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Top Ten Tuesday: Resolutions

Top 10 Tuesday with B-day Cake

It’s a snow day here in Music City!  And that means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted now by That Artsy Reader Girl).

Today’s topic is what are you resolutions for the upcoming year?  I’ve got some that are related to reading and some related to other areas of my life.  So, here we go with my resolutions for 2018.

  1. Read at least 60 books (audiobooks count toward the total!)
  2. Work on whittling down the physical and Kindle TBR pile. This also includes reviewing these books when appropriate.
  3. Watch 100 movies during the year and post thoughts about them.
  4. Go on 100 runs during the year and run 1,000 miles in 2018.
  5. Be the best father I can to Shortcake and the best husband I can to my wife.  Along those lines, I want to find time to read with Shortcake as much as she’ll sit still with me.
  6. Read the Chronological Bible.
  7. Find time to catch up on some of the cool streaming series out there like Stranger Things, The Crown, The Handmaids’ Tale, etc.
  8. Join my local library’s new Sci-Fi/Fantasy book group.

I think those are enough to keep me busy this year!

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Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts: Holiday Decoration Time!

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

It’s been a couple of weeks since I participated in this meme. So, this one may be longer and slightly less focused than usual.  You have been warned. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

 

toptentuesdaychristmasIf it’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish).  This week’s meme asks us what is on our to-be-read list for the upcoming winter season.  Here’s some of what I plan to try and read.

  1. Jade City by Fonda Lee
  2. Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
  3. Steal the Stars by Mac Rogers & Nat Cassidy
  4. Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card
  5. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  6. The Midnight Line by Lee Child
  7. Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen by Terrance Dicks (audiobook)
  8. Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah J. Dawson
  9. The Midnight Front by David Mack
  10. Places in the Darkness by Chris Brookmyre

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Share With Shortcake

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As avid readers, my wife and I want to make sure we share that love of reading with Shortcake.  Our local library has a program called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The goal is to read 1,000  books to your child before he or she starts kindergarten.  The good news is that when your young reader finds that one book that he or she likes to read over and over again, each time you read it counts as one book. So, you don’t necessarily have to read 1,000 different books to your young reader. Continue reading

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Midnight Front by David Mack

waitingonwednesdayTime for some mid-week fun with Waiting on Wednesday.  This meme, hosted by  Breaking the Spine, looks ahead at the books we’re looking forward to adding to our to-be-read pile.

Listening to the first couple of installments of Tor Studio’s Steal the Stars (if you haven’t listened yet, give it a try!), there was an ad for David Mack‘s The Midnight Front.  It sounds like an intriguing blend of lots of different things I like.  And I’ve read a lot of Mack’s Star Trek tie-in novels and enjoyed them.

SFM16_7This one will be a two-for-one for Sci-Fi Month!

Here’s what Goodreads has to say about The Midnight Front.

midnightfront.jpgThe epic first novel in the Dark Arts series.

On the eve of World War Two, Nazi sorcerers come gunning for Cade but kill his family instead. His one path of vengeance is to become an apprentice of The Midnight Front–the Allies’ top-secret magickal warfare program–and become a sorcerer himself.

Unsure who will kill him first–his allies, his enemies, or the demons he has to use to wield magick–Cade fights his way through occupied Europe and enemy lines. But he learns too late the true price of revenge will be more terrible than just the loss of his soul–and there’s no task harder than doing good with a power born of ultimate evil

The Midnight Front hits shelves and e-readers in January 2018.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Artemis by Andy Weir

waitingonwednesdayBeen a couple of weeks since I participated in Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine).  It’s not because I don’t have books I’m eager to start reading. It’s because I’ve had a harvest of great books come in on reserve at the local library as well as having a few wishes granted by the good people at NetGalley.

However, there is one book coming out soon that I’m looking forward to reading.  Andy Weir’s Artemis.  Like many, I read and enjoyed The Martian and have been curious to read Weir’s next novel. Will he be a one-hit-wonder?  Can his next book possibly live up to the hype and expectations?  I’m not sure, but I’m intrigued to find out.

Here are all the details from GoodReads:

artemisJazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Artemis hits shelves, e-readers and audiobook on November 14.

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Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts: YA Edition

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1.  Finished John Green’s new novel, Turtles All the Way Down, last night and I’m having mixed reactions to it.  On the one hand, the way Green puts us inside the head of his OCD character makes it a compelling, fascinating read.  On the other, it feels like a  YA novel where the teens are far too precocious and witty for their own good.
  2. oneofusFinally closing in on the end of the audiobook of One of Us Is Lying.  It’s entertaining enough, but I’ve got some issues with parts of it.  If you’re not familiar with it, the premise is that five kids walk into detention and only four walk out.  One kid dies from an allergic reaction to peanut oil and the other four are left looking like suspects.  Told from shifting first-person perspectives of the four surviving students (each one out of a John Hughes movie), I can’t help but get a bit frustrated at the adults in the novel, especially the police.  They’re fairly ineffective and seem to not be investigating anything beyond our four suspects for long stretches of the story.  Meanwhile, our suspects band together and start to Scooby Doo what’s really happened and happening.  I wonder if the audiobook with its ten-hour runtime is contributing to this.
  3. I see that One of Us Is Lying has been optioned as a tv-show.  I think it would work as a single-season mystery.
  4. Finally starting to get over the cold that Shortcake brought home from daycare.  It’s not been fun.  I hate taking prednisone because I feel like I’m about to bust out my skin and then I have insomnia.  I sometimes wonder if the cure is worse than the disease.
  5. The Vols need a new head football coach.  I like Butch Jones, but after Saturday’s debacle, I can’t see how he stays.  Nice guy who is going to get fired. That said, I do NOT want Lane Kiffin to come back like a subset of Vols’ fans want.  He’s a violation waiting to happen and he dumped us in the middle of the night to jet for USC.  I can forgive, but I won’t forget.
  6. After a week off from exercise due to illness, I got out and ran for the first time yesterday.  And it was glorious. Great weather for it.  Alas, my phone reset in the middle of my run, meaning that RunKeeper didn’t track the whole activity, thus bringing up the age-old dilemma of “If I ran but RunKeeper didn’t track it, did I really run?”
  7. So many shows I want to catch up on, so little time.  Seriously, I need to make a list and just starting being intentional about what I watch and catch up on.  First up may be finishing Stranger Things season so I can watch season two when it drops next week.  I’ve also got to find time for Bosch, The Man in the High Castle, most of the Netflix Marvel shows that aren’t centered on Daredevil and 13 Reasons Why.  And this list doesn’t include Game of Thrones (I stopped in season four)!

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