Monday Morning Check-In: Return to Normalcy

Sigh.  I’ve survived!  I made it through a busy two weeks and come out of it mentally and emotionally intact.  A little tired but that is to be expected.  Husband and I spent the weekend at our alma mater’s homecoming and had an amazing time.  No reading has been done in October so it might be a pretty light month for reviews.  I need to start thinking of chores to get ready for winter but for this week I’m going to take some me time which will mean getting back into my reading grove as my request books are starting to stack up.  Not the end of the world but I should probably stop putting in new requests….  Going to keep this post short and sweet so I can hopefully get a book finished up this afternoon.

Have a great week everyone!  Happy reading.

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Monday Morning Check-In: To Sell Out Or Not

Good Monday morning everyone!  Not a lot of reading going on in my life lately.  I’ve been working at the library for six days straight as my boss has gone on vacation.  On my days off I am using every spare moment to clean the house in prep for a guest later this week.  Now I know my friend doesn’t give a crap about the state of our house but it is her first visit and she is staying the night so we have initiated a friend-first-visit-overnight-stay level of cleaning.  Basically, we will pick up everything, finish up some projects, vacuum, dust, mow the lawn, sanitize the bathroom and do a ton of laundry.  No cleaning closets or organizing cupboards. If she comes to visit again I will probably leave the house as is.  Hey, it’s a home, not a museum but it is always nice to make good first impression.  The plus side is that I was able to wake up to a beautiful looking home that was free from clutter.

Managed to finish everything up just in time for another disappointing episode of Star Trek: Discovery.  I’m almost to the point of hate.  I am so upset over what they have done to this franchise that I love.  I did sign back up and paid $6 to watch the first part of the season but man, after last night’s show if it doesn’t get significantly better I might not sign back up in January to see how things end.  I don’t think this show will last beyond one season.  It is just awful.

Moving on to the topic of my blog title.  Over the weekend I received an email from WordPress on different ways to monetize my blog.  This is not something I ever considered doing before as this is a hobby but I read the letter and I’m actually considering signing up for an Amazon and Book Depository affiliation links.  I know it wouldn’t bring much money, most people who read these reviews have already read the books or are of different reading taste, very rarely do I hear of followers going out and buying the book I just reviewed.  But it could happen.  Also, let me state that I am not going to read and review something for direct compensation from an author or product.  I’m a mood reader and like the blog title, I tend to just Read What I Like.  If I decided to start posting affiliate links to the books that I review it would just be that a link to where you could buy the book I just reviewed in case you wanted a copy for yourself.  I’m torn.  It would be nice to make a little money, perhaps enough to pay for the domain name each year.  Or perhaps I could use the money to hold more giveaways.  Anyway, don’t be shocked if you start seeing links to Amazon and The Book Depository in my book reviews.  I’m very tempted to try this out, feel free to share your thoughts if you do or have done this or if you have strong feeling against book bloggers that do.

Speaking of giveaways.  Last week I started a giveaway for a $25 Amazon e-gift card.  All you need to do to enter is visit this blog post, 1,000 Followers Giveaway!, and comment on how you follow the blog.  There are not that many entries so the odds are pretty good for those still wanting to enter.  You have until Midnight Central Standard Time on Wednesday, October 11.  On the 12th I will post the lucky winner.

Have a great week everyone!  Happy Reading.

Monday Morning Check-In: Busy

Greetings everyone.  Wanted to make sure to get a post up today and let you know that the next two weeks are going to be busy.  We are going to our college’s homecoming in two weeks and the night before a friend from college is going to visit so we can all head down together.  Before we go I have three laundry lists of things that need to be done.  The only problem is that I am working the next seven days as my boss is going on a much-deserved vacation.

So not a lot of reading got done over the weekend because I wanted to get as much cleaning done as I could.  I did manage to get to see the third episode of the new Star Trek: Discovery.  I don’t want to talk about it.  #Disappointed  I canceled my year subscription CBS All Access (which is NOT All Access #NoBigBang).  I looked up how the show will be released and will only be paying for two months subscription during the times that the show airs.  $12 is a far more reasonable price for this Star Trek that is nothing like Star Trek.  After a few more episodes I’ll post an updated review.  So far it isn’t looking good.

Well, I need to go scrape tar paper off my kitchen floor.  Please think about calling your representatives in Congress and the Senate to demand gun reform so perhaps we can prevent more mass shootings.  It is time to demand real reform.

Monday Morning Check-In: New Trek

Good Monday morning everyone!  Well, this was a political weekend…  All kinds of fighting on social media. I must confess I came out and supported those exercising their first amendment right to protest.  Not going to go into it further here.  Anyway, it was another big weekend for me as Sunday was the day that Star Trek returned to TV briefly before being sequestered away online where CBS has decided to solicit money in order to access the show henceforth.  I, of course, coughed up my $$ in order to have access to future episodes, but I would be lying if I didn’t acknowledge that I have mixed feelings about it all.   So today I have decided to sort out my opinions on Star Trek Discovery and CBS’s plan to only offer the show online on my blog.  Because I can.  Warning: if you’ve not seen the show there will be spoilers ahead.

First off I think it should be mentioned for those who don’t know I am a huge Trekkie.  I love everything about Star Trek, the message, the movies, the shows.  I tend to not be too critical of the different interpretations of the franchise as well, for instance, I enjoyed the rebooted movies.  I thought they were great fun and appreciated the nods to the established dogma and the changes made to bring in a new audience.  So I anxiously sat down on Sunday night to see what Star Trek Discovery had to offer me as a lifelong Trekkie.  

The show started off good.  Sure, it felt different but there were pieces of old Trek in there.  The first episode felt more like a movie than one of the tv shows.  Fancier camera angles, which got to be a little annoying and made me a bit dizzy.  I get it, they are in space no need to constantly rotate the screen.  The action was focused on only three main characters and I kept waiting for us to be introduced to the rest of the crew.  Yes, the first TV show was centered around Kirk, Spock, and Bones but at its heart, it is an ensemble show and we got to know the rest of the cast.  I can’t say that we were even told any of the other bridge crew’s names.  I tried to let it go and attempted to figure out other pieces of the show.  I did like the styling of the new show, the set design if you will and the uniforms.  The new show sure looked slick.  First Episode thoughts: We liked it and wanted to see more.

The husband and I decided to subscribe to CBS Access and watch the second episode that was already available for viewing.  Of course, the first episode left off on a cliffhanger and having finished our chores earlier in the day decided to dive right into the next.  This is where I started questioning things.  Both of us were yelling at the characters on the screen and wondering just what the hell was going on.  THIS did NOT feel like Star Trek.  It was way more aggressive than previous incarnations of the show.  With possibly the exception of Deep Space Nine which dealt with the topic of war and the federation, but in that case, there was still plenty of fun to be had.  There was little to no joking on this show it was way too serious for typical Trek.  Up until the end, however, I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt though.  New show, new direction and I had only seen two episodes so far.  It wasn’t until we get the sneak peek at the upcoming episodes that I started questioning my decision to buy the full year subscription to CBS Access…  What they were showing looked nothing like the Star Trek I know and love and I’m not quite sure I want to continue with this series.

I’m torn.  If as a Trekkie I don’t support the new show how will CBS ever justify bringing us new Trek content?  If they don’t make money they will kill the franchise.  BUT as a Trekkie should I support something that feels so bastardized from everything I love about Star Trek simply to save the franchise.  If the show has very little in common with Star Trek beyond the name what is the point?  I’m not sure I like the new look of the Klingons and I don’t like that I have to buy a subscription to watch the show.  And if the main people who are going to be buying access to view this show are Trekkies why the hell would you revamp the series so heavily and alienate the fans?  I’m going to watch the first season, I paid for it already, but I am also going to be judging the show heavily.  I sincerely hope I’m wrong and the series stays in line with Trek of the past.  But I have to say I’m worried that it won’t live up.  That it is going to be much more violent, much darker, and give little hope for the future of humanity.  Roddenberry wanted Star Trek to be an example of what humanity becomes.  Show us what life could be like if we set aside the racism, nationalism, sexism, and are freed from economic suppression of today.  I’m not sure that Star Trek Discovery is going to live up to that legacy.  Episode Two thoughts: Disappointed and worried about the direction of the show.

Monday Morning Check-In: Giveaway update.

Good morning everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Mine was pretty good.  Made some progress on the kitchen floor that we are refinishing and was disappointed to discover that my current audiobook had one hour left on the checkout and I had about 9 hours of listening time left.  Dammit.  So I returned it and put myself back on the bottom of the hold list.  Might give up listening to that one and just read it.  Started the second audiobook and managed to get a bunch of work done but not sure how much of my book I absorbed….

Decided to have a screen-free day last week and managed to get a bunch of progress in my current physical read.  Such a great book!  I won’t say more as I will most likely finish it this afternoon and you can read the review.

I did a post last week about holding a giveaway to celebrate hitting 1,000 followers.  My plan is to hold that next month after I pay my property tax and think up the best way to hold one to include international followers.  So keep an eye out for that in October!  The main requirement will be that you need to be following the blog on either WordPress or Facebook or following me on Instagram or Twitter.   The giveaway will probably be for a $25 Amazon gift certificate or a book worth up to $25 on The Book Depository. Let me know in the comments which you prefer or any other ideas you might have.  I’m not a huge fan of Amazon but feel it might be easiest.

Happy Reading!

Monday Morning Check-In: I’m returning!

Good morning everyone!  I’m returning to normal blogging schedule this month after a month and more off.  I went into the details in another post if you care to read why I’ve been absent.  Not a lot of reading went on this weekend.  Spent Saturday garage sale shopping and Sunday was chore day. I did try to listen to an audiobook that I quickly DNK.  I usually don’t write reviews for books I don’t finish but will usually post a few sentences over on Goodreads if you want to follow me there to see what books I’m giving up on. Been quite a few lately…  I was approved for a recent ARC of the next Charley Davidson series!!!  Now I need to decide if I want to dive into that or read the library book I checked out for the second time.  I also need to finish up The Dark Tower which I have kind of lost interest in.  I looked at the synopsizes and reviews for the next six books and decided I’m not going to reread them. I was not a fan of how the series ended and at this point in my life, I’m not even sure why I’m hanging on to them.  Next time I clean my library they might end up weeded.  Working in a library has made me a bit less nostalgic in regards to my books.  Oh sure, there are some that I want to keep forever but many of them I let them sit for a year or two and then decide I don’t really need to keep them.  I have a feeling it will get to the point where I only keep the ones that have been personalized to me.   That’s okay, makes room for all the new books that I want to read!  Well, that’s all I got today.  I’ve used this time to ice my arm, dealing with a tennis elbow, and now I really need to go let the birds out before there is rioting.  Happy reading!

Monday Morning Check-In: Me Day

Good Monday morning everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  I am coming off of fair week and a late night where we stayed up to try to see the Northern Lights last night.  We gave up because it became apparent that thanks to our yard light and the FS tank yards that is lit up like the surface of the freaken sun there was too much light pollution on our property to see much of anything.

On tap for today is anything I want to do because it is my birthday today.  If I want to nap or play with my birds or read or even do the dishes (because I want to use the sink) or play with my kittens (who are almost a year old) then I am going try to get some reading in and wait for a call from my doctors with blood work results that I had taken on Friday.  If you want to know what that’s all about you can check out my other blog, What I’m Dealing With.

I hope you all have a great week and enjoy this beautiful summer day, even though it is Monday.  Happy Reading!

Monday Morning Check-In: Hello again

Good Monday morning everyone.  What is this?  Am I over my depression?  Is the old Amy back in the swing of things.  Sadly no.  I am feeling a bit better thanks to a relaxing day out across Eastern Iowa but it would be foolish for me to think my depression left so quickly.  I have a doctor’s apt in Iowa City this morning for my first three-month check-up and so I had a little free time where I couldn’t work on a project so I thought I would check in with all you good folks.

On the reading front, I managed to finish a review book about nine days after it released.  There are three other books coming out this month that I need to get my butt in gear and read.  Two of them are due by July 11th.  One of them has an archive date on the 11th so it needs to be started now, but the other has an archive date in August so I’m not as worried about getting that one read by release date.  I have an interesting read by Wesley Snipes the actor from Blade.  It is a vampire urban fantasy book and I’m curious to see how he does.   I also have two audiobooks to listen to, both of them I’m equally excited about so I’m not sure which to start first.

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and the town I grew up in holds one of the best fireworks displays in the state so husband and I will be headed over there early to get a good parking spot.  I requested we go really early this year because it is also the 30th anniversary of my mother’s death and I would like to take flowers to her grave.  After that, we will have several hours of not a whole lot to do but read as we wait for the show.  Despite losing my mother on that day the Fourth of July remains my favorite holiday.  Probably because of all the fond memories I have of the day with her.

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!  Happy Reading ~Amy

Monday Morning Check-In: More not reading…

Good Monday morning everyone.  Another week and weekend passed where I got little to no reading in.  On a side note our property is looking fabulous.  Our flock of birds grew last Friday and I needed to redo the coop yard.  I more than doubled it and put up a higher more secure fence.  Some of the birds are still flying out but the surprise bunny now has a secure place to live where the bunny killing barn cat can’t get to him.

Back to reading.  I’m enjoying my book when I get a few minutes to read and I have started a new audiobook that expires in three days.  I have been leaving my phone in the house while I work because the projects I’m working on could possibly damage the phone.  I might risk that today and throw on some headphones and work in the garden because I don’t think I will be able to renew the title.  So I hope to bring you at least one review this week.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Monday Morning Check-In: I survived…

Good Monday morning everyone I hope you had a great weekend and got in more reading than I did.  Yes, it was another busy weekend with plenty of yard work that has convinced my muscles to revolt and scream in pain when I move.  You see I’m terribly out of shape after my surgery in January and being lazy by nature I haven’t been working to rectify that.  So now that it is nicer weather and growing season has started I find myself exhausted.  We did manage to get in most of the garden and plant some flower beds. We also moved the chickens to their new more secure home.  Good thing too because the raccoon found the porch last night and trashed it, the chickens were living there temporarily.  So, like I said not a lot of reading last weekend.  I’m not into the audiobook I downloaded and I hate to say it but I’m not really digging the latest Scalzi release either.  So disappointed in that one.  I’ll finish it but it just isn’t exciting me.  I’m kind of glad I didn’t buy it.  Well, I have another day of chores on tap so there might not be a lot of reading today either.  I need to mow, run to town, list on eBay, and do some gardening.  Oy, I’m tired already.  Have a great week and happy reading!