Saturday, November 21, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Top 5 Wednesday: Book You Did Not Finish

It's Top 5 Wednesday time again, and this week we are covering the top 5 books you did not finish. I've picked up quiet a few books in my time that I didn't finish. I've tried to give them a couple shots, and for whatever reason, I just could not get into it. Her'es my top 5.

1) V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd

I watched the movie and really enjoyed it so I wanted to dig into the graphic novel, hoping for a much better, more in depth story. But as I tried to read it, if I remember correctly, it is just packed full of more detail about dystopian type of society that the movie shows, and kind of confused me a bit. I may have been able to get more into it later in the story, but I just couldn't get pass for the first few pages. I tried the same thing a few years later when Watchmen came out as a movie, but in that case I WAS able to dive into the graphic novel, which is weird, because that's dealing with a lot of complex scenarios as well. But yeah, loved the movie, just couldn't finish the graphic novel.

2) Congo by Michael Crichton

So this is an oldie, and truth be told, I should probably give it another go. The movie came out and my step-dad, being the constant reader he is, had the book and told me I should check it out. I tried and tried to get into it, but just couldn't. The reason I say I should give it another try, is because growing up I just wasn't a reader. Reluctant reader is an understatement. But, a year later I read "A Time To Kill", and although reading didn't stick at the time, I did finish it and enjoyed it. I know, it's a different author, but I've read a lot more since then, so maybe I should give this one another try.

3)Storykiller by Kelly Thompson

This one burns a little, and I haven't totally given up on reading it yet, but I've tried three times, and so far I keep putting it back down. The reason it burns is because I backed this project on Kickstarter. I was, and still am, really excited about the concept of a girl who has to fight mythical storybook characters. It sounds awesome, but I've only gotten three chapters in, and each time I put it down. Something about it just isn't keeping my attention, it might be the dialogue, I don't know. But like I said, I love the idea, so I'm sure I'll pick it up again eventually. Just not sure when.

2) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

So, as I've stated, I was a reluctant reader. Always have been. But, guess what book got me reading again and back into creating stories and really wanting me to pursue becoming a full-time author. Twilight. People can hate it, but a friend I used to work with  was reading the first book before the movies came out and lent it to me when she was finished. I think I read it cover to cover in a week, which was fast for me, especially back then. Why am I telling you this? Because Wuthering Heights is referenced in the Twilight books, and I thought to myself, "Hmm, I should check that book out." No. I've tried a handful of times to read this book and I can't do it. It's complicated to get through it, and then when I started to understand what I was reading, it just did not keep my attention. Maybe one day I'l try again, but probably not anytime soon.

1) Divergent by Veronica Roth

I think I've tried to read this book three or four times. Each time I haven't gotten past the bus scene in the first chapter, which is only a couple pages in.  I just can't do it. I know a couple people who really love the book and keep telling me to give it another shot, but every time I do, it's just... BLAH! Then as I was watching through random booktuber vid's I came across Ginger Reads Lainey's video about how she hated the third book, Allegiant. Knowing I hadn't finished the first book and probably wasn't going to read it any time soon, I watched the video (which can be found here) and not only laughed at how mad Lainey got, but it kinda settled it for me. I don't need to read the book. Plus, there's really no interest in the movies either, I haven't seen either one yet.

So there you have it, my top five for this week of books I have not finished. I'm sure there are others but these were the first one's to come to mind. If you're interested in Top 5 Wednesday the goodreads group is found HERE and Ginger Reads Lainey's youtube page is HERE.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Series Novellas

This is my first post for T5W (links below the post) and while I'm excited to start updating the blog with these posts, I think the first month or two might be a bit bare. I haven't always been the fiercest reader, as a matter of fact, growing up I was a very reluctant reader. But as a writer, I know I need to read more, so I'm hoping doing this exercise of blogging about books, and watching booktubers and their Top 5 Wednesday posts, will give me more recommendations on books to read.

Also, just as a side note, I am a cartoonist and love comic books, so inserted in my Top 5 Wednesday posts, I will include comics. Because I like comics. Bowties comics are cool.

Anyways, let's get on with it, shall we?

This week's T5W is Favorite Series Novellas. 

I've only read or started to read a couple novella series, so in this list, I'm going to include some series that I've been wanting to read, but just haven't had a chance yet. (This list is in no specific order.)

First is The Eva Series, by author J.M. Wilde

This is a series I just recently discovered as I was looking for a good zombie story to read and came across this. "As They Rise" is the first story in a three part series, and it was really good. Towards the end of the story, while they are at the gas station (no spoilers), I found myself cringe with anticipation on what was gonna happen next. I'm really looking forward to getting into the second part, "While We Fall".

Second is another series, I haven't finished yet, but thoroughly enjoyed the first two stories. It's "The Flash Gold Chronicles" by Lindsay Buroker.

A steampunk adventure story, almost like a old western, but set in the Yukon, Flash Gold is the first in the series. about a girl named Kali trying to win a race for the prize money to get her out of her surroundings. Filled with steampunk inventions, airships, and some alchemy, it's right up my alley, and I really need to find the time to finish the other two novellas in this, so far, four part series.

The next three are some series that I haven't read yet, but I've got on my "to read" list.

Fat Vampire by Johnny B Truant

This is the description that hooked me, taken from the Amazon page:
"When overweight treadmill salesman Reginald Baskin finally meets a co-worker who doesn't make fun of him, it's just his own bad luck that tech guy Maurice turns out to be a two thousand-year-old vampire.

And when Maurice turns Reginald to save his life, it's just Reginald's own further bad luck that he wakes up to discover he's become the slowest, weakest, most out-of-shape vampire ever born, doomed to "heal" to his corpulent self for all of eternity.
As Reginald struggles with the downsides of being a fat vampire -- too slow to catch people to feed on, mocked by those he tries to glamour, assaulted by his intended prey and left for undead -- he discovers in himself rare powers that few vampires have… and just in time too, because the Vampire Council might just want his head for being an inferior representative of their race."
I gotta get into this one, it sounds funny and exciting.

Forth is Hugh Howey's Wool (Silo Series)
 This has been on my list for quiet some time and I just haven't gotten to it yet. Hugh Howey is most likely a house-hold name to the indie publishers out there and this series got Howey a lot of mainstream attention. It's a post-apocalyptic, science fiction tale, both subjects I'm a fan of. I have the first one on my Kindle, I just need to read it.

And lastly, is another Hugh Howey one, called Beacon 23. 
 Here's the description from the Amazon page: "For centuries, men and women have manned lighthouses to ensure the safe passage of ships. It is a lonely job, and a thankless one for the most part. Until something goes wrong. Until a ship is in distress. 

In the 23rd century, this job has moved into outer space. A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at many times the speed of light. These beacons are built to be robust. They never break down. They never fail. 

At least, they aren't supposed to."

So that's it. No comics in this week's T5W, mostly because there aren't really novella series in comic books. If it's a series, it's fully loaded issues to make a full graphic novel, and if it doesn't sell well, then the series get's cut short with only a volume or two. I might have cheated a little by listing two Howey series, but they both sound really cool.

That's it for this week's Top 5 Wednesday. I'll have another Top 5 next week with the next topic.

If you're curious about T5W, it was created by Ginger Reads Lainey and the goodreads group can be found at