Category Archives: Books and Reading

New Book! ^^

The Tower of Dawn, by Sarah J. Maas just came out last night! As I looked through it I thought it was going to be a novella, but it’s around 600 pages and around 61 chapters long! This is a novel and probably really should be considered the fifth book in the series. However, it is about Chaol and the events take place during the timeline in the last book side by side, but now Chaol is the protagonist and I am a bit excited about this. I’m not a Chaol fan, I like the character so it shouldn’t be difficult to read through this book and it should be able to hold me over until the final volume is released in May.

Squee! New book!

 

 

That is all…

Long chapters drive me crazy

The third book in the fallen series called, Passion, by Lauren Kate is a little better so far than her previous installments in the series. But, my biggest gripe since the first book is that her chapter are so FREAKING long! I don’t expect them to be super short, but that’s what makes me read and continue on more if I see I am getting somewhere and making progress in my reading by knocking down chapter after chapter. If I am reading and I have to stop somewhere because IĀ  have somewhere to be or go do something, or if I am reading before bed and I don’t want to be stuck right in the middle of something I hate that. It drives me nuts and I can’t be the only one.

This third installment is more interesting this time because…well without spoiling anything let’s just say a lot of past lives are going to be explored. This means more traveling and more interesting events. Let’s keep it that way and not stretch story scenes for too long. It’s just as bad as author’s describing every little detail to the last grain of dust. If your the type of reader that loves that kind of writing in a book then more power to you, but that’s just not my cup of tea.

I love the feel and look of each slip cover for each novel. I have the whole Fallen series because I have a collecting problem. So if I have part one and I haven’t read (or in the case of video games…played it/finished it) I’ll go buy the next installment(s). It’s part of the series so why not?

My thoughts on the characters of the series is that Daniel can be an asshole and you do get pissed at him, but towards the end of book two you see and can feel why he was doing the things he did. In the beginning of Book three this becomes more apparent and you do feel for the guy. Luce on the other hand I felt was just a really dumb love struck teen in the first novel, but towards the middle of the second novel she then starts to have doubts about her relationship to Daniel. I think she’s dumb for staying with a guy that lies, keeps things from her, and other things. Yes, this is for a reason, but when you are with someone you keep them in the loop so they understand what’s going on and their partners actions. It’s just common sense. What is it some sense of superiority alpha male bull shit that he can’t tell her the truth? Maybe there is a bigger picture and another reason for this and I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

More developments on this later as I read further on for book three…

Books and Reading

Has anyone ever read and/or enjoyed the Chicken Noodle Soup books? I have a few of them that I can count on my hand. Right now I currently picked up off my book shelf is “Chicken Noodle Soup for the Ocean Lover’s Soul” and I am enjoying it more than the other ones I have bought. I feel that the ocean can teach us a lot of things and that it is wise and ancient. These stories fit right in with my love for the ocean and its creatures.

I’ve also been reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed on my phone through the kindle app. I feel like with her writing I am on the PCT right along with her. Maybe while doing Laundry on Sundays I should just pretend I’m at a Laundry mat and I have to spend all day out there and the only comfort is reading. Then maybe I can get more reading done. You know, tune out the noise of everything and meditate and relax. It’s not like it’s really noisy where I live, but it’s hard to get into that peaceful meditative state. I should practice that more so I can calm my mind and my soul. If it’s not outside noise then it’s too noisy in my head. No one worry I don’t hear voices or anything like that. My brain is always active especially when my anxiety is high or if I am stressing or both.

Everyone should try practicing meditation and take twenty minutes out of their day to have some me time.

Healing and quick update

My leg is healing nicely and it is also starting to itch a bit today. My mom says that means it’s healing. I should head to the gym tomorrow because the wound shouldn’t open up or anything. I’ll check the bandage tomorrow after I’ve changed it.

I’ve also updated Midnight Raven tab, Gamer 4 Life tab, and possibly others so check it out. šŸ™‚

I’ve also started writing more and hopefully getting to my art more. I have to bake cookies after work today for a thing on Wednesday. They will be Mario star cookies. ^^;

I had eggs for breakfast this morning and I want so many things and make it happen, but then things happen and then it’s just all over the place. I think I will have liquid for lunch and dinner today.

Books and Games

I am frustrated with myself for setting a ten book reading goal for the year. I am a reader and I love to read, but life gets busy, and then there is the whole pesky book ADHD. So I could be reading a lot and yet I am reading three to five different books simultaneously in a month. Hence, I do not get a novel read and finished so I can complete my reading goal. A co-worker told me it can be done if I play less games and read more. That may be true, but it is not like I can’t put a controller down to go read. The reason is games take longer to finish than books and when your interested or having fun then time passes without you noticing and the next thing you know it’s time for bed so you can get up for work in the morning…. okay that was a long winded sentence…

I tried making an organized stable schedule so I can equally do all my hobbies, but then things fall out of sync like they always do and then it’s hard to get back to the schedule you set in the first place. I am not making excuses…maybe complaining a little, but maybe if I tried harder and had more will power? I know this can be done and once you do something over and over again for a month it sticks as a habit.

The current book I am reading is the third in the Fallen series. The title is “Passion” from Lauren Kate. I admit the ending to the second book, Torment, was really good and I started reading Passion and it’s a bit more involved and interesting. You know when there are four or more books in the series that the first book and maybe the second book is going to be drawn out with the plot because the author has to set things up, or is still setting things up and that could be hard to read through. Because if the plot moves so slowly it makes irritated because I’m waiting for things to be revealed. Hopefully I can if I push myself that I can still make that ten novel goal for this year. I have four books done all ready.

Writing and more writing…

I am more than determined to write this novel and get it done before summer ends. This way all I have to do is edit stuff through out fall and winter. I know I can do this despite a lot of academic challenges and doubts that I may have. I have also been really thinking about using a pen name if and when it ever gets published. It’s something different from the usual vampire love story, werewolf, fantasy, sci-fi, or a story about wizards. You know the usual norm that kicks off as the latest story book trend. I’m putting some other creature in the spotlight this time.

I’ve been writing in parts instead of chapters because my mom edits it and she thinks chapters should end after five paragraphs and I argue with her that it makes it too short. Then when I started double spacing it for easier editing she allowed for more paragraphs, but I still think that makes for very short chapters. Maybe I should market my book with short chapters to teens with short attention spans? Well, I do want my book to get kids to think about reading and to actually get them to read. I want to revolutionize the young adult book genre.

So I guess I am finally getting very passionate about something. Not that I have never ever been passionate about something, but I have gotten excited and have hobbies and I have been passionate about them. The thing is I tend to not complete things because either something else catches my interest or I lose that passion or get unexcited because it’s not new anymore. If anyone is reading this just for your information do not judge my writing on my blog posts. I can write when I concentrate, but when I blog it’s just letting go and typing stuff up and doing free writes to have freedom. I don’t want to be worried about correctness at every turn because then that takes a toll on my brain. Wish me luck and hopefully more writing ideas pop into my brain.Ā  ^^;

Update V1.8 and other stuff…

Sorry, I know I have not blogged in a long while. I had a small “depression and anxiety spell”. This sometimes happens when it gets closer to the date of when my father passed. I did manage not to completely stop going to the gym. I also got caught up with watching American Ninja Warrior again. I think I want to train for it again and what stopped me last time is I realized heights were actually involved on the show and I am afraid of heights. I want to overcome this fear by getting fit and trying my hand at Spelunking to conquer this fear.

I am afraid of a doctor’s appointment at the end of the month of July. It is not my regular doctor, but a podiatrist and I am not too happy that my regular doctor said since I am diabetic it is now mandatory to see a foot doctor. I’m afraid they will not be very nice and do things to my feet that might be scary and/or painful and I just do not want to go. In other news though I started writing my novel! Yay! Mom is editing the first chapter and I realized I should have double spaced it for easier editing. I am currently writing chapter three….

Yes I can count! Here’s the thing…while editing my mom said my first chapter was too long and broke it up into two. Hence, I need to start writing chapter three. I need to read more books for practice and I know my reading has slowed down, but I will get back on the horse so to speak. Back to the gym tomorrow morning as well. I keep forgetting I have training to do for my half marathon that I am suppose to be able to walk and complete September 2018. When things are really far away into the future I tend to forget about them. ^^;

Good news is I lost ten pounds. šŸ™‚

Updates:

  • Bookshelf Life
  • Gamer 4 Life
  • Training
  • Current Obsessions

 

 

Crunch Time and UPDATE V1.7

When I mean crunch time…

I mean at work has been really super busy and we are reorganizing and getting ready for new people and stuff…I can not divulge further than that. It’s classified. šŸ™‚

I will probably go back to regular blog updates as soon as my vacation starts and things start slowing down. I will be seriously writing my novel this summer because it is now or never. This will also be the tenth time starting it over. Once I got as close as to nine chapters before I realized I was copying a cliche plot that was another plot from a book that I read in middle school when I re-found said book recently and smacked myself on the forehead and had a “D’oh” moment.

Also I had caffeine this morning…

I need to make sure I do not rant and/or ramble on here.

 

UPDATES

  • BookShelf Life – I think I will use the Games 4 Life format rather than month to month because it gets too crazy.
  • Gamer 4 Life

Update V1.6

  • Bookshelf Life
  • Gamer 4 Life

Recovering

I have a follow up doctor’s appointment late this afternoon. I want to be cleared to go to the gym again. If I do get cleared it will be walking on the treadmill until I build back up that strength that I had. Even if it is as frustrating as it sounds starting over, but hopefully this means I can get back to where I was quickly.

In the reading department I had bought more books online. I could not help myself and even though I am not done with the Throne of Glass series I picked up a physical copy of Sarah J. Maas’ other series, “A Court of Thorns and Roses”. I also bought “Speak” and I started reading it a little bit because I could not wait and I realized that it has no chapters. So if I update my bookshelf life tab it will be in pages and I know I have a lot of books I am reading and that I have not finished. It was becoming too cluttered each month to list them all so I’ll just have to list books I am currently reading. These books can change each month if I decide to stop reading them for a month and read a few other different books. It is like a book buffet and I know a few reasons why it takes me so long to finish a book so that it seems like forever.

Why I can not finish a book quickly

  1. Life…. I’m fairly busy.
  2. I read at an average pace.
  3. If I read any faster I will not understand what I just read.
  4. Sometimes books have slow boring parts.
  5. I get distracted easily by other pretty books.
  6. Sometimes I get angry at the author.
  7. If I run into an emotional part in the book I have to take a break.
  8. I may not like the book, but I have OCD and have to finish it.
  9. I’m savoring it because it is a great read.
  10. I am too invested in the story to want to finish it. (i.e. last book/only book)

I know I need to be more diligent and find ways to get these books read faster to I can move onto more books and/or finish a series.