Monday, September 24, 2012

Hidden

After reading all 1100 pages of A Dance with Dragons, 250+ pages of Hidden went by so quickly!  I picked this book up Saturday morning to begin reading and finished it at 10:30 that night.  This is the third and final book in the Firelight trilogy.  It's a great trilogy but what was the hardest part about picking this book up and reading it is I forgot what happened in the second book!  It is in storage though so no way was I going to try and reread it just to remember.  Luckily I didn't have to do that.  As I kept reading more and more into this book, I started remembering what happened in the second book.  A lot of the series I have been reading lately have been out for years so I can read all the books in the series one right after another.  I forget what it is like to wait for the next book in the series to come out.

I liked this series because it is something different.  Usually I read a lot of vampire and witch books.  This was all about dragons!  Or really I should say draki.  They are human-looking creatures that can manifest into draki.  It was difficult to imagine at first because I kept wanting to picture a huge dragon like Smaug in the Hobbit.  Nope.  Draki are a lot smaller and they keep a lot of their human appearances.  I like that each draki is a "type" of draki and has a special talent.  Like the main character, Jacinda.  She is a fire-breather.  Very rare amongst her pride.  So rare she is the only one.  Her sister is a shader, she has the ability to create a mist that turns humans away and can make them forget where they were.  It was fascinating learning about the different types of draki.  I wish there would have been more of an in-depth look at the types.

I really do love the series but the way this last book was written, I feel like she could have written so much more.  The book ended in a way that gave closure but I felt like it happened all too fast.  I will definitely have to check out other Sophie Jordan books.

A Dance with Dragons

I did it!  I finally finished reading A Dance with Dragons!  There for a while I was worried I would put it down and never pick it up again.  I was reading on my hour long lunch break and that was it.  I would go home and the last thing on my mind was reading.  And then something happened.  I hit the halfway point of the book and then, bam!  I was done in no time.  As I have said before, this is not going to be a play-by-play of what happens in the book.  It's the fifth book in the series and I can't do that without giving away way too much information.  This and all my other blog entries are more about my experiences reading the book.

What Martin did was separate the characters' stories between books four and five.  The first half of book five is the other half of the characters that were not in book four.  What made it difficult to get through was the fact that the first half of this book is parallel to book four.  For example, in book four there is a chapter that focuses on Sam learning he must leave the wall and go to Old Town to become a maester.  This exact same chapter is in book five but this time from Jon's point of view.  All the talking points are the exact same but you just get to see things from different angles.  It gave me too much of a I've already read this feeling.  It made me more hesitant to keep reading because I already knew what was going to happen thanks to book four.  But one thing I loved about this book was I finally got to read from some of my favorite character's point of views.  I missed them in book four.  Of course that didn't start happening until after I hit the halfway mark.  Maybe that's why the second half of the book went so quickly?

Another thing I noticed about the book was a different type of ending.  Usually at the end of the book if a character is attacked you know before the book ends if that character is still alive or they died.  In the fourth book it started with one of the characters I liked.  Something happened and I had no clue if this person was alive or dead.  Then all of a sudden they showed up in the fifth book and I got my answer.  In the fifth book a chapter ends with my favorite character getting stabbed.  This is one of my top three favorite characters and all I have to say is they better be alive come next book!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Why I Haven't Been Reading

Every morning when I get to work I check out all the blogs I am subscribed to in order to see if there are new posts.  Of course my own blog is in the list I check out.  Why?  I don't know.  Firefox automatically subscribed me to my own blog when I set it up.  I was looking at it today and realized I have not been posting that often lately.  It got me to thinking, why have I not been reading as much lately?  I came up with the top reasons and I wanted to share them on here:

A Dance with Dragons

I am in the process of reading the most recent book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.  I love the series and the characters but every time I read a chapter, I look down at the page counter on my nook and see that I am on page 400 something and I have to go to 1100.  It is an insanely long book and even though I read it during my hour long lunch break, when I get home I would rather do other things than read the book.  I hope that changes when I finish it and start another book because you know how much I love to read. 

One word: PS3 
  • I spoiled myself a while back and got a PS3 (Play Station 3).  I previously had a PS2 but everyone decided to stop making games for it.  It came down to either get a PS3 so I can get new games or spend forever playing the games I have for PS2.  When I thought of it that way the decision was pretty easy.  I bought the PS3 and have recently become obsessed with trying to finish a game:
  • One thing I like about this game is you get to choose what type of character you want to be (elf, dwarf, human) and what class (warrior, mage, etc.). And you can customize the way they look.  So of course mine is always an elf with red hair and green eyes.  Here's a picture of my character all blood splattered after a battle.
  • I love playing video games and they are a great distraction from all the stress in my life.


My Nail Obsession

I admit it, I have become a little obsessed with nail polish and nail art.  I am subscribed to ten blogs (well nine if you take mine out) and four of them are nail blogs.  I love finding new nail polish colors and instructions on how to do cool designs.  Then I jump on Amazon.com and try to find those nail polishes that I can't find in the store.  I have been known to change my nail color every day.  It helps take my mind off of everything.  I have enough stress in my life, I need a way to calm down and relax.  Check out some of my designs.

FitQuest

After my boyfriend broke up with me three months ago, I felt lost and alone and like my life had no purpose.  It took all of my energy just to get out of bed each morning and face the day.  My friend told me about a workout program she was doing.  I knew I needed to lose weight per my doctor's orders, so I decided to check it out.  I was so happy I did.  It is a lot of hard work and I sweat a lot but I absolutely love it and keep coming back for more.  I am about to start my third session and so far I have lost 15 pounds.  Last night I did a collage of a picture of me pre and post FitQuest.  I couldn't believe the difference!