Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week in Review - Week 3


Life

Well, things have been busy this week and I didn't really get as much accomplished as I would have liked. I almost didn't get this post finished and then I would have broke my over one year streak of posting every Sunday. This week is going to be a catch up week. I can tell all ready. I am reading, but not like I would like to be. If you are a graphic novel or audiobook, I have time for you, but all the longer works I have book marks in are being mostly neglected. I just can't seem to find time to settle in and read lately.


Currently Reading


I was really liking this book, but been a couple days since I sat down with it.

Audiobook


I am really enjoying this series, but slowed down a bit in my listening. I should finish this today actually.

Weekly Reading

A-Force - Volume 1 ~ I read Volume 0 of this series last year and enjoyed the grouping of female superheroes. Female comics don't seem to last, so I was glad they decided to keep this one going after Secret Wars ended. I decided if I was going to keep Marvel Unlimited then I needed to actually get to more comics, so I expect 2017 will be a comic filled year! Recommended!

Murder of Crows (The Others, Book 2) ~ After reading book one in this series as my first official audiobook of 2017, I decided to move on to this one because I all ready had it in my audiobook library. (And, I actually owned book 1 and 2 in this series in hardcover, so it moved two books off my TBR!) A series about a human with the ability to predict the future living with a group of Others in a place called The Courtyard, this series is really working for me. The narration is really good, too, and I am looking forward to more in the series! Strongly recommended!

Ms Marvel - Volume 5: Super Famous ~ I read Volume 6 of this series thinking that I had read Volume 5 last year. oops! So, I backtracked and now I am successfully caught up in the series and figured out what I was missing with Volume 6 because I skipped a comic. I really enjoy this series and I am glad that it continues to be successful. I look forward to more in the series likely later this year. Recommended!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D - Volume 1: The Coulson Protocols ~ Continuing with my plan to actually use Marvel Unlimited more this year, I picked this series randomly and checked it out. I have read other comics in this series, but this is a new one that is more closely mirrored off the show. Or, at least it says it is. I have not really watched the show. It is not my favourite series, but it is always readable, so I enjoyed my time with it. Recommended!

Hawkeye - Volume 5: All-New Hawkeye ~ I don't think I read the issues after this volume, so I did a quick reread before moving on to Volume 6, or whatever it is numbered as, but didn't get a chance to really read them this week. Look for them next week! I always enjoy Hawkeye and this was a comic that flashed back to give us an idea of who he was and how he became the person that he is now. It also included Kate Bishop, who I really enjoy! Looking forward to more in this series. Recommended!

Drama by Raina Telgemeier ~ This book was randomly at the second hand bookstore when I popped in last week, so I decided it was time to finally read something by this author. This is not a book I have heard as much about as some of her other books, but I figured it was a chance to give her a try. It was fun! I enjoyed it and really must get more by her in the future. It also was a successful opportunity to read a book that entered my house in 2017 in 2017. That is a goal for this year! Recommended!

New Additions

Morning Glories - Volume 10 (Finally! I preordered this in February of 2016 and it kept getting delayed!)

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 2
Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)
Plans for 2017
Books, Life, & Everything Else (2)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Books, Life, & Everything Else (2)

1. | I am sitting here blogging and also writing up postcards to send on postcrossing. I just did up one for the Czech Republic and now am doing Germany. My issue has never been writing up the cards. It is simply I never have stamps and they sit around waiting for me to get some. The plan is to do these up and then go to the post office after a bit and get whatever stamps are necessary. If I make that a habit, maybe I can keep up the postcard sending. We will see how that goes. I really enjoy receiving postcards and definitely have to make rearranging my postcards a priority for this year because there is no organization anymore.

2. | At the beginning of the year, I decided to start The Others series by Anne Bishop. I am on the third book! I definitely plan to get book 4 later in the month and then book 5 is out in March. I apparently am better at series if I do the audio instead of reading them...

3. | I am trying to clean off some short story and essay collections from my shelves. I am atrocious at both. I have two short story collections on the go right now and just read a story from each every day. One I started last year, but then neglected. The other is me finally checking out Tad Williams. Hopefully that will mean reading some of his longer works later this year.

4. | My novel reading is going so slowly. January is usually a good reading month for me, but I seem to be mostly reading graphic novels and listening to my audio. I hope I can get back on track soon because this is supposed to be the year of the TBR!

5. | I am pretty sure that I spend more time fixing my puzzles after Chloe has tore through than actually making any progress on the puzzle itself. Puzzle making with cats is an adventure! I am hoping she will lose interest because I have two puzzles that I really want to make and they will not fit on my the table I have been using, so I will likely have to take over the kitchen table for a while. We will see how that goes...

6. | Speaking of Chloe, we live in an old house and we tend to have a fly issue. She found one in the bathroom and fell in the toilet trying to catch it. (It was flushed.) She has now fell in the bath tub and the toilet. It did not stop her from trying to catch the fly.

7. | I feel like I am getting better at this purging thing. I cleaned out some random stuff in my mother's basement yesterday. I need to do more at my own house, but that always seems to be the case. I got rid of a bunch of books last week and my bookshelves look much better!

8. | So far compared to last year, my book buying has been pretty quiet for January. Hopefully I can keep this up all year!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Plans for 2017

I am terrible with making lists and actually following through on anything... An example of this is that I just posted a list of 2016 books that I never got around to, but really want to. I did the same Top Ten Tuesday back in 2016 about 2015. I have read one book out of the 10. What is the matter with me? I am on a mission to severally cut back on my book purchases this year, but I have done this in previous years and still didn't really make any real progress on my TBR. And, even with the over-abundance of new books last year, I still actually own less books that I ever have before. So, tackling the TBR should not be so unmanageable! But, plans go out the window as the year goes...

Let's see what I would like to do in 2017:

1. | Continue my habit of using an Audible credit and immediately reading the book. The only time I swerved from that plan was when they had a sale on Lois McMaster Bujold and I used some credits to get a bunch of her famous series. Otherwise, in 2016, I listened to everything that I used a credit on and need to continue that practice in 2017.

2. | Keep up the habit of audiobook listening. I tend to fall of the wagon with this here and there. I need to keep it up!

3. | Concentrate on reading my own books. This should be manageable this year because I rarely go to the library here, I do not have Scribd anymore, etc. I do have Marvel Unlimited and Audible, but they add to my reading; not really take away from it.

4. | Catch up on series. I am so bad with series people. I like them, but I am so behind on so many. I honestly purged a bunch of series over the last couple book purges because I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. Some of the fantasy was because I have read book 1 and the series is 20 books long. Or, I had a couple series that I had not even started. Or, it had just been forever since I read book one, so clearly I was not in a rush to get to book 2 anytime soon. These were mainly series I see at the second hand store all the time, so if my mind changes then I can always easily get them back. It was just an attempt to take some pressure off myself! I love fantasy but everything is a flipping series.

5. | Read every book that enters my house this year, this year. Considering my track record, we will see how that goes!

6. | Read the 9 books off this Top Ten Tuesday from 2016 that I never got to in 2015 or '16.

7. | Read the books that I got in 2016. I made a list and for the month of January I have a small pile of them on my nightstand. If this works out, I will make a pile every month. I didn't do my normal Books for Christmas book splurge this year, so all ready less books are entering my house for 2017.

8. | Read from Marvel Unlimited. I go through spurts with this app. As long as I am reading from it fairly regularly, then I can keep it. I find that it helps off-set my reading when I am not in the mood for longer works.

9. | Read more nonfiction. Even 12 this year would be a good goal!

10. | Don't ignore my e-reader. If I had an ideal goal it would be read a physical book, read a comic, read an e-book, read a comic, etc. The comics work by getting to the few unread graphic novels on my TBR and also by using Marvel Unlimited.

Non-Bookish Goals

1. | I rejoined Postcrossing this year and sent 8 postcards so far. I want to keep up the postcard sending and start collecting more postcards from around the world again.

2. | Use the treadmill regularly. I am really off the wagon with this between a cold and just general blah that I have been feeling the last few months. I need to get back in the routine.

3. | Use my real camera! Something tells me this will be more in the spring than right now, but honestly, use it more.

4. | Post a phone everyday on Instagram. Try to find pictures of something other than cats, the dog, and books. lol

5. | Use Litsy! I love Litsy, but it sort of fell off the priority list as 2016 went. 

There are other things, but not stuff I need to share on here.

So, there we have it. Things I would like to do in 2017. We will see how that goes!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)

Top Ten Tuesday

Okay, so I bought too many books in 2016. It was a crappy year and I did way too much retail therapy, folks. I have cut 2017 down to the bare minimums and am making my unofficial reading resolution to read the books I bought last year and then never got to. I made a list and it scares me... So, let's see what 10 of them are!


Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood ~ Margaret and I have a love/hate relationship. I either love her books or can't stand them. This one sounded like a potential love situation, so I grabbed a copy.


The Witches of New York by Ami McKay ~ I love McKay's previous books, so I had to grab a copy of this one. Plus, she is a local author living not too far from me. So, must support the local authors. In 2017, Canada turns 150, so I really want to read more Canadian authors this year. 

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch ~ This was kind of everywhere last year, so I definitely wanted to give it a try. It has been on best of 2016 lists, too, so now to actually read it. (I actually started it at one point, but something else crowded it out...)


The Muse by Jessie Burton ~ I finally read The Miniaturist in 2016. I was all excited to listen to this one on audio, too, but for some reason there is no audio of this one. And, I asked, no immediate plans for one. So, reading it is the option. If it is like her first book, that could take a while... But, aiming to read it this year!


This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab ~ After reading, and loving, other books by Schwab, I definitely wanted to check out this series. I have heard it is not quite as good, but still should give it a try for myself. 


The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman ~ I really enjoy collections like this, so I had to grab Gaiman's. I started it, but I am also really bad with short works and working them in around everything else I am attempting to do. I really must get back to it!


Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs ~ Normally a new book by Briggs has me super excited and the book is read ASAP. Who am I that almost a year later, this is still unread. I don't think I have been behind in this series since I started reading it. And, there is a new book out in March, I believe. Must get back on track!

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin ~ Typical me. I loved Book 1 and still have not read this one. I am deplorable with series no matter how excited I am about the releases... Book 3 is out this year, so let's get on track!


Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova ~ This one was around a bit and it sounds really good. I also love cover. Now to read it!


The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst ~ When I read a review of this, I knew it sounded like a 'me' book. I even started it at the end of last year, but novels are just not working for me lately and it just sat unread. Hopefully I can pick it up soon and get caught up in it!

And, well, there are others... What books did you not get to in 2016 that you are hoping to get to this year?

Monday, January 09, 2017

2016 in Review



Number Of Books You Read: 307
Number of Re-Reads: 32 (appox) (This is 21 more than 2015!)
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy (no surprise!)


1. Best Book You Read In 2016? 
Free the Darkness by Kel Kade; The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick; Behind the Throne by K.B. Wagers; The Promise of Canada by Charlotte Gray; Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase; The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah; The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin; Nevernight by Jay Kristoff; To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey; Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan; Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor; Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel; A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (and the sequel); May We Shed These Human Bodies by Amber Sparks... The first three books in the Newsflesh Series... The Illuminae Files so far... And then a bunch of graphic novels like Lazarus, Giant Days, Monstress, Saga, Silk, Star Wars (various), Morning Glories, Alias, etc. And then there were a lot of other books that I really enjoyed. I could probably add to this list.... (I have been as I answer other questions on here. lol)

But, really, folks... Flowers for Algernon. I reread it this year and have read it a few times before.... I love that book!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. Not sure what it was this book, but it didn't click with me as I expected it to.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Free the Darkness by Kel Kade. I heard about the author in a random audio newsletter and grabbed it on audio. I absolutely loved this book and was shocked to discover it was self-published. I probably would not have read it if I knew that before I tried it, but the narrator is awesome anyway and I am excited about the sequel.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Did I push anything? Anyone read anything because of me?

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
I started so many series in 2016. lol If I HAD to pick I would say Lazarus for graphic novel (but I could change that if I think too much about the question) and Shades of Magic for novel form. The new Volume of Saga. Love Saga! The only series ender would be The Raven King... I didn't love it, but it was really readable.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
I can't even narrow that down. There were a lot and they were all awesome.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Sunstone. This graphic novel series is definitely outside of my normal zone.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
A Gathering of Shadows. Although, while I didn't love The Raven Cycle quite as much as others, I did fly through the series. And I flew through the Newsflesh series on audio.

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The graphic novels. I may reread some before I start new volumes.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
No wonder I put this off so long, these questions are always so hard to narrow down. lol Probably Kell and Delilah Bard from V.E. Schwab's books.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
The Promise of Canada made me think a lot. I am not sure if it was life-changing, though.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
um, a lot of them? lol Feed by Mira Grant. Oh, and Where'd You Go, Bernadette.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
I really should record this stuff.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
The Fireman was the longest. The shortest is unclear because I recorded some single issues when a collected version was not available on Goodreads.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Illumine and Gemini. Lots of twists and turns in those books.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
I never know what to answer for this question.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
This is definitely the friendships in The Raven Cycle. It was my favourite part of that quartet!

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
The Promise of Canada by Charlotte Gray. I really like her nonfiction.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Probably Illuminae. I honestly read it because it was on so many best of lists in 2015. I was not disappointed!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
I am not sure because I am in the minority and don't think like that...

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
The Comet Seekers. I loved that book and hope her follow-up will be amazing.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Nevernight. I loved that book and if you haven't experienced it yourself, you should!

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
There were a lot of funny comics this year. I really enjoyed Hellcat. She is kick-ass, but funny. And I always love Deadpool!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Honestly, I don't think there was anything. That was not my idea of a good book in 2016...

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Free the Darkness by Kel Kade.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Again, I just was not in the right frame of mind for this sort of stuff...

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
The Marvels by Brian Selznick.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Probably the Newsflesh series. It might be about Zombies folks, but it is soooo plausible. Oh, and The Girl with all the Gifts. It paints an interesting picture of the world.

Random Thoughts

~ I reread way more books this year than I normally do. My interest in cleaning up my unread graphic novel series and audiobooks are why.
~ I feel like this year was a better reading year than 2015, but I read more books in 2015. Interesting.
~ Eowyn Ivey was on my best of list in 2015 and 2016. She needs to write more books!
~ Deadpool put a smile on my face in 2015, too! I love Deadpool.
~ Do you know I only read 60 books total in 2014? 
~ Fantasy is always my most common genre.
~ I read Laura Lam in 2014 and volume 3 in her trilogy is finally coming this year!!!
~ I always say that if I reread anything it will be comics and I am usually mostly correct!
~ I reread Flowers for Algernon in 2013 and again in 2016. Have you read it? I love that book!
~ I stalled on this looking back because I found some old posts about Casey... So, that's that. 

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Week in Review - Week 2


Life

The picture above is another reality this morning! We were supposed to get 40 cms of snow last night and into today. I think 10 cms is still forthcoming, but I am not sure really what will end up happening. Needless to say, we have a bunch of snow at the moment. It is the first real snowfall of winter; as our last couple storms were technically still the spring. We were told it was going to be a bad winter, but I think with the huge lull in storms, people thought the predictions were wrong. I guess we will see what happens. If it is like the year they are comparing it to from a couple years ago, there will still be snow in May. We still do not really get winters like we did when I was a child and even less than people older than me got as a child. And yet, I am pretty sure they cancel school more now than they ever did when we had real crazy winters.


I finally have my year-end post done for tomorrow. I just really struggled to settle in with it and it is kind of thrown together, but it is done! Hopefully I will look forward to recapping 2017 more than I did 2016. So far 2017 is quiet. If not for audiobooks, I wouldn't be reading at all. Usually January is one of my best reading months of the year, but I just can't seem to settle in with anything. This time last year I was not doing audiobooks, so I guess I wouldn't be reading at all if it was 2016. Hopefully I get out of this rut soon and get to some of the books on my shelves. There are so many I am excited about. It could be because I normally get a gift card for Christmas and buy books, so January is usually a very heavy book receiving month. I am trying to cut back on book purchases this year, though, so I used my gift cards on other things. Hopefully I didn't kill my reading by this decision!


We had to shave the kitten's back end. Apparently this is a common practice, but I have never had to do it before with a cat. Since then there have been no more messes, but she didn't like the hair cut. I do not look forward to having to do it again. I told the guy a long haired cat was a lot different than our two short hairs, but he was like she is so cute, though. Remember that at 2 in the morning when we are trying to give her a bath and she is screaming like we are torturing her... It traumatised poor Finn. He hid in the cat house for two days. He only came around after the baths stopped. If I ever have to give Finn a bath, predict the world to end. He would not cooperate at all. I can not even imagine trying that. lol

Currently Reading


Technically this, but I am still really early into it because of the whole hardly reading thing...

Audiobook

I really thought I would finish this yesterday, but my listening time dried up later in the day. I am really enjoying it!

Weekly Reading


Bloodline by Claudia Gray ~ Finished January 1, 2017 ~ My first read of 2017 was my last read of 2016. I almost had it finished, but had technical issues that pushed it into 2017. So, I started 2017 with a bang. This is the first time I have read a book set in the Star Wars Universe in years. And, I loved it. I have enjoyed Claudia Gray's writing in the past, but she did the vampire thing and I was sick of vampires. This reminded me that she really is a wonderful writer and I really should read more of her. It is still early days, but I anticipate this book to make my Best of 2017 post. The audio was awesome, too. I really enjoyed the narrator and the sound effects. I definitely want to check out more Star Wars books! - Strongly Recommended!


Ms. Marvel - Volume 6: Civil War II by G. Willow Wilson, etc. ~ Finished January 5, 2017 ~ Funny story. I am trying to read the books that enter my house as they enter my house. So, this book came out in December and I got my copy early in January. I settled in with it the other night and was so confused. I was thinking I caught up on Ms. Marvel in 2016, it was not that long ago, why can't I remember anything? Oh, because apparently I never actually read Volume 5. oops! So, I am reading Volume 5 now and had hoped it would make this wrap-up, too, but guess my reading is just really slow so far this year. I always enjoy Ms. Marvel, but hopefully it will make a bit more sense to me soon! - Recommended!


Written in Red - The Others, Book 1 by Anne Bishop ~ Finished January 6, 2017 ~ I decided to check out some of the books that I got back in the Audible Black Friday sale this week. Full disclosure, I own the first two books in this series all ready, but just never got around to reading them. I had heard that the audio performance on this series was really good, though, so I decided to take advantage of the sale. Thankfully, they were worth the mini-splurge. I really enjoyed this book and the narration. I get a bit burned out on paranormal type books, but this series is well-written and a bit original enough to appeal. And, I guess it just was the right time for it because I flew through this book pretty fast. I am not sure I would like the audio narrator for everything, but for Meg Corbyn, the main character, she is perfect. And, she does well with the rest of the cast. But, she is kind of a quiet speaker and I am not sure that would work well to keep your attention for everything. For now, I am really enjoying this series and look forward to more! - Strongly recommended!

New Additions

Ms Marvel - Volume 6: Civil War II

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 1

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Saturday Snapshot (1)

Instead of posing my pictures at the end of my Sunday post, I decided to just turn Saturday Snapshot into a Week in Review of Pictures.
Chloe - January 2

Chloe killed Kermit - January 1

Finn - January 1

Finn - January 3

New Year's Mackie - January 1

Mackie & Chloe - January 5
Chloe - January 6

Mackie and Me - January 6
I have started making puzzles again. I finished this one January 4th. I learned the lighting in my office is terrible after I could not get the border to go right. I ended up making the puzzle and then figuring the border out after. lol
Then, I may have got a few Lego sets for Christmas. This is my favourite. I love lighthouses and there is even a brick in the top that lights up! I finished this one January 6th. There are a few other options, but decided to leave it set up for a couple days like this.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Books, Life, & Everything Else (1)

1. | Hope everyone is enjoying 2017! This last week has been interesting. Chloe had some bathroom issues two nights this week and needed a bath. Finn seemed to be upset about her being upset and was kind of a prick. We honestly shaved some hair off of the kittens back region (with scissors because I couldn't do a razor, she squirms) and Finn was playing with her tonight. Life returning to normal! lol

2. | I am thinking about all the things that I would like to do this year. I really want to use my actual camera more. I have all sorts of books and things for bettering myself and I end up using my phone for everything. Lazy me! I also want to work on my Mount TBR, blog at least once a week, and send postcards again. I rejoined Postcrossing and my first batch of postcards are in the mail!

3. | I have also been looking for more relaxing hobbies. To achieve that I have started making puzzles again, although with a kitten that is not always as relaxing as I would hope, and I have bought a few Lego sets. I am having fun honestly. I used to make puzzles with my grandparents and it has resurfaced off and on over the years. The Lego is something I have never really done other than building sets for my little brother when he was really too little, and disinterested, to do so.

4. | The other relaxing hobbies mean that my reading is not off to a running start and I don't really mind all that much. I would like to get to my Mount TBR, but it is honestly normal for me to have a quieter reading year after a busy one. It could change, but I am still listening to audiobooks and reading here and there. It could be a lot worse!

5. | I continue the Bullet Journal, Day by Day Journal, and the Q & A: A Day quest this year. The good thing about writing notes about my day in the Bullet Journal everyday is that when I fall behind on my Day by Day Journal, I have a reference to remember what I did each day. lol

6. | I am trying to take a picture a day on Instagram. I suck a this quest and usually miss a day here and there, but let's try again! At least I have two cats, a dog, and a bunch of books as subject matters on the boring days. (Especially this time of the year where it is cold and you don't necessarily want to go take pictures outside...) If you don't follow me on there, I am bookishnerd.

7. | I kind of fell out of the habit of Litsy near the end of the year, so I am also trying to get that to be a habit because I really like the app. There are just not enough hours in a day, people.

8. | I honestly read Volume 6 of Ms. Marvel last night, only to discover I had not actually read Volume 5. Now I know why I was kind of confused. The series was one that I caught up on last year, but it was after that time that Volume 5 came out. So, now I need to read Volume 5 and see what I missed.

9. | I bought a new iPod for myself as my Christmas present to myself. It is kind of a splurge for me, but my other one was broken and old and I use it daily. The iPod stopped updating over a year ago so I couldn't update any of my apps or add any new ones. I only got it yesterday and I am all ready in love. The difference is amazing when you can get updated versions of things.

10. | I will eventually wrap up 2016. I know I will enjoy having it to look back on, but I am struggling to commit to my post. By the time I get it up, next week at this point, no one will really care, but it is what it is!

Monday, January 02, 2017

December in Review


Looking Back

Holy 2016. I am kind of relieved that it is the last month of it. I am hoping 2017 will be a better year overall. I took a step back this month. I just concentrated on audiobooks and graphic novels. I just wanted a low-key month. It worked well for me!

The Books

288. Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Volume 1: Hooked On A Feline by Kate Leth
289. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
290. Spider-Women by Robbie Thompson
291. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1 by Ryan North
292. Sunstone, Vol. 2 by Stjepan Sejic
293. Free the Darkness (King's Dark Tidings, #1) by Kel Kade
294. The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye
295. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
296. Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan
297. Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2: Cycles by Brian K. Vaughan
298. Y: The Last Man, Vol. 3: One Small Step by Brian K. Vaughan
299. Y: The Last Man, Vol. 4: Safeword by Brian K. Vaughan
300. Y: The Last Man, Vol. 5: Ring of Truth by Brian K. Vaughan
301. Y: The Last Man, Vol. 6: Girl on Girl by Brian K. Vaughan
302. Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls by Brian K. Vaughan
303. Y: The Last Man, Vol. 8: Kimono Dragons by Brian K. Vaughan
304. Y: The Last Man, Vol. 9: Motherland by Brian K. Vaughan
305. Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores by Brian K. Vaughan
306. Updraft (Bone Universe, #1) by Fran Wilde
307. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Source

Marvel Unlimited: 3
Audible: 5
E-Book: 2
Bought: 10

Series Talk

The Crown's Game - 1/1
King's Dark Tidings - 1/2
Sunstone - 2/4
Y: The Last Man - 10/10 - FINISHED!
Bone Universe - 1/2

Audiobooks

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Free the Darkness (King's Dark Tidings, #1) by Kel Kade
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Updraft (Bone Universe, #1) by Fran Wilde
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Books Added to the TBR Pile

~ Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
~ Archivist Wasp

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Week in Review - Week 1


Life

Happy New Year!! I am back with my first Sunday post of 2017 after taking a week off from blogging. My 2017 in the first hour or so started off fine, but then about 2 this morning the kitten had some bathroom issues and had a bath. I am now thinking that my 2017 started after that fun event. lol I really do not want steam cleaning rugs and bathing cats in the early hours of the morning to set my tone for what I am hoping will be a better year than last. On the plus side, I will likely remember this New Year above most of the others! lol

At least she is cute, right?
I am hoping to do some wrap-up type posts this week. Then, I am not sure where the blog is going this year. I am basically looking at it like I did last year and aiming to blog every Sunday. If I blog more than that, great! It is no pressure blogging. Some things I am thinking about are how many audios I will get through this year now that they are a more central part of my reading then they were when I started out 2016. (Although, to end out 2016 my iPod died and I had to get a new one because, well, I had over 3 years with my last one and it is easier than my phone. Hoping that will arrive next week. In the meantime, I have it on my phone, though!) And, I really really want to read all of my graphic novels that are still unread. And, I want to concentrate on my TBR as much as possible this year. We will see if any of that turns out to go well! The other things I am thinking about this year are using my real camera more instead of always relying on my phone and to get back into sending postcards. We will see how it goes! 

I just know that 2016 was not my favourite year. I am still pretty devastated that we lost Casey. She was just the best kitty and I have no idea what happened to her. I am still hoping she got adopted by another family and is living a great life that she may return from one day. If not, I try not to think about what could have happened to her. Chloe is great, but she is just not Casey. There will never be another Casey. But it is has been over 3 months now. The chances of her reappearing are still plausible, but more and more unlikely with every passing day. But, maybe she will come back and make 2017 all that much better!
First picture of 2017!
Currently Reading

I had hoped when I sat down to read this post that I would have decided on that oh, so important 'first read of 2017'. There are many books calling my name and my tablet is charging. I am sure there will be reading today. I just have to decide what!

Audiobook


This was supposed to be my last audio of 2016, but because of the whole iPod disaster, it is my first audio of 2017 instead. It is a really well-done audio and I am really looking forward to seeing how it ends.

Weekly Reading

Updraft (Bone Universe, Book 1) ~ After checking out a novella by Fran Wilde earlier this year, I decided that I needed to see what her longer works were like. (Plus, this was narrated by the same person that did Daughter of Smoke & Bone). It was a really good start to a new fantasy series! I have to say that I read a lot of good fantasy in 2016 and discovered some really great authors. I am intrigued by the world and cannot wait to see how she develops it with book 2. Strongly recommended!

A Christmas Carol ~ Then I decided to check out A Christmas Carol narrated by Tim Curry. It was really good, but didn't amaze me like I expected. According to Goodreads I have never read A Christmas Carol before, but I know that I have at least twice before. I thought the audio would be a better experience, but while I love Tim Curry in general, this didn't blow me away. I was disappointed about that, but still had fun with it. And, the story is always good. Recommended!


New Additions

~ Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
~ Archivist Wasp

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 52