Sunday, March 15, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Mar.16)


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a fun weekly meme that is hosted by Shelia at Book Journeyin which we share what we've read and reviewed and what we plan on reading in the coming week.

Books finished this week:
Nothing

Books reviewed this week:
None

Books to finish this week:
  • Liar, Temptress, Soldier Spy
  • Such a Pretty Face
  • The Color Purple
Books to work on this week:
  • While We're Far Apart
  • Shadow of Night
  • A Memory of Violets

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sunday Salon - Spring 2015 Bloggiesta

It's that time of  again when the lovely folks at Bloggiesta remind us bloggers that it is bloggiesta once again.

I realize that I have some readers wondering what is Bloggiesta and what is exactly done during this time?

To put it simply, it is that time of the year when bloggers put together a to-do list for their blog, whether it be a blog about reading or whatever else you blog about.  It basically is a blogging marathon  (aka spring cleaning) to improve your blog or to get things done that need to get done that you haven't done yet. So if you haven't caught up with your reviews from the past few months, this is
your chance to do so.  While the vast majority of people who participate are readers, those who blog on other subjects are also welcome. So if you blog about computers or sports or whatever else, you are welcome to join the rest of us.

My to-do list for this bloggiesta is pretty simple: catch-up on book reviews from January through March and link up with my reviews on Pinterest and update my currently read list on Pinterest as well.

If you wish to sign up, you can go to bloggiesta.com and sign up (or you can click the button). 



As for my week in reading, it wasn't really that great.  While I did read quite a bit from Shadows of the Night, The Color Purple and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, I didn't exactly finish anything.  I am hoping that I will finish at least something by this time next week (actually I do, as I have to get a book done for my book club, but none of the books stated above).

Hope you all have a good Sunday.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Mar. 9)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a fun weekly meme that is hosted by Shelia at Book Journeyin which we share what we've read and reviewed and what we plan on reading in the coming week.

Books finished in the last few weeks:

  • After the War is Over
  • The Book of Strange New Things
  • Ru
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Books reviewed:

None; I have been busy reading and watching the first two seasons of House of Cards and playing with my new laptop and was quite busy last week; plan to start working on book reviews in the next day or two.

Books I hope to finish this week:
  • Shadow of Night
  • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
  • The Color Purple
Books to work on this week:
  • While We're Far Apart
  • How to be a Victorian
  • Beautiful, Little Things
Hope you have a good reading week.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sunday Salon - A busy week

Last week was a busy one for me, as it seemed that every day from Monday through Saturday I had something up.  In a lot of ways that was good, but with that I was unable to get a lot of reading done, even though I did finish the final book in the Harry Potter series and a short book called Ru.


A small part of my week was taken up with a conference that was held at my church on Friday evening and all day Saturday and yes, I attended the whole thing.  If you are wondering, it was an apologetics conference.  There were two sessions that were quite fascinating, but of those two, it was the final group session on Saturday afternoon on C. S.  Lewis.  Being a reader and a person that enjoys intellectual endevours, I really enjoyed the talk; it also helped that the speaker, Dr. Louis Markos, was an engaging speaker (the speakers that I heard were all were good speakers, but felt that Dr. Markos was probably the most engaging speaker of the weekend).



As for Sunday, I am planning on resting and catching up on my reading and getting some cleaning done (my PVR and by taking things down to the garbage and doing some other chores and cleaning out my email boxes a bit) and if the weather cooperates, go for a short walk in my neighbourhood; I don't really feel like driving tomorrow.  I might work on some book reviews. After being around people basically since Monday, I need a break and some quiet.

Hope you all have a pleasant day, doing whatever you end up doing.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sunday Salon - Ramblings

As I write this, I am basically playing on my new laptop (it's an Acer Aspire R 14) and getting used to it.  For most people it probably wouldn't be much of a challenge getting used to a new computer, but for me, it has proven to been a bit of a challenge in that when I got it, I had hoped that the transition would have been a bit smother than it has been.  While I have worked on Windows before, this is a whole different experience, in that I have to customize it to what I would like it to do and it doesn't help that I have had Macs for the past 15-20 years.  The past week has been a bit of a struggle and hence my reading has suffered.

I have also been watching the first 13 episodes of House of Cards and find that Kevin Spacey's deliciously nasty; his character reminds me of the person that he portrayed in the movie version of In the Midnight of Good and Evil.

I have been trying to read during this past week or two, but it has been difficult.  But what I have been reading is Ru by

Monday, February 23, 2015

Saying goodbye to a dear friend


Tonight I am starting to say goodbye to a dear friend.  A friend that has endured my wrath at times, has my fingerprints all over it, has a hole in it (no clue how that happened), has a few pieces of duct tape on it, has been yelled at and spat on, etc.  I am talking about a friend that I have taken to Alberta on a few occasions, took to Whitehorse a few years ago, went to Arizona a few years back and discovered The Office while in a darkened bedroom one morning when I had ran out of shows to watch, and has spent a lot of time going back and forth between my home in Abbotsford and my vacation time at Sun Peaks.  It has been there when I couldn't sleep at 2 am and when I had been banished to my bedroom and has even been hidden underneath my bed at times.  It even was taken with me one time to work one day when the fire alarm went off as I was leaving for work.  I have played many games on it for many hours and has given me countless hours of entertainment by watching videos and listening to music and podcast.  I even experienced the Olympics on four different occasions with this friend.  It saw my growth as a blogger and has been with me when my favourite team lost in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals.

I don't know when this friend will be replaced, probably in the next day or two, but it will be a sad moment when I go to pick up its replacement.  I had hoped to bring it to Europe in about a year and a half, but that won't be happening and only experienced Europe through the photos of my parents.  I have downloaded countless hours of podcasts through this friend and have enjoyed every minute of them and it was able to experience 4 different devices (2 iPods and 2 iPhones).  A number of the parts have been replaced and are starting to break down.

I realize that my friend isn't human, but when you get a laptop in May 2008 and its the first computer you pay for, you become attached to it and it does become a friend.

So hopefully the computer below will become just as dear to me as the one above.

Many trails, MacBook; you gave me lots of happiness and joy, especially when I watched Matthew propose to Mary back in 2012 and may you find happiness in computer heaven...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Feb. 16)


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a fun weekly meme that is hosted by Shelia at Book Journeyin which we share what we've read and reviewed and what we plan on reading in the coming week.

Books finished this month:

  • The Silver Chair
  • The Last Battle
  • Station Eleven
  • The Miniaturist
  • Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
  • Ella Enchanted
  • Madame Picasso
  • Fall on Your Knees
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Books reviewed this month:
Books I hope to finish this week:

  • The Book of Strange New Things
  • After the War is Over
Books I hope to work on this week:
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • While We're Far Apart
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