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Books and more books…

I decided after finding a quote that I found hilarious that belonged to the book “American Gods”, by Neil Gaiman to actually buy the book that it came from. I have heard over the course of many years that Neil Gaiman is a great author and many people enjoy his written works. I just never thought his writing was for me, but yet I respected him as an author in the book geek community. I did a thing and I ordered American Gods and while I was looking up books written by him I also found a diamond among the other jewels and saw Norse Mythology written by Gaiman as well. I love Norse mythology so I also picked up this book as well. Then I decided to finish my “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas and bought books two and three. The one that was recently released is still in hardcover and I have a thing about my books matching. It still drives me nuts that my Twilight books 1 through 3 are paperback and the last one is in hard cover. Also, don’t get me started that my Harry Potter books one through four are paperback and the rest are in hardcover. That one drives me more crazy.

Anyway, I don’t know if I even will get that fourth court of roses book, but I don’t intend on starting to read that series until I completely finish the Throne of Glass series. The last installment, which has a title now, “The Kingdom of Ash”, will be published at the end of October. I have started collecting the paperback versions of ToG series even though I started reading them on my Kindle. I have it pre-ordered on my Kindle so that I can start reading it the minute it’s released and I absolutely cannot wait. I think I will wait a long while and get it in paperback so it can match it’s sisters…because I am weird. The only hardcover of ToG is the Tower of Dawn and I don’t mind that one being in hardcover because it really isn’t part of the series, but then again it is because it’s only telling a story that has events that are happening at the SAME TIME as Empire of Storms. I like to think of it as a side thing just like the prequel book with the side stories of when Celeana is 16 and still an assassin. And yet…that one I have on my shelf with the other as a paperback…

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It all works out…

With more time on my hands this summer now that I am off from college and on vacation I am determined to get more books read. I should make a summer reading goal. I want to read and finish anywhere from six to ten novels. Is that too much? No, but it can be done. It’s just a matter of organizing my time and testing this new medications limits and what it can really do for my brain. I also am going to get into new better habits and re-arrange my life for the better so I can get stuff done. I also hope to start book reviews as well, but I probably will only have time in the summers to do these. I am very hopeful though. This is going to work and I can’t wait for my book delivery!

Book List…

I am trying to beat my book ADHD by tackling my big list on Good Reads of “Currently Reading” list. I want to finish one book at a time and the only way to start that is by knocking down my active list. I just finished Passion, which this is a third installment in the series and frankly I hated it. It seems Lauren Kate’s writing gets worse as the series progresses. The whole time travel thing I know needed to happen to unveil a few things and to move some plots along. But, she had it go on for way too long and she was jumping around all over the place that I got confused. The ending was revealed and shed some light on the curse and maybe a loophole…I dunno….the way she wrote it I’m going to have to read a spark notes to understand it. I want to quickly finish the series and get it over with because once I start something I want to finish it. I also have a collecting problem. When I bought the first book it was all right and the ending was good so I got the second book…I didn’t care too much for the second book. Then you know…after that I HAD to collect the rest of the series. I have all four books and even the companion novel (Fallen in Love), but I know there is another book about Cam and Lilith…that I will not read. I don’t even know if I will read that other companion novel after I finish the fourth book. I want this series to be done and over with. I bought a lot of new books, but I promised myself to finish my list first before moving on. I guess only time will tell if I can break my own reading curse of constantly reading books, but hardly finishing a single novel once in a blue moon. So far I am making progress and have finished three novels since the beginning of the new year. ^^

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. ^^;

 

 

New Plan…

I have been very busy and I’ve had a lot going on from the last time I posted. Sorry for anyone that does follow me. But, here is a quick update…

I bought Just Dance 2017 for the Switch and love it. It’s better than DDR and I can see me using it for a long time with out it getting out dated in a way of me always ruining dance pads and replacing them. The dance pads are hard to come by and they aren’t always working for me. I think I will enjoy this form of video game exercise for a long time to come.

Next is the hiking trip with the Very Awesome Girls this Saturday. I will blog about it after and hopefully post some pictures. I want to be more active and I want to get an A in my Japanese class. New plans and new ways of thinking and I want to document it all by writing in my paper journals.

I want to read more and keep my brain more active. I splurged a bit and bought six new books to read. I figure if reading just a bit normal than usual made my points on the Reading part of my big test jump up high…think of the brain power when I read even more! Oh by the way I past that big test by three points! Yay me! \(^_^)/

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.