Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read - Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up over at The Broke and the Bookish where they provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. 

Of all the weekly memes out in bloggerland, this is my favorite.  I don't always participate, but this one spoke to me.  There are just too many books to read stuff you really don't want to read.  And, that's perfectly ok :)

1.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett - I'm really picky and sensitive about books about the South.  I had no desire to read this book, especially once the movie came out and I saw a preview.  I was born and raised in Mississippi, and a pet peeve of mine is a bad southern accent by a non-southern actor.  Like fingernails on a chalkboard.

2.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - not in the least bit interested in time travel...I wish I was, but I just can't make myself :(

3.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - cancer, kids...Are you kidding me??

4.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel - I should like this book...but I'm not the least bit interested in giving it a whirl.

5.  YA Blockbusters - Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles), Shiver, City of Bones, Daughter of Smoke and Bone...They all run together for me.  My oldest daughter has read a lot of them.  I can't even keep track of which series is which.  I don't need that kind of chaos in my life ;P

7.  The Host by Stefenie Meyer - aliens...meh...nah...Another I wanted to read, but I just couldn't force myself.

8.  Grey by E.L. James - I actually read the Fifty Shades trilogy...read them really fast over the course of either Christmas or Thanksgiving holidays...I can't remember.  I even started a review about the trilogy as a whole instead of each individual book.  But, why the hell would I want to read the same damn story again...even from a different perspective...sounds like fast cash to me.

9.  The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling - I actually have this one on my shelf at home.  I've tried at least 6 times to read it.  I may just have to donate it to the library.

10.  Zoo by James Patterson - I'm mad at Patterson.  Can you say formulaic, using others work and slapping your own name on it?  Can you say a book about animals who turn on people?
I don't think so.  Just what we need to make people feel even more warm and fuzzy about animals.  Yes, I have a chip on my shoulder.  What's it to ya'??

Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday is here again: Good news and Bad news

Good news: I've made some serious progress with my reading slump.

I have reviews started for:

The Dead Will Tell by Linda (Library)

Top Secret Twenty-One (Library)

Walking in Circles before Lying Down (Audiobook from the library)

Let's Pretend this Never Happened (Ebook)

One Good Dog (Audiobook from the library)

I told you it was serious.

Here's what I'm currently reading:

Wild by Cheryl Strayed (Audiobook) - I've actually started this one several times.  I'm not sure how I feel about it so far...

In the Woods by Tanya French (Library) - I've been wanting to start this series for a while.  Now's just as good of a time as any.

A Year of Biblical Womanhood (ebook) by

My only explanation is this:

Bad News: Mom's back in the hospital again.  
She and I both are climbing the walls at this point. We've been here 4 nights already and may be here several more.  
Just same ole same ole when chemo kills everything in your body and leaves you open to any and all problems for a while during the cycle.  Once her counts recover, we should be able to go home and rest more comfortably.  We're both ready.

The first two nights back I couldn't sleep.  I don't know why.  I sat up all night long watching Breaking Bad.

Speaking of Breaking Bad:

How did I miss this show??  How did I miss Aaron Paul?
Just how??

"The Fly" episode was priceless!

"He's got skills, yo!"

"Look who got got, yo!"

...which is exactly how I felt yesterday after running for the first time in a while.  Spin classes have been few and far between lately with the holidays so I've missed them.  I only have a small window each day to leave Mom.

Even at 4:00 p.m. under overcast skies, the heat was crazy.  

But, the difference in the way I felt after and the difference in the way my brain feels today is worth a little heat.

I may be able to make it to the 5:30 Spin class today...we'll see.