Archive for January, 2015


The Under-Hyped Readathon has ended once again, and I was able to read more than one book this time! Go me! I ended up reading three books, and I started a fourth one. I did want to read more, but I’m happy with how many I was able to read in a week.

Below are the books I completed, along with Gifs to help express how I felt about each one.

They Did It With Love by Kate Morgenroth – 4/5

This book reminded me a lot of Desperate Housewives, which I used to watch a lot. It was fun to watch all the drama and see what the characters would do next. Be warned, there are a lot of affairs!

 

The Day I Killed James by Catherine Ryan Hyde – 4/5

This was a very sad story about loss and blame. You just want to hug the main character and tell her that everything will be ok. It was an enjoyable read, but it’s probably not for everyone.

 

Misery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge – 3/5

The first few bites of this “cake” were amazing. The story sucks you in and completely immerses you in all the action, but in the second half everything changes, and I didn’t enjoy the direction it went.


I really enjoy picking up books that sound interesting but don’t have many ratings. It’s a gamble sometimes but it’s great when it works out. Most of the books I read are ones that have been highly recommended or talked about a lot. The Under-Hyped Readathons have helped keep me excited about books that I think sound cool when I buy them. Hopefully I can keep up this momentum for the rest of the year.

Let me know if you participated in this readathon or what you’ve been reading lately. Happy reading!

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The Under-Hyped Readathon is back! I had a lot of fun participating last time, and I thought I would try again this time and maybe read more than one book. One of the reasons I love this readathon is because you get to see books you might never have heard about before.

The readathon is like last time and if you want more information you can go to The Under-Hyped Readathon’s Goodreads page. The readathon starts on January 19th and ends on January 25th. The only rules are that the books have to be considered under-hyped. This time around there is no limit to what under-hyped means, so you can read a book that you feel doesn’t get enough love or whatever you deem under-hyped. I’m going for books that have less than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads.

Below is the list of books that I plan on trying to read during this week. Of course, I won’t be able to read them all, but I’ll be able to pick from a variety. (All links go to their respective Goodreads page)

  1. A Stake in Murder by Donald Allen Kirch
  2. The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  3. The Killing Room by John Manning
  4. Misery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge
  5. They Did It With Love by Kate Morgenroth
  6. Love Me, Love Me Not by Libby Malin
  7. The Day I Killed James by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Let me know if you’re participating in this readathon or what you’re planning on reading. You can also let me know if there are any other readathons that you’re participating in. I would love to know. Happy reading!

Video Game Channel

I’m not sure if anyone would be interested in this, but I wanted to share with everyone. Chad and I have always wanted to start a Youtube channel for video games, and we finally set one up last month. We also have a second blog about video games that has everything about our channel already posted. It’s also one reason that I’ve been slacking on reading and posts because we’ve been playing and recording games.

We just started so it’s not fantastic quality, but we are improving with every video. Some of the games we play include: Alan Wake, Bioshock, To The Moon, and The Sims 3. We also have other games planned for the future but don’t want to give anything away yet. 😛

If you’re interested in watching us be silly or just want to hear our “beautiful” voices, here is a video with some of our channel highlights so far:

**Some profanity is used

It’s late, but I’m excited to share what I got for Christmas. I’m proud to say that I didn’t buy any of these, so I’m keeping to my book buying ban. Chad actually bought all of these books and movies for me. He’s too good to me.

I also received some book and movie related goodies such as an Edgar Allen Poe candle, “The Raven” figurine and poem, and The Nightmare Before Christmas Yahtzee. This Christmas was amazing all around, and I loved everything I got. Let me know in the comments some of the stuff you received or even something you gave someone else. If you’ve made a similar post, you can leave a link in the comments. I love looking at book, movie, or video game hauls.

*All descriptions for books taken from Goodreads and all descriptions for movies taken from IMDb. All pictures link to their respective Goodreads or IMDb pages.

mistbornMistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Genre – Fantasy

(The Final Empire) In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage – Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

 

Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
Genre – Fiction/Thriller

The first rule about fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.

In his debut novel, Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret boxing matches in the basement of bars. There two men fight “as long as they have to.” A gloriously original work that exposes what is at the core of our modern world.

 

Un Lun Dun – China Miéville
Genre – Young Adult/Fantasy

What is Un Lun Dun?

It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up . . . and some of its lost and broken people, too–including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas; Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is an enormous pin-cushion, and an empty milk carton called Curdle. Un Lun Dun is a place where words are alive, a jungle lurks behind the door of an ordinary house, carnivorous giraffes stalk the streets, and a dark cloud dreams of burning the world. It is a city awaiting its hero, whose coming was prophesied long ago, set down for all time in the pages of a talking book.

When twelve-year-old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance leading out of London and into this strange city, it seems that the ancient prophecy is coming true at last. But then things begin to go shockingly wrong.

 

American Supernatural Tales – S.T. Joshi (Editor)
Genre – Anthologies/Horror

The ultimate collection of weird and frightening American fiction. As Stephen King will attest, the popularity of the occult in American literature has only grown since the days of Edgar Allan Poe. American Supernatural Tales celebrates the richness of this tradition with chilling contributions from some of the nation’s brightest literary lights, including Poe himself, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and-of course- Stephen King. By turns phantasmagoric, spectral, and demonic, this is a frighteningly good addition to Penguin Classics.

 


 

The Shining
Rating – R

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

 

 

 

 

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
Rating – TV-14

Naruto and Sakura are captured in a parallel world by Madara, who’s intentions are to steal the jinchuuriki from Naruto.

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Nemo
Genre – G

After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.

Goals and Challenges for 2015

Happy New Year, everyone! It’s 2015! Time for resolutions and gym memberships. I was really happy with my reading last year. Hopefully I can continue being successful this year.  I’ve decided to put together a list of goals and challenges to help keep me on track. Let me know what your plans are or leave a link to your post if you’ve already made one. 🙂

Goals

  • Book Buying Ban
    • As most of you can tell, I have a book buying problem. I tend to buy more books in a few months than I can possibly read in that time and because of that I end up with more TBR books than read books.
    • For this ban I will need to finish 5 books before I’m allowed to buy 1. The only exception to this will be sequels. I’ll allow myself to buy sequels for series I’ve already started.
  • Less wrap-ups/More full reviews
    • Doing the wrap-ups every month became really stressful. It almost made me not want to read more books because I didn’t want to post a review for so many at once. If I focus my energy on more full reviews and less short reviews, I think it will be better for me.
  • Do something about unfinished books
    • I have a few books that I’ve started but haven’t really done anything with since I stopped reading them. I want to either DNF or finish reading them this year. I may end up donating some of the books I haven’t enjoyed or don’t plan on reading so someone else can enjoy them.

Challenges

  • Read 3 Classics
    • I’m not sure which ones I want to read yet, but I have plenty on my shelves just waiting for me.
  • Read 4 Stephen King books
    • I have 16 of his books, and I’ve only read one and started another one. I would like to change that because so far I enjoy his writing style and want to see what all the fuss is about. Horror is also a genre I’ve been focused on, so it’ll work out great.
    • Right now I’m thinking about reading the following:
      • It
      • The Shining
      • Pet Sematary
      • Undecided as of now
  • Read a total of 52 books
    • Every year I’ve tried to increase the amount of books I read. For 2014, I wanted to read 40 books, and I managed to read 60. This year, I’m going to shoot for 52 but hopefully I can pull off reading more than 60. We shall see how it goes.
  • Finish That Series Challenge (created by bethjune327)
    • I have a problem with starting a series and never finishing it, so I want to change that. In 2015, I want to finish some of the series I’ve been putting off, and I think this challenge will be a big help.
    • Some of the series I’ve been neglecting are:
      • The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
      • The Waking Trilogy by Thomas Randall
      • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
      • And many more . . .
    • Guidelines for this challenge are:
      • Series must be FINISHED in order for them to count.
      • If the series isn’t complete yet, you must read up to the most recent book in said series.
      • Novellas are optional.
      • You do not have to start the series in 2015, just finish it.
      • The series has to have at least 2 books out prior to December of 2015.

Wish me luck with my reading this year. We’ll recap in December to see what all I’ve failed to achieve . . . oh wait, I’m supposed to be positive with this. I’m doomed already. 🙂