Monday, September 16, 2019


My Overall Thoughts:

-    I played, nay, conquered Pikmin 2 and 3. I've played them both several times through, but I've never picked up the very first Pikmin game. After watching Arlo play through, I had a major itch to play Pikmin. Luckily our friend had a copy, and I was able to play. 

-    You can tell it is an older game, but it holds up alright.

My Thoughts on Game Play:

-    The story is fun, and Pikmin 2 picks up the story perfectly. Olimar crashes on a planet, and he needs to repair his ship by collecting all his ship parts. The catch is you only have 30 days to collect all the parts. Some of these parts aren't necessary, but it isn't hard to collect all 30. 

-    At first I thought the 30 days would be hard to beat, but it wasn't. I was playing pretty casually, and I was able to collect 1-3 parts a day. I had plenty of days left over when I finished.

-  There are no extra pikmin in this one. There are just the standard red, yellow, and blue pikmin. I loved how quickly I was able to collect all three. 

My Thoughts on Control:

-    I will admit that I didn't pick up the first Pikmin game because I was afraid the controls weren't going to be as good as 2 and 3. It wasn't too bad. The pikmin were a little dumber, but it was okay. For instance, when you throw a pikmin on a pellet, it doesn't automatically take the pellet back to the onion, you have to throw another pikmin to pick it up. Also, when going over a bridge, some of the pikmin fall off the sides. The pikmin controls just weren't as intuitive as 2 and 3. After I got used to it though, it was fine. I was still able to thoroughly enjoy the game.

-    It was fun picking up that gamecube controller again. I loved it! It is my favorite Nintendo controller. I was so excited to have that c-stick again! Being able to move my little army around me and run them into things with the c-stick was pure joy.

-    Sometimes the camera was in an awkward position and it took me a few tries to get it where I wanted, but for the most part, the camera controls were great.

My Thoughts on Graphics:

-    The graphics are older, but I think they still look great. Pikmin has great environments and characters. If they ever remaster this for Nintendo Switch, it wouldn't take much. They would need to up the graphics to HD and fix some of the lighting. I know that is a big job, and it will take a while, but I don't think anything would need to be re-rendered or re-created. I would LOVE for Pikmin 1 and 2 to be remastered!!! 

My Thoughts on Sound:

-    The music was good ole Pikmin music. It is very soothing and fun. I enjoyed it. I think the music is broken in places though. Sometimes when I was just walking around, the boss/baddie music would just start playing, and I'd look around, but nothing was there. It weirded me out.

-    The Pikmin don't sing as they walk like they do in Pikmin 2. I missed that.

Friday, September 13, 2019


I'm a gamer. I love video games. I have a lot of fond memories of playing them with my family, my husband, and now I play them with my kids. Well, I haven't played for a while because I can only juggle so many things at once, and my down time was consumed with reading and knitting/crocheting. Lately, I have been playing a ton, and my reading and knitting are suffering for it. It is all because of Arlo.
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My husband discovered Arlo's YouTube channel a while ago, and he will talk about him occasionally, but I never really watched Arlo myself, until now! One day, not so long ago, I decided to watch Arlo's review of a game I was interested in, and now I am SO hooked. I love Arlo. I watch Arlo videos every day now, and I want to talk about him all the time. I have to admit, I'm even a bit Arlo brainwashed. If Arlo likes it, I want to play it. If Arlo tells me to get on Twitter and tweet about remastering Thousand Year Door, I will go and do! 

Why do I love Arlo so much?

-  I feel like we are kindred spirits. He loves animals and Pikmin, and he is blue.

-  He is an all around nice guy. 

-  He isn't another game reviewer who just swears and rants about video games, just to swear and rant about video games. 

-  Arlo always finds good things to say about something, and when he has a criticism, he always mentions how it could be better. 

-  He is happy just stating his opinion and hearing about other's opinions. He doesn't think his opinion is law or truth or a commandment, it is just his opinion.

-  When he doesn't like something, he can usually see how someone else might like it.

-  He randomly breaks out into song!!! I love this!

-  He is clever and funny. 

-  He knows who is audience is, and he caters to that. 

-  He tells me how awesome, fantastic, and beautiful I am and sends me his love every day.

-  He does his research, is very knowledgeable, and has a passion for what he does, and that passion is contagious. 

If you love video games, and if you love Nintendo, please go check out Arlo. He is awesome! I just love him!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

August Stats

Books Read: 21
The Iliad Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2) Cheshire Crossing
Inferno: Special Illustrated Edition (Robert Langdon, #4) Johnny Tremain The Dark Between Stars
Britt-Marie Was Here Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea Calling on Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #3)
Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby, #3) Can You Keep a Secret? Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart
Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1) Manga Classics: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Life of Pi
Rabbit Hill Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy, #2) Smile
Sisters Charlotte's Web Glitter (Glitter #1)

Pages Read:  6,115

1 Star:  2
2 Stars:  1
3 Stars:  9
4 Stars:  4
5 Stars:  5

I read the same number of books in August and July. That is pretty cool. My page count is higher for August though. Woohoo! I'm trying to be more dedicated to my goals, and I think it showed. Hopefully I can keep up the pace and momentum for the rest of the year.

Goal Progress:

I am only 13 books behind on my Goodreads goal! I'm catching up, so hopefully I'll be on track soon. (94/160)

4 of the books I read last month were from my nightstand. Huzzah! I made a small dent to my nightstand stack.

I read 2 Newbery books! Yay! (6/20)

I re-read 4 books from my shelves! Also yay! (10/20)

I finished 6 books from the Pioneer Book Reading Challenge. I'm getting closer to finishing. (27/44)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Bout of Books 26 Progress

Bout of Books

Day 1
August 19

Books Read:  0
Pages Read:  290
Total Books Read:  0
Total Pages Read:  290
My Thoughts:    I didn't read as much as I wanted to, and I abandoned one of the books in my line up. 

Day 2
August 20

Books Read:  1
Manga Classics: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Pages Read:  124
Total Books Read:  1
Total Pages Read:  414
My Thoughts:    Again, didn't read as much as I wanted to, but I finished a book. Hopefully day 3 is better.

Day 3
August 21

Books Read:  1

Life of Pi
Pages Read:  427
Total Books Read:  2
Total Pages Read:  841
My Thoughts:    I had a great day for reading! I'm hoping to finish another book on day 4.

Day 4
August 22

Books Read:  1

Rabbit Hill
Pages Read:  212
Total Books Read:  3
Total Pages Read:  1,053
My Thoughts:    One thousand pages in a week is pretty good. I'm really happy with my progress for this read-a-thon.

Day 5
August 23

Books Read:  0

Pages Read:  9
Total Books Read:  3
Total Pages Read:  1,062
My Thoughts:    Well, that was an embarrassing/sad reading day.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Bout of Books 26 Goals

Bout of Books

It is time!
Here is my book line up:

The Dire King (Jackaby, #4) Life of Pi
Manga Classics: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Rabbit Hill

Good luck everyone! Happy reading!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Bout of Books 26 Sign Up

It is time for Bout of Books again!
I haven't participated for a while.

Bout of Books Blurb:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I really enjoy this read-a-thon because it is low pressure, and you just read when you can.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Adam of the Road

Goodreads Synopsis:  Awarded the John Newbery Medal as "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children" in the year of its publication. "A road's a kind of holy thing," said Roger the Minstrel to his son, Adam. "That's why it's a good work to keep a road in repair, like giving alms to the poor or tending the sick. It's open to the sun and wind and rain. It brings all kinds of people and all parts of England together. And it's home to a minstrel, even though he may happen to be sleeping in a castle." And Adam, though only eleven, was to remember his father's words when his beloved dog, Nick, was stolen and Roger had disappeared and he found himself traveling alone along these same great roads, searching the fairs and market towns for his father and his dog. Here is a story of thirteenth-century England, so absorbing and lively that for all its authenticity it scarcely seems "historical." Although crammed with odd facts and lore about that time when "longen folke to goon on pilgrimages," its scraps of song and hymn and jongleur's tale of the period seem as newminted and fresh as the day they were devised, and Adam is a real boy inside his gay striped surcoat.

My Thoughts:

-    I started reading Newbery books again! Yay me! I was in the middle of this one when my brother died, so I wasn't sure if I was going to pick it up again, but I did, and I finished.

-    This was a little more enjoyable that previous Newbery books. I liked that characters a lot, and I thought the story was good. 

-    The writing was a little boring, and there were a lot of slow parts in the story.

-    I really liked Adam and his determination to be a good minstrel. I liked his journey and the people he met along the way.

-    Roger was a little weird.

-    I'm a sucker for books with dogs, and I loved Nick.

-    I probably wouldn't read this again, but it was alright. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Reverse Readathon

I participated in Dewey's 24 Hour Reverse Readathon last week. It was a lot of fun.

Readathon Progress:

Hour 1 - 6:00 PM
Pages Read:  55 (Beastly Bones)
Books Read:  0
Total Pages Read:  55
Total Books Read:  0

Hour 2 - 7:00 PM
Pages Read:  59 (Beastly Bones)
Books Read:  0
Total Pages Read:  114
Total Books Read:  0

Hour 3 - 8:00 PM
Pages Read:  137 (The Iliad)
Books Read:  0
Total Pages Read:  251
Total Books Read:  0

Hour 4 - 9:00 PM
Pages Read:  114 (The Iliad)
Books Read:  1
Total Pages Read:  365
Total Books Read:  1
The Iliad

Hour 5 - 10:00 PM
Pages Read:  59 (Beastly Bones)
Books Read:  0
Total Pages Read:  424
Total Books Read:  1

Hour 6 - 11:00 PM
Pages Read:  59 (Beastly Bones)
Books Read:  0
Total Pages Read:  483
Total Books Read:  1

Hour 7 - 12:00 AM
Went to Bed

Hour 16 - 9:00 AM
Pages Read:  63 (Beastly Bones)
Books Read:  1
Total Pages Read:  546
Total Books Read:  2
Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)

Hour 17 - 10:00 AM
Pages Read:  45 (Johnny Tremain)
Books Read:  0
Total Pages Read:  591
Total Books Read:  2

Hour 18 - 11:00 AM
Pages Read:  51 (Johnny Tremain)
Books Read:  0
Total Pages Read:  642
Total Books Read:  2

Hour 19 - 12:00 PM
Lunch Break

Hour 20 - 1:00 PM
Pages Read:  42 (Chesire Crossing)
Books Read:  0
Total Pages Read:  684
Total Books Read:  2

Hour 21 - 2:00 PM
Pages Read:  66 (Chesire Crossing)
Books Read:  0
Total Pages Read:  750
Total Books Read:  2

Hour 22 - 3:00 PM
Pages Read:  48 (Chesire Crossing & Johnny Tremain)
Books Read:  1
Total Pages Read:  798
Total Books Read:  3
Cheshire Crossing

Hour 23 - 4:00 PM
Pages Read:  44 (Johnny Tremain)
Books Read:  0
Total Pages Read:  842
Total Books Read:  3

Hour 24 - 5:00 PM
Pages Read:  52 (Johnny Tremain)
Books Read:  0
Total Pages Read:  894
Total Books Read:  3

I had a great readathon. I wish I could have finished Johnny Tremain. I was really close to finishing it. It was fun to sit and read with friends, and I look forward to the next readathon in October. Thanks Dewey!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

July Stats

Books Read:  21

Skin and Other Stories The Pumpkin War Brown Girl Dreaming
1154176 The Sleeper and the Spindle
A Small Zombie Problem Wonder The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #1) Jackaby (Jackaby, #1) Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter
The Hollow City Star Wars (2015-) #62 Star Wars (2015-) #63
Star Wars (2015-) #64 Star Wars (2015-) #65 Star Wars (2015-) #66
Star Wars (2015-) #67 Adam of the Road Searching for Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #2)
Waiting for Tom Hanks (Waiting for Tom Hanks, #1)

Pages Read:  4,308

1 Star:  0
2 Stars:  4
3 Stars:  7
4 Stars:  6
5 Stars:  4

I had a killer July! Woo! I've been reading a lot on my own and with Gnome. We really got our summer reading groove on. I'm participating in the Reverse Read-a-Thon this weekend, so hopefully I'll get a few books finished. I don't know if I'll have numbers like this again, but I'll try.

Goal Progress:

I am 20 books behind on my Goodreads goal, which is better than last month. I'm slowly catching up. (73/160)

I read 9 books off my nightstand. I wish the stack was smaller, but I added some books from Book Swap. 

I finished a Newbery Award Book. I'm proud of myself for starting those again. (4/20)

I re-read 5 books! (6/20)

I only finished 2 books for the Pioneer Book Reading Challenge. I need to focus on these books a little more. (20/44)