Library Haul ~ 8/19/17

I might have gone a little crazy today. I’ve been a fan of the Star Wars movies for years and I mean years. But, I feel like I haven’t been a true fan lately because I have so many books to catch up on. So anything Star Wars I can get my hands on? I’m all for it. Even the junior books. Hey, I managed to get one of them done already.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get Logan. I’ve been up in the air about that. Not sure why. I didn’t have interest in it when it was in the theaters. After some deep thought and my arm starting to hurt from the books. I decided to go for it.

Before I Fall, I also thought about. I usually read the book first before I see the movie. So depending on my schedule. I might try to read it this week. Or, I’ll just have to watch the movie first.

Star Wars Galactic Maps by LucasFilm

The Force Awakens by Chuck Wendig/Luke Rosss

Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide by Adam Bray

Rebel in the Ranks by Jason Fry

The Rebellion Begins by Michael Kogge

Edge of the Galaxy by Jason Fry

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor

Soul of the World by David Mealing

Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

The Jane Austen’s Writers Group by Rebecca Smith

Yu-Gi-Oh! by Shin Yoshida

Logan

Before I Fall

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Book Haul – Giveaway Wins

It’s usually once in a blue moon I win a giveaway from Book Riot or Goodreads. What are the chances I won twice on Book Riot around the same time? Well, I guess there is a first for everything.

Sister, Sister by Sue Fortin

Atomic Blonde by Anthony Johnston/Sam Hart

Looking forward to reading both. Hopefully, I will have reviews up soon.  Unfortunately, it’s been so long. You’ll have to forgive me but I can’t remember too much about the books.

 

Here We Go Again…..

35232272So, I’m attempting War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy again. I tried it back in January. It was to be my challenging book for 2017. One of the books I always wanted to read, but got scared of. Why, did it scare me? Not sure if it was the amount of pages or the small print. Or, just the fact it’s classic literature. I’ve read plenty of books that large before. Even the classics.

I hope to do updates as I read it. Plus, it’s a big book. If I’m lucky, I’ll remember everything I read when I finish it.

I think I had issues the first time because of life, stress, etc. Plus, I think it was the translation I had purchased. I purchased a new translation, so we shall see what I think of the new version.

I did get the Audible version back in January, but I think when I started to listen to it; my mind was on other things. That is a book you don’t want to zone out of. I might try it again to help get through the book quicker.

The only issue with the Audible and the book? Both are different translations. I noticed the chapters are a little off, so this could get interesting.

So wish me luck. I’m about to do at least a half hour of it tonight before I dig a hole in my book for book club.

War & Peace

So, I did it. I finished Book One of War and Peace. Or, I think in some editions, it’s Part One? I noticed with the book I’m reading, it says Book One. The Audible version says Part One. Unfortunately, I have many more to go. So far I’m enjoying it. At least from what I can get out of it. There are many characters and a lot of detail.

I really need to stay focused when reading it. It’s one of those books where you can’t let your mind wonder. I’ve learned no TV or music on when reading this one. Like, I mentioned above. I did download it from Audible. The narrator would be perfect for this if it had been an easier book. This one? Again, with all the characters and detail? It makes it a lot harder to focus even with the narrator.

I’m still going to try and listen to it though. So far the best way to listen is when I’m walking Gabby, my dog. Car? My mind wonders. Wait, that sounds bad. It’s more like I lose focus because of the driver in front or behind me. Most of the time, being an idiot. 

I have heard it gets better as the book goes along. So fingers crossed. Hopefully, I’ll have another update soon.

Why Can’t I Live in a Jane Austen Novel? 

Is there ever going to be a day where I’ll want to stop living in a fictional world? There are many worlds I would love to live in. Who wouldn’t want to live in Narnia or attend Hogwarts? 

If there is a world I would love to live in, it would be a Jane Austen novel. I would love it if I could find my own Mr. Darcy. Why him? I ask myself that question many times. Why go for the jerk? Well, he was a jerk at the beginning. His pride taking over. But, who doesn’t have pride? Everyone is guilty of it at some point. If it’s not Darcy, it’s Captain Wentworth. Reunited love, another favorite of mine. 

I always love when people remind me that women were not equals or the fact there were germs everywhere. Yes, I do think about that. I would miss my shower, baths, you name it. But, if I was born in that time I’m sure I would be fine. Right? Hopefully. 

I’m sure I’m not alone in this. At least I hope so. But escaping the real world for the fictional world is a great way to escape expectations one faces. Not caring what people might think. I can be who I want to be. Maybe I want to see things through the main character or maybe just be a character on the side lines. 

Now I’m thinking I should escape the real world tonight before the work week. Maybe escape into the world of War and Peace.

Paris For One

imagesWhen I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, I knew I wanted to read something else by her. I loved Me Before You and couldn’t put it down. I knew I would enjoy something else by Moyes. At least, I hoped so. It has happened before where you read something and can’t wait to read the next one. Only to discover the next book is a disappointment. Well lucky for me I loved Paris for One, even it was a collection of short stories with one novella.

I don’t want to take up your time and go over every single story. So I’ll just focus on the one I enjoyed the most. My favorite story would be the title story, Paris for One. Oh, how I wished the story had been longer. That one had been the novella. I really wanted more of this one. The ending felt rushed, but Moyes probably had to do it that way because it wasn’t the length of a novel. Either way, I was happy with the ending. With Paris for One, you do have your girl meets boy story.  With the other short stories, you’ll have a little romance and people living their everyday lives.

Definitely check it out. You won’t be disappointment. I’m ready to read her next book.