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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 I  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.

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.  ^^;

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.

UPDATE V1.3

Gamer4Life

Bookshelf Life

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. 🙂

 

Emotions…and books!

I wanted to do a blog post about emotions and how I am feeling at this point. So far everything is starting to feel better. Exercise and a healthy diet work together to better your physical and mental health, but it is not instantaneous. When people are on any medication or on anti-depressants (and I have been on anti-depressants before when I was younger because my father had passed away.) doctors say you should at least wait six weeks before seeing any changes. I believe that is the same with any new health routine. I am feeling a little bit happier, but I am not perfect and I still have my good and bad days. I do notice that there are changes however small they are and that they are still changes. Slow and steady wins the race yeah?

I think I have mentioned before that I have book ADHD or it is mentioned on my “Bookshelf Life” tab on this website. I am enjoying reading “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J. Maas and “Wild”, by Cheryl Strayed. I am struggling with “Torment” by Lauren Kate even though it is the second book in the series. I like Lauren Kate’s writing do not get me wrong, but she tends to stretch out her stories. Acts one and two when I read them feel like an eternity, but at the same time you really get to know the characters like you really know them. If you read at the pace I do and take longer to read then you will really get invested in the characters. The third act is usually where the climax is and then it is exciting and I get through reading it faster. Another downfall is her chapters are so long (I do not know if it is different in other versions other than the hardcover.) and combine that with the story being drawn out that I wind up stopping in odd places in the chapter. I’m not a fast reader, well I can be, but I would not understand what I have read. Sometimes if I read fast I understand what I have read, but I would not remember it, I have missed a detail, I miss interpret a detail, or I just plain mesh things together. Anyway, I still recommend reading the Fallen series anyway because it may or may not be for you. There are two reasons I’m still reading it is because I collected the series (If I bought one book whether I like it or not I still have a compulsion to collect the rest) and once I start something I have to finish it at some point.

I really highly recommend any YA fantasy novel fan to read the Glass Throne series by Sarah J. Maas. Also, I highly recommend Wild by Cheryl Strayed even though sometimes her writing is literally redundant on occasion, but it is not too bad that it ruins the reading experience. Reading keeps me sane and couple that together with exercise and trying to eat healthy I think is working at keeping me more calm from being anxious.