Bookish Blerd

I'm a book buying junkie who buys books faster than I can read them. But what better way is there to live than surrounded by books?! I read as much as I can and I do my best to give coherent reviews...which doesn't always happen.  I enjoy many genres, which is likely the reason I struggle with deciding my next read.

Shelf Success...For Now

Read-a-thon Weekend

So Dewey's is having their first ever summer read-a-thon this weekend.  I'm so excited.  I have to get together my TBR pile, snacks, and ready my blog for updates.  

 

Anyone else participating? 

Ugh!

When you add a book to an order so that it reaches the qualifying amount for 1-day shipping (and yes I feel bad enough about ordering anything from Amazon right now, let alone a book) but I somehow manage to hit 2 for quantity. *facepalm* It will cost almost the cost of the book to ship it back so now I have two copies of the same book. *sigh*

 

And yes, still slacking; I haven't made a post about my newly reorganized shelves.

Shelf Problems

I finally decided to take down some books that I know in my heart I will likely never get to (I mean maybe when I retire and the kids are gone and I have no thoughts in the world other than reading, but that's a ways off yet.)  But I'm going off on a tangent, as usual.  I couldn't start when I wanted to because hubby asked me on a trip in the truck with him and then (expectedly) unexpectedly moved up our leave date to almost a full day ahead of schedule.  It's typical hubby and I really should have known it was coming.  Anyway, I got this idea in my head last night to start the project at 10:00pm.  It was both good and bad.

 

Good because I learned that my father-in-law half-assed one of the shelves he put up for me.  He left screws out of a corner L-bracket and didn't use anchors in the middle one.  Needless to say as I pulled the books off the shelf, I noticed that it had come halfway out of the wall.  If I hadn't started my project I would have likely died in an avalanche of books and wood.   Hubby and I figured out that he left the screws out because it was such an awkward angle that it was [nearly] impossible to do.  So instead of at least anchoring the middle bracket or even telling me to be careful, I've been piling books on this top shelf for ages without realizing that it was slowly pulling away from the wall and about to completely collapse at any time.  *sigh* I won't even get into the enigma that is my father-in-law.   But crisis averted; hubby and I got the screes in so I didn't have to take the whole thing down and anchor the middle bracket.

 

It was bad because I had a long day and got too tired to continue with the project.  I ended up with books piled all over my room at about 12:30am as I fell into bed and slept almost immediately.   It took so long because we had to fix the one shelf and then I kept changing my mind about where I want to put things.  I bought a crate to help with my space issues, and now I kinda want to use it for my annual TBR pile.  But that would make for constant rearranging throughout the year as I conplete books.  While I enjoy rearranging my shelves, that seems a little extra even for me.  But then again, maybe not.

 

I am currently sitting on my bedroom floor both typing this post and trying to figure out the best course of action.  *sigh* Book junkie problems.

 

Reading progress update: I've listened 540 out of 939 minutes.

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits - David Wong, Christy Carlson Romano

This is...I don't even know, but I need to Tre not to be a bit-part character!! He was effing hilarious and I need more of him.

Book Addiction...It's A Thing

So, my box from Bookoutlet arrived (stinking scratch n dent sale) and I didn’t realize it before hubby saw it in the door. He was too busy with a blade of grass stuck in his eye at the time to comment.  Someone wasn't wearing safety glasses while edging the grass (no worries, super wife got the blade of grass out of his eye.)  I’m going to get the look later, though. The “Did you REALLY buy more books that you have no room for?” look.

 

It’s a sickness that I make no apologies for. Hell, I could have worse addictions– I totally kicked my Pepsi Throwback habit…mostly. My books; however, will be homeless as I have no more shelf space. I think it might be time to do the unthinkable… Get rid of some books. *shudder* I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it.

 

I think, logically I know there are some books that I couldn't wait to read at the time I got them, but years later they're still on my shelves collecting dust.  They can be parted with, it's just hard to admit that I purchased books that I (now) realistically know I'm never going to get around to reading.  And I kinda want to tackle the problem before the weekend is out, but I also don't want to do anything hasty.  

 

*sigh*  Book. Nerd. Problems.

 

Feets are Free!

 

 

So I saw my doctor for what will be the final time (as long as I don't injure myself again). He says the metatarsals are healing nicely, they are lined up as the should be. The pain is just fron where the break is, and the fact that the healing process takes longer than the 6-8 weeks it takes for the bones to mend.

 

He's not as happy with the ankle. It is mending and lined up where it should be, but because he couldn't put me in a boot for that one (because the right foot was in a boot) it's taking longer than he would have liked.  But it is mending and therr is no need for further visits... Until it's time to get surgery on my other foot, but that is some years down the line.

 

So all is well, it's just a waiting game.  Thanks to everyone who has taken this sadly ridiculous journey with me.  I am doing my best to curb my clumsiness if only to ease my daughter's anxiety, lol!  Now I can't wait until I'm healed enough for a pedicure!

Review: What The Hell Did I Just Read

What the Hell Did I Just Read - David Wong

I feel like I say this every time I review a book from this series, but this was an exercise in insanity!

 

Let me start by saying, there's only so much I can say without spoiling.  I'm about to say something that may be of an unpopular opinion; I don't know because I haven't talked to anyone who has read the series, but here it is:  I don't like Amy.  I don't know what it is about the character, but she just irks the hell out of me, and I cannot remember if I felt this way after reading the first two novels.  Even though I get the reason for her character, at the same time, I don't see the point of her.

 

That being said, John and Dave had yet another not-so-excellent adventure in [Undisclosed].  Just when I think the author couldn't possibly come up with a more, profane, creepy, hilariously convoluted story than the last, he goes and does it with style.  The kind of person you have to be to come up with this stuff... all the blessings to the author's wife!

 

Seriously, this was creepy, funny, and ridiculous.  If you've read the series, you understand why it's so hard to describe.  If you haven't read the series, you're missing out.  Go read it.  Right now!

 

I went back and forth between the paperback and the audiobook.  Whatever audio issues people were having when it was first released must have been fixed, because I thought it was great quality and a pretty good performance.  I think I may have liked the narrator of the second book a little better--taking away nothing from this narrator.  Overall it was a very good story and performance.

Reading progress update: I've read 300 out of 448 pages.

What the Hell Did I Just Read - David Wong

Why has no one notice the god damn snowman?!

Trying, But it's Hard

So after being basically immobile for nearly six months, I am finally trying to do something with the hot mess that is my bedroom.  And do you know what I have found?  Being injured sucks on sooooo many levels.  

 

My toes still hurt, so walking around for almost any period of time just sucks.  And when it's crappy weather, both ankles and basically my entire left foot ache terribly.   Also, because I haven't done much of anything since about mid-December, I get worn our really, really fast.  

 

Today I have managed to complete only one task, which was to switch out mine & hubby's winter wardrobes for summer.  I am seriously beat, but I still have to dust, polish, vacuum, and reorganize my books, because of course I bought more from comic con and the thrift store.  And don't even get me started about the fact that bookoutlet has a sale on as of today!!!

 

But I digress.  I may be out of the surgical shoe and the ace bandages and the air casts, but I have a long, long way to go to fully heal.  But at least I haven't hurt myself again, so that is a bright side.

 

I'll get to that comic con post at some point.

Reading progress update: I've read 42 out of 448 pages.

What the Hell Did I Just Read - David Wong

John and Dave back at it again with the supernatural/scary/funny shenanigans!

Still a Slacker...

...so many things I've been meaning to post about. I recently went to comic con, got my boot off, got some books...  I'll returm with a full rundown. Mostly I just wanted to say, "Hey all, it's been a while."

Review: Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto: Volume 1

Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto Vol. 1 - Sano Nami

Excellent!  It's just like the anime.  Sakamoto is this ridiculous character that everyone either loves or hates.  He's great a literally everything.  So much so that even the people who hate him for it, eventually begin to fawn over him like the people who love him.

 

We literally know nothing about him other than the fact that he's awesome.  He's never caught unawares, people who try to prank him end up having it turned around on them, he knows the answers in class, he helps people.... It just...he's absolutely ridiculous, larger-than-life.  The whole thing is just hilarious. I'm glad I got the manga.  There are little editions that aren't in the anime.  Little comments and actions that basically expand on the anime.

 

I think this review sounds ridiculous, and it probably does, but in my defense, I'm at hour 21 of a 24-hour readathon and I think I'm bordering on delirious.  Plus the whole thing is just insanely funny.  I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next volume.

Review: The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead - John Bolton, Mark Verheiden

So, didn't love it as much as I thought I would. This was a no-quite-accurate telling of the original Evil Dead movie. There were added/expanded scenes, which were good, but they changed a bit of the continuity of the original story, which wasn't good. The made all the girls look like they were dressed in modern-day (circa 2008) clothing, when the original story was filmed in the late 70s. Also, they made Cheryl some rando friend of Linda's rather than Ash's younger sister. There was some added backstory, which was kind of interesting and they expanded some scenes, for example Scott ditching Ash and Linda to find another way out of the woods. They actually show a bit of his trek through the woods, which was cool.

 

All-in-all it was closer to the meh side of good rather than the awesome side of good. Not a complete disaster, but it could have been better.

Review: Army Of Darkness: Omnibus, Volume 1

Army of Darkness Omnibus Volume 1 - Robert Place Napton, Nick Bradshaw, Andy Hartnell, Ivan Raimi, Sam Raimi, James Kuhoric, Kevin Sharpe, Robert Kirkman, John Bolton, Sanford Greene

This was a beast!  It's broken into five sections and each one tells the story of Ash's shenanigans with the Necronomicon, deadites, Evil Ash and time travel.

 

 

This has been a treat to read!  It is full of time travel, Ash goobering up his one task to destroy the book over and over, fighting and endless deadite army, and multiple Evil Ashes.  He saves the girl, loses the girl, ends up in the wrong time, travels backwards and forwards in time, gets sucked into a computer game and fights the evil digital version of himself and deadite soldiers.  He travels back to the cabin where it all started, picks up [and loses] new allies, destroys the book on multiple occasions and still the Necronomicon finds a way back into his life every time.

 

The stories are amazing and the artwork is is phenomenal.  Part of what took me so long to finish it was me staring at the art.  Each section is done by different writers and illustrators, so that makes it that much more eye-grabbing noticing the differences in writing and art styles.  It's a must read for anyone who is a fan of Ash Williams and the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness series.

Review: The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks

The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks - Ibraim Roberson, Max Brooks

As usual, Max Brooks killed it with the zombie lore!  The 'accounts' were brutal and some were down right gruesome.  There was that slight comedic air to them, but man this was dark.  The art work is fantastic.  I found myself just staring at it for long periods, soaking it in.  The art told more of the story that the text.  

 

I really enjoyed it.

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