies instead. I am hoping I will get bored of it soon and want to read again. It has been going on all year. It is getting depressing. I made a list of the movies I have watched lately and it is kind of extensive. I am still watching kids movies and have probably watched more movies in the last month than I did all of last year combined. If it does continue for a while, I think I am going to branch out to classic movies and musicals.

2. | Chloe is my movie watching companion. She sits on the back of the couch by my head and sleeps through them. She was a lap cat when we first got her, but sadly doesn't seem interested now. Hoping that changes with age because Finn still won't sit on my lap.

3. | Winter continues to be weird. We had a week of really cold temperatures and then we were supposed to have a really big storm. It started with snow, the winds were enough to shake the whole house, but then it quickly turned to large amounts of rain. Unfortunately the wind did some damage to the house, but thankfully it was a one day fix type mess.

4. | Tonight is St. Paddy's. We normally do not do much for it, but one of the guys friends is playing music at a bar in town and we are going to go for a bit. I am not sure if I will have any green beer, but it should be fun.

5. | My puzzle making continues. I found some cheap new ones online, so I am just waiting for them to arrive. I had to throw a second hand one out the other day because there were so many pieces missing I couldn't even make the border. I will luck into one with all the pieces here and there, but most of them are missing at least one piece. Puzzles are just expensive new.

6. | March was supposed to be my 'get back on track' month. I wanted to get more exercise and start doing some of the things that I have been neglecting. What has happened is I really hurt my foot and could hardly walk on it for a week and then all my other big plans just sort of fizzled because I was so depressed about the fact that I hurt myself. It is not surprising I am in constant reading slumps so far this year.

7. | I did some massive spring cleaning of the downstairs of my house. It means that keeping the downstairs in order is really manageable. I hope that continues. Our upstairs is not really that messy anyway, so that has always been manageable. It is the downstairs that is more lived in and constantly in disorder.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Week in Review - Week 11


Life

Another quiet reading week. I am not even sure what I am doing other than reading, but I didn't even finish my audio this week. Hoping this week gets better. I didn't even get my blog post up on time. 

What I have done is watch a lot of movies. I watched The Secret Life of Pets. That was a cute movie. Another one I watched was Zootopia. I really liked that one. One I didn't like was Trolls. It was a bit boring for me. Storks was cute. I finally saw Finding Dory. I had fun with it. I saw Inside Out, too. It wasn't too bad. As you can see, it was still kid movies. lol I think I just needed some short and sweet stuff that didn't make me think too much. There were others, but that mood seems to be passing. Now if the reading would just get better!

Currently Reading


I got auto-approved for this from Netgalley, so I decided to check it out. I enjoyed Wein in the past. I am liking it, but anyone's guess if I will even finish it! This reading slump is the pits.

Audiobook


I tried to read this last year and couldn't get into it. I though that the audio would go better, but I am not sure if it is me or the book that has this carrying into another week. I have been almost done for days now. Going to have to find something awesome to follow it up with because I don't want an audio slump.

Weekly Reading


Understanding Color in Photography ~ When I was on Netgalley checking out the Elizabeth Wein book, this book caught my eye. I own everyone of his books, so I had to at least try and see if I was approved for this one. And, I was! It was informative and I have the paperback edition in my cart for when it is released in August, but at the same time I am not positive I need to own a copy. The issue I had with this book was the terrible formatting and I know that is an e-galley thing, but there were times where I wasn't sure if I was reading captions or the rest of the sentence. Then I would be like, where is the rest of this sentence. I learned a lot about colour and really wish I actually kept up my camera learning. There is just not enough hours in my day. I do recommend this and all of Bryan Peterson's books, though!


Wayward - Volume 4: Threads and Portents ~ Yay! This is one of my favourite graphic novel series and I was so excited for a new volume. I had planned to reread the first 3 volumes, but with my reading slump, I decided I should just be happy if I manage to get through this one for now. That means that there were a few details it took me a bit to remember, but I still overall really enjoyed this volume and am excited to see how the events of it play out in Volume 5. Recommended!

New Additions

Wayward - Volume 4: Threads and Portents

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 10

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Week in Review - Week 10


Life

I finished 4 books this week and 3 of them were audios. I am not sure if that has ever happened before. My average audiobook listening each month is only usually 5 and I just listened to 3 in a week. I am curious what that will mean for the reading month overall. I could have an awesome audio month, or fizzle on them. It would be nice to actually being reading with my eyes, too, but it is better than nothing. I just keep starting stuff, reading a bit, and then putting it down and picking something else up. I just cannot seem to concentrate. At least with audios I can do other things while listening to them.

I am pretty sure it is clear to most people that read my blog that I am not a big television/movie watcher. Which is why it was so strange for me to sit down last night and watch two movies! What were they? Moana and Sing. I am so cool. lol When I decided on a movie night, I had the house to myself. When the guy got home I had just turned Moana on, so he got to enjoy them, too. He was not eager to watch either of them, but in the end he enjoyed Moana. I don't think he liked Sing. To be honest, I thought Moana was better than Sing

Currently Reading


Maybe? I am a bit into it, so hopefully it will stick.

Audiobook


I read the first book in this series by audio, but then I read the second book. I really like the narrator and when I tried to move on to this book last year, it just didn't click at the time. So, I got it on audio and now I can finish a trilogy! I am enjoying it.

Weekly Reading


The Invisible Library ~ Finally! I started this book when it first came out, but it was right when I broke my ankle and I just never got back to it. I have heard really good things about the series and the audio was in the recent Audible sale, so I grabbed a copy. I am so glad I finally did! I liked it enough that if I could have figured out how to use credits on the Audible app, I would have started the next one right away. But, I couldn't, so I read something I owned all ready instead. Anyway, this was a fun mystery-type novel that is centred around books and libraries. I definitely want to see what happens next. Recommended!


A Man Called Ove ~ This book was a daily deal last year sometime and I didn't think it sounded like a book that I would like. But, then, it was kind of everywhere and I regretted that I hadn't grabbed a copy when it was on sale. Thankfully, it went on sale again and I grabbed a copy that time around. I had no plans to read it when I did, but it was just there and it cleared a book of the ole TBR. (My audio one anyway.) And, despite it not really being a 'me' book, I did actually enjoy it. Ove was a great character and you really got to know him and all the people that he crossed paths with. I also enjoyed the cat. I am glad I got and read this one. Recommended!


Setting Free the Kites ~  So, if you are going to read one book that is a bit out of your normal zone, why not two? This book is getting a lot of buzz from people that I trust and I had an audible credit. So, I grabbed a copy and settled in. I am not even sure if I can tell you why, but I loved this book. I am not typically a fan of books narrated by young protagonists, they tend to annoy me, but this one was believable and human and I just really loved it. I think the moment I knew I was going to was when the title actually comes up in the book. There was something about that which just kind of called to me. And then it was all just wonderful after that. Someone asked me why I enjoyed the book so much and I just really cannot put it into words, but this book is definitely worth the hype! It will be on my best of 2017 list for sure. Strongly recommended!


Revival ~ The only book I read this week that was not an audio was this one. I have been curious about this series for a while and was happy when it was in the Image Humble Bundle I bought last month. I enjoyed it and would probably read on, but at the same time it is not something that I have to read on in. Hopefully more in the series will be in some future sales so I can see how things play out. Recommended!

New Additions

The Ship Beyond Time

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 9
Saturday Snapshot - January & February Pictures

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Saturday Snapshot - January & February Pictures

I had planned to share my pictures more regularly, but since that didn't happen.. Here is a bunch of January and February pictures!

January
































February