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Aww, MINITHON is over

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The minithon is done, and fun was had.

I had a lot of mini things – mini pizzas, mini Butterfingers, mini goldfish. Nephew (mini-human) had some too.

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rationalizing

 

And as for reading, I read 25 pages of God Help the Child by Toni Morrison before I ended up taking an impromptu nap (downside of nephew napping, it was so QUIET AND PEACEFUL). Read three issues of Saga, and then read two Daniel José Older novellas that I’ve had on my Kindle for a while: Kia and Gio (20 pages), and Anyway: Angie (32 pages).

Basically, a reading and eating and napping success! Thanks Tika!

And since it is still Bout of Books until tomorrow night, I’m gonna go read some more. OR watch a movie with the nephew. We’ll see.

~Sarah

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Let’s Talk: Sneaky Books

Lets Talk Lets Talk: Book Influences

Let’s Talk is a weekly meme created by Smash Attack Reads and A Book Obsession in which you talk about whatever the topic is. And if there’s one thing you know I love to do, it’s blab.

Today’s question:

Do you hide your book purchases from your significant other/parents/children/pet/old lady down the street? Share some good smuggling stories!
 

That would be a big fat NO. Well first off, I never really had to hide purchases from family, because that’s silly. And I never ever ever hide things from the honeyman. THAT IS A GIANT RELATIONSHIP NO-NO. It does not matter how insignificant you think it is, you do not hide things from the person you love and trust.

Besides the fact that we roll with 100% honesty, I also just get too excited about buying stuff to keep it to myself. As soon as the honeyman gets home I’m showing him any new books I picked up, or that purse I got at Goodwill for $4, or the new shirt I bought. I like to shop, and I like books, which means double the excitement that I seriously just cannot hide. And the honeyman never says anything mean or critical to me about the stuff I buy (even though I literally have an entire room of books already) because he is awesome, and we also respect each other enough to not lecture about how we spend our own money.

So what about you guys? Do you have to sneak books into the house, or do you boldly show off your new goodies? Share!

~Sarah

Let’s Talk: Bookish Influences

Lets Talk Lets Talk: Book Influences

Let’s Talk is a weekly meme created by Smash Attack Reads and A Book Obsession in which you talk about whatever the topic is. And if there’s one thing you know I love to do, it’s blab.

Today’s question:

Do reviews often influence your book choices, or are you someone who doesn’t read reviews until after reading the book?

I’m a bit mixed on this. I read some reviews, but honestly, not all of them. I follow a LOT of blogs, so unless it’s a favorite blogger, or the cover sounds interesting, or it’s a book I’ve heard of before – I might not even look at it. But I do read some reviews, and they can definitely make me decide whether I should read a book or not. The book I’m reading now, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, I discovered because a blogger did a mini-review of it and it sounded fun (which it is, so far. I’m kind of loving it.) The mini-reviews can be kind of perfect – they don’t give much away, but can definitely entice you to read that book. Also, they’re quick to read and I know that’s a plus for me.

Sometimes I know that a book is supposed to be really shocking or is full of plot twists, so I avoid the reviews if I want to read it because I want to avoid spoilers. I want my face to be like this when I read that kind of book:

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Which is why I think I’ve only read one review of Gone Girl (thank goodness, it was very vague). I still haven’t decided if I want to read it or not, but if I do I bet I will be very, very surprised.

So how about you guys? Do you read book reviews, or do you avoid them so that the review doesn’t taint your opinions while reading?

~Sarah

Let’s Talk: 2013 Goals

Lets Talk Lets Talk: New Years Resolutions

Let’s Talk is a weekly meme created by Smash Attack Reads and A Book Obsession in which you talk about whatever the topic is. And if there’s one thing you know I love to do, it’s blab.

I’m going to start doing this new weekly meme. Cause I want to post more, and chat with ya’ll more. And cause it’s my blog and I can do what I wanna *sticks tongue out*

This week’s question is:

What are your New Year Resolutions? Or, what goals have you set for yourself in 2013.

I normally save this for my official end-of-the-year wrap up post, but whatever. It’s close enough, and I’ll just link to this when I do a recap of 2012 later. I don’t do New Year Resolutions, per se. I don’t promise myself I’m going to do something, because I will inevitably fail at it. I don’t like to do things I’m forced to, even when it’s me forcing myself. Silly, I know. But I like to set general goals / things I hope to accompish. Here are my main goals for 2013:

  • Change jobs.  There’s not really another job that I want though, so either I’ll settle with something else I don’t like but pays better, or I’ll find a way to go part-time somehow. I don’t know yet, but there needs to be a change here.

  • Blog stuff… I want to switch to wordpress.org and self-host, I want to boost my traffic, and I want to maybe sell a bit of ad space. This will all take a lot of time, but my blog is important and I want to spend more time on it. It’d be nice if I could also make a little money off of it too.
  • Kind of ties into the blog stuff thing, but I also want to Tweet more, do a Pinterest challenge, and start doing In My Mailbox again (or some variation of it).
  • Keep the weight off. I lost almost 30 lbs this year, I just want to keep it that way.
  • SLEEP MORE. Switching jobs would also help with this. On the nights when I have to work, I’m lucky if I get 6 hours of sleep. That’s half of the week that I’m walking around sleep-deprived. I miss my freaking sleep.

  • Read 100 books. I used to read over 100 no problem, but for some reason this year I didn’t even reach 100. SAD FACE. Probably has something to do with work being even busier this year than before, plus being tired all the time.
  • Go to at least one bookish/blogging/author-y event. It would be nice.

So there we have it. Goals for the new year. What are yours?

~Sarah

Booking Through Thursday – 3/8

 

 

I’ve never done a BTT before, but no time like the present, right?

SO, this week’s question is:

Which non-series book would you most like to read the sequel to? Do you have any wishes for what might happen in it?

And as it so happens, yes. There IS a book that I am dying for a sequel for, but none has been promised. I would LOVE a sequel to My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares.

It’s a really good romantic story about Lucy and Daniel – Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with her, over and over again. He remember ALL of his past lives, and when he’s lucky, one of his lives may include knowing her, despite a change in her name or look. But no matter how close they come to being together, things always end too soon. Finally they’re living within the same lifetime and it seems like Daniel will finally be able to love her and be with her – except he’s not the only one with the gift of remembering past lives, and someone is out to get him.

So, it’s a little cheesy but I really like love stories that occur over epicly long periods of time and this one was SO GOOD. Except things ended on a bit of a cliff-hangy note, and there NEEDS to be at least one more book. But Brashares has not said whether or not she’ll write a sequel. Sure, she’ll complete that YA series about girls in traveling pants, but not this. Grrrr.

I don’t even really care or have any hard ideas about how the sequel should go, I just want there to be one. And for it to have the same magic as the first book. Is that really so much to ask?

So are there any stand-alone books you guys want to see a sequel of?

~Sarah

 

Thinking on Thursday: IMPATIENCE

Hiya guys… so, yet another non-review post this week. But actually, that ties into my thoughts today about reading impatience.

So, I’m reading A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin, which is about 1000 pages long, and I’m about 600 pages into it. I really should have read this AGES ago, after I finished the third book, but I kept putting it off because I feel impatient when I read long books. Which is silly, because my favorite series ever is a bunch of books that are crazy long, but still. I don’t know when this happened… I never really used to be intimidated by chunky books. But now it just feels like such a COMMITMENT, because I know that unless the book is so good I’m addicted to it like crack, it’ll probably take me a week or so to read. And that just seems like such a long time, when I really like to try to read at least a book or two a week.

So, now I’m over half-way through this super long book. And honestly, AFFC is not my favorite in the series so far. Partly because I had to go read a re-cap of what happened in the last book because I waited so long to read it, and partly because none of my favorite characters are in this book – they’re all in the next book, A Dance With Dragons. For some reason, Martin decided to write AFFC and ADWD so that the books’ events are actually happening at the same time, but half the characters are in one book and the other half are in the other book. So besides the fact that I’m getting impatient and just want to hurry up and finish so that I can move on to something else, I’m not even enjoying it as much as I enjoyed the first three books because these are all the characters that either bore me or annoy me.

I usually hate these cat pictures, but this one seemed to fit my mood so perfectly.

I was hoping to be done with AFFC by now, but I got NO reading done the past few days. Well, actually I bought and started reading a book called In Search of the Multiverse and I read about 25 pages of that, but that barely counts. And now here it is, my last day off of the week, and I’ll be lucky if I can finish this chunky book by the end of the weekend. Wish me luck.

So, does anyone else have this problem?

Anyone dread super-long books because you’re impatient and want to get to the next book?

Even if the long book is good?

Do you just avoid chunky books so that you don’t run into this problem?

~Sarah

 

Thinking on Thursday… TV

Yeah, so it’s not a bookish-theme for today’s ToT… but whatever, I made up ToT anyways, so you know… I’ll do what I want.

So I’m sure you’ve all heard me whining about being so super-busy, and it’s TRUE. And next week is probably gonna be kinda busy too, but hopefully not as much. Things should calm down in the next few weeks… hopefully. Anyways.

I’m talking about TV today partly because when I’m super busy I 1) don’t have the time to read, sometimes for days at a time and 2) I’m so exhausted that if I do find a bit of spare time, I watch tv. I fell asleep on the couch the other day watching Friends re-runs, just a brief hour nap before having to get up and go out because it was game night. So, I’m sharing with you some of my favorite shows that are on tv now. If you have Hulu, you should take advantage and watch them. Also, this is my way of promoting my favorite shows so that they don’t get cancelled. You all know how much it hurts when awesome shows are cancelled, like Firefly or Pushing Daisies. So feel my pain and give these shows a try.

 

 

1. Cougar Town – OK if you are one of my blogging buddies, I am LITERALLY BEGGING YOU to try out the first season of Cougar Town. The show starts out being about Jules, newly divorced and in her 40’s. And by the end of season 1, it has totally evolved into an awesome show about a group of friends who drink together, play pranks, and is just AWESOME. The third season started on V-Day, and honestly, so far I’m not loving the 3rd season, but that’s because the season has been cut in half (13 episodes instead of 26, I believe), so some stuff is being rushed in case it’s not back for a 4th season. But if more people would give it a chance, I bet ABC wouldn’t cancel it. Even the honeyman watches it with me and finds it funny. I got my friend Doni into it, and she’s totally not a comedy-sitcom type of person. Please please please watch it? Also, see the title shot above? In the second season the creators started doing that every episode, because they really regret the title – it’d have such a bigger fan base if it wasn’t for such an unfortunate title. However, it’s been too long now and it’d be stupid of them to change it, so they mock it instead.

 

 

2. Whitney – Whitney is basically a sitcom based on and starring Whitney Cummings, and it’s SO FUNNY. I love mean, sarcastic humor and this is right up my alley. Whitney and her boyfriend Alex live together, and it’s basically a comedy about them and relationships in general. I laugh out loud A LOT. The show is still in the first season, so go on Hulu and watch a couple episodes. I’m definitely looking forward to buying it on DVD eventually.

 

 

3. Terra Nova – The first season ended in December, but it’s still on Hulu. And I know I keep blabbing about Hulu, but I think you can like watch 5 free episodes a week or something. I’ve manned up and gotten the $8 a month membership because there’s so many shows I wanted to be able to keep up with, and I don’t have DVR. Anyways, Fox is a bunch of bastards and STILL have not made a decision on whether or not to bring Terra Nova back for a second season, mainly because Fox hates anything sci-fi. It’s a GREAT show though. Basically in the future, we have completely effed up and the planet is dying and the air is so polluted we have to wear these mask thingys outside to even breathe the air. Scientists have discovered a rift in time-space that connects our world to a version of Earth 85 million years ago, and they’re sending groups of people back to set up a colony and essentially give humanity a second chance. And the show focuses on the Shannon family, and there’s dinosaurs and bad guys and evil plots and it was just SO GOOD. Also, there’s a little romance going on between teenagers Mark and Maddy, and I love love love them. And Fox has even said that the show was profitable for them, so I don’t know why they’re debating on whether or not to bring it back for season 2. Again, Fox sucks and they just hate sci-fi and anything that hints at rich people in power being evil.

 

Sooooo. Those are my big three. I love these shows and wish that more people knew about them and loved them as much as me. Also, I’m planning to jump on the Downton Abbey bandwagon soon, because I know everyone is head over heels in love with it. I bought the first season, so I’ll probably try it out in the next couple weeks when I’m at work.

OK, going to go attempt to read & relax now. Wish me luck…

~Sarah

Thinking on…. Friday? – CAFFEINE

Hey ya’ll. So that’s right, I’m doing a “Thinking on Thursday” post on a Friday, because this was me yesterday:

Except that I didn’t run out of coffee. So this is what happens – I slept in yesterday until like 10:30 and that was awesome. I got up, went for like a half-hour walk, came back and showered, and then it hit me that I hadn’t made any coffee yet… But I figured since it was about noon, why bother? Well, turns out I am like a miserable ZOMBIE when I don’t have my daily caffeine fix. I didn’t feel like killing time online, playing video games, reading, cleaning, shopping, or anything really. I was literally too lazy to pick up my phone and go on Twitter. In the afternoon I ended up laying on the couch and watching 6 episodes of That 70’s Show and the last half of the movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry until the honeyman got home. During the movie, at about 6 pm, I finally decided screw it, and I made some coffee. My headache went away, I had a nice time with the honeyman hanging out and making dinner, and then at 9 I took a little 3-hour nap before getting up at midnight for work.

Coffee is probably my biggest vice. Besides the added bonus of keeping me alert and perky, I just love drinking it. I love switching the coffee pot on and settling down to read blogs while I sip. I love getting coffee while I’m out and about, shopping and whatnot. I love drinking coffee at other people’s houses. I know how bad the creamer is for me, but it’s SO WORTH IT. I can’t help it. I don’t even want to help it. My biggest vice could be a lot worse.

What sucked the most though is that I had no motivation to read. I had the book IN MY LAP and still never got around to it. I didn’t have the concentration for it, especially since it’s a sci-fi book about Mars and there’s some details and smart stuff I actually have to pay attention to.

So, yeah. That’s why there was no blog post yesterday. But you can be damn sure I’ll never make that mistake again – I’ll take care to properly caffeinate myself each morning, lest I have another day of just staring at the tv. Blech.

Anyone out there are coffee-addicted as me?

Does it affect your reading / blogging?

~Sarah

Mini-Readathon Winners!

 

Hey guys! So sorry about the change in plans yesterday, but here we are now!

OK, so the winners are listed below. If you’re a winner, I need you to email me at sarahmay227(at)gmail(dot)com so that I can confirm your email address before I send you the $5 Amazon gift card. (For those of you who are international ladies, we’ll chat more in the emails.)

OK so here are the winners!

Start-up challenge: Kristilyn at Reading in Winter

Wordle challenge: Kayleigh at Nylon Admiral

READ challenge: Belle at BookBelle

Jenn’s movie cast challenge: Laura at Devouring Texts

Wrap-up challenge: Shari at Delighted Reader

 

And the winner for Heather’s Bonus Challenge is…

Shari at Delighted Reader

 

So remember, if you’re one of the lucky gals listed above, email me! I’m getting ready to go run some errands right now, but I’ll be home this evening to reply to you guys and start sending the prizes out!

So, major thanks and kudos to Jenn & Heather, for helping out with such awesome challenges. You guys rock 🙂 And thank you SO SO SO MUCH to everyone who participated! It was so much fun, and I can’t wait until the Summer Mini-Readathon!

~Sarah