Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ahsoka

Ahsoka (Star Wars)From Goodreads   Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance .









My Thoughts:

-    I can usually read any Star Wars book in any order, and I know what time frame I'm in, who the characters are, and what has happened and will happen. This book was different. It takes place between The Clone Wars and Rebels. I love Ahsoka, but I don't know much about her. I'm on on Season 3 in The Clone Wars. I wish I had finished the TV series before picking this up. I was too excited to read about Ahsoka though. I have SO many questions now!!

-    This was a really fun book, and Ahsoka is swiftly becoming one of my favorite Star Wars characters. She is awesome! There are very few characters from this time period that I like, but Ahsoka is snarky, talented, and has a fun story. 

-    I kept wondering why Anakin's nickname for Ahsoka is Snips, but this book helped me find out! Yay! It is because she has snippy remarks. I love that!

-    I love learning more about the Star Wars Universe, and I learned several things from this book. I learned more about kyber crystals and how Jedi construct their lightsabers. It was really cool! 

-    While this book answered a lot of questions, I gained several more. I don't know if there will ever be an end to my Star Wars questions. There is SO much content!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I No Longer Want to Read

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Top Ten Books I've Decided I'm No Longer Interested in Reading

This is tricky because I usually delete these off my TBR list and forget about them.

There's Someone Inside Your House Making the Team (Case File 13, #2)
Wednesdays in the Tower (Castle Glower, #2) Go Set a Watchman
Looking for Alaska Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
The Truth About Forever Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4) Once Was Lost

Monday, February 19, 2018

Tales from Silver Lands

Tales from Silver LandsFrom Goodreads:    Atmospheric woodcuts illustrate this Newbery Award–winning collection of 19 South American folktales. Charles J. Finger heard the tales firsthand from native storytellers, whose fables of talking animals, witches, giants, and ordinary people in supernatural settings provide remarkable insights into regional values and culture.

The first of the stories, "A Tale of Three Tails," tells of an age when the rat had a tail like a horse, the rabbit had a tail like a cat, and the deer's tail was plumed like the tail of a dog. "The Magic Dog" recounts an act of kindness to a stray animal that helps overcome a witch's curse. In "The Calabash Man," the creatures of the jungle assist a suitor in winning his bride, and in "El Enano," a greedy troll's insatiable appetite leads to his downfall. Packed with adventure and full of surprises, these and other stories emphasize the importance of hard work, courage, and loyalty.

My Thoughts:

-    This was SO boring!! I had a hard time getting through this one. 

-    The folk tales are stories withing stories within stories. It was weird, and there was no point to these stories. 

-    This was the best book they could come up with for the Newbery Award? Ugh!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Anne of Green Gables Read Along


Hey friends! It has been a while since we've hosted a read along. The wait is over!
Jenni has never read Anne of Green Gables, and we are going to fix that!

Schedule

Chapters 1-13: March 1-11
Chapters 14-26: March 12-22
Chapters 27-38: March 23-31

Discussion Posts

March 11 on Suey's Blog
March 22 on My Blog
March 31 on Jenni's Blog

Twitter

We will be having twitter chats! They will be announced later.
Please use #GreenGablesRAL for all your thoughts, questions, comments, Gilbert swooning, etc.

Movie Night

Yes, we will be watching the Anne of Green Gables miniseries after the read along!
More on this later!

We kick off on March 1! If interested, please sign up and tell your friends.







Thursday, February 15, 2018

How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon, #1)Goodreads Says:    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as "the Dragon Whisperer"...but it wasn't always so. Travel back to the days when the mighty warrior was just a boy, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans. Can Hiccup capture a dragon and train it without being torn limb from limb? Join the adventure as the small boy finds a better way to train his dragon and become a hero!










My Thoughts:

-    This is one of those very rare occurrences when I like the movie better than the book. In this case, the movie is WAY better, in EVERY way.

-    The story and characters were a bit bland, and I felt like I was supposed find humor in a lot of the book, but I didn't.

-    Movie Toothless is so awesome, and book Toothless is SO different. He is such a snob, and I just couldn't come to grips with that this was the character awesome Toothless was created from. 
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-    This book was made for younger people, and it was too young for me. I should have read this with Gnome. I'm sure the target audience will appreciate this book more than I did.

-    I recently found out that David Tennant does the audiobook!! I completely missed out on a fun experience. I wasn't going to finish the series after I read this, but now I'm rethinking my decision. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy "Crap I Forgot" Day!

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I've often been told that I'm the dude in my marriage.
Here is an example of why:

I always forget Valentine's Day and our Anniversary. Yup, my hubby has to remind me, a lot.
He always asks what I want to do for Valentine's Day, and I usually respond with something like, "Is that coming up again!?" Ya, I usually just blow it off to worry about later. Then hubby will say something like, "Are we exchanging gifts?" To which I will usually reply, "I don't care." This is not a trap for my husband, I really don't care. The last couple of years, hubby has been telling me that he got something for me for Valentine's Day, so he doesn't even ask, he just buys me something. I really don't deserve him. So I am usually scrambling on Valentine's Day trying to figure out what to buy him before he gets home from work. I'm pathetic, I know. I did better this year though, I bought his gift yesterday! Ha!

Hubby also wants to go out for a romantic date on Valentine's, and I really don't. He wants to get a sitter and go to dinner somewhere nice, and I say, "Why can't the girls come?" So we always go out to eat somewhere fun for Valentine's, but our whole family goes because, I love my kids and I don't get why they can't come too. Hubby always reminds me that when they come, it isn't a date, but whatever.

Happy Valentine's Day!
I hope your Valentine is nicer than me. I should really try harder, maybe next year.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Love Freebie

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Top Ten Book Romances

This one is a love freebie, and I'm going with my favorite romances in books. These not only include some of my favorite couples, but I love the way they fell in love as well.

468274 Poison Study (Study, #1)
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) Emma
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
10445208 Dark Disciple (Star Wars)
Sean Griswold's Head 30753645

Monday, February 12, 2018

Snow White: A Graphic Novel

Snow White: A Graphic NovelGoodreads Synopsis:    Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan.

The scene: New York City, 1928. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words "Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL." In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil.

My Thoughts:

-    This book went by SO fast, but I really enjoyed it.

-    There is very little dialogue, but the artist puts a lot into the illustrations. 

-    This is the classic tale, but set in the 1920s. It was awesome. I wish there had been a little bit of a twist to the story.

-    I picked this one up on a whim, and I'm really glad I did. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Nightmare Moon

Today is Gnome's birthday, so I decided to showcase her favorite show and her favorite pony.

I was really happy with the variety I found. There are so many art styles and mediums. There were also some disturbing and weird things out there, some bronies need serious help.
















All the artwork is linked. If you'd like to express appreciation to the artist, please do so!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Ready Player One

12600138From Goodreads:    In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.






My Thoughts:

-    I have very mixed feelings about this one. I loved the story and the world created, but the author really pissed me off.

-    My friends warned me about the info dumping, but it was more like info up chucking. The author must think all his readers are complete morons because he has to explain EVERYTHING! I don't really care how such and such game works or who was in what movie and what it was about!! I already know what things were popular in the '80s because they were POPULAR!! Just mention the freakin' movie/game/song and move on!! Most of your readers are going to know these things!

-    The other thing that pissed me off was the author felt like he needed to add his two cents on certain topics. I DON'T FREAKIN' CARE WHAT YOUR OPINION ON RELIGION AND MASTURBATING ARE YOU ARROGANT S.O.B.!! WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE STORY!?!?!? NO ONE CARES!!!

-    On a more positive note, the story (when he finally gets around to it) is very addicting and fun. I couldn't stop reading. I had to know what was going to happen.

-    I didn't care for the MC too much. I thought he was lame, but I loved the other characters. They were awesome!

-    I love that this book is an ode to the '80s. It was an awesome decade!

-    The world building is awesome! I loved the OASIS. It reminded me a lot of World of Warcraft. It was like WoW on steroids. 

-    I'm excited for the movie, and I hope they do a good job with it. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Dark Disciple

23277298Goodreads Synopsis:    Based on unproduced scripts from the blockbuster TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars!

The only way to bring down the dark side's most dangerous warrior may be for Jedi and Sith to join forces.

In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force's power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku's side still runs deep, Ventress's hatred for her former master runs deeper. She's more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos's quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don't compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior's spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.

My Thoughts:

-    This book was so awesome! I almost gave it 5 stars, but a small part in the book held me back. 4.5 stars though!

-    I probably should have finished watching Clone Wars before I read this, but oh well. It was still amazing! Now I'm even more excited to see what happens in Clone Wars.

-    This story was SO gut wrenching. I was on edge the whole time. I didn't know who to trust or what was going to happen. It was a nail biting journey.

-    Asajj Ventress is one of my new favorite Star Wars characters. I love redemption stories, and her story is one of the best!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My TBR the Longest

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Top Ten Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest

These have been on my TBR since 2012. I'll get around to them eventually!

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Is he EVER going to finish writing this!?!?!?

11410430 7728889
3993839 12954620
13324841 14805480
10551947 20256570
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