Sunday, April 24, 2016

Week in Review - Week 17


Random Thoughts

Sunday morning. I did some early morning reading and coffee drinking. It was the readathon weekend where I visited blogs, Twitter, and Instagram. That was my participation. I read a bit, but that would have happened anyway. I was in a kind of blah mood this weekend because the weather was kind of blah and I am not feeling the best. This is where my cleaning schedule came in handy because normally on the weekend I feel like I have to do a million things, but this weekend I was able to be low key. I still have a few things to do today, but I am being lazy. Maybe after more coffee I will feel more inspired.

Graphic Novel Year

Bucky Barnes - Volume 2
Giant Days - Volume 2
Batgirl - Volume 2: Knightfall Descends
Supergirl - Volume 1: Last Daughter of Krypton
Peter Panzerfaust - Volume 1: The Great Escape

Currently Reading


Audiobook


Currently Watching


Weekly Reading

Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier - Volume 2 (Marvel Unlimited) - I just could not get into this series... I read the two volumes but I have no idea why. The art is really different than typical Marvel Comics, so I did enjoy that, but the store made no lasting impression on me.





Giant Days - Volume 2 - I think this series is so fun! I read the first Volume earlier this year and couldn't wait for this one to be released. The story of three young women in college and their adventures. It touches on a lot of subjects that are believable but does it with humour. I am looking forward to Volume 3! Recommended!




Illuminae - I had been seeing this book around and I was really curious about it. So, I finally decided to grab a copy... And, well, let's just say I read this book over a short period of time! It was really good and I immediately pre-ordered the sequel because all the things and I have to know what happens next! It was a creative approach to themes that are really popular right now. I think it is refreshing that original ideas are still possible! Strongly recommended!


Batgirl - Volume 2: Knightfall Descends - I don't like this series quite as much as the newer series, but I still really enjoy Batgirl and am so happy that I am starting to explore DC comics more.






The Miniaturist - Audible - My audiobook listening continues! I have been curious about this book for a while, but I actually couldn't remember what it was about. I loved it! I am glad I finally got around to it and was so happy with the audio performance. It is historical fiction, but there is an element of the magical to it. That made it right up my alley. Plus, love the cover! Strongly recommended!



Supergirl - Volume 1: Last Daughter of Krypton - After my success with Batgirl, I decided to try the new storyline of Supergirl. I honestly don't know a lot about her other than she exists. I liked it, though! I am looking forward to seeing where things go from here. This really was just a chance to be introduced to her and start to develop her backstory. Recommended!



Peter Panzerfaust - Volume 1: The Great Escape - Um, so did you know there was a comic that combined Peter Pan and WWII? I had no idea until someone lent these to me and now I am baffled how I missed out that this existed! It is a great idea and done so well so far. I am looking forward to reading on! Recommended!




New Additions

Rebel of the Sands
Illuminae
Giant Days - Volume 2

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 16
Things I Have Learned Since... I Started Bullet Journalling


Weekly Pictures



















Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Things I Have Learned Since... I Started Bullet Journalling


1. | I like crossing things off... It makes me feel accomplished...

2. | I can find extra hours for things in the hopes that it will mean something is crossed off!

3. | It has helped me get back to things I was neglecI ting...

4. | Mine is not as pretty as other's I have seen. It is basically lists. People keep asking for pictures. It's boring! No one wants to see my to do lists and reminders. 

5. | I still have too many things that I want to do each day. I have always loved projects and I continue to find new ones...

6. | The sense of accomplishment I feel each day is making me feel more relaxed... Sometimes I have to move things to the next day, but I mostly accomplish everything on my list!

7. | I enjoy keeping track of my reading in yet another way... Maybe I will actually keep track when I start books instead of when I finish them?

8. | As part of my bullet journalling, I have been following a cleaning schedule. Best. Idea. Ever. I don't follow it exactly, but I like the framework!

9. | I still wish I had more time in a day... Like blogging? Still haven't quite got back to that with more than a one time schedule most weeks, but I did this post! And I have a couple other ideas with this theme!

10. | I think my favourite part of Bullet Journalling is that I am getting back into taking pictures!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Week in Review - Week 16


Random Thoughts

I am kind of hoping this feeling organized and accomplished lasts... Do I do everything I would love to do in a day? Nope! Do I do a lot of what I wanted to do? Yep! So, it could be worse... I bullet journal. I have been keeping my day to day journal updated for the first time in quite some time. I blog once a week. I am reading, but wish it was longer works... Something I need to work on! I have been following a cleaning schedule and thinning out possessions. I even have been using the treadmill, listening to audiobooks, and watching a show on Netflix. This is more accomplished than I have felt in some time!

Graphic Novel Year

Cloaks
Ghost Racers
Inferno: Warzones
Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders
Paper Girls - Volume 1
Korvac Saga: Battleworld
E is for Extinction: Warzones
1602: Witch Hunter Angela
Daredevil - Volume 2: The Autobiography of Matt Murdock
Deathlok - Volume 2: Man Versus Machine
Guardians Team-Up - Volume 2: Unlikely Story

Currently Reading


Audiobook


Currently Watching


Weekly Reading

Cloaks - Scribd - This came up on Scribd and I thought I would give it a read. I like magicians and this was good... But... What is with this 4 issues thing? Who said that was a good idea? Most other companies do 5 or 6. And, I think 4 issues is the entirety of this series, so it gets good and you are invested and then the end. I just don't get it... I would have liked to continue seeing where this series lead!



Ghost Racers - Marvel Unlimited - Okay, so Marvel Unlimited has been a little neglected so far this year... I basically spent the week attempting to make a dent in all the comics I have saved in my library. This was one that finished off an arc. The Battleworld version of Ghost Rider. It was good. The familiar characters were there and I enjoyed the overall story.



Inferno: Warzones - Marvel Unlimited - Well, women in comic books definitely wear some interesting outfits. I continue to be bothered by the wardrobe while making my way through most series... It is often very impractical so I don't get it... I do enjoy the X-Men, though, so I enjoyed this mini-series in the midst of other Secret Wars events!




Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders - Marvel Unlimited - This was only two issues so I assume it will be included with something else in trade... But, Captain Britain is a woman! I enjoyed this take and wish the series was longer!






The Girl with all the Gifts - Audible - I admit that when I decided to read this I had no idea what it was even about... It just made the rounds and I got it on Audible at some point? I had no idea it was a zombie novel. I am not sure what I expected it would be, to be honest. But, it was good! I enjoyed the audio performance and the story. It was an original zombie story. I enjoyed the characters and considering I haven't read audio books in ages, made decent time with it. Strongly recommended!

Paper Girls - Volume 1 - Brian K Vaughan for the win! I read the first issue of this earlier this year and knew I was going to have to see how things played out. And, yeah, after finishing Volume 1 I can't wait to see how Volume 2 plays out. It is hard to be original in this day and age, but who would expect a series about Paper Girls? I am intrigued! Strongly recommended!



Then I read a bunch of Marvel Comics...

Korvac Saga: Battleworld - I read the 31st Century Guardians series last year, so I was happy to know what was happening! I am glad to see they appeared in the Secret Wars story-line.

E is for Extinction: Warzones - Another X-Men series! It was good, too!

1602: Winter Hunter Angela - I love Angela in Guardians of the Galaxy, and this was an interesting take! 

Daredevil - Volume 4: The Autobiography of Matt Murdock - I read a bunch of Daredevil comics last year, so this was the end of another series. I really enjoy both the comics and the shows.

Deathlok - Volume 2: Man Versus Machine - Another series I enjoyed! 

Guardians Team-Up - Volume 2: Unlikely Story - I really enjoy this collection of team-up issues. There were lots of favourites in this collection!

A Slip of the Keyboard - I really enjoy Terry Pratchett. I really enjoyed this collection of non-fiction by him. It covered a variety of topics and I am so glad that I splurged and got it recently. It is so sad that there will not be any new Pratchett books, but I think we get to know him by reading this. Strongly recommended!




New Additions

Paper Girls - Volume 1

Weekly Pictures










Sunday, April 10, 2016

Week in Review - Week 15


Random Thoughts

Bullet Journalling is perfect for list maker me. I love putting an 'X' by accomplished projects and seeing that I am accomplishing things! I have been taking pictures again and I have been following this cleaning guide to have a better plan for keeping my house in order. I am bad with 'out of sight, out of mind', so now I scribble reminders in my journal and it gets done! This morning I rearranged closets which is why this post is a bit late. I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while I like the idea, I personally think it is only ideal if you either live alone or live with someone that is willing to do it, too. So, instead I just feel organized in what my daily tasks are and feel a little less overwhelmed. I want to use a conventional planner, too, though, because I just don't find that Bullet Journalling works for me for scheduling ahead... I am sure it does for others, but I am not there yet. Also, I still am having a hard time finding time to read longer works so my reading is just not where I wish it was, but I think it is mostly mood. We got a freaking snow storm overnight!

Graphic Novel Year

Gotham Academy - Volume 2: Calamity
The Autumnlands - Volume 1: Tooth and Claw
Birthright - Volume 1: Homecoming
Kids are Weird: And Other Observations from Parenthood
Legends of Red Sonja
Batgirl - Volume 1: The Darkest Reflection

Currently Reading


Audiobook


Weekly Reading

Armada - Audiobook - My first audiobook of the year. I am finally getting back into audiobooks. I hope it continues! I didn't like this one quite as much as Ready Player One, but it was still good. I think for what it was trying to be, it once again worked well. And, it was narrated by Wil Wheaton. He was a perfect chance to get back into audiobooks. Recommended!



Gotham Academy - Volume 2: Calamity - One of my anticipated reads of 2016 was this series. I read Volume 1 on a whim last year and enjoy this younger take on the DC series. It is not exactly my favourite series ever, but it is readable and fun. I look forward to more! Recommended!





The Autumnlands - Volume 1: Tooth and Claw - Every time Image has a sale, I glance at this comic... But, I can never decide if I would actually like it. Then, it was recommended to me so I decided to finally check it out. And, I liked it! I love fantasy, so I am not sure why I was so hesitant. Recommended!




Birthright - Volume 1: Homecoming -  Another series I had been eyeing but wasn't sure if I wanted to try it until it was recommended to me. This is another fantasy series that amazes me I wasn't more interested in trying it out. And, just when I was really engrossed in the story... The volume ended. So, we know that someone will be getting volume 2 sooner rather than later! Recommended!



Batgirl - Volume 1: The Darkest Reflection -  I read the newer series, so I thought I would backtrack and read this older one. It sort of sets up events that are mentioned in the newer one, so it was good to have the framework. I think I like the newer interpretation of Babs better, though. It is still early in and I have volume 2 here to read sooner rather than later. I am enjoying exploring DC a bit this year! Recommended!



Kids are Weird - Scribd - I will be the first to admit that I have been neglecting Scribd since the new changes came out. But, if I don't use some of my credits I won't get any more in a couple weeks and then what am I paying for? That being said, when I went on yesterday morning to browse... I ended up reading comics that I didn't need to use credits on. I have heard of Jeffrey Brown before, but this was my first time reading him. He seems like he would be lots of fun. I look forward to more from him!

Red Sonja - Scribd - Another comic I could have read without using a credit... But, I have been curious about this for a while and thought I would give it a try. I love a series with a strong female character, but I never understand their outfits... I found it funny that the person that made hers explained it was so men were distracted by her curves and not paying attention to the action. I suppose it is as good a reason as any? I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either.


New Additions

2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush
Gotham Academy - Volume 2: Calamity
The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder

Weekly Pictures