Reading Challenge 2016!!

IMG_1397This post was meant to be done at the beginning of the year but I have been behind on all the things I wanted to accomplish so I am playing catch up once again it seems this is my pattern I can’t break. Oh well least I am sitting down now and getting it done! Procrastination is my middle name…obviously.

This challenge was brought to my attention on Facebook and on Instagram through my old cast mates of the podcast “Chickcast.” I already do a GoodReads goal and my goal from 2016 was a total of 30 books or more if possible, since last year I had to cut back down to 25 because I was way off track. Its been helpful though because it gives me some ideas of what books to read. Plus I am a sucker for any kind of challenges, if I could find any good writing ones I would do those as well! Maybe I’ll create my own one of these days.

So far I have only knocked one-off this list: A book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child or Bff. I read Dragon Age : The Last Flight  written by Liane Merciel and it was chosen for me by my brother. It was such a great book and I loved finding out what happened to the legends that were the Griffons and the end of the Fourth blight by Garahel and the Grey Wardens. IF you love the video games pick up all the books they are well written and amazing my favorite will always be Asunder!

IMG_1501Here are the books I have read so far for my GoodReads Goal:

  • Star Wars : Dark Disciple by Christie Golden. If you love Asajj Ventress then this books for you. The cool thing about this novel is that it was actually supposed to be an episode on Star Wars: The Clone Wars but was never made. I have always been intrigued by her character as a whole and I am glad that I read this book. Then again I haven’t read a star wars book I didn’t love. I gave this one a five star rating.
  • Then I read Hellblazer Volume #1 aka Constantine. It was really good but to be honest I actually started it last year but kept getting distracted by other things. A lot of the issues in this volume made me miss the show Constantine.  Actually they took a lot from this book to make the show and I think it’s still a travesty that the TV show was cancelled. I love you Matt Ryan!!
  • Right now I am currently knocking another book off the list: A book You have been meaning to read. I read all the other mass effect books and was blown away by them, I love getting more out of a series than just a video game, this also applies to the Dragon Age books.
    51blMUx+kAL._SX298_BO1,204,203,200_Now with that being said once I heard that Mass Effect:  Deception was written by William C Dietz and not by Drew Karpyshyn, he wrote all the previous books, I was a little worried. There was a rumor going around that Dietz totally went off base on this one that it was horrible and people should stay away until they revised it (which never happened to my knowledge.)
    Then the other week my brother and I went to the library and I decided “Hey I know this book is supposed to be flawed but hey let’s see for myself.” So far I am kind of regretting that decision but I will persevere and finish it, the biggest problem with it is the lore is not used to its fullest potential it almost feels like the guy just decided I’m not going to do research and just write a book. I also do not like the setup of this book the flow is so choppy that I feel like my brain is jumping around in my head trying to grasp at straws. I feel like the chapters could have been broken up differently and the different characters should have been broken up into their own chapters like so many other great books. We shall see what I think once I hit the end of the book but right now I’m not sold and it takes a lot for me to dislike a book and give it a negative review.

That’s where I am so far in this reading challenge. I am excited to get more knocked off the list and I’ve already been trying to think of what books to read for certain challenges. Please feel free to join me in this challenge I would love to know what books you chose. Happy Reading everyone!

Back to the Comics! 

I can’t even recall the last time I read a single issue of a comic book I have been mostly reading Graphic novels that I borrow from my older brother. 

Thankfully Kris gave me a couple new codes to start with! Although I am sure I have plenty of Marvel ones to read on the app.  But then again I have so many I wouldn’t even know where to begin so the codes he was kind enough to give me will suffice it for now!! 

Part of the reason I stopped was I got my new iPhone and I didn’t want to have a whole bunch of stuff take over my phone as first. Then I just sort of drifted farther and farther away from the single issue comic books. Hopefully now I’ll get back into them even if it is just a few select titles here and there. 

Spidey #1   
Spidey #2   
 I really enjoyed the first two issues of this Spidey comic! It was nice to have how he became Spider-Man wrapped up in just a few short bubbles. I mean I love Spider-Man as much as the next guy/girl but I also tire of hearing the same ole backstory over and over! Let’s see where  Spidey takes us this go-a-round! 

What I have been reading

Hello everyone its time for Book Corner, which should be returning more often at least I will try! I am three books behind in my 30 GoodReads Goal I am sitting at 17 total books for this year, I really need to step up my game if I want to accomplish this goal! Anyways during the time I had a short hiatus while moving and waiting to have my computer set up to the internet, and having a desk to sit at I read a few books so I will tell you what I read!

Now I consider Graphic Novels to count towards my goal and so does GoodReads (You can scan single issues but they don’t count towards your overall total.) so if you want to say they aren’t books, please go away! Nobody has time for that negativity!

Ready Player One
Ernest Cline

imagesFL0GYU3GI highly recommend Ready Player One Written by Ernest Cline. It’s easily the best book that I have ever read! I loved the storyline, and I loved each and every one of the characters. There was a whole bunch of 80s references throughout the whole book and there was probably like three that I didn’t quite understand and had to look up on the internet, but they were all fantasy, Game related references a gamer should appreciate it. If you love this book as much as I did please tell me! I have heard a few negative comments on it but overall it got good reviews. I think a five-star rating wasn’t enough! Way to go Cline. Oh and by the way it’s getting a movie!!!! Looking forward to that one!

Pure Insanity
*New Suicide Squad Volume 1*
new-suicide-squad-vol1-pure-insanity-dccomics-ryan-hunter-roberts-blondI really enjoyed the first story but the second one was mediocre at best, still an overall fun read. I have come to the conclusion that I prefer reading graphic novels to single issues. For me I can’t really afford each issue, each week or month depending on which property it belongs to, plus I’m funny I hate having to wait to find out what happens next. I am a book junkie what can I say I sure love a good book

Deathstroke Volume 1: Gods of War
deathstroke-vol-1-gods-of-wars-the-new-52I was overjoyed to hear that Deathstroke had his own comic book! After watching Season 2 of Arrow on the CW (credit really goes to Manu Bennett for my love of DeathStroke.) I became obsessed with DS. Now before reading this I really only heard bad things about it, someone said it confused them, I clearly don’t agree. I understood it completely maybe if it was confusing re-read it and I bet it will make sense! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Natasha Preston

91awiaP1tgL._SL1500_I got this book off the Ibooks application on my iPhone. It was an enjoyable read even if the subject matter was on the dark side. Could you imagine having something really bad happen to you at a young age and take a vow of silence to protect yourself and your loved ones? I wouldn’t wish that on anyone not even one of my enemies. It is a love story, and a sad story which had me in tears by the end. I have to read book two to find out what happens to this girl. I am sensing a trip to the local library, or I might just buy it right off of my Ibooks app.

The Fourth Labyrinth
Christopher Golden

imagesD2LG61VZOh how I love Nathan Drake and the Uncharted Series! The Fourth Labyrinth rekindled my love for the series and makes me miss having a PlayStation 3, especially with Uncharted 4 on its way, one day I will get a PS4 until then this book sated my taste for it.  Drake and Sully go on another one of their wild treasure hunts filled with Murder and mystery. I for one thought overall it was a pretty interesting story I just missed Elena Fisher! Bring her into the next book please!

Deus Ex: The Icarus Effect
James Swallow

51va0zXD6zLIcarus Effect takes place right before the game Deus Ex: Human Revolution but it’s not the sole focus of this book. So that means sorry ladies no Adam Jensen (aww poo). I really read this to subdue my love for Deus Ex until Mankind Divided comes out next year! Overall it was a really good book and I recommend if you love the games to read this book.

There you have it, there are the books I have read since my last post was published! They are listed from recent to the oldest. If you have read any of these books and would like to share your thoughts on them I am always open for discussion!

I am currently reading The Last Apprentice: The Curse of the Bane by Joseph Delaney *book two in the series* I expect to be finished sometime this weekend or during next week.
9-11-september-11-memorials-patriots-dayWith the end of this blog post, I please ask my readers take a moment of silence to remember the events of 9/11.  Honor those who gave their lives trying to save others, those who had their lives stolen, and the people who were left behind. We will always be scarred by this tragedy and those innocent souls that were stolen from us will always be with us.

I remember sitting in my 7th grade History class when the towers went down. I remember sitting there with tears in my eyes and a horrible gloom hanging over my head. We sat and watched the News coverage pretty much that whole day.

Please be safe out there, this world is cruel and I wish you nothing but good fortune.