Monday, 11 February 2019

the whirl of january

january was so long. 
and yet nothing happened. 
weird how that works.

decent start off to the year 

- pendragon: reality bug 
- pendragon: black water 
- pendragon: rivers of zadda
- pendragon: quillan games 
- bad romance 
- wicked king 
- language of thorns 
- welcome to sugartown  
- stanton book 3 
- alpha 

10/150 so far is not to shabby ... for now ;) 

- pendragon 8 - 10 
- Harry Potter series (though they're a reread) 
- Midsummer tights dream 
 - taming of the tights 

and whatever else I happen to pick up along the way. 
My crocheting projects have come a long way ; they're so much fun in the winter with keeping me warm. but it's difficult to read and crochet at the same time. 
i really need to find that book holder my brother bought me for christmas. hmm. 

life is pretty fun these days. work is crazy, like always, and this summer may get interesting... but otherwise, i have my routine during the week and i spend my weekends with the manfriend. he's pretty awesome. and he reads so we go book shopping a lot, and then come home and read together. or, i'll read and he'll watch wrestling or play a video game. either way! no complaints. it's nice being happy again with something to look forward to every week. 
plus we go see my nieces/nephew all the time which is fantastic because i really love watching them grow up. as crazy as they are. but they really like him and it's super cute when they cuddle up with him. or when they ask me about him when he's not around. 

looking forward to february ; "reading week" happens at the end of the month and i have a friend coming to visit for a few days. haven't seen him in a few months so i can't wait for all the girl gossip to catch up on together. 

Monday, 7 January 2019

bye bye 2018!

Well, December went by in a whirlwind. 
like this whole year did. 

bookwise it felt slow, but when I looked at the numbers I was petty impressed. 
Life wise it was a bit nutty but what else is new 

Welp. I did not make my goal. Which i knew would happen based on a many factors of this roller coaster of a year. 
Oh well. 
Yes I'm disappointed but hey, it's not the end of the world. 

- the shape of water
- sparrow 
- brooke 
- map of days 
- sex, lies and lingerie 
- stanton book 1/2 
- ripple effect 
- dirty boss 
- pendragon: merchant of death 
- pendragon: lost city of faar
 - lost love 
- finale 
- wires and Nerves: Gone rogue 
- pendragon: the never war 

so 15 for the month is pretty sweet. but! 
only did 178 for the year. 
which is awful for me. 
but amazing overall 
so, be happy, self. 

2019 goals are still up in the air. Number wise I'm thinking only 150 because I want to try and do more crocheting and see if I can sell some stuff - there is so much yarn sitting in bins that I need to get moving on with my WIPs. Plus I want to write more. I'm still annoyed NaNo didn't happen. 

January I'm going to finish up Pendragon (#4-10) and finish up the ADSOM series. A library book or two may come in so those will fill my days. My weekends have become useless since the manfriend and I spend the days together and I dont get much reading done. Which is fine by me. 

December was ... interesting. Work was busy, like it usually is, until christmas and then i was off for 3 weeks. First time being back at work after new years was sooo tiring. 

The holidays themselves were fine. I didn't do much family-ing which i'm happy about, and I spent most of it with the manfriend which also made me happy. now work is back to normal him and i don't see each other much during the weeks so ... yay for quality time. even the dog is liking him and mr granite doesn't like anyone :p 

still trying to figure out my goals for 2019, overall. I wish i knew how to track it all. or was artistic enough to bujo. 

my motivation isn't there right now either which isn't helping, but i'll get there. i always do. 

i just need to write it down; that's the rule with goals, right? until you write it down, it's just a wish. 

counting down the days til it's summer... *shivers* i miss the warm. 

Hope everyone is looking forward to this year. it should be a fun one :) 

- A 

Saturday, 1 December 2018


what an insane month. 
and clearly i was doing reviews only in my head and not here, so behind! eek. will have to get on that... 

alright, let's see what happened this month ; 

Short month, only read 7 *cringes* and half of 3 others... so... 8.5? thats not any better. oy. 

- lets get textual 
- how not to date a douchebag 
- part of your world 
- light between worlds 
- roomies 
- wicker king
- girls of paper and fire 
- *half of nevernight (but i DNF'd) 
- shape of water (which i will finish this week) 
- ripple effect (which is my bedtime book so it'll be done this weekend) 

ugh. that's terrible. Though, they were all great books - except nevernight drove me nuts. For some reason it was such a struggle to read. I liked it, but I had to stop. I'll go back to it one day. 

which puts me at 163 for the year. out of 200. 
There is no way i'm making my goal. Let me go cry in a corner now. sigh. 

Welp. I don't know what this month is going to look like. Work is going to be slow as classes have been cancelled for exams and whatnot, so I'll have some more time at home - which is helpful, technically. But I've gotten into another one of my hobbies (trying to turn it into a small business next year) and I've been watching Little House on the Prairie for the first time ever which means I need to pay attention so trying to close out the world to read has been tough.  I have high hopes for December I get at least 11 books done (plus the two I'm in the middle of from last month) 

- Map of days (already started and loving) 
- Pendragon  - which has 10 books in it and since it's a reread/favourite I can breeze through them. 

Ideally I'd like one or two off my kindle books too, which I tend to read while I'm waiting in lines or at work so that should be easy enough. 

November was a little crazy. But what month hasn't been this year? honestly...   Boyfriend and I are still good. Taking things slow, which is nice. We aren't doing anything christmasy together but new years plans did come up - though I told him NY day was for ASoUE because i need to see that ending!  and i have no patience. 

My plans for NaNoWriMo failed. I knew they would but I tried anyways... I got just over 2k written and life took over. Had no energy. I was using my best friend as a sounding board for a few ideas and he kinda ruined some stuff for me so I lost my motivation. This is why I don't talk to people! haha oh well. I'll get to my story, just not right now. 

Next year I'm making some big changes to how I do things with my reading/other goals so hopefully that helps. December should be calm enough - though this snow needs to go. We've had some crazy storms this week and they were not fun to drive in (especially when one of your window wipers breaks. luckily it wasn't the driver side) 

This is the first year I haven't had a proper christmas tree set up - mostly because of space, but i also don't trust granite to a) not knock it over with his tail and 2) not to pee on it haha silly pup. I have a small table top one (that shows up on my IG so go see it, its pink and pretty!) and even though it's high up, his tail still reaches it when hes playing. I can't win... but he's super cute so he gets away with it. Nothing breakable is on it since I'm not an idiot ;) but it still makes me sad I don't have my big tree up. 

see you all in 2019 <3 

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Falling though October

Did this month go super slow for anyone else?
at least, time wise... 

like, it was busy. and it flew by in some senses... but I keep thinking it's November and it's not. and i'm surprised by it when i check the date everyday  (though it's November now so there ya go..) 

Again, this month of library books took over (not that i'm complaining) 

- art of blending in 
- towering sky 
- inkmistress 
- dance of thieves 
- p.s i still love you 
- always and forever, lara jean 
- a darker shade of magic 
- letters to the lost 
- legendary 
- invisible ghosts
- puddin' 
- when my heart joins the thousand
- mad for you in madrid (ARC) 
- Man Candy 

which puts me at 156/200 so not horrible... 
still a long way to go before new years. 

i am loving my library lately 
and it keeps me on track,
 so November plans include: 

- nevernight 
- part of your world 
- the light between worlds 
(obsidio, lost boy, finale, raven king) 
- gathering of shadows 
- conjuring of light 
- tower of dawn 
- lady midnight 

plus whatever else comes in 
(there's about 10 books on hold that i'm waiting on)

who knows if i'll get to them all because I'm also trying to do NaNo but we shall see! 
over achiever much? 
i'm also behind on allllll the reviews. 

Life has been weird lately. Work has been insane, which is good and bad (bad only because i miss having personal time and i'm exhausted) but for the most part I have my routine down. 

personally everything is pretty stable. apartment life is still weird but granite and i are hanging out. my golden retriever has been over quite a bit lately with the ex - as we try and stay friends - so that's been interesting. also started dating again and that's just been ridiculous. friend of mine is also in the middle of a separation, so at least I have someone to talk to who gets it (our ex dudes also have the same name so it makes for some interesting misunderstandings haha) but she's also dating and we're so similar in how we handle it and how we react to the stupidity of men that it's just amazing. 

Trying to do NaNoWriMo this year again. last year I lucked out and work was on strike so i got paid to stay home for 5 weeks and it was lovely and easy to write on my own schedule. this year i don't have that option and it's annoying .. but good for the students I guess.  i was going to work on my captain hook retelling... but I picked up "lost boy" and its like, 94% of the same story .. and I'm not sure if that 6% difference is enough to have me write it. I still want to, but i'm so annoyed with the idea right now that i've dropped it. even put off the book again. ugh. 

so i'm moving on to my assassin book - because I don't know how else to describe it haha. a pinterest prompt gave me an interesting idea and I've decided to run with it. But i was prepping so much on the Hook one... that i'm Pants'ing hardcore on my assassin one and it's stressing me out! which is fine, I'm not too much of a planner .. it's also not completely from scratch as i've written 2 or 3 chapters so i have a general idea where I'm taking it.  

not sure how much writing i'll actually get in. I'm hoping to make it to a write-in in my area too. last year every night we planned something, i had work or a snow storm and the hour drive wasn't worth it. so fingers crossed for this year! not "winning" will anger me so i'm going to end up getting no sleep because I will want to write all night when i get home just to get that 50k *squinty eyes* 

November should be a lot better, overall, as work isn't as busy and my weekends are mostly free right now (unless you count the dating?) but I'm betting it goes by a lot faster than october did. Wish time had a remote, just to slow it down ever so slightly 

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Review: Echoes in the walls

 Echoes in the walls
 House of Secrets - Book 2
 V.C Andrews

Continuing on right from book one, House of Secrets, Fern is left to deal with the consequences of her romance with Ryder and the Revelations that were forced to come out.

Ryder's accident has left him with holes in his memory. He doesn't know who he is, where he is, or who his family is.

Their younger sister, Samantha, is out to get spiteful revenge on both of them and though she has been told to leave Ryder alone, so his memory can come back naturally, she decides to cause trouble and force the issue.

Fern tries to distract herself by going out with her friend Ivy, and ends up dating Dillon. While the romance is fine, Ryder and Fern cannot keep each other out of their thoughts. When Samantha intervenes, forcing Ryder's treatment to backfire, Fern has to come to terms with what she wants from her family and her heart.

Honestly, I didn't hate this story. The epilogue was stupid and rushed (there's a third book, isn't there? why did he force a bunch of plot points into one unnecessary chapter?! and if there isn't a third book coming, then there should be because WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?! Fern and Ryder need to end up together please. run away together or something but tell your parents to get lost, and have your sister fall down the stairs in true VCA fashion. Thanks.)  but overall, i thought it was alright. Better than most of his books lately, and I like that we actually get back to the VCA roots with the incest and family drama and not just some girl, in a stand alone story, where nothing happens but her thinking to herself for 120 pages if she is old mature to be an adult yet or not. blah blah blah.

Not great, by any means, and I wouldn't mind some of the story from Ryder's POV - though when do we ever get the boy's side of the story - but I think if the writing goes back to this kind of style, maybe this fandom isn't as doomed as we fans have been thinking? Fingers crossed.

3.5 stars.