Wednesday, March 21, 2018

this year is going by way faster than the last one did

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

12 meses, 12 libros: February: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The challenge for February was a friend's favorite book.  I was recommended the book Good Omens, and I was excited to check it out since I've heard good things!  (Btw, I recommended the same friend read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass, and she'll have a post about it on her website!)

I had been wanting to read this for a while but never really gotten around to it, but the beauty of a challenge like this is that you get around to reading things you've been meaning to or wanting to (or needing to)!  I really enjoyed it.  It's funny, got supernatural excitement, and more British-isms than you can shake a stick at.  I did find myself getting more and more invested as the story went on... it took me ages, for example, to read the first hundred pages, but the last hundred pages I took down really quickly.  There are a lot of characters to follow, which can be fun, but if you do like I did and take a break while reading it, you may have to refresh yourself a bit on who some of them are lol.

I began reading this on February 13th, and (after taking a break for at least a week because of Reasons), I finished juuuuust on time on the 28th.

Bottom line, would I recommend this book?  Yes.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

a woman of pinpointed interests

I've realized that all my social media accounts have been focused a lot on Black Panther (which was amazing, go see it if you haven't yet) and gun control (which I believe in).  So here I am, lol.  I don't give a shit about your right to bear arms, but I do give a shit about compelling story telling starring an almost all black cast of well rounded characters.  And I love superheros, most of whom hate guns.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

12 meses, 12 libros: January: Carrie by Stephen King

As I mentioned here, I'm going to do this reading challenge thing to make sure I keep reading a lot.  I think it's important to my development as a writer, plus it's a better way to pass time than just slumming around on social media, lol.

Anyways, the prompt for January was a book you own but haven't read yet.  Like most book lovers, I have way too many of those, so I had a few to choose from.  Several years ago I got an old paperback copy of Carrie from a thrift store, and I believe it's the first paperback printing.  I mostly picked it up because it was old and nice looking.  Up until recently, I'd never read any Stephen King, and I'm not really a horror person, but I'm still glad I picked this book up.

I really enjoyed it.  To me it felt more suspenseful than truly scary (but I'm often not scared by the things some people are and the conversely really bothered by stuff other people shrug off, so take that with a grain of salt lol), but the conclusion is intense and emotional.  You get to know quite a few of the characters better than I would have expected you would.  There are snippets from articles and books sprinkled through out, written as if they were actual publications discussing the actual events of "Prom Night" and it makes the whole thing feel very real, plus it's an effective way of breaking up the narrative.

I started reading this on January 24 and finished on January 27.  It was a fast read.

I have a hard time assigning grades or stars to things when I review them, because that's so subjective.  Would I recommend this book? Absolutely.  Even if you've seen the movie(s).

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The FIRST Booklog! (of 2018)

I'm going to continue to use this blog to keep track of the books I read.  Again, let me know if you want to hear more about any of these books.  Also, I saw this cool reading challenge on facebook:
And I'm going to try to do that all year!  (Also I like that it's in Spanish, since I've been trying to work on my Spanish again, lol.)  I think I will be doing individual posts on the books I read for this challenge.  Anyways, onto it!

Felicity Story Collection by Valerie Tripp
Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain by Carl Barks
Star Wars: Lando
Wonder Woman Vol 4 (Rebirth)
Batwoman Vol 1 (Rebirth)
Lady Killer
The World of Oz by Allen Eyles
The Crayons' Book of Numbers by Drew Daywalt
I Am Slappy's Evil Twin by R.L. Stine
A Series of Unfortunate Events The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket
Rules of the House by Mac Barnett
Star Wars: BB-8 on the Run by Drew Daywalt
5-Minute Star Wars Stories and 5-Minute Star Wars Stories Strike Back 
Cinderella Latina/La Cenicienta Latina by Bobbi Salinas
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Welcome to Felicity's World, 1774: Growing Up in Colonial America
The Enchanted Cat: Feline Fascinations, Spells, and Magick by Ellen Dugan
On Writing - A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki
Carrie by Stephen King
Horses of the Dawn: The Escape by Kathryn Lasky
Lego Star Wars: Secrets of the Dark Side by Matt Jones
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

Monday, January 8, 2018

i know it ain't easy

but why does it have to be so hard?

Monday, January 1, 2018

The LAST Booklog! (of 2017)

And yes, I know it's now 2018... but I'm up late on New Years Eve night, so...... 2017, lol.  Anyways, continuing logging the books I've read.  Again, let me know if you want to know more about any of these books or if I'd recommend them.  Looooots of children's books this time, even more than usual.

Lady Zorro: Blood and Lace
Zorro Vol. 1 Scars (Papercutz graphic novel)
The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley
Young Zorro: The Iron Brand by Jan Adkins
Vampirina Ballerina, Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover, and Vampirina at the Beach by Anne Marie Pace
A Madeline Treasury: The Original Stories by Ludwig Bemelmans
Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody and Frankenstein's Fright Before Christmas  by Ludworst Bemonster
Goosebumps Night of the Living Dummy III and Son of Slappy by R.L. Stine
Baby-Sitters Club Mary Anne and the Library Mystery by Ann M. Martin
Golden Legacy: The Story of Golden Books by Leonard S. Marcus
Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys by H.A. and Margret Rey
The Complete Adventures of Curious George by H.A. and Margret Rey
Curious George Builds a Tree House, Curious George Subway Train Adventure, Curious George and the Sleepover, Curious George Haunted Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving Curious George, Merry Christmas Curious George, Curious George Christmas Countdown, Happy Hanukkah Curious George, It's Ramadan Curious George, Curious George Goes to a Movie, Curious George Feeds the Animals, Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory, Curious George Makes Pancakes, Curious George and the Pizza Party, Curious George's First Day of School, and Curious George and the Firefighters by (or in the style of) H.A. and Margret Rey
The Cat in the Hat/El gato ensombrerado (Bilingual edition) and How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss 
Contando con Frida by Patty Rodriguez
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex
Fairies 1, 2, 3 by Liza Gardner Walsh
William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, The Big Honey Hunt, and The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Arthur's Nose, Arthur's Eyes, Arthur's Valentine, Arthur's Halloween, Arthur's Thanksgiving, and Arthur's Christmas by Marc Brown 
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krause Rosenthal
Aurora's Royal Wedding / Ariel's Royal Wedding by John Edwards and Apple Jordan and Sleeping Beauty: A Magic Plan 
Disney Princess Storybook Collection
Cinderella Royal Wedding Look and Find
Jillee Bean and the One Good Thing by Samantha Hollister 
Palace of Lies by Margaret Peterson Haddix 
Super Sons Vol. 1 
A Series of Unfortunate Events The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket
Minnie's Giant Plan by Diane Namm 
Whobert Whover, Owl Detective by Jason Gallaher 
Swish and Squeak's Noisy Day by Birgitta Sif 
Dinosaur VS Santa by Bob Shea 
A Gift from the Lonely Doll by Dare Wright 
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg 
Santa Calls by William Joyce 
Christmas Around the World by Emily Kelley (this is a newer version than what I read... it does seem different, but I couldn't find the 1986 version I read on Amazon) 
Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman 
A Royal Christmas (Disney Princess) by Lisa Ann Marsoli 
Elena of Avalor Feliz Navidad: A Royal Christmas by Tom Rogers
Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Two Tales and their Histories by Carron Brown 
Mickey Mouse: Mysterious Melody by Bernard Cosey
Star Wars: Star Pilot by Laura Buller 
Lego Star Wars: Free The Galaxy by Himani Khatreja 
Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective in The Secret Ingredient by Lauren McLaughlin