Friday, April 24, 2015

My Favorite Things ~ Week 5





Welcome back to week 5 of my favorite things. Seriously every time I type that I swear the song from The Sound Of Music goes through my head. Maybe I should make that one of my favorites in music one week. You know just for shits and giggles. 

Or not...

Moving on to our first topic which is the NERD topic: 

Couple of things going on this week in the nerdsphere or nerdsphere in my world. So close enough. Discovered a new podcast which is always earth shattering for me. It's called Out of the Blue with David Blue not sure if you are familiar with him or not. 

Some of you may or may not know I am a semi quasi kind of nerd when it comes to Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG1 well David Blue was in the spin off of the spin off called Stargate Universe. Which sadly only was on for I think 2 seasons possibly 3 and I never got into it (throw your stones later) needless to say he is coming to our annual Stargate convention held in Chicago so I will get to meet him later this year in August. So whilst looking him up. I discovered he does his own podcast called Out of the Blue. Which was really cool cause 1) he actually has guest that come on and talk to him and PS if you would like to join me I would be happy to have you *hint hint wink wink* shot me an email 2) he's famous y'all . You can subscribe on Itunes or head over here to the actual web link. 

In other nerd related news which I am confident most of you already know about they released yet another trailer for the Star Wars movie coming out. (the podcast has more of a rant about teaser trailers and how they annoy me)


Which from what I gather everyone is all a twitter about the whole Harrison Ford scene at the end of the teaser where he says "Chewie we're home" and the crowd goes wild. Now I know we are throwing stones from the above nerd news so let's go ahead and pick up the boulders cause here's a big 'em for ya. I don't like Star Wars *ducks* look I never got into it but I promised a friend (here we go again with these damn challenges yo) that I would at least give them another go to see if I could "grow into the or let them grow on me" before Christmas. We shall see any who all your Star Wars nuts go at it and have a blast!

Moving on to the PROJECTS (and not the kind you live in although I've been there done that)

This week I started The 100 Day Project or was that last week? Must have been last week because I am on day 11 so last week I started this project (man being a week off is killing me) basically we were challenged (again with a challenge I can't pass it up it's like crack man crack I tell ya) to pick something to do for 100 days


 Basically what would you do for 100 days of making. I chose to do 100 days of letters to me. Letters to encourage me, lift me up or just keep it real to myself. Thus far it has been interesting. I have done letters that have ranged from sweet and simple to, hopes and dreams, and loving the moment that I'm in. Eventually the goal will be to hit harder topics such as always pleasing people, and being more confident etc. needless to say this has been a fantastic and fun idea. Granted I'm only day 11 in and while it has been fun I admit that by Day 8 remembering to do it was a drag and I had to push through with so many other obligations weighing at me. Yet when I finally sat down to write the letter I found some comfort and peace doing it. Also I can't wait to go back when I'm done and re-read all these letters. 

You can follow my progress on my Instagram it is a private setting so just add I also post it on Twitter

TV SHOWS/MOVIES
Well good news or bad news your pick:
Still working on


Death in Paradise still loving it and really really enjoying it after a stressful day at work and let me tell you this week has been a literal week from hell. No movies this week. However I am hoping to do a comparison to:



The book and movie to see how I liked them since I finally finished the book and I would like to do the same eventually with The Imitation Game but that is a very long book and we know how long it took to read a much smaller book so we shall see what comes of it. 

This is a nice transition into BOOKS

Although I enjoyed Ender's Game I don't think it will be a keeper for me. That being said I will be keeping 

This is hands down one of my all time favorite series the Harry Dresden Series by Jim Butcher I have read every single one of his books at least once if not 4 or 5 times. I am now going back and listening to them all on audio book format just to get more information from them. This particular book is one of my favorites because it introduces us to the world and to our main character Harry Dresden Storm Front is rough around the edges but is the only spot to jump off in when starting this series. So much hinges on this book and so much of the world Mr. Butcher continues to create and build starts from this story and grows further and further from here. You can check out my review here and see other reviews linked up from the series as well. I highly recommend this series to anyone interested in wizards, fairies, magic, vampires, werewolves, ghost, angels, demons, and mysteries.

I know I know we skipped MUSIC 

this week I am going to suggest a country song (shocking I know but I just can't get it out of my head) and a Bollywood song b/c hey I love me some Bollywood. Let's start with the country

This is I See You by Luke Bryant it is not the Official Music Video but it does have lyrics so enjoy


Alright this is Badtameez Dil by Benny Dayal & Shefali Alvaris a song that takes me back to my time in India I hope you enjoy it as much as I did while I was over there. 


Alright last but not least your favorite part or maybe not but it is mine our favorite ACTOR OR ACTRESS and this week's WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER GOES TO:  RUSSELL WONG from Vanishing Son and Joy Luck Club (why no reason other then a friend and I were talking about Vanishing Son the other day and how much we miss that show and wish that show could come back and boom there you go our favorite actor of the week nomination goes to Russell Wong from Vanishing Son clip at the bottom)





Here's your Vanishing Son's Clip for your enjoyment!


Alright boys and girls that's it for this week's favorite things. I would love to hear from you and what your favorite things are. Please feel free to leave a comment on some of your favorite items here below or come over to Twitter and let me know your thoughts. You can also join me on the dark side at Tumblr

Have a great week see ya next time!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review ~ Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

TITLE: Ender's Game 
AUTHOR: Orson Scott Card
COPYRIGHT: 1994
TYPE: young adult/ science fiction
PAGES: 324
SERIES:  yes

REASON FOR READ:
I sadly watched the movie first and thought it was an interesting idea so I wanted to go back and read the book.

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister. 

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
This book took me forever to get through and I am not sure why. It was interesting and at the same time had a lot of technical stuff to wade through. The information about Valentine and Peter while interesting had nothing to do with the main plot in my mind and could have been left out. I actually found those parts easy to skip through and move on. Battle school was the most interesting parts for me and while Command School had some interesting aspects especially the ending (which if you have watched the movie then the twist ending isn't surprising, but alas I won't spoil it for you here) lacked the interesting aspects of Battle School. I think Battle School forced Ender to interact with other children and form attachments or lack of attachments while Command school had no attachments and he was alone for better or worse except for his mentor. 
The ending was a long drawn out affair and left me confused. I liked the twist and I get where the author is going but then he ended up on another planet due to Peter taking over Earth and Valentine going to rule another planet that was a bug planet that he lived on for a long time but yet somehow he is going to help do other things because this is a series (so in a way maybe this is a spoiler review yet not b/c I still don't get the ending). Anyhow be that what it may it wasn't a bad book it just wasn't what I was expecting. I was looking for more action more interaction and maybe a little more grown up things. I think by watching the movie first I came to think of the whole thing as something more condensed then it was which I admit in hindsight was my mistake. That being said was still a good read and one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys space adventures and alien/bug story lines. 

FINAL GRADE: 3 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this story? Yes while not my favorite I could see how others would enjoy it.


Is this a part of a reading challenge?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

W... W... W... ~ #15


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
Hosted by: MizB at Should Be Reading

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently Reading?
I am reading 2 books: 

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

Summary
Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy--cool, calm, emotionless...at least on the surface. Inside, she's fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety, but to the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace.

DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard's rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian's agenda. But charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules...


And: 
The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey 

Summary:While attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, Dr. Warthrop is asked by his former fiancé to rescue her husband from the Wendigo, a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh, and which has snatched him in the Canadian wilderness. Although Warthrop also considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and rescues her husband from death and starvation, and then sees the man transform into a Wendigo.

Can the doctor and Will Henry hunt down the ultimate predator, who, like the legendary vampire, is neither living nor dead, whose hunger for human flesh is never satisfied?


What did you recently finish reading?

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Summary: In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister. 

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.


What do you think you’ll read next?
Birth Marked by Caragh M O'Brien 

Summary
In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother's footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be "advanced" into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday Smoozeday


Watching: Death in Paradise and a Psych marathon re-watch for some reason

Reading: The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey and Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh

Listening to: David Blue's Out of the Blue Podcast music wise I am listening to: I See You by Luke Bryant

Wearing: Sweat pants, hat, tee shirt

Lusting after: The Supernatural Funko Pop characters all of them (even the FBI ones) sigh when will I learn not to buy into the latest craze

Weather: It is sunny oh my heaven's it's sunny for once!!!

Drinking: flavored water

Eating: Lifesavers Cherry Hard candy

Feeling: overwhelmed and under appreciated

Thinking: about all the crap I have to do for work and how it's not going to happen so how I need to come up with some really good excuses or a sick day

Wondering: What a person has to do to get a coke around here that taste like a coke (stupid medication)

Side Note: When is my vacation time?! I could use it now please (no I couldn't I have no money so never mind)

Monday, April 20, 2015

I finished a book y'all and much more!


Man it's been awhile sort of since I've updated y'all on my life and seeing how we are getting close to the end of the month (Can you freaking believe it's almost May?!?!) I thought I'd do a quick little update just to, you know, let you know I'm still alive and kicking.

So as the title suggested I finished a book! Shocking I know! Review should be up tomorrow pending all goes well.

I've started 2 new ones and pending all goes well should finish by the end of the weekish or beginning of next week!

Still managing to do the Favorites weekly which is rocking hopefully a little longer each episode. The ideal is to eventually get to 30 minutes a podcast, but to be quite honest that's a long time for a gal to talk by herself so if anyone is interested in helping a girl out I'd appreciate it.

I have a movie review to post that will probably go up on Saturday cause I'm running behind per usual...

I am going to stick with keeping up with my Tuesday Smoozedays and my WWW cause hey those are no brainers and well just fun to do along with Friday Favorites.

Otherwise that's about all with me at this moment.

Anything new, interesting, or rather boring happening in your life? I have some vacations coming up so I'm excited about that May is going to be a little bit busy but hey we do what we can do and we just keep on keeping on. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

My Favorite Things ~ Week 4



Welcome back to Week 4 of my favorite things. This week we are going to talk about the top favorite things I have in Nerd, Project/Personal, TV show, Movies, Music, Actor/Actress and (I added a new category b/c hey this is a reading blog) Books. Thanks for joining me this week and I look forward to hearing what you think of my top favorite things this week and what you think should have been on the list.

Let's start it off in the Nerd department:


So this released this week on Netflix and a collective gasp was heard world wide. Lots of people wasted entire days, weekends and work days watching it, re-watching it and well attempting to catch up on it. Meanwhile this girl managed to watch the first episode so YEAH this girl!!!

Also this:


I just laughed way too hard at this episode mainly this 3 minutes during the episode

In Personal/Projects:
It's spring which to some that means cleaning but to this girl that means magazine clean out and cut out and organize out time. If that even makes a lick of sense. Needless to say I get a lot of magazines I mean we are talking like 8 or 9 a month lot... so I need a way to look through keep what I want and discard the rest


This lovely website has helped with that problem I am happy to say (check it out here) I will do a separate post on how I do late I promise, pinky swear, sort of...

TV Shows AKA my life blood or Movies
So this week I started 2 new TV shows (THANK YOU NETFLIX for making sure I never have a social life) and finally got around to watching a movie.

First up I started:

I picked this one b/c mom and I love some BBC and well come on it looks like good fun something the whole family can watch.

Then as if one wasn't enough I needed some guilty pleasure to sneak around with so I started this:


I swear it is like PLL and Gossip Girl all wrapped up in a royal package that is full of so many historical inaccuracies I am accurately not bothered by it. That in itself says a lot.  Is it good? NO but man it feels the guilty pleasure quota right up there!

I also managed to get around to watching:


I won't go into details here b/c I plan to do a full report later this week!

Now onto some music that really touched my soul this week or rather my Ipod found itself listening to a lot
Gran Torino by Jamie Cullum (love the movie and love the song)


Hold Me by St. Lola In the Fields


Yes I was introduced to this band due to PLL (I admit a lot of my music came from that show so if you hate the show you at least were introduced to some excellent music). Enjoy

Books: this is a new section I wanted to add because I mean come on this is a book blog isn't it?! And what is a book blog without a favorite book. Now keep in mind it is a rare week when I have read more than one book in that week so I might throw in some of my favorite previously read books like this week where I will talk about the


The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey a great YA series that you can see my review of here I am starting the second book this week! (see what I did there?) Anyway I thought the first one was so good I ran out and ordered the second from Amazon and now I am ready to read it. I will post that review at some point I swear!

Okay lastly I know it is your favorite section Actor/Actresses!!!

And this week I decided to focus on Benedict Cumberbatch because hey The Imitation Game was good enough I thought Benny needed some love! Want to see him as DBofTW go here  hope you enjoy!






Alright boys and girls that's it for this week's favorite things. I would love to hear from you and what your favorite things are. Please feel free to leave a comment on some of your favorite items here below or come over to Twitter and let me know your thoughts. You can also join me on the dark side at Tumblr

Have a great week see ya next time!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday Smoozeday


Watching: Still working on Death in Paradise and Reign (feeling guilty watching Reign but dang I love it)

Reading:  gosh still reading Ender's Game (although to be honest haven't touched it in a month) and Uglies

Listening to:  Lindsey Sterling's Album Shatter Me (got tickets to her concert for my Bestie's graduation gift and trying to brush up on her music)

Wearing: My pj's still don't see clients til later this afternoon

Lusting After: a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes I desperately want but will never be able to buy until I marry my Babby Daddy Chris Evans whom I am also lusting after

Needing: see above and to exercise to get the above situation

Weather: cloudy to be quite frank I feel as if I am living in Seattle or London it's bloody getting old with all the clouds and no sun

Drinking: stupid tea with water on the side thanks to the new meds not allowing me carbonated beverages.

Eating: toast

Feeling: ugh I am ready for the weekend and yet not wanting to move from this spot b/c that means I actually with have to do something. So for the sake of an argument let's say I'm feeling lazy.

Thinking: that I have got to improve my attitude or I am not going to last much longer in this job or profession let alone in life.

Wondering: Where the heck I put my shoes and cell phone from last night.

Side personal note: Still deciding on the topic of  #The100DayProject thinking it is going to be journaling either in art or written form with a version of Biblical topics thrown in.