Tuesday, September 1, 2015

August Book Club - In the Unlikely Event - September's book

Our book club pick for August was In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. Available on Amazon here.

When I heard Judy Blume was releasing a new book, I was super excited. Then people started reviewing it and it wasn't amazing. I tried to start it several times but each time my eyes would glaze over and all of a sudden I'd be picking up another book or turning on netflix. You know it's not good when you do that.

Eventually, I got the audiobook because it was easier to listen to than read. Overall, 3 stars.

Anyway. This book was good. It was not bad. But holy moly multple POVs. Seriously, this had more POVs than Game of Thrones. To be honest, at first it was seriously boring. Not to mention, I highly recommend that a person should stay away from books that focus on something that terrifies them. So, if you are scared of flying / plane crashes... Steer clear. This also could have been a contributing reason to the indifference I feel for this book.

Honestly, at the end I felt like I enjoyed it overall, but I would not read it again. It's well written for the most part, because it is Judy Blume, but I wanted so much more from her which might have been unfair of me. It's interesting, the characters are interesting, but none of it is oh my gosh I can't put it down edge of my seat attention grabbing.

It kind of upsets me that I didn't love it because Judy Blume was such a huge part of my childhood and adolescence. I wanted to love this book, but I feel like I should have left Judy in my past. Like how I am sure many people feel with the 'new' Harper Lee book, or how I would feel if Jane Austen suddenly rose from the dead and wrote 50 Shades of Darcy.. which, um, I would totally read, Jane.

Anyway. Do I recommend? Eh. If you're a fan, you're probably gonna read it anyway. It's not bad, it just wasn't great.

Moving on! Our book club pick for September is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Available on Amazon here. and the kindle is only 99 cents what! This has been on my list for aaaages so I'm excited to finally get to it. The 5th book in the series comes out today, and if it doesn't look like your kind of book I understand... it is a Cinderella retelling, apparently, so the chances of me loving it are like a 100%.

I hope you will join us! Feel free to link up below for this month.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Autumn Goals

I know these aren't very entertaining posts but they are so helpful.. The idea being that when I post about my goals, I actually achieve them. Hope you don't mind! I decided from now on, I'm going to do seasonal goals, that way I have more time to do more things.

In case you are wondering why I am declaring my Autumn (Fall) goals now, I am not trying to be obstinate but I guess I kind of am - to me, the seasons start on the first of the month. So to me, right now, it is Spring in Australia on the 1st of Sept, which means it is Autumn on the 1st of Sept in the US. I understand that's not how you all do it, but my brain can only take so much new information before it refuses to take anymore, you know?

How'd I do in August?

- Make one new recipe. I did! Just the one, mind. Paige's stir fry - we do not keep or cook beef in the house normally, so I made it with chicken. I would even try it with chickpeas next time. It was delicious. We served it over rice noodles and used different veggies, but whatevs. Same thing.

- Sell a few things on eBay. I certainly won't make a million dollars, but I listed 5 things. If I list too much, I get overwhelmed and I burn out. Baby steps.

- Don't eat out for lunch. Oh hey there big fat fatty fail, nice to see you.

- Cross something off my 30 before 30 list. Not quite. I bought some fabric to make myself an article of clothing but I was fairly 'busy' each weekend. Hoping to get to it this weekend.

- Stick to my half marathon training plan. I struggled this month, both mentally and physically. Here's to next month.

Now for Autumn Goals (Sept - Nov)

- Run. No pressure, just run, and enjoy it.

- Try not to eat out for lunch that much. Try to eat healthy.

- Sell some more things on eBay.

- Clean up my photos. They are an absolute mess. Need to clean it up, organise what ones to print, make photo books etc.

- Make 3 new recipes. 1 per month, easy as pie. Don't try to make pie.

- Do something different in Louisville. Try a new restaurant, do something, anything, to get to know this city more.

- Lose weight.

- Give up soda again.

- Call my mum and Nana. At least once.

- Have a totally awesome Halloween party

- Set up a cleaning schedule. Not rigid, just an idea so Chelsea's hair doesn't take over the house.

That's all - probably a bit ambitious, but it works out to be about 3-4 goals per month which isn't too bad. Most people get the Summer blahs, I get the Autumn blahs because it means... winter is coming. Sigh.

Any cleaning schedule suggestions? I don't want anything crazy, I'll still do a deep clean once-a-when-I-want-to, but I want something to keep the house looking decent during the week.

Friday, August 28, 2015

How Beauty & the Beast and Pride & Prejudice are basically the same.

Whenever people tell me they don't want to / can't read or watch Pride & Prejudice, I just tell them - don't worry, you already know the story. Not only have direct adaptions been done, like Bridget Jones, Bride & Prejudice and You've Got Mail (yes, really), but you could pretty much apply it to any boy meets girl story. Don't believe me?

There's a girl.

They both like to read, coincidence?

There's a guy.

They are kind of rude / hostile / awkward when they first meet.

The boy lacks certain social graces.

Before we get too far, there's another boy. He's not the nicest, and he screws things up.

There are also silly girls.

The girl and guy are thrown together under circumstances out of their control okay the beast holds Belle hostage whatever. There are some shall we say interesting moments.

There's a lot of eyes going on in both stories.

Hands and touching play a big deal in both.. in one, he's all like 'she's touching me and not repulsed!' and in the other 'he's touching me but he hates me and this is like olden days where touching is like way more than it is these days so woah it's a big deal'.

There's some good ol' fashion dancing.

and I'm pretty sure this is the same balcony.

The conflicts are overcome...

and everyone lives happily ever after!

Ah, happy endings.

Moral of the stories?

Preach, Charlotte.

No wonder these are two of my favourite movies, right? Happy Friday. I think I know what I'm watching tonight - how about you?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Why books should be one of the 7 deadly sins

First off, checking in with Kels and her summer reading challenge - I said I would read 30 books in June, July & August. In June I read 13 books, in July I read 12, and in August I read 12 (though I still have this weekend..) so the total is 37 in case (like me) you can't math. I'm at 111 for the year (woah. that's a lot of books). 
The Blonder Side of Life

So why should books should be one of the 7 deadly sins? Actually, I think the 7 deadly sins should just be renamed 'feelings about books' or 'symptoms of being a book lover'.

  1. extreme anger (chiefly used for humorous or rhetorical effect).

How it relates to books: You have never known wrath until you have read allegiant a book with a horrible ending, am I right?

  1. intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.

How it relates to books: Give me all the books, and then give me some more. I have over 200 books on my kindle waiting to be read, and about 100 physical books around the house that also need to be read, but if I go into a bookstore / goodreads / amazon, suddenly I need all the books.

  1. reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness.

How it relates to books: Any book lover knows what it's like to 'waste' a day (or five) away by reading, but it's not wasted is it? Course not. Also, choosing reading over doing something productive (but reading is productive! Right?) could be considered sloth like as well.

  1. a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

How it relates to books: Us book lovers are proud to be so, am I right? It is the reason we recommend books, defend them and choose them. 

  1. very strong sexual desire.

How it relates to books: 50 Shades is popular for a reason, just saying.

  1. a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck.

How it relates to books: Envious of a character's life, chances and choices, or envious of the fact that someone else was approved / sent an ARC that you were denied.. envious of other people's fancy bookshelves, sigh. and yes, this includes the Beauty & the Beast library.

  1. habitual greed or excess in eating.

How it relates to books: Actually, this might be the only one I can't justify because there is no such thing as an excess when it comes to reading! Like too many books is a thing?! I don't think so.

ps. this post is a joke. If you are religious, I do apologise if it offends you. 

Okay, so am I alone here or do other book lovers feel the same?