Tackling the TBR Pile 02

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It’s been a couple weeks since I tackled my TBR read pile. I can tell you what I had on my previous TBR went back to the library unread. I just wasn’t feeling continuing the series at that moment. But I know I can pretty easily request those books again, when I want to pick it up.

Let’s see, I did finish one book so far for my GoodReads challenge. It was Unshelved Vol. 12 Overdue. Unshelved was a comic strip based on a library. Ironic that after the comic ended, I got a job in a library. You can read all the comics here.

Here’s a pic of my latest TBR pile.

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  1. Young Scrooge by R.L. Stine
  2. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  3. Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

Two of those are library books so I have 3 weeks to read those. (I think working at the library is starting to spark my motivation for reading, which is good, but now I kind of want to read *all* the books).

So is there anything else out there that people are reading?

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The Carousel at Pottstown

Pottstown, Pennsylvania. When you see the town name you don’t think of much these days. Or if you do think of something it generally has a negative connotation to it. But that’s about to change with the opening of the Carousel. It was an 18 year labor of love to get the carousel restored, but it soft opened in December 2016 and is now open on weekends. Check out their website for all things on the carousel!

Information:

Rides were $2.00 or 3 for $5.00

They also had T-shirts available for $12.00 for Youth and $15.00 for adults.

There was also a snack truck there, but I didn’t look to see prices or what snacks were available.

I should also note that prices could change at anytime as well.

Now onto some of my pictures of today!

All of the days photos can be viewed here.

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Book Year in Review

Why hello there February! I talked about doing at least one year in review in my Weekly Update post. So here is my 2016 Year in Books.

 

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There’s the screenshot from my 2016 Goodreads book challenge. For 2016 you can see I did not meet my challenge of 30 books. Could I have done 30 books, yes I could have. I just got lazy and procrastinated a lot towards the end.

Yes, I read 27 books, but I also think we could get nitpicky because a good portion of those books were comics and not just books of comics (like a volume or something but individual issues of a series).

To that end, while I expanded my horizons by reading more a genre I’m not too familiar with, I am also disappointed in myself because my total pages read is very low. (In total I read 3,357 pages.)

Goals for 2017:

  • Read 25 books (I’m not excluding anything again this year)
  • Read more comics (there’s a pile of them waiting to be opened and read)
  • More diversity (be aware of the authors)

I do feel like my goals for this year are pretty achievable. Periodically I will do a check in to see how I’m doing. (If I don’t do a check someone please comment and remind me!)

So does anyone have any reading goals this year?

Also I’m working on a spreadsheet sorted by the books I’ve read by year. I’ll upload that when it’s ready.

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Weekly Update

Week Ending Jan. 27th

I’ll be playing around with different things, till I get this baby back up and running the way I want. I just wanted to pop in and say, I really haven’t tackled the TBR pile at all.

Why you may ask? I’ve still got this sinus/upper respiratory/coughing thing going on. It’s 6 weeks on now, and I’m just frustrated.

BTW: I’m using Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zingers tea with honey (2x day), Neti Pot (2x day), sitting in my bathroom with the hot shower running to create steam (2x day), allergy medicine daily. Currently am finishing up a round of prednisone as well.  Anyone have any suggestions for anything else to do? (Also stuff like mucinex is out cause my body can’t tolerate that type of expectorant).

What have I actually done?

-started clearing out some inboxes, I read the emails, but I never sort, delete, or unsubscribe. Goal is to get these guys manageable or easily searchable.

-and I’ve been eating. The Hangry monster has been out in full force due to said predisone.

Goals for Week Jan 28- Feb. 3

-At least 3/4 inboxes to reasonable level

-Read those magazines

-Read those library books

-Clean my room

I know at least two of those are achievable. I’ll get back on track soon, and also try and figure out what I want this blog to be about. I think it’s going to be multi-faceted. (Travel, Books, and possibly TV shows I like).

Also I’ll probably write up some year in review posts for 2016 even though it’ll be February by the time I get them posted.

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Tackling the TBR Pile 01

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Hello blog readers! Long time no update. I’m starting something this year called tackling the TBR pile. Yes, that is an actual picture of my TBR books. And that is by no means all of them.

What am I reading right this moment?

For this, I’m also including magazines. I currently have ____ amount of back issues of magazines I’m going to page through. (I’m not admitting how many magazines are sitting in my room needing to be looked at).

-Magazines (Goal to decrease the pile by 1/4th)

-Assassination Classroom Vols. 6 & 7.

So right now, I know this is a short post but this is what I’m currently reading, and I hope to be blogging again regularly.

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Book Review: How to Speak Emoji by Fred Benenson

Disclaimer: I received this from NetGalley in return for an honest review. 

How to Speak Emoji by Fred Benenson

I figured with emjoi speak practically taking over texts, snaps, instagrams, tweets, and anything else in the social media realm, but I was annoyed by the book. When most of the phrases in picture form are 3 times as long as the phrase it’s to imply, I’m not sure it gets the point across.

Maybe this is also the time I should add, I’m probably older than the designated target group. But I also hope this book was in good jest. The beginning with overview of what the emjoi’s mean is great, even the basic conversation section, as those are little emjois that you would use in small conversation.

Then the book goes downhill with song lyrics and sentences.

I wish I could have enjoyed this book, but in the end I just didn’t.

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Book Review: Taco El Gato

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Taco El Gato is by Candy Briones and this is the first book in the series. Taco is a cat who was abandoned and then rescued by dogs. He has a “brother” and the brother isn’t too fond of him, or cats. Taco is chill about this rivalry, but I’m pretty sure something more will happen in later issues. Overall this is a cute comic to start, but I do wish a little more explanation of characters had happened. But I do look forward to reading some more about Taco and his friends/family.

Disclaimer: I received this from NetGalley in return for an honest review. 

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Book Review: The Twilight Zone: Shadow & Substance

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Disclaimer: I received this from NetGalley in return for an honest review. 

ISBN: 9781524100520
Pulblisher: Diamond Book Distributors/ Dynamite Entertainment
Release: October 2016

Review/Booktalk: While, I’m a little too young to remember The Twilight Zone on TV, I have watched a few episodes here and there and also am a fan of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Ride at the Disney parks, I wasn’t fully expecting the comic to be engaging and yet slightly creepy.

This compliation has multiple stories in it, and each are short and to the point. Which while great for the art of comics, I found myself wishing for a couple of the stories to be longer.

The artwork and lettering were fabulous, and I do hope more of these come out.

So I ask you now, are you here in the present or are you in another dimension known as The Twilight Zone?

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Review: Cetaphil

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Hey long time no blog! I’m participating in the JingleVoxBox from Influenster, and I got some products to try and review for free.  One of those products was the Cetaphil moisturizing cream.

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While I’m more of a Beekman 1802 lotion girl, this Cetaphil cream didn’t feel greasy and did help some dry spots. I also enjoyed the fact that it was scent free and didn’t bother me.

Overall, I’d recommend it to someone who is looking for something to help with their winter dry skin and I’ll most likely keep using it as a backup lotion as well.

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Product Review: Airbrush Legs

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What did I get this time around from Influenster you ask? Well I received  Airbrush Legs from Sally Hansen. I know there’s supposed to be lots of pictures, but I received the “light” color to try out. Well I thought the light color was going to be OK for my legs, then I realized how pale my legs are. When I applied the leg make up on, my legs kind of resembled the  oompa loompa from Willy Wonka and I’m not posting that 🙂

Overall, the product applied smooth, and set out what it was made to do, cover up issues. I did find that even though it was supposed to be easy wash off, it took some scrubbing to get the make up off the next day.

So how did I apply it?

  1. I squeezed a small amount (less than dime size) into my hand.
  2. I worked the amount into a small area on my legs.
  3. I blended to get an even finish.
  4. Then I repeated for the rest of my legs, until I got an even tone.

While I got this for free, I probably would have chosen the lightest shade they offer for myself to make sure my legs looked more natural. Also it’s great for people who wear clothes that show off their legs, and that is something I just don’t do.

So yes, I give it a recommendation but make sure you know which color works for your skin tone.

 

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