Saturday, October 31, 2015

October in Review



TV Shows I'm Watching:


Supernatural: I may have started this one before October, but I'm already almost done with Season 5! I love the fun brotherly love between Sam and Dean. I may be the odd one out in saying this, but I actually prefer just the fun episodes where they're hunting demons and ghosts, rather than the plot than emerges in seasons 4 and 5 with the angels vs. demons and the apocalypse. Still, it's a lot of fun.

How to Get Away with Murder: I turned my parents on to this one so now we all watch it together. It's a typical Shonda Rhimes drama, full of sex, scandals and plot twists. But even so, I love the plot and luckily I am not very good at predicting what will happen next because I am always surprised! My dad pretends not to like it, but he's as hooked as I am!

Books:



Playlist:

  • My House by FloRida
  • Right Hand by Drake
  • Save Dat Money by Lil Dicky
  • Hair by Little Mix
  • Fried Rice by G-Eazy
  • My Couch by Jake Miller
  • Superstition (Gooffe Remix) by Stevie Wonder

November Goals:

  • Run scheduled 5k in under 33 min
  • Run total of 25 mi in month
  • Read 20 books
  • Write at least 5 blog posts
  • Attempt NaNoWriMo (you don't have to get very far!)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Mini Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: William Morrow Books
Length: 181 pages
Original Publishing Date: January 1st, 2013
Series: Standalone
Where I got it: Audiobook from the library


Synopsis from Goodreads: 
 
Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

 
This was my first Neil Gaiman book and it's safe to say I was impressed. The combination of the magic and the rural English countryside was charming and fascinating. The characters were both mysterious and overwhelmingly universal and relatable. The way that Gaiman writes from a child's perspective is nothing short of miraculous.


God, I think the best part about this book is all the questions it leaves you with. It is simple; it it not plot-driven. However, it weaves a complex search about childhood and about the nature of magic. Don't go in expecting a lot to happen and all your questions about the plot to be answered. They just won't be. But, if you're patient and just let the story run through you, it's absolutely beautiful. And heartbreaking. 

Rating:  4 stars


Your Thoughts: Have you read it? What did you think? If you haven't, will you be adding it to your TBR list? Let me know!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Life Update




Wow, there's been a lot happening, and yet at the same time, not much at all. This is just a little update to let anyone out there know that I'm here, I'm thinking about the blog, and I'm brainstorming what I want to do.

So that I have have it in writing, I'll spell out my mini-manifesto. 

Side-note: have you ever noticed that whenever a blogger pauses blogging and tries to get back in to it, they feel the need to explain why they were gone? And not only that, but they feel the need to a) promise a change and/or b) reiterate what the updated version of the blog/posting schedule/posting topics will be? It's an interesting study into the human psyche, I think. We have this self-centered idea that someone out there is paying so much attention to what we write that they need this explanation. Also, the prickling need to define what exactly it is that we will be posting, to define this blog as "this kind of blog" is fascinating. It's a desire to label something, instead of letting it happen freeform. 

Anyway, all that aside, that's exactly what I'm going to do. 

  1. Obviously, continuing to focus on book reviews. Reading is a huge part of my life, and thus a huge part of my blog and that will never change
  2. Potentially changing to a week/month in review format for many things. Keeping track of movies/TV watched, books read, fitness, etc. 
  3. Still including cool links, cool music, cool recommendations. I like keeping track of it.
  4. Speaking of music, I'd like to continue my old trend of creating playlists. I've fallen out of practice but I'd like to get back into it! Finding new music is so fun.
  5. Did I mention I've been running quite a bit? I'd like to explore my workouts more, discuss my races, etc. Should be fun!
  6. Other than that, I know there's always this pressure to post and then this discussion with ourselves (as bloggers) on how we're not going to put that pressure on and we're going to post as we like. Yup, I'm gonna say that too. Sometimes I feel like blogging and honestly, sometimes I just don't. So there. 
So, more to come (maybe?).