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So It Begins…

…2017, that is.

Happy new year, everyone! I certainly hope everybody had a safe and fun time ringing in the new year and kicking out the old. I spent most of my evening with Rachel and our parents holed up in the basement watching a couple of movies and playing games.

Considering most of the time, we’re all running around on our own schedules, it was really nice just chilling and hanging out with them.

We didn’t exactly stay up until midnight. Rather, around 11, both Mom and Dad were like, “Well, that’s late enough. Good night girls!” and I was ready to follow right behind them. Rachel thought we were all crazy. I did technically stay awake for midnight, though, since Rachel and I spent most of the last hour catching up on some YouTube videos from our favorite channels.

Early afternoon today, though, Rachel and I went to Barnes and Noble to see how much of our gift cards from Christmas we could spend. I got $25 while Rachel was generously received over $100 from various people! She was awesome and shared the gift cards with me (especially since I always try to remember to include her in my spending sprees!).

Besides a new planner for my blogs, I got Armada by Ernest Cline and Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living edited by Manjula Martin. I had also picked up a book by Mark Cheverton set in the world of the popular game Minecraft, The Great Zombie Invasion. I’m a gamer as well as a writer, so I thought I’d give this book a try, even though it was from the Children’s section. Apparently it’s not the first series of the author’s protagonist, as I’m realizing while looking at it right now, but Cheverton did originally create these books to not only bring a game world to life but to also teach the dangers of online bullying, so I’m interested to see how he does that.

Buying new books is a great way to start a new year for me! What about you?

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Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Home

 

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To Read List: April 2015

I’ve been slacking on reading lately. I have an overflowing bookshelf that constantly has new books being added to it because, hey, you can’t go to Barnes and Noble about three or four times a month without buying a new book or two, right?

On that note, I thought I would share the next few books that I’m planning to read. This way I will be publicly shamed on the Internet if I don’t read.

magicians

My current read-in-progress is The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I had gotten interested in the series sinceĀ I didn’t know what to do with myself after my love affair with Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus had ended. Grossman’s books had been on Morgenstern’s recommended book list on her site and it had to do with magicians and magic, so I figured I would give it a shot. I’m perhaps about a third of the way into the book now and, unfortunately, it hasn’t captured my attention as much as I would have liked. However, it is part of a trilogy and I’m barely halfway through it, so perhaps it will pick up enough for me to want to continue the series.

boynextdoor

There are times when I binge-watch a movie or series, usually as background noise during writing projects or for pup-sitting, and a few months ago, the movies happened to be “The Princess Diaries” one and two starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. The movies were based off of a book series by Meg Cabot and I thought I would check out her other works. The Boy Next Door was one of the first that I had pulled off the shelf and I thought I would give it a go. Also, there’s a dog on the cover. It will definitely be a good break between all of my fantasy to-read novels!

readyplayerone

Ernest Cline’s first novel Ready Player One promises to thrust the reader into a world that hosts an ugly reality and an amazing virtual reality. I actually first heard about this book from somewhere here on WordPress (and I apologize to that particular blogger for not remembering his/her name!) and considering that I’m dabbling in a few of my own works that play off of video game worlds, this sounded right up my alley. The fantasy and sci-fi setting of Ready Player One definitely intrigue me!

So, what are you reading this month? Has anyone read any of my month’s picks that want to share spoiler-free reviews, praises, or critiques?

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2015 in Home

 

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