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.

2019 Dewey's Readathon [April]: Hours 17-20

I have managed to complete three books, while also taking an accidental nap, which required me to rewind mt audiobook, but helped refresh me.

 

I've gotten up to stretch and make popcorn.  I've only eaten half the bag, but I enjoyed it and I am LOVING Hail To The Chin--which, duh.  Bruce Campbell. 'Nough said.  My oldest kid is making way too much noise for 4:00am, which also helped as I was starting to fade a bit.  Getting up to tell her to knock it off perked me up.  

 

Not sure if I'll finish my current read before the readathon ends, but we'll see.

SPOILER ALERT!

Review: The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin

Author: N. K. Jemisin

Narrator: Robin Miles

Time: 15:27 | Pages: 500

 

Um...wow!  I'm still trying to wrap my head around this one.  This novel was so beautifully complex without becoming convoluted.

 

I'm still trying to make sense of the fact that the three women we follow in this story is all the same person at different times in their life.  Maybe I'm thick, but I had no clue until the final chapters.  I never realized that each "character's" story was set during a different time period.  To me they were just three people living their lives, which I assumed would intersect at some point.  Well, I wasn't off on that.

 

Excellent writing.  Fascinating story.  Intriguing characters.  I can totally see why this won awards!  I don't even know what to say.  This was fantastic!

Reading progress update: I've read 411 out of 500 pages.

The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin

Wait... What?

Reading progress update: I've read 390 out of 500 pages.

The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin

Holy. Moley!  Plot twist!

2019 Dewey's Readathon [April]: Hours 13-16

I got too comfortable and dozed off briefly.  It was a slight waste of time I've had to rewind the audiobook so not to miss too much of the book that I'm confused if I had just let it keep playing.

 

Oh well.  I may just have refreshed myself.  Hopefully I'll do better this next quarter.

2019 Dewey's Readathon [April]: Hours 9-12

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now? The Fifth Season
2. How many books have you read so far? I've completed two and am currently on book three.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Hail to The Chin. That one I can read or listen to the audio if my eyes get tired.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Actually not too many, or they've been of my own making.  And I've combated them with taking my iPod and speaker with me to other rooms, or popping on the headphones.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How relaxed it is. Everything is so laid back and at ease. I'm loving it.

 

Took a shower/hair washing break, but not really a break.  I put The Fifth Season on audiobook and listened to it while I did my hair.

 

Then I paused briefly to watch The Hart Foundation get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.  Sobbing happened.  Jim "The Anvil" Neidhardt was being honored by his daughter and brother-in-law/best friend.  It was beautiful.  And then some crazy bastard attacked Bret Hart on live TV!!!!! The picture cut out so we didn't actually get to see anything but the aftermath.  I mean WOW!  Why you would choose to attack someone at an event like this is insane, but to do it in front of a ton of very large, strong and protective wrestlers...dude clearly wanted to die.

 

And then that racist piece of shit Hulk Hogan was announced and I muted the TV and went back to my reading.

 

So I'm all clean and coiffed and reading to burn the midnight oil!  If I finish my current read before too late I might switch to a graphic novel and then back to audiobook.  We'll see.  My readathon has been super chill so far, and that's exactly what I wanted.

2019 Dewey's Readathon [April]: Hours 5-8

Had a 15-minute power nap that my noisy neighbors woke me from...which was actually helpful because that's what made it a power nap.  I managed to finish two books and moved on to my third--which I've already been reading.  I've moved back to an audiobook to give my eyes a rest.  [Doing a crack-up job resting them as a blog this, haha]

 

Had some more snacks, journal'd a little and got visual confirmation that both of my kids are alive, LOL!

 

Think for this next quarter of the readathon I'm going to stick to the audiobook so that I can shower and wash my hair.  I still have the Hall of Fame ceremony to watch.  Can't wait to see if I finish The Fifth Season and/or what I pick to read next.

 

Happy reading everyone!

Review: Coraline [Graphic Novel]

Coraline - Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell

Author: Neil Gaiman

Adaptation & Illustration: P. Craig Russell

Pages: 186

 

Wonderful.  Whimsical with a slight hint of creepy.  

 

Coraline is a bright, adventurous child who doesn't get enough attention from her parents, but she's perfectly capable of occupying her time exploring.  There is a cast of wacky characters, a key to a door that leads nowhere, and then somewhere.  It becomes a doorway to another version of her world where the characters are twisted copies of the ones from her world.  And the Other Mother, is clearly a creepy monster disguised as her mother to lure her into a false sense of security so she can eat her...probably.  Most definitely.  And EWWWW spiders!  

 

The artwork was wonderful and while I haven't read the original novel and cannot compare the adaptation to it, I think it's fantastically done.  I've seen the movie so I had something to go on.  And as with anything that features a sassy cat--or any cat--he was my favorite character!  I very much enjoyed reading this.

Review: Savage Skies

Savage Skies (MP3 Book) - Rebecca  Cook, Cassie Edwards

Title: Savage Skies

Author: Cassie Edwards

Narrator: Rebecca Cook

Time: 07:11:20 | Pages: 324

 

I have to say I was a little underwhelmed.  I'm used to loving Cassie's historical/Indian romances.  This was good, but only just.  The characters weren't exciting and didn't draw me into the story like usual.  The writing was kind of bland and the plot was kind of stiff.

 

Shirleen is a battered woman who had initially married her husband because she believed she loved him and that he would take her away from her boring home life.  Nope.  He was an evil bastard that beat her so frequently and badly that he left scars on her back.  Years later, they have a child together and, with the fear that he will eventually being abusing their daughter as she grows older, Shirleen makes plans to runaway.

 

The morning of her planned escape, their small community is attacked by a band of renegade Comanche.  All all slaughtered save her.  She is taken captive but is eventually rescued by Chief Blue Thunder who was searching for captive warriors belonging to a band that he is allied with.  

 

Long story short, they are hesitant, but fall in love quickly.  He rescues her daughter, they marry.  There's very little drama and no "damsel in distress" trope which is refreshing, yet I was kind of hoping for it.

 

It wasn't bad, but it was kind of boring.

2019 Dewey's Readathon [April]: Hours 1-4

Having a lovely day so far.

 

I started with caring for my furbabies, and my hubby, and having a delicious cup of coffee.  I started with an audiobook, Savage Skies by Cassie Edwards because it left me able to multitask.  I took care of my morning duties all while listening.  I paused briefly to see hubby off to his work week, and to chat with my kiddo.  There was a break when mama called so I took the opportunity to get up move around and stretch.  I worked on my journal for the readathon, which I had neglected.  I even added a book to the stack.  I had a snack break and lunch at noon.  Salad.  Trying to stick to healthy foods as some of my snacks are not so healthy, lol.

 

I am nearly done with my audiobook and am curious as to which read I will pick next.  I haven't a clue or a plan.  

 

Hope everyone is having a good day reading, or whatever it is you might be doing.  Until my nest update!

2019 Dewey's Readathon [April]: Zero Hour

Getting to Know You Survey

 

1)What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Philly, PA

 

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Fifth Season, mostly because I’ve been working on it for too long.

 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Teriyaki Jerky.

 

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am a total homebody.

 

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? Nothing; I took a casual, relaxed approach to the last readathon and I will do it again this time. If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

 

Starting off with a audiobook because I realized that I hadn’t set up my reading journal for today. Also I gotta get the hubby off to work so this way I can read while helping him get his supplies together. Hope everyone has fun today!

2019 Dewey’s Readathon [April]: Prep

Readathon prep.

This Could Be The Wine Talking...

...but I'm excited for the readathon now.

 

Maybe I should go to the beginning?  This is going to be all over the place, probably, so be patient with me.  

 

1. Work Shenanigans Update:  As it turns out, several of us found that their schedules had been "mysteriously" changed on Sunday.  A co-worker told me (after the fact) that she had confronted the culprit and they, of course, said that my co-worker had to be mistaken because her schedule was in the system.  Well thank goodness she remembered to print her schedule, which shows the date you printed it, and she PROVED that her schedule had indeed been altered.  And we found that the hard copy of the schedule that is posted in the office at the beginning of every week showed her original hours and not the altered hours.  So of course the culprit back peddled and said that it was some glitch with the system, or that someone else must have done it.  Bull. Crap.  So to combat her lies, all of us employees involved have decided to remember to print our schedules the last day we work and on Saturdays, just to prove that there are shenanigans afoot if the issue arises again.  It's sad that we have to do this, but it is what it is.

 

2. Yesterday, instead of relaxing and planning my TBR list for Dewey's I took my daughter to register for college.  It made me nostalgic for school, and I started contemplating going back to school to finish my degree--which is INSANITY!  Who the hell in their right mind wants to go back to school on top of working and doing mom/wife stuff?  Eh, the jury's still out.  If I did it I would only take one or two classes at a time and just pay out of pocket instead of trying to do a full course load and having to deal with financial aid and whatnot.  The whole experience made me proud and sad.  I didn't think she would go to college at all because she's the one obsessed with not spending money and worried about debt, but she's decided to at least go for an Associate's degree and then go from there.  It makes me sad because she's my youngest.  Where has the time gone?!  She was just my hyperactive babygirl who did circles around the coffee table and climb all over the furniture.  She's also the child most likely to move away from home and never call or visit. *sigh*

 

3. Today hubby and I went to the Chadds Ford Winery to pick up (late) our two free bottles that is a bonus of being a wine club member.  On the way there we stopped at a cute little diner and had the prettiest omelets we've ever seen.  I'm not joking, these things were beautiful!  They were tasty too.  They also informed us that if we come in for lunch or dinner after visiting the wonder, we can bring a bottle of wine in to drink with our meal.  How cool is that?!  I think more places are starting to allow BYOB.  Anyway, with the wine club membership you and a guest can have a free tasting any time we come to the winery.  Who wants to take a 40 minute drive and not have a tasting?!  Not this girl.  I did it by myself as hubby didn't want to sit around afterward to make sure he was okay to drive.  You obviously only get a small taste (maybe an ounce) for every wine you sample, but he's a super duper lightweight, so...   We've only become wine drinkers over the last few years and we used to stick to dessert wines.  Now we're expanding our horizons.  I'm finding that I enjoy some, and only some, dry wines now.  It's a fun place.  The staff are super friendly and welcoming and never make you feel stupid for not being a wine connoisseur.  They have events all year long and you can bring a picnic basket with you if you want to make a day of it.

 

4. Now that I'm home, I've tidied up my room and reading spaces for tomorrow, I've pulled out my snack options and I'm working on my TBR.  I'm ready to get the weekend started!

 

Hope everyone has a stellar weekend!

Who's Doing Dewey's This Weekend?

I'm actually not excited like I usually am.  It's probably because 2019 has been a reading disaster for me.  I haven't even picked out my TBR pile, but I've got snacks, so that's something. I'm off the next few days so I'm hoping to come up with a plan before Saturday.  Otherwise I'll just wing it...which I don't like.  Even if I don't stick to it, I like to have a plan.  We'll see how it goes.

Work Shenanigans: Part...Eleventy-Seven?!

We are required to request time off at least 18 days in advance, but apparently they can change our schedules any time at the drop of a hat.

 

I check my schedule every Sunday, not for that weeks Mon.-Thu. schedule, but for the following week's.  I also know that schedules usually are changed/updated between Monday and Tuesday the week prior, but by Wednesday, it is typically set.  Although that's bullshit because we should have our schedules at least a full week in advance.

 

So this past Wednesday I double checked my schedule for the coming week and it remained the same as it had on Monday and Tuesday when I checked.  Wednesday was my last day of work for this week.

 

Out of habit, today I checked the schedule to see if the week after next has been posted.  It has, and it's a mess, but I know it will change by Monday or Tuesday of next week.  Low and behold, my schedule for this coming week has suddenly changed.  I've been gypped out of 3 hours, but that's not upset me, although it should.  What pisses me off is that if I wasn't so diligent about checking my schedule, I would have had no clue until I showed up to work on Monday.

 

This is going to make me call HR.  I want another week or two to properly document things as I haven't been actually documenting my issues prior to this.  But a week or 3 of documentation and a recall of past transgressions might--and I stress "might"--be enough to do something about this evil woman. 

 

Oh, and someone who worked at the store for over 13 years got fired for stealing, so I've been at the customer service desk every day for weeks.  Still not fully trained.  And we've changed our returns policy for the third time in eight months. Still don't care.  If I can't do something, oh well, supervisors and managers can deal with disgruntled customers.

Long Rough Day...

A customer gave me an actual, legitimate headache today. I had to take a break, go to the ladies room and then go buy a travel-sized Tylenol. Usually I want to throat-punch customers like that, but this lady I wanted to missle drop-kick Asuka style!  Just jump up on the counter and drop-kick her into next year!

 

 

Then I had to go to two Walgreen's to FINALLY get the antibiotics for my eye that were prescribed on Friday...on the bus. Had to Lyft home because I was too effing tired to get on another bus.  So the issue with my eye, as mentioned in my Spring Cleaning post... There's a story.

 

So I'm sure most of you remember my surgery and subsequent injuries that left me laid up for a good bit of 2018. This meant me neglecting a lot of things like my annual eye exam, check-up, teeth cleaning, etc. So I saw my primary last week who told me my acid reflux was probably worse because I'm getting older, so to double up and if that helped he'd up my prescribed dosage. Well the old thing hurt. He was just being honest, but I don't see myself as old or even generally feel it.  And he didn't actually call me old, I'm just being butt-hurt and petty. And he was right, I do feel better taking more meds *sigh*

 

Two days later I went for my eye exam and to talk about an issue I had been having with my right eye. I'd been feeling like there's a piece of grit stuck in my eye for a while. It came and went,  so I didn't stress until very recently my eye has been feeling like it's burning.  You know the sensation you feel when you're really tired? Like that, but just the one eye and it started feeling like that all day.  Turns out I managed to injure my eye without knowing it. I'll be damned if I remember getting poked or hit in the eye or actually getting something stuck in it.  But whatever the injury,  it caused two defects inside my eye and I need antibiotics to clear it up.   AND because I'm old, my eyes are dry and I need to use eyedrops several times a day forever now.  Second doctor calling me old. And she actually used my age, the answer to life the universe and everything. Hurts man. Hurts.  But not only this, because the defect has been there for who knows how long, and the whole old, dry eye issue, once the antibiotics clear it up, to keep it from coming back, I have to use a special over the counter eye ointment every night...forever. 

 

So, I'm allergic to the meds she wanted to give me, and she had to prescribe something else, which she worried the insurance would give me trouble with.  The one medicine was out of stock and had to be reordered, the other was "under review" by the insurance.  This was Friday, so I knew I wasn't getting my meds until Monday at the soonest.  Meanwhile, I try all weekend to find the ointment she wants me to use. ZERO pharmacies have it in stock, nor does Target, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond-- not even the actual manufacturer's website has it it stock!!! And there's nothing about it being discontinued, it's just not available. *sigh* I am losing my mind all weekend trying to find this stuff, or another brand with the same ingredients list.  FINALLY Sunday evening I find a Bausch & Lomb version at Walmart online that I cannot in-store pick-up...I won't see it delivered until tomorrow. *double sigh*

 

No news on my prescriptions on Monday, and mind you I have to go in for a follow-up this coming Tuesday to see how my eye is progressing with the meds.  Finally today I get in touch with the Pharmacy, who gets in touch with the Doctor to change the prescription to something they have in stock, because I can't wait anymore.  I can't answer their return call, which was to let me know that only one was in stock, and the other was at another close-by store and did I want to just pick them both up at the other store?  So I go to my normal store and she tells me the deal, either I can go get it from the other store today, or come back to that store tomorrow.  Thus the bus ride to two Walgreens.

 

And I can't even sleep in and enjoy my day off tomorrow because I have to go for routine bloodwork, because it's the first day I'm able.  I can't wait to see what issues they find with that.  I am totally being a pessimist, don't mind me.  It's just been a frustrating few days.  I needed to vent all of that.

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