50 Book Challenge

So, I don't know that I will get to 50 by the end of the year, but I still wanted to keep the list going.

15. American Vampire by JR Rain
The one problem with reading $1 ebooks that are entertaining but not necessarily *good* is that they don't stick with you. I honestly don't remember much about this book. Except for one thing. What is with ALL of the vampire novels having Elvis as a character?

16. Incredible by Jason Letts
This is the third book in a trilogy. Here is how they get you with the ebooks. The first one is $1 and the rest in the series are between $3 and $5. Honestly, I am not even sure this was worth the extra couple of bucks, but I bought it and I read it.

17. To Kill A Warlock by HP Mallory
Same old story - vampires, fairies, etc. Not a bad example of the genre but not amazing. Worth a buck, I suppose. All I am really looking for with these books is something quick to read where I can buzz through a couple chapters at night before going to bed and turn off my brain. They serve their purpose.

18. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
19. Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund
But then, I upped my game! A dancingwriter recommended this book because she knows I heart unicorns. And it was AMAZING. I am surprised these books aren't more popular. They are a billion times better than Twilight, definitely on par with, say, The Hunger Games. I really liked it. It is both a harkening back to medieval and older Unicorn Lore (and you can tell she *really* did her homework) and a great modern Young Adult story. It was perfect in every way. Except for one thing...there aren't more. I want a third book. I want to know what else happens. I want more!!!

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50 Book Challenge

9. The Dream Spell by Emma Daniels
Not what I was expecting. It said paranormal romance, not paranormal smut. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good.

10. Inevitable by Jason Letts
When I was looking for other stuff by Amanda Hocking, who does a lot of self publishing, I found this guy. I realise that buying the $1 books means a lot of it is self published and much of that isn't the most polished, but sometimes they are still good stories. I liked this story.

11. Impossible by Jason Letts
I bought the second one right after finishing the first. It ends with a cliff hanger and the next book isn't out yet.

12. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
Just what you expect from a Sookie Stackhouse book

13. Moon Dance by J.R. Rain
A twist on the vampire genre. Another $1 book. Explores some of the things I've often wondered about vampires. I like the take.

14. Vampire Moon by J.R. Rain
I cheat to include this because I am still in the middle of it, but I shoud have it finished by tonight or tomorrow.

I have been on a quick read, simple story kick. Every time I think about reading something a little more intellectual I cringe. Since I was reading George Orwell when most of my friends were reading Sweet Valley High, I'm reverting.

Apr. 14th, 2011

Last year, I tried to do the 50 book challenge and I failed. I blamed the internet. I had actually acquired a iPod Touch last year with the intention of making it easier to read (I use it as a book reader) but it also made it easier to browse the internet...from bed. From anywhere actually. But, this year I've been reading a lot so I wanted to see just how much I had read in the first four months of the year. The cool part about reading on the Kindle for iPhone is that I can have my book with me *everywhere*. So, let me see what I have read so far this year. These are not in any particular order. I am actually

1. When Someone You Love is Wiccan by Carl McColman
Carl is actually a friend of mine. Once had a very public conversion to Catholicism, I think some people forgot that he wrote this book. When I got involved in International Pagan Coming Out Day I thought it might be a good idea to actually *read* this book.

2. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
This is the newest book in his Percy Jackson universe. I really liked it. He is exploring some new mythology along side the Greek for this series.

3. Home For A Spell by Madlyn Alt
I started reading this series last year. It is a quick, entertaining read. Nothing life altering, but a fun story.

4. Beastly by Alex Flinn
When I saw that there was a movie coming out I thought I should read the book. The Beauty and the Beast fairy tale is my favorite. I thought this was an okay story. It is YA fiction, but for some reason (as you'll continue to see) YA has been a go-to genre for me this year.

5. Switched by Amanda Hocking
I discovered this author when i was looking for cheap Kindle books, to be honest. The book was only a dollar and started me on a buying kindle books for only a dollar spree. It isn't amazing, but it was an entertaining read.

5. Torn by Amanda Hocking
So interesting in fact, that I immediately devoured the sequel

6. Ascend by Amanda Hocking
And then the third in the series.

7. A Guide to Pagan Camping by Lori Dake
I read this book because I already read the pagan_camping LJ. I found it fun to read and full of useful advice.

8. Hollowland by Amanda Hocking
She seems to sell a lot of her books for only a dollar. I picked up this zombie apocalypse YA book and read it quickly as well.

I just finished Hollowland a few moments ago, actually, so I am going to need a new book tonight. I think 8 books in 4 months isn't so bad. And, actually, there are 4 books on my reader that I bought or transfered and couldn't get into after 100 pages so I gave up on them.

Here's to more reading this year.

Another New Project

For anyone still following me *here* - I have a new project. Please check out my adventures in beer at Beer and Now! http://beerandnow.blogspot.com/

don't forget my other projects either (shameless plug):
http://www.maidtoqueen.blogspot.com - a blog dedicated to Persephone
http://www.120squarefeet.blogspot.com - a blog about building a tiny house in the mountains
http://www.culture.pagannewswirecollective.com - where I blog about Pop Culture (including beer!)

Yay Blogs.

Got a little update...

Nothing big, but in case you were wondering. oneandonlymatt emailed and said that the remediation people came in to assess the situation. They are going to be leaving the fans and dehumidifiers up until Thursday and then will work on putting things back together including drywall, paint and carpet. We will know more after Thursday. So, I guess we're staying in our weird little hotel room (also known as The Office) until at least then. I actually didn't find it uncomfortable, so I am okay with it for now. I am just really pleased at their level of response.

Well, that was interesting...

Yesterday, mid-morning, oneandonlymatt called me at the office. He said "Well, the good news is that the fire alarm and sprinklers work." Apparently there was a fire in one of the apartments on the 17th floor. We are on the 16th. It wasn't the one directly above us, but above our neighbor to the left. We still don't know what caused it, but the fire department came. And, whether it was from the sprinklers or from the fire hose, there was a lot of water in our apartment. In fact, there was water all the way down to the first floor in our grouping of apartments. Gravity, after all.

When it happened, the alarms went off so Matt grabbed Piglet and went down 16 flights of stairs. There were several other people milling about the lobby as well. The fire people came and then about 45 minutes they left, but the elevators still weren't running. Matt went back up 16 flights of stairs.

He locked Piglet in the office with her food, bed and litterbox and left so the remediators could come in. When I came home they had put up large industrial fans all over the apartment as well as a couple of dehumidifiers. They moved all the furniture to the middle of the rooms that were affected and took out the carpet padding. That includes the front hallway, laundry room, kitchen, master bedroom and master bath. None of our stuff was affected. They took out the baseboards and drilled quarter-sized holes across the bass of each wall affected so the fans could dry them out. I don't know when they'll come back to put back together. I am very pleased with the quickness of the response, especially since they have to deal with about 50 damaged apartments. I'm guessing we're getting some kind of priority since we were on the floor directly below.

Last night, Matt and I moved into the office - we blew up the air mattress and moved the cablebox to the small TV in there so we could watch Walking Dead. It was like being in a weird hotel.

We still don't know the cause of the fire. I will update whenever I have any new information.

50 Book Challenge 14-19

I'm not going to get to 50 books this year. I blame this on the internet. However, I have a few more to post about. It has been a while since I read some of these so I am not completely sure I can recap them properly, but I just wanted to post them here for my records.

14. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
This was supposed to be the final book in the Southern Vampire Mystery series but apparently it isn't. Harris has been contracted to write 3 more. Why give up a good thing, right? I have no idea why I keep reading these. They aren't good, but they're like crack.

15. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
This book was recommended by a friend - If you like Sookie you'll love Harper. I didn't, in fact, love Harper. I found the book kind of dull and I don't think I'll read any of the others in this series.

16. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
I was so happy when this book came out. I was not disappointed overall. There were a couple of things I wasn't as thrilled about - I didn't think it was as action packed at the others but that turned around about halfway through. I don't know if I liked the end, but I didn't like the end of Harry Potter either. This series is well worth the read.

17. Never Let Me Go by Kasuo Ishiguro
I heard about this book on NPR ad really wanted to read it. It was probably my favorite book of this year. It is a scifi book of sorts. I love the characters and the way the book revealed the story like an onion peel. Nothing was anything you didn't necessarily suspect so it just gave you a warm feeling when it would be finally written on the page.

18. The Trouble With Magic by Madelyn Alt
This was recommended by one of my fellow bloggers over at The Juggler. I liked it very much. It is not unlike the Charlaine Harris Souther Vampire Mysteries - not necessarily the best books but an engaging and entertaining story.

19. Hex Marks the Spot by Madelyn Alt
All I can really say about this is that it only took me a few days to read and made me want to buy the next one, so I suppose that's something.

I am currently about half way through the next book int he Madelyn's Alt "Bewitching Mysteries" series.

Dear Hollywood...

Okay, okay....I am done. Hollywood, you just don't seem to get that the Sphynx Cat is not just a good stand in for a weird cat accident. Just once...just once I would like to see a sphynx cat in a movie as an actually Sphynx cat, not as regular cat that lost its hair.

It started, of course, with Mr, Bigglesworth:

Though as adorable as an evil kitty can be, Mr. Bigglesworth is a Persian who didn't thaw very well.

Then there was Cats and Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

I was a huge fan of the first Cats and Dogs movie, but nearly a decade later it doesn't quite hold up. On top of that, the villain Kitty Galore is not just a sphynx cat, but she also suffered an odd accident that turned her from a regular hair-full cat into a hairless one.

And Book of Eli
Here, the sphynx cats are actually post-apocalyptic cats.

In Neil Gaiman's Stardust, for which I have no video, sphynxes are in cages in Lamia, the Witch Queen's castle - apparently either the ingredient or product for some spell.

Hollywood - Sphynxes are more than just mutant cats. Well, okay they are also mutant cats. But they are smart, adorable, lovable cats. I would love to see just one portrayed that way in a movie.


Hey...it's me. Remember me?

Maybe not. I haven't posted here in a while. Not because I have abandoned it or would go to any of the many possible other sites that a lot of folks are migrating to. I'll stick around here until it really dies, I'm fine with that.

But the real reason I haven't been posting is because I have been working on the other blogs. The Persephone Blog as well as the Tumbleweed Blog have been priorities. I've also been doing projects for The Juggler and PNC Atlanta. That is taking up a lot of my time, which is a good thing.

I did, however, just get back to Atlanta from a lovely vacation in Minneapolis. A while back, dreamsidhe and her boyfriend suggested we meet up for a Detroit Lions away game. That was before the schedule was even announced. Originally we had wanted to go to Tampa, but as it turned out that game was the Sunday before I needed to take time off for Christmas. So, we picked another game that was at a convenient time, and it turned out to be against the Vikings. So, we booked our tickets.

After we did that I said to myself, "hey self, snowcalla lives in Minneapolis. I should see about getting together with her!" And that was exactly what we did.

oneandonlymatt and I arrived in Minneapolis mid-day on Saturday and met up with dreamsidhe and her boyfriend for lunch. We wandered all over the city on Saturday and didn't turn in until pretty late. Sunday, we got up for the game and I'd rather not talk about that debacle. It was the Lions, so I bet you can figure how that went.

However, after the game we took a nap and then got ready to meet snowcalla for dinner. We tried to go to one place that was closed Sunday night so we ended up at Seven Steakhouse and the food was fabulous. The company was wonderful - everyone seemed to get along with everyone else and there wasn't that weird awkwardness when you introduce random friends with one another, and since I had never met her in person it was delightful to get to talk to her.

We had a great time in Minneapolis. Makes me want to go back.

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