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Oh, hey there… Update!

Wow. Hey. Hi. I’m still alive. Uh, this is awkward. I figured I’d share a few things and let you know what’s up, though. Better late than never, huh?

Things have changed in my life. I graduated from college in May. I just started a new job that has me working an 8AM-5PM shift every weekday. I moved into my own apartment. I’m prepping for the inevitable month of November when my student loan repayments begin. The past few weeks of my life have been…stressful to say the least. And anxiety-ridden. I cried a few times…*shrugs*

I mean, I moved ($$$), had to buy a bed to sleep in said apartment ($$$), I had to recently get stuff done on my car ($$$), I’ve had a lot of doctor appointments to finally get some progress on my health issues (timetimetime), got in trouble at work for all of said appointments (I think it was just a heavy warning and hopefully they won’t actually let me go…?), had one bad day in particular in there, also had a big scare about rent and had to ask my family for assistance (won’t go into to detail, but $$$). And tears flowed at certain points. Um, yeah.

But ANYWAY! I’ve been a little lost since…well, basically since my last post on here before this. Thus, I haven’t been reading too much and when I get in the groove, I just never feel like writing posts about them… I mean, even with life in general, I’ve been a little lost. Let’s not get into wondering what the hell I want to do or be in my life. Talk about ugh.

So currently, I have no idea where this blog is going. If it continues to go. I will probably still want to share some about what I read (but just look at my GR Reading Challenge – we’re in the 8th month and I’m behind schedule by 41 books for my goal of 100 this year! *wallows*). But maybe I’ll add some other stuff, if I feel like it? A friend of mine recently started a blog analyzing horror movies. Like, is there something I’d like to talk about more, maybe? Still soul-searching here.

I just lack so much motivation. I only recently got into a better mental state, but the recent stress is kinda ruining that. I need to try again once I am stable again. Anyway, I struggle getting myself to start things I may want to try. Like drawing. Also I have that hand aching issue, so there’s that…kinda limiting for drawing AND NO ONE WILL REALLY HELP ME TARGET IT AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO FIX IT?? Hopefully just strengthening muscles in that area will help. Maybe I want to try YouTube, but I’m a boring person, so what the hell would I even do? I want a paid job position were they just throw me into different careers temporarily to find something I actually enjoy. Sorry, small tangent there.

Anyway, that’s what’s up. Maybe I’ll share more about myself and my views in the future, too. I’ll work to figure it out. In the mean time, here is this post.

Ta-ta for now!

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Murmuration // Whoa.

murmurationAuthor: Tj Klune

Published: October 28th, 2016

Pages: 324 (ebook)

Genres: gay fiction | contemporary | basically like a mystery, too

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Peeeopllllllllle…

First, hey, I’m back with my first review since hiatus. (Remember how I said I’d try getting one within the week? Forgot about not having much computer access over break, so…17 days later, here we are!) And instead of trying to make reviews for what I read while relieving stress during that school hiatus, like I mentioned, I WAS IMPATIENT TO READ MURMURATION.

And well. Reviews are hard for this one because so many little details could be spoilers… so this is probably gonna be a short one, folks.

Recommended if you like:

  • Tj Klune books
  • love
  • I can’t say!

Continue reading Murmuration // Whoa.

FALL SEMESTER DONE – 1 more to go.

I MADE IT.

And now, I should only have ONE MORE SEMESTER of my entire college career left. I am dreading one course in the spring, and that would be my capstone for Japanese. I’m dreading it for a couple of reasons:

1. …since returning from studying in Japan in February 2016, I have not been studying the language AT ALL. I slacked big time and need to translate a chapter or two from a Japanese book for the capstone…oops.

2. the head of the Individualized Major Program that the Japanese Studies degree is part of is RUDE, HARSH, AND UNORGANIZED. I’ve only heard bad things about her from the people who have already taken the capstone. Some are even getting flak BEFORE they take the capstone. She was overheard calling the Japanese IMP students lazy…rudely talked about another Japanese IMP student to ANOTHER JAPANESE IMP STUDENT, and she’s just entirely unhelpful and unorganized. I will complain. But she also has tenure. Fuck. Wish me luck!

The other classes should be enjoyable, though.

Thus, just give me a little more time to get back to reading and reviewing – hopefully I can have something within a week. At the moment, I’m trying to still find a car and figure when I can leave for winter break. Which I’ll also have to pack for.

I’m gonna see if I can retain thoughts and feelings for a couple of books I read as stress relief, maybe write reviews.

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In other news, I’m still watching Yuri!!! On Ice and let me tell you…I haven’t been this giddy to watch a new episode for an anime in a long time until now (*_*)

It’s beautiful and soon after the final episode I will probably make a post for it because it was also a game changer in the anime industry. I recommend it!

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Christmas is coming up and I think I’m going to graciously receive Final Fantasy XV as one gift *swoons*

I’m still playing FFXIII-2 and I also have Dragon Age: Origins lined up. Other games I want won’t release until next year.

I hope everyone enjoys their holidays and the season! (It’s freezing here.)

Ta-ta for now!

It’s Been 25 Days Since My Last Post…I Hate Hiatuses…

* sighs heavily* Hi, folks.

I’m not back quite yet, in case you were wondering. Just checking in. I really hate being on hiatus, but I need to get this semester finished before I can really get back to reading and blogging.

If you follow my Goodreads, you’ll see I just started reading a book last night (Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews), but this doesn’t mean I actually have time for dedicated reading! (I may actually finish this book soon…procrastination is hard to stop once begun…)

I may review this book, I may not. We’ll see how much I can remember by the end of the semester. I’d like to! But I really wanted a reward for getting my capstone 12-20 page paper done and turned in yesterday…so book.

My ultimate plan is to get back to reading Clockwork Angel, so I can dedicate myself and give a review! I seriously can’t wait to truly get into that series.

On other notes:

1. I still have another 10 page paper to write this week (due the 6th – yikes!)

2. I gotta finish up my Spanish homework (final week!) in preparation for the actual final

3. Still have other capstone things to worry about in the next 2 weeks…

4. My ballroom final is on the 15th…

5. Does anyone play Valkyrie Connect on their smart phones?????? I’m addicted and got my friends addicted…

Anyway, short check-in finished.

Ta-ta for now, worms!

I’m here!! – A Note

Hey, all.

If you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been inactive. The second half of the semester is the worst time… I should’ve put my hiatus warning much later than I did because back then, I still had some time!

However, now is when I won’t be active, really, until I get this big school stuff out of the way. I’ve been sad to not even have enough free time to read a book that I can actually review. Continue reading I’m here!! – A Note

Who We Are (Bear, Otter, and The Kid #2) // A Roller-coaster of Fun and Heartache

who we areAuthor: Tj Klune

Published: April 26th, 2012 by Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 373 | Read: Oct. 11th – 13th, 2016

Genres: m/m romance // contemporary

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Alright. I made it to the second book. After the open-ended ending to BOaTK, I was nervous to see where things would go, but it’s Klune, so I’m like…I’m 90% sure I’ll like it. And I did! Plus, the 3rd book deals with The Kid/Ty growing up and I reeeeeally wanted to get there… I’m not a fan of the cover because it’s really stiff, but my reviews do not encompass covers, so I thought I’d mention it.

This was cute, angst-y/dramatic, and freakin’ sad at one point. Let’s get to it! Continue reading Who We Are (Bear, Otter, and The Kid #2) // A Roller-coaster of Fun and Heartache

TTT // Top 10 Character Names I’d Give Whatever I Could Name (from books)

Alright, I have a small list of loved names on my phone, so I was pretty excited when I saw this one.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc. After”!

I don’t think I’d be able to choose who or what I’d use each name on… I like them all enough that I could name a pet or car or something after each one.

So here is my list in no certain order!

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1. Kestrel

This one is from The Winner’s trilogy. I’ve only read the 1st book, but I adored her name. I didn’t immediately know it was the name of a bird until it was mentioned. But I just really like the sound of it. I also find her to be a tough character after reading The Winner’s CurseContinue reading TTT // Top 10 Character Names I’d Give Whatever I Could Name (from books)

DOUBLE REVIEW // Strong Signal & Fast Connection (Cyberlove #1 & #2)

Well then. Another double review so soon. (I read them too fast…) AND another one dealing with online gaming and stuff. I’m on a role! (This was completely unplanned. Could’ve been a mixture of liking online gaming stuff and wanting Santino Hassell’s work!)

These books are both part of the Cyberlove series written by a DUO – Megan Erickson (my first of any of her work) and Santino Hassell (love his In the Company of Shadows series).

Both were so cute!

Genres: m/m romance // contemporary Continue reading DOUBLE REVIEW // Strong Signal & Fast Connection (Cyberlove #1 & #2)

TTT // Top 10 Books I Read Because I Was Told To

Happy Tuesday, folks! I can’t do them every week, but I’m back with another installment of Top Ten Tuesday!

This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. And this week’s topic? All About Books You Read Because of Recommendations.

Now, if you are a bookworm, you tend to have bookworm friends. I do. And from them, as well as any from fellow bloggers/bookish community members, I have created my list of 10. (Past and present book people.)

So let’s get to it.

**These are in no particular order** Continue reading TTT // Top 10 Books I Read Because I Was Told To

The Pirate of Fathoms Deep (Tales of the High Court #2) // New Perspective, New Love, and Pirates!

pirate-of-fathoms-deepAuthor: Megan Derr

Published: July 12th 2016 by Less Than Three Press, LLC

Pages: 206 | Read: Sept. 28th – Oct. 1st

Genres: m/m romance // historical fiction

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Oh man, with school, folks, I have so much trouble retaining thoughts on books… I read in my free time a lot, if I’m not playing FFXIII-2, but I don’t always have time to then write up a review. Bummer! So bear with me as this may be a short one. But you see the title – the second book to the Tales of the High Court series!

Recommended if you like:

  • cute romance
  • a small overarching political scheme
  • Lesto!
  • pirates

Continue reading The Pirate of Fathoms Deep (Tales of the High Court #2) // New Perspective, New Love, and Pirates!