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A dilemma…

I need to not read ten million books at once. What I mean is I do this with everything and not just books. I do this with video games and every other project or projects I should say that I have done. Nothing gets done not because I am not productive, but because I am doing too many things at once trying to get more done. I need to focus on ONE game at a time, ONE book at a time, ONE drawing at a time, ONE writing project at a time, etc…

I do not know what’s wrong with me or why I can’t get out of this habit. I hate it when people assume I don’t love books or that I am not a reader. The truth is I am always constantly reading and I don’t mean articles on the computer, smartphone, or other device. I mean actual novels, but I read a lot of them at the same time. This is why I never finish one novel in a timely normal manner.

I wish I had the answer….

I’ve tried several times to stick to ONE thing, but then I go back to the old way.

I think I need help.

Books!

I have bartered a deal with myself and came to some conclusions. Here is what I figured out…

1. When I read more and do a little gaming my brain power raises.

2. I really, really, really do love reading.

3. I want to read all my books from my backlog and the new ones I just purchased and that I am dying to read.

4. I need my spelling mojo back so there for I at least must read more like I did when I was younger.

5. I want to become the human spell checker. ^^;

 

So here is what I am going to do:

I am going to read on weekdays and game on weekends. I want to tackle my backlog of books more than my video game backlog. Why? Because my video game back log is mostly RPG’s and it used to take me a month to beat one RPG game, but now that I am an adult it takes twice as long if not a little longer. Books on the other hand depending on how many pages will take me a month or less to read. This is my thinking. And by the way I can’t wait to read “Anna Dressed in Blood” because the font color printing of the words look awesome!!! It’s not in black print people!

And that is my rant for the day…

Hiking Trip!

This past Saturday I went on a hiking trip up near Lake Mead on the Railroad trail. I went with a group of very awesome friends and we walked an hour in and then turned around and walked an hour back. I got a lot of dirt and rocks in my shoes and I had to stop to get them out occasionally. I packed stuff that I though I might need in my back pack for the trail. I almost felt like Cheryl Strayed and that I had Monster on my back. I felt it later in my upper back that I was sore. This will take awhile to heal and I can go to the gym and still get exercise, but playing Just Dance will have to wait until the weekend.

The Super Bowl was awesome! I went to my brother’s place and we were all rooting for the Eagles. This game has been the most interesting game in the last couple of years! There was some awesome plays too that were really exciting. 🙂

There was lots of food, rejoicing, cake, and fireworks. This weekend was really great. Also my books that I ordered came in and the covers felt wonderful and the smell of the them was phenomenal! I’m still waiting on one more book to be delivered. I got six new books…two of which I already own on my Kindle, but I love the series so much I am trying to collect them in paperback form. I’m up to “Heir of Fire” now with collecting and I got the “Assassin’s Blade” which is a prequel novella of lots of different stories of the main character from “The Glass Throne” by Sarah J. Maas.

Other than that the new list of books are as follows:

1. Clockwork Angel (The infernal Devices Series #1), by Cassandra Clare

2. Red Queen (Red Queen Series #1), by Victoria Aveyard

3. Anna Dressed in Blood, by Kendare Blake

4. The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson

I’m really excited to read these and I can’t wait! Although, I am going to wait until I have a mini vacation in a couple of weeks to read the Assassin’s Blade cause I heard it plays on the heart strings and I will need to prepare things just in case I wind up an emotional mess. ^^;

 

 

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.

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.

I want to live.

Live

Living

Life

Life giving

Alive

A living

…more like I am “living impaired” at the moment.

I have been reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and it has been giving me thoughts and ideas on a social philosophy of society. This is the first time I am reading this book and it feels familiar. It probably feels familiar because I have read Ray Bradbury’s other works like “Sound of Thunder”. I am not saying that all his written works are all the same, but each writer has a style or writes in a unique way. This book is very different and yet very familiar in a way that it too makes you think. What if in the not too distant future books were being burned and a whole society being dumbed down to simplistic thoughts because they did not have to think at all?

Oh by the way…I had caffeine this morning.

This book was written around in the 1950’s and some things in that book are true in today’s society. For example, Mildred’s “TV parlor” and how she wants a fourth wall and she loves watching her television family which sounds, and basically is, reality television. There is no plot to the show and it is just a bunch of people talking to each other. Then there is society where everything is blaring at them all the time and they are stuck watching these television programs and music and tune out reality…they tune out people and disconnect. I feel today’s society is heading that way with all the technology that it is a wonder anyone talks to a real person. I want to live and enjoy life and not be tied down to technology, and connect with real people, and not shut the world out.

I have only gotten to page 80 so far and if you have taken a look at my “Book Shelf Life” tab on my website you will see I am reading a whole bunch of other books because I have book ADHD apparently. I will add this one to the list and if you have read the book before and would like to discuss or have thoughts/discussions on what I have read so far please comment below. 🙂

 

Day 8 of Lent…

So most stuff of Lent that I wanted to abstain from did not work out as planned, but the one thing that has stuck is that I have not touched a video game. It has been eight days and the first week was not so bad because I was busy, but the weekend was slightly unnerving only because I had more time on my hands. I do not want to even think about this upcoming weekend. I will bide my time with more reading and maybe do some spring cleaning. We all need a little spring cleaning once in awhile right?

I am on book four of the Throne of Glass series, by Sarah J. Maas. Queen of Shadows is a little more action packed and thank goddess it is because it has many more pages than the previous installment. I think I may get through this book in half the time it took me to get through Heir of Fire. I think each book gets better plot wise and things are still drawn out, but not as bad since the first book. I have other books that I read and I wish I could just finish them all in a month…if I were a faster reader. I can read fast, but I will not comprehend what I just read. When I read fast I can tell you what each word means, remember what I have read, and stuff, but to string them together to form a plot I can not do. I do not read super slow either, nor do I read slow and I would like to think I read at a normal pace if not a bit faster. It took me four months round about to read Heir of Fire. This was not due to my reading speed, but it was a combination of life getting busy or I just got bored with some parts and took a break. The other theory is as I have stated before that I have many books that I read at a time. You can see this in my “Bookshelf Life” tab.