Monday Morning Check-In: I have the plague…

Good Monday morning everyone.  Not a lot of reading going on last week, again.  Some week I’m going to log on here and regale you all with all the books I managed to finish in the previous week.  Last week, however, was not a great week for reading.  I had to break my Facebook vacation to seek help after a dog attack on my livestock.  I came home from work to find two dogs chasing one of my llamas.  A Great Pyrenees the size of a small pony, and a young German Sheppard puppy, had killed one of my roosters, run off all my peafowl, and driven one of my llamas through a five-foot solid fence and over a gate into another pasture.  The poor girl was simply terrified and it took 20 minutes to walk her back to her flock after I convinced her to stand up.  I held on to the dogs overnight and turned them over to a rescue group the next day.  The owners have been found and the dogs returned but they have not stopped to offer to pay for the damage their dogs did.  I hope they never come back because next time they come to terrorize my pets my husband is going to shoot them.   The animals have recovered and are all returning to normal behaviors.  It was a traumatizing couple of days.

By the end of the week, I came down with some bug.  Either the flu or a cold all I know is that I feel like crap and it feels like I swallowed broken glass.  Today my plan is to sit on the couch, drink tea, and listen to an audiobook while I work on paperwork or knit.  I have two books to pick from one over 24 hours and the other just under 7.  I might pause the long one and knock out the short one so I feel like I accomplished something reading-wise.

Well, I have probably complained enough.  If you follow the blog on Facebook sorry if you’ve missed some posts.  Apparently, when I blocked the site during my Facebook vacation it severed my cross-posting ability.  I have logged back in and am going to try simply willpower to keep me off FB during my year-long break.  That way you can still have links to my posts.

Happy Reading, Amy

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Monday Morning Check-In: I got nothing.

Good Monday morning everyone.  I tried to think up a clever title but couldn’t think of anything…  Not a lot of reading going on as my husband has time off, he needed to use his vacation days before the end of the year or lose them so he took this week off just to mess with my schedule.  Not really, but it feels like that as he seems to think I do nothing on my days off but lounge around the house waiting for him to make plans.  Sorry, slightly annoyed.  I’ve also started this Whole30 elimination diet which is going pretty good but might be making me a tad sugar-deprived crabby.

I do have a book review coming for you today as I binge listened to my current audiobook before it expired.  I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next two installments in the trilogy that I have already put on hold.  I am also reading a non-fiction title It Starts with Food written by the creators of the Whole30 diet.  Not the typical book I might pick up but I thought since I was doing the program I might as well read all their reasoning behind eliminating all these food groups.  Well, I know why but I have a library card and know how to use it so I thought I might check out the book.

Anyway, I have a review to write and might try to get some reading in before the husband thinks up something for us to do.  Have a great week!  Happy reading.

Monday Morning Check-In: Plugging Along

Good Monday morning everyone.  Managed to get some reading done over the weekend.  Not a lot but I had a lot of alone time and managed to make some progress in my current read.  The bad news is I’m not that excited about it.  I managed to make it about a third of the way through and after a slow start I started to get into it then it took a turn and I’m not sure I’m into it.  I feel like I’ve been searching for something to excite me for an eon and I just can’t find a book or series that speaks to me.

Might be a bit of my current frame of mind or might be that everything I’m picking up is crap.  Anyway, I will try to finish this one and move on to one of the books from the new crop of review titles I requested.  Three non-fiction titles which are unusual for me but one is a self-help book that I’m hoping will help fix the current mood I’m in and the other two are about chickens.

Well, I want to work on tomorrow’s Top Ten Tuesday so I’ll leave this here.  Have a good week!

Happy Reading ~Amy

Monday Morning Check-In: Lots of DNF….

I feel like I’m stuck in another loop of DNFing titles lately.  I just can’t seem to find anything that scratches my reading itch.  Two or three review books didn’t work for me and I decided to not review them.  Then I was so excited to try listening to the first book in the Cat and Bones series by Frost and had to abandon that one pretty quick.  Not that I don’t enjoy the series but the narrator just did not work for me.  Her British accent for Bones was going to ruin the character for me.  Instead of a sexy accent, it came off sounding creepy and pretty fake.  Now I know I could not pull off a foreign accent, with the exception of my husband’s on occasion, so I don’t fault the voice artist for trying I simply didn’t want to have that voice in my head any time I decide to return to the series and its spin-offs.

Busy week as I am working the city elections tomorrow and will not be posting a Top Ten Tuesday.  I need to get laundry, dishes, and everything I need for a 15 hour day tomorrow and I wouldn’t mind getting some reading in today as I have a book talk at work next Monday and I’ve not even started the book yet.  It is only about 180 pages so not a big deal but it would be nice to get it read.  I should be back the following week but not really a topic for me as I don’t have kids.  I have thought up a spin on the topic so I won’t be skipping two weeks in a row.

Well have a great week and don’t forget to vote in your city elections tomorrow.  Depending on where you are it will most likely be a slow day for your poll workers.  Going to vote, even if you have uncontested races, gives them something to do and makes the day go faster for them.

Happy Reading!

Monday Morning Check-In: I have been reading!

Good morning everyone.  It might not look like it due to the lack of reviews but I have been reading.  I’ve decided to make it policy for the blog that ARC reviews get published on the day of their release.  Makes it easier that way as some publishers don’t care and some want you to hold them until the week before and others not until release day.  So if I actually manage to get a book read on time you all won’t see the review until release day.  Next week I have either two or three reviews lined up to go live so keep your eyes open for them.

Not a lot of reading over the weekend.  Managed to dig up some of my potatoes and list some items on eBay as we have not posted anything new there for some time with major cleaning that took part in the beginning of the month. The house looked so nice I decided to try to keep it that way by taking an hour out of each day this weekend to work on tidying up.  While I’m comfortable with a bit of clutter in the house I’m kind of digging this clean home feeling.  Even managed to straighten up a cupboard and weed some dishes on Sunday!  Looks so much nicer.

Well, I need to continue with laundry and practice my Halloween makeup for next week.  I also hope to finish up a novella I started on Friday.  Have a great week, happy reading!

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: 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!