Friday, May 01, 2015

April in Review

Mackie and Henry (my mother's dog) - April, 2015
What I Learned

That I am not entirely without reading slumps. April was quiet compared to how the rest of the year had been. And, it was all comics. I never even really picked anything else up. I am hoping to get back on track in May. I also didn't blog very much... But, that's the norm for the last few years. I have considered quitting entirely, but when I am away for a while I find that it distances me from people that I met through blogging. So, I reappear...

The Books

101. Ms. Marvel - Volume 4: Monster Smash by Brian Reed
102. Ms. Marvel - Volume 5: Secret Invasion by Brian Reed
103. Ms. Marvel - Volume 6: Ascension by Brian Reed
104. Ms. Marvel - Volume 7: Dark Reign by Brian Reed
105. Ms. Marvel - Volume 8: War of the Marvels by Brian Reed
106. Ms. Marvel - Volume 9: Best You Can Be by Brian Reed
107. House of Mystery - Volume 2: Love Stories for Dead People by Matthew Sturges
108. Mystique - Ultimate Collection - Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn
109. Hawkeye - Volume 3: L.A. Woman by Matt Fraction
110. American Vampire - Volume 2 by Scott Snyder
111. Shutter - Volume 1: Wanderlust by Joe Keatinge

The Source

Marvel Unlimited - 7
Bought - 4

New To Me Authors

Joe Keatinge (Shutter)

Series Talk

Ms. Marvel - 9/9 - FINISHED!
House of Mystery - 2/8
Mystique - 1/2
Hawkeye - 3/3 - CAUGHT UP!
American Vampire - 2/9
Shutter - 1/1 - CAUGHT UP!

Books Added to the TBR Pile

American Vampire - Volume 2
House of Mystery - Volume 2: Love Stories for Dead People
Shutter - Volume 1: Wanderlust
Captain Marvel - Volume 2: Stay Fly
Ms. Marvel - Volume 2: Generation Why

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Week in Review (15 & 16) - I Have Been...

Writing... Well, I made it 3 months before I didn't post at all for a week. That's better than some years, so I won't beat myself up too much about it....
Reading... It was bound to happen that my reading would slow down a bit and other things would take my interest. I did finish reading the Ms. Marvel series, though, and that was an accomplishment. Otherwise, I read stuff, but never really finished anything. I am hoping to get back on track soon!

Listening... Well, I was getting back to walking outside with Mackie, but the weather has decided cooperating is not an option. I hadn't worked audiobooks back in anyway. I was concentrating more on getting the dog to listen on the walks. I am hoping the weather will get better in the next few days and then I am going to start listening again!

Looking... At spring meeting winter! We still have snow almost covering our backyard, but there are flowers coming up in the neighbours garden! So, I guess that it is finally spring. We even have the rainy weather to show for it!

Learning... That dog ownership is not without its headaches. We live on a busy road and I tie Mackie out so that he can run around... but not in front of a car. He got loose once again last night and it was another scary experience! Everything is just made so badly. Over the winter the lead we were tying him to broke, so we had to wait until the snow melted enough to attach a new one in the backyard. That finally happened! But, last night the tie out post broke. There is a ring that you attach the leash on and it snapped, so I had a dog loose with a 30 foot lead trailing behind him. He always comes back when he gets loose, but I think he got stuck on something and we live basically in the country so not a lot of lights to see by. It was a bad experience. I am just glad he runs away from the road and not towards it most of the time.

Anticipating... The weekend. I am dog-sitting! It will likely be stressful at times, but I am looking forward to Mackie having a playmate for two weeks. They seem to get along okay, so hopefully that will continue while the other dog is here. My mother wound up getting a dog that needed to be re-homed and they all ready had a trip booked, so this was the only way they could get the dog.
Meet Henry!
Loving... Quiet mornings. Coffee. The fact that the snow is melting. The fact that I can see grass. The fact that things are growing! The fact that after a scary evening, I still have a dog!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Week in Review (14) - Days Late

Random Thoughts

Well, I almost didn't accomplish my goal of posting at least once a week for 2015. I got a bit distracted from reading and blogging the last week or so, but I made myself sit down today and catch up!

Graphic Novel Year

Hawkeye - Volume 2: Little Hits
Ms. Marvel - Volume 1: Best of the Best
Ms. Marvel - Volume 2: Civil War
Ms. Marvel - Volume 3: Operation Lightning Storm
Ms. Marvel - Volume 4: Monster Smash
Ms. Marvel - Volume 5: Secret Invasion


Still not really listening at the moment.

Currently Reading

I was reading a bunch of short story collections and things. The last week, though, it has been Ms. Marvel and I feel like I am kind of stuck. Not that I don't like the series, just that I would like to have some variety in my reading and I slacked on that.

Weekly Reading

Yay, more Hawkeye! Enjoying this series so far.

I read Volumes 1-5 of the older Ms. Marvel series. Very different from the newer one that I read at the beginning of the year. This is actually a series that relates to the Captain Marvel series by Kelly Sue DeConnick. It was just before she became Captain Marvel. I like it, but a bit more emphasis on sex appeal than in the later series. I like Carol more as a down-to-earth character like she is now. But, it is interesting to see the evolution of her character.

Weekly Posts

New Additions

Nothing this week!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

March in Review

What I Learned

That I have obsessive tendencies. I think I knew that, but I joined Marvel Unlimited on the 16th of March and have been cranking out the comics ever since! I sit down to write posts about what I have read so far this year and the words just never seem to flow. I would like to talk about some of the stuff that I read at some point! Because, well, I have read a lot of good stuff! March was essentially all about comic books. I am hoping to get back to longer stuff in April. We will see how the year goes!

The Books

56. Black Maria by Diana Wynne Jones (reread)
57. American Vampire - Volume 1 by Scott Snyder
58. A Letter to My Dog: Notes to Our Best Friends by Robin Layton
59. 100 Bullets - Volume 1: First Shot, Last Call by Brian Azzarello
60. The Woods - Issues 7-10 by James Tynion IV
61. Lumberjanes - Issues 1-10 by Noelle Stevenson
62. Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones
63. Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
64. Bee and Puppycat Issues 1-6 by Various
65.Wild's End Issues 1-6 by Dan Abnett
66. Hawkeye - Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction
67. Fabled Kingdom - Volume 1 of 9 by Queenie Chan
68. Fabled Kingdom - Volume 2 of 9 by Queenie Chan
69. Hexed Issues 1-7 by Michael Alan Nelson
70. Alex + Ada Volume 2 by Jonathan Luna
71. The Wicked + The Divine - Volume 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen
72. Fall of Cthulhu Volumes 1-6 by Michael Alan Nelson
73. All-New X-Men - Volume 1: Yesterday's X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis
74. All-New X-Men - Volume 2: Here to Stay by Brian Michael Bendis
75. All-New X-Men - Volume 3: Out of their Depth by Brian Michael Bendis
76. All-New X-Men - Volume 4: All-Different by Brian Michael Bendis
77. All-New X-Men - Volume 5: One Down by Brian Michael Bendis
78. The Amazing Spider-Girl - Volume 1: Whatever Happened to the Daughter of Spider-Man by Tom DeFalco
79. Monster on the Hill  by Rob Harrell
80. Day Men - Volume 1 by Matt Gagnon
81. She-Hulk - Volume 1: Law and Disorder by Charles Soule
82. Captain Marvel - Volume 1: In Pursuit of Flight by Kelly Sue DeConnick
83. Captain Marvel - Volume 2: Down by Kelly Sue DeConnick
84. Secret Skull by Steve Niles
85. Mystery Society Special 2013 by Steve Niles
86. Marvels by Kurt Busiek
87. Young Avengers - Volume 1: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen
88. Young Avengers - Volume 2: Alternate Cultures by Kieron Gillen
89. Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice by G. Willow Wilson
90. Doctor Strange: Beginnings and Endings by J. Michael Straczynski
91. Young Avengers - Volume 1: Sidekicks by Allan Heinberg
92. X-Men: Fairy Tales by C.B. Cebulski
93. Young Avengers - Volume 2: Family Matters by Allan Heinberg
94. Young Avengers - Volume 3: Mic-Drop at the Edge of Time and Space by Allan Heinberg
95. Arana - Volume 1: Heart of the Spider by Fiona Kai Avery
96. Young Avengers Presents by Ed Brubaker
97. Hawkeye - Volume 2: Little Hits by Matt Faction
98. Ms. Marvel - Volume 1: The Best of the Best by Brian Reed
99. Ms. Marvel - Volume 2: Civil War by Brian Reed
100. Ms. Marvel - Volume 3: Operation Lightening Storm by Brian Reed

The Source

Scribd - 15
Gift - 1
Bought - 6
Marvel Unlimited - 21

New to Me Authors

Scott Snyder (American Vampire)
Robin Layton (Letters to my Dog)
Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets)
Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes)
Dan Abnett (Wild's End)
Matt Fraction (Hawkeye)
Michael Alan Nelson (Hexed)
Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine)
Brian Michael Bendis (The All-New X-Men)
Tom DeFalco (The Amazing Spider-Girl)
Rob Harrell (Monster on the Hill)
Charles Soule (She-Hulk)
Kurt Busiek (Marvels)
J. Michael Straczynski (Doctor Strange)
C.B. Cebulski (X-Men Fairy Tales)
Allan Heinberg (Young Avengers)
Fiona Kai Avery (Arana)
Ed Brubaker (Young Avengers Presents)
Brian Reed (Ms. Marvel)

Series Talk

American Vampire - 1/9
100 Bullets - 1/13
The Woods - 2/2 - Caught up! (In trades)
Lumberjanes - 1/1 - Caught up! (In trades)
Hawkeye - 2/3
Fabled Kingdom - 2/2 - Caught up!
Alex + Ada - 2/2 - Caught up!
The Wicked + The Divine - 1/1 - Caught up!
Fall of Cthulhu - 6/6 - FINISHED!
All-New X-Men - 5/5 - Caught up! (Counting on what is on Marvel Unlimited.)
Spider-Girl - 1/12
Day Men - 1/1 - Caught up!
She-Hulk - 1/1 - Caught up! (Only on Marvel Unlimited)
Captain Marvel - 2/2 - FINISHED!
Young Avengers Take 1 - 2/2 - FINISHED!
Young Avengers Take 2 - 3/3 - FINISHED!
Arana - 1/3
Ms. Marvel - 3/9 

Books Added to the TBR Pile

Hawkeye - Volume 2: Little Hits
Hawkeye - Volume 3: L.A. Woman
Fall of Cthulhu Omnibus
Alex + Ada Volume 2
Hawkeye - Volume 1: My Life As A Weapon
The Wicked + The Divine Volume 1
Shadow Scale: A Companion to Seraphina
Dead Heat

Monday, March 30, 2015

Week in Review (13)

Random Thoughts

This last week was all about the comic books. I am just accepting that is what is working for me this year and not pushing anything else on myself. I am just happy to be reading! And, well, I am not sure what I am doing with Marvel Unlimited long-term, so I am going to enjoy this month!

Graphic Novel Year

Captain Marvel Volume 1
Secret Skull
Mystery Society Special 2013
Captain Marvel Volume 2
And then some random Captain Marvel's that would make up Volume 3, but I didn't find that...
Young Avengers - Volume 1 - Style > Substance
Young Avengers - Volume 2
Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice
Doctor Strange: Beginnings and Endings
Young Avengers - Volume 1: Sidekicks
X-Men: Fairy Tales
Young Avengers - Volume 2: Family Matters
Young Avengers - Volume 3: Mic-Drop at the Edge of Time and Space
Arana - Volume 1 - Heart of the Spider
Young Avengers Present


Really slacking...

Currently Reading


Weekly Reading

I decided to revisit the older series since I am reading the newer series. I am not sure why they did it this way... The series that is out now is really a continuation of this one!

Then I read Volume 2 and a bunch of various comics that were crossovers and I am assuming Volume 3 potential. I am really like this series and Carol!

I really liked The Mystery Society and look, another series! This one seems to come first and explains a character that will appear in the latter series. It was a great read and I wish it was longer!

Another spin-off! Short, but good! I wish this series had done better.

I read this because Memory recommended it. Good stuff!

I was a bit worried about this series. I haven't had good luck with younger characters in series, but this worked for me. I look forward to more!

So I read, and enjoyed, more!

Why is this series so short!!!! It was really good and I love fantasy and it should have been longer!

More Memory recommended goodness!

More! Yay! I am discovering so much good stuff at Marvel.

So, I have discovered I really like X-Men. Then we add Fairy Tales. YAY! 

More Avengers good stuff!

The end of another Young Avengers mini-series. I am hopeful that this series will get another revamp and maybe go a bit longer. You are kind of left feeling like you hardly got to know the new characters.

It had a female lead so I randomly read it. Good, but didn't knock my socks off.

This series gives a chance to meet the older characters and get to know them a bit better. Hopefully they do some issues on the newer characters. And then I am sure there are crossovers.

Weekly Posts

New Additions

Nothing this week!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Week in Review (12)

Random Thoughts

I joined Marvel Unlimited... Scribd wasn't enough... I needed another toy! I have read what works out to 7 trades so far, so I am excited! I am all about the comics this year. I just have accepted that is how my year is going. I am not complaining. I have read so much good stuff this year.

Graphic Novel Year

Fall of Cthulhu
The All-New X-Men Issues 1-32
The Amazing Spider-Girl Volume 1
Monster on the Hill
Day Men Volume 1
She-Hulk Issues 1-8


I really need to get back on track with audio books...

Currently Reading

I have been dipping into some short story and essay collections, but actually haven't had much time to read the last couple days.

Weekly Reading

Volumes 1-6 - This is by the same author as Hexed. I really liked Hexed so went looking for some more by this author and find the e-book of this for a decent price. Not my typical way to read comic books that I buy, but sometimes money is the deciding factor!

Issues 1-32 - This was my first foray into Marvel Unlimited and I really liked it! I have always been curious about X-Men comics and now I am getting a chance to read them!

Volume 1 - I read some issues of this on Marvel Unlimited. It was okay, but I haven't finished what they have on there yet. I am drawn to comics about women, so this was mostly just a whim. I will likely read more soon!

Just a fun comic that I read on Scribd. It has monsters and adventures in it. Worth checking out!

Volume 1 - Another comic by the author of Hexed. This time we are in the land of vampires. It was an interesting take on them and I am looking forward to more in this series!

Issues 1-8 - I have heard a lot of good things about this series, so I felt the need to give a try. Another 'drawn to women in comics' scenario. This was really good! I can't wait until Marvel Unlimited adds more in the series.

Weekly Posts

Once Upon a Time IX - Pool of Possibilities 

New Additions

Hawkeye - Volume 2: Little Hits
Hawkeye - Volume 3: L.A. Woman

Friday, March 20, 2015

Because It's All About the Books...


Is that all ready a parody?

I tend to have obsessive moments... When I first re-joined the library in 2009 I read tonnes from the library and that lead to my best reading year ever. It was also the year my obsession with graphic novels started because I read Fables in 2009.

Fast forward to 2015... I hardly read in 2013 or 2014. But, 2015 I added some new 'toys' and it is sort of like 2009 all over again.

Firstly, I joined Scribd. Since joining my reading has increased insanely and I have read so much awesome stuff! (*cough* Counting single issues, 56 things apparently!*cough*)
I started with Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. I loved this book! And, I just keep on finding awesome things on there!

If you want some suggestions, I recommend:
March: Book 1 by John Robert Lewis (Graphic Novel)
The Mystery Society by Steve Niles (Graphic Novel)
Anthem by Ayn Rand (Novella)
The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire (Graphic Novel)
The Woods by James Tynion IV (Graphic Novel)
Bizenghast by M. Alice LeGrow (Manga)
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson (Graphic Novel)
Wild's End by Dan Abnett (Graphic Novel)
The Fabled Kingdom by Queenie Chan (Manga)
Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson (Graphic Novel)
Day Men by Michael Alan Nelson (Graphic Novel)
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell (Graphic Novel)

It is only March and I all ready know I am going to have a very hard time picking my favourite reads of the year...

Then, I finally decided to get Marvel Unlimited. I am just starting with a month and then will decide from there, but I am all ready having so much fun with it...

So far I have read:
All-New X-Men - There are 32 issues on there which works out to Volumes 1-5 if you were reading them in trade. I haven't really read much from X-Men before; but I have always wanted to! This was a fun start. It includes time travel, space adventures, and kick-ass action. There are crossovers with The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. As a result of the time travel the characters we spend the most time with are teenagers, but it doesn't seem like a real problem. I am looking forward to more in this series and more from X-Men in general!

The Amazing Spider-Girl - This was just a whim because I like comics with girls or women in them. I read what works out to be about the first Volume of the series. It is not my favourite, but I do plan to read all that Marvel has in the series and see how things play out for the daughter of Spider-Man. 

She-Hulk - I have been hearing the buzz about this one, so I had to give it a read! There are 8 issues on Marvel Unlimited, which works out to be the first Volume in trade and part of the next one. I really liked this one! Jennifer Walters is the She-Hulk and I thought she was written really well. I understand this series has ended, so I will be sad to see it conclude on Marvel Unlimited.

2015 is shaping up to be an awesome reading year!

Once Upon a Time IX - Pool of Possibilities

It is a bit of a tradition to post a pool of books I am thinking about reading for the Once Upon a Time Challenge hosted at Stainless Steel Droppings... With the way my reading is going recently, I am not sure if I will follow it, but list making is fun!

1. The Very Best of Kate Elliott
2. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
3. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
4. Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
5. Black Thorn, White Rose Edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
6. The Devil's Diadem by Sara Douglass
7. Instead of Three Wishes by Megan Whalen Turner
8. Fire & Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
9. Black Swan, White Raven Edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
10. Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears Edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
11. Silver Birch, Blood Moon Edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
12. Black Ivory, Ivory Bones Edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
13. Poison Study by Maria Snyder
14. The Little Country by Charles de Lint
15. The Broken Lands by Kate Milford
16. Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

... And probably a whole score of books not on this list...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Once Upon a Time IX

Hard to belief this is the 9th Once Upon A Time hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings. In my own way I have never missed one yet! I just fluctuate on how much I read. I am hoping this year will be a good year after the ridiculous amount of snow we got yesterday and the fact that spring seems very far off at this point!

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time categories. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.
I almost always do Quest the First. It is fun to see what I can find on my shelves that fits this category!


This quest involves the reading of one or more short stories that fit within at least one of the four genres during the course of any weekend, or weekends, during the challenge. Ideally you would post about your short story readings on Sundays or Mondays, but this is not strictly necessary.
I am the worst short story reader ever, but it just works out that Carl and I are reading The Very Best of Kate Elliott so at least that will be something for this category!


**I posted a list of possibilities in a separate post.** 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

This, That, and The Other Thing

So... We have a lot of snow. I am not even sure if this picture does it justice. My province considered declaring a state of emergency. I am not sure if we are there yet. Yes, there is a lot of snow, but amazingly the power didn't go out. Considering that we live in a province with very old grid-lines that usually go out, I am impressed with how few power outages there have been this winter. I have seen less snow and more power outages frankly. We just have a lot of snow... The best part about this province is that way back in history the settlers decided to build these dykes and live on flood plains. This means that when all this snow melts there is going to be flooding. It won't effect us, we live in higher elevation, but it will be a real problem... I am thinking that Mackie will have 'Mount Mackie' for a while yet, though.

Speaking of Mackie... He has decided that this week would be the most stressful week of dog ownership EVER! On Monday he was insanely sick... Like, wake the humans up in the middle of the night sick. I even took the day off work to watch him... I have no idea what he got into, but I hope he never gets into it again! Thankfully he bounced back and there was no vet visit involved. Then, on Tuesday he decided that things were not stressful enough. We have very high piles of snow, so cars cannot see my dog. Needless to say his ball got away from him and out into the road. And, that was almost the end of my dog ownership. It was insanely close to him being hit. If he hadn't been so terrified or had slipped, that would have been it. I guess I was pretty loud because my neighbour heard me yelling and saw it all happen. She had a better vantage point so I know when she says it was close.... It was close... It really freaked him out so hopefully that will be a lesson for him. (Have I really talked about Mackie on my blog before? I just went to use him as a tag and it didn't come up... I need to rectify that!)

It seems that 2015 is turning in the year of the comics for me. It's funny considering a few years ago I wouldn't even read comics. Now I find myself basically only reading them! I just think it is a combination of the horrible weather and the satisfaction. After over a year of hardly reading at all, here I am finishing stuff. I hope that longer works will reenter my reading, but for now I am enjoying my foray into comic books. I have read some really awesome stuff lately and hopefully it will continue!

What's happening in your neck of the woods?