My Bookmarks

After such a rather serious post yesterday, I had a spontaneous thought when glancing at my bookmarks today.  I’m very slowly gathering a nice little collection and hope to add to it.

Since adulthood I have never turned down or marked inside a book (text books exempt) just because I personally like to keep books in good condition but there is something to be said for a book that looks like it has been read many times, adds character don’t you think?

My reading has changed a lot recently.  I’ve ventured into different genre so I thought I’d designate the bookmarks.

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The first on the left was sent from my penpal (yes I have a no kidding pen to paper, snail mail penpal) in London.  She sent me a little care package with all things London.  This I will use for books set in Europe and probably any mystery/crime novels since it instantly reminds me of Sherlock Holmes.

Next is a beautiful bookmark that came in a subscription book box.  This will mark books based in nature.  Woods, mountains, ocean, seaside, etc. and I think for Contemporary novels that don’t fall in the other categories.

The middle marker is from many years ago.  This will be used for historic books, non-fiction and biographies though I don’t read much of them.

The white with flowers marker is from Japan.  It is cloth and petite.  This marker will be used for Romance and books based in Asia or of Asian influence.

The bookmark on the right is from Prague and my most recently acquired.  This will be used for SFF – SciFi / Fantasy books because if you have ever been to Prague it looks to be straight out of a Fantasy novel with ornate ironwork, bridges, castle and ancient architecture.

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If you would like to share how you mark your place in books, please leave a comment.  Do you think it says something about a person on how they hold places?  Do you fold over corners?

Separately, what do you think of the new blog design?  Good, Bad, Ugly?

 

The Codex Alera Book Review

It’s been ages since I did a book review, you probably think I haven’t been reading eh?  Not so, in fact I do have my GoodReads account pinned to the side panel if you are interested in what I’m reading at any given time (when I remember to update it hehe).

2015 had me reaching back to my love of Science Fiction and Fantasy Fictions.  We were visiting the U.S. and couldn’t resist the Barnes and Noble – one thing I do miss being in Japan.  I love a good browse in a bookstore.  This time I found Furies of Calderon, the first in a six part series called The Codex Alera by Jim Butcher.  Figured I would grab the first book and if it was good I’d keep going through the series and man am I glad I made that spontaneous grab. (I mentioned the series in a post a while back Plans In The Making)

Obviously, the first book grabbed me enough to want to continue with the next and just yesterday I finished book six.  For me, a good story is one that I can lose myself in and actually visualize.  It’s just how my brain works which is a bit odd because for crafting and such I can’t visualize finished products which is the main reason I don’t paint, sew, knit, make pottery or anything else very creative.  I just can’t look at tools of a trade and see how it will become a finished thing.  Though if I have instructions I can usually produce whatever is shown, I just can’t freehand things.  With good books, the creative and often stagnant part of my brain wakes up from it’s coma and ignites and this particular series had my brain fired up.

The descriptions of characters, surroundings, emotions, reactions and thought processes were a perfect recipe for me to fall in completely.  I loved the alien aspects mixed with very human and somewhat familiar and the author obviously has a lot of familiarity with battle strategies, armor and weaponry…or maybe he and I just have similar ideas of what that might entail.  Also, when an author creates a world and actually supplies a map of it in the front of the book, I am in love.

This series was a bit of genius to me and I think Mr. Butcher’s imagination is a beautiful thing.

2016 has me on two book challenges/clubs, which I mentioned here, one which dictates which book to read and the other which I think will challenge me to read different types of books so it is possible the sci fi/fantasy books will be on hold for a bit but when I do return to the genre you can be sure I will pick up another Jim Butcher book, perhaps The Dresden Files series although there are so many books in it, I am hesitant.

Death By Sponsor

Preparing for a long journey took all of two minutes for me.  I already knew the book I wanted to read on the way there and the book I wanted to read on the way home.  Two hour +/- bus ride to the airport, 12 hour +/- flight and I should have “Divergent” the first book completed then for the 12 +/- flight and two hour +/- bus ride home “Humor at the Speed of Life” by Ned Hickson should work and have me giggling to myself.

Sounds like a great plan right?  So, loaded up my Kindle with both books and out the door I went…with husband and bags of course.

I got 8 chapters into “Divergent” before pulling into the airport, shut it down and try to hold my anticipation for the rest of the book for a couple of hours until the flight.

30,000 feet, YES!  Grab the Kindle…On!

wait…

password page doesn’t look right…

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Nooooooo!

What’s happening here?  That book sponsor scrolly thing the Kindle does when it’s not on isn’t going away …wait, it’s only 1/3 going away….this is bad.

Shake it… bang it on my hand…almost bang it on the seat back in front of me…look desperately at husband… Nooooooooo!

Husband is frustrated because the seat entertainment screen thingy isn’t pulling up movie options, the only one showing is “Frozen” on repeat.  What is this!!!?  What’s happening!  If that guy from most of Stephen King’s movies shows up I’m locking myself in the restroom.

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David Morse = Scary Movie

Seat back in front of me slams backward almost hitting me as I’m trying to get the Kindle to respond…husband looks dumbfounded at the asshattery of the guy in front of me…then at me as tears start to well up and throat tightens.

What am I supposed to do for 12 hours husband?

As quietly as possible, right then I had a meltdown.

The Sponsor Ad killed my Kindle.

I won’t even go into the story of the Amazon idiot who sent me a “certified reburbished” Kindle as a replacement for a low price of $70+…cuz my warranty had expired.

*DEFEATED*  and waiting for my new-ish Kindle.

The Week of June

Well I managed to survive the week of June without much incident. From Father’s Day through the 20th was a tough week and is every year, so much so that the rest of June seems incredibly insignificant.

The Solstice came and went without much fuss and to my disappointment. I do this to myself.  My list of things to do for self-improvement and personal growth is long and continues to grow yet I am not actually sitting down to do any of them.   Aside from reading more and friendship strengthening (I hope), I’ve not accomplished or really set things in motion to accomplish most of my goals for this year.  I get excited and amp’d up for these things then I just fall back into the old routine.   In October 2013 I set out to make some changes, what a friend calls “seed work” and I have not been taking care of the seed I planted.  The surface of the seed I have accomplished mostly but the meat of it has gotten away.

Something needs to happen to spur me into being a do-er and not just a list-er.

My current list – results:

  • Read more, TV less – slightly working on this but it isn’t helping my lazy.
  • Meditate – not even tried in months.
  • Altar and ritual – not touched it in months aside from my friend adding a lovely figurine to it.
  • Work out 5 times per week – maybe 2 times if I focus.
  • Learn Japanese – haven’t really started on that yet but have something possibly lined up to start in August.
  • Strengthen friendships – I’ve worked on this some, opening up more.
  • Being pretty – I am slowly working on this with allowing my paycheck to cover a manicure and maintaining a fun hairstyle.  To simply like how I look.
  • Embrace domesticity – my house could be cleaner.
  • Bust Diabetes – I’ve not been eating as well as I should/could be.

 

That’s what I have so far. Need major do it power to replace wish for it power.

What I intend to do now is to use July, August and September to put into place a completely new routine.  From wake up to fall asleep, my day will be different then it is today (other than work and ombudsman obligations of course).  The last week of June I am going to start cutting away habits that are counter-productive and setting myself on a daily schedule.  No excuses.  If I’m injured I will find a workout I CAN do.  If it’s raining I have rain boots and an umbrella.  If it’s unbearably hot outside, push through it.   There are only a couple of shows on T.V. that I actually truly watch, the rest are fillers, the T.V. will stay off all other times.  The counter does not need to be crowded to do the dishes nor the hamper overflowing to do laundry.  Cutting portion sizes a bit more and opting away from white carbs more.  Not be judgmental, even in jest.

It’s way past time to get strict with myself and force the changes I want to make.