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Currently Reading…

I used to never be able to read more than one book at a time. When I was younger, I was able to devour books in a few days, usually during downtime at school, especially in high school and college. It was great! I’d be finishing a book or two a week!

My reading habits aren’t as great as they used to be, but I still love to indulge in some good books. Right now I’m in the middle of Invasion of the Overworld by Mark Cheverton and Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick.

I’m about halfway done with Invasion of the Overworld, but I started Among Thieves this past Saturday due to being recruited to help out with a session of the ACTs. I figured I would need a good, thick book considering I would spend most of my time reading and waiting. At least I got paid for it!

Phantomime came in the mail recently as well, so I’m looking forward to starting that book too. More circuses and magic is always a fantastic recipe for a story to me!

What are you reading right now?

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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Home

 

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Even More New Books

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So, every Saturday morning, Rachel and I try to go to our local Barnes and Noble to grab some Starbucks from their cafe and do a bit of writing (or reading, as is the case lately since we’ve swapped manuscripts with each other). The past two times we’ve gone there, however, we got our sugary, caffeinated drinks and a shopping basket to buy books to add to our already sagging bookshelves.

Hey, we needed to spend the rest of those gift cards back from the holidays, right?

This time around, I found the original first novel of Mark Cheverton’s Minecraft series titled Invasion of the Overworld, so I’ll probably read that before The Great Zombie Invasion.

Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia caught my eye also because I’m a gamer — Monster Hunter is the name of a video game series, but this book has nothing to do with it. Nevertheless, the summary seems interesting as it’s about the newest recruit to MHI, a business that hunts down, well, monsters. Zombies, ghosts, werewolves, all that fun stuff.

The third book is Rebel Spring, by Morgan Rhodes, the second book in her Falling Kingdoms series. I had actually read the first book a couple of summers ago and, while I enjoyed it, it wasn’t the type of series that I needed to devour. I figured it was about time to pick up the sequel (you know, because I don’t have enough books to read!), and I’m looking forward to it.

Anyone else starting the new year off with a new haul of books?

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2017 in Home

 

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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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Feeling Lost

I’m actually typing this from my mother’s laptop since my beloved laptop is dying. In lieu of flowers, please donate novels, notebooks, and stationary supplies.

Lame jokes aside, my laptop has begun showing the dreaded “blue screen of death.” The laptop had a good run, being in the family about five or six years. With all the technology leaps and bounds we’re making with computers and such nowadays, the laptop did pretty well. The laptop had actually been my older sister’s laptop, but once she got a new, smaller one that fit her computing lifestyle, I took it over. My first laptop still worked, but it was even older and needed a new battery. With its age, I figured might as well keep it as an emergency back-up and move on by taking over my sister’s laptop.

I was seriously thinking of getting a new laptop soon anyway, but I was hesitating because my laptop was still in fine condition. Then the BSoD appeared more than once a couple of days ago and made my decision for me. Fortunately, the majority of my important documents and pictures are safe on my flash drive.

With that said, it’s so weird not to be writing regularly on my laptop. I had a good habit forming, working on my Camp NaNo project (which I’m now about 3 days behind), drafting up some blog posts, just writing every day. Now I feel lost without touching the keyboard for a day or two. I’ve been reading (got 2 out of the 3 books on my April list read!) and writing in notebooks (which is always fun and refreshing), but it’s still odd.

I’ve been glancing at different types of laptops, mostly from Dell because that’s where my family’s always gotten their computers, and I’m trying to decide if I should invest in a laptop that has more power for gaming as well as my usual go-to programs like Office. The Sims games are a guilty pleasure and I would love to try out games like Star Trek Online, Minecraft, and DC Heroes on my laptop. I’m more of a casual gamer when it comes to the PC, but if time ever allowed it, I would love to play more!

Any suggestions? 🙂

 
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