Thursday, November 22, 2018

Briggs Book Tag


Hi everyone! I first spotted this tag over at It Starts At Midnight and I figured I'd jump on the train. The tag originated with Jaded Reader and I'm so excited to do it! If you don't know what your Myers-Briggs personality type is, you can take the test here to find out. I'm an INTJ, which honestly explains so much about my childhood and life in general. Maybe I should check out some of those top careers...




INTROVERT: (I) 
You can be outgoing, but need to recharge with some calming solitude, where is your favorite place to read & unwind? Why is this little oasis where you choose to go?

My favorite place to read is my bedroom, whether in my bed or in my reading chair. I CAN read in other places, but my bedroom is where I feel like I can really chill out and shut out the world. It's the main place I feel like I can focus.


INTUITION: ( N )
Some books are meant to be understood and others are meant to be explored. What book or character stands for an idea that is deeply meaningful to you?

 

It's funny that these books aren't on my favorites list, but they both feature characters that deeply resonate with me. I love Tris and Jonas for not accepting what they're told and digging deeper and asking the hard questions. Really, I love most dystopian characters for this reason.


THINKING: ( T )
Non-Fiction for some can seem tedious, but where would we be without the truths of our world? What book, text, or reading material have you found yourself referring to when in need of real world answers?


Hmm, this is a hard one. I don't read much non-fiction and I usually end up referring to Google searches when I want more information about something. I suppose I'll just share a five star non-fiction read from this year that I picked up when I wanted to know more about Columbine, which happened when I was in middle school.


JUDGING: ( J )
All play and no work leads to chaotic disorder…and anarchy.  How do you structure and balance your reading, blog, and personal life to better use your time?

I wish I had a better organization system, but mostly I just do things when I have time. I read every night before bed and I attempt to make time for blog hopping at least every other morning. I usually sit down and write posts in the evening before I read.


 INTJ: The Masterminds
You’re not in it for the small talk, so let’s cut right to the chase, what book captures the idea of what it is to be human?  


Haha, what? Am I allowed to say Harry Potter, or is that a cop out? I feel like this book explores humanity in so many ways and the characters are so human in that they're not black or white, but shades of gray. I dunno, I'm not deep enough for this.



Are you more introverted or extroverted?
What's your Myers-Briggs Type?
Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Audiobook Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Title: Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad #1) 
Author: Scott Reintgen
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 384
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Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

Science fiction isn't a genre I usually gravitate toward, with the exception of dystopia. So many friends raved about Nyxia (and the cover was so pretty) that I finally decided to grab it on audiobook from my library. I went in blind so I had no idea what to expect and Nyxia definitely kept me interested!

Emmett is the protagonist of this story and he has been chosen by the Babel Corporation to go to another planet, along with a group of other recruits with similar backgrounds, to mine Nyxia. He and his family will be well paid, but he soon learns that his spot is not guaranteed. Instead, he has to fight the others onboard the ship to earn his place. Emmett was a great main character. I sympathized with him and his situation. I wanted him to win because I wanted his family taken care of!

One of my favorite things about Nyxia was the friendships. Yes, there's a bit of a romantic subplot, but the friendships really take the spotlight in this book. The other kids, while all from similarly troubled backgrounds, were equally sympathetic. Some were much easier to like than others, of course, and some were downright villainous. But overall the chast of characters was diverse and well developed and I really enjoyed them!

I will say, Nyxia was a bit Hunger Games-esque. (I've also seen it compared to Ender's Game more than once.) Kids placed in an environment where they're forced to fight to the death (not always intentionally) to earn a chance at a better life. There are twists and turns and mysteries and the plot is all very interesting. Still, as I get older I'm having a harder time suspending my disbelief about corporations/governments/adults pitting teenagers against each other in such brutal ways.

The world of Nyxia is certainly interesting, but it's confined to a spaceship in this book. I anticipate getting to know more of the world in book two. I thought the Nyxia itself was a really unique concept, though I wish there had been a bit more explanation about how it worked. I definitely think this world is off to a great start and has a ton of potential to be amazing!

Overall, I enjoyed Nyxia and I'm interested to see where the story goes in book two. I enjoyed Emmett and I'm a sucker for books with surprising twists! I just hope that Nyxia Unleashed presents more answers to the questions set up in this one.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #214: Thanksgiving colors cover collage


Today's Topic: 
Thanksgiving Colors Cover Collage

So. I hate freebie topics. I need to be pointed in a direction or I end up flailing with no idea what I'm doing. This is how I settled upon doing a Thanksgiving cover collage using colors I associate with autumn and Thanksgiving. This week I have a mix of books that I've read and want to read. I know it's a bit of a weird take, but here it is!




Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Weekly Recap: 11/11 - 11/17


HAPPENINGS OFF THE BLOG

Hi everyone! This week has been (you guessed it) hectic! I'm actually sitting here trying to remember what I did. XD The one thing I can say for sure is that we spent most of the day on Thursday at Magic Kingdom and it was so much fun! We went to two of the gingerbread displays in the Contemporary and Grand Floridian resorts. If you'd like to know more about the gingerbread, you can check out my gingerbread review post from a couple years ago! Yesterday I went to the eye doctor and had a contact fitting so that I can actually see fish later this year when I go snorkeling on a cruise. (Glasses don't really work with masks.) Hurray for seeing!


NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK

The only new thing I got this week was an I Spy book because I'm a nerd and my husband had NEVER done one!


THIS WEEK I READ



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

The topic was my bookish merch wishlist for Top Ten Tuesday
Thursday graphic novel reviews of Saga & Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
On Friday I went back down the TBR hole


UPCOMING REVIEWS

 


We're linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Friday, November 16, 2018

Down the TBR Hole #7


Hi everyone! I'm back for another edition of Down the TBR Hole, in which I try to get rid of books faster than I find new ones to read. Spoiler: I'm failing so far.

The Down the TBR Hole meme was started by Lost In a Story and it is the most perfect tool for cleaning off shelves that I've come across. Here's how it works:
  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

THE BOOKS


SLATED BY TERI TERRY

I had completely forgotten this book until now! Slated has my attention mainly because it's a dystopian book and we're in a dystopian dry spell at the moment. (I guess we're getting our fill in real life.) I think I'm definitely going to have to read this! VERDICT: KEEP



STITCHING SNOW BY R.C. LEWIS

I added Stitching Snow when I was just getting into retellings. Although Snow White is far from my favorite, this sounds interesting enough. But it's also a sci-fi retelling and I feel like those are a bit overdone (or maybe I'm just tired of them). I think I'm going to have to let this one go for now. VERDICT: PASS



THEY ALL FALL DOWN BY ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE

This book is compared to Pretty Little Liars and Final Destination. I have this book sitting on my physical bookshelf right now. Why haven't I read this yet? VERDICT: KEEP



DOROTHY MUST DIE BY DANIELLE PAIGE

I added this one because it was a retelling and several of my blogging buddies enjoyed it. I've never read it because I don't care for The Wizard of Oz at all and it seems that there's not much romance in it. I always need amazing romance in my retellings! VERDICT: PASS



AMITY BY MICOL OSTOW

I LOVE the Amityville Horror movies! I didn't care for the book much, though. I added this way back when before it was published. Sadly the reviews aren't very good. I've read several reviews by people who've said it wasn't very scary and that does tend to be my experience with YA horror. I think I'll have to skip this one too. VERDICT: PASS



Not a bad week, if I do say so myself! Three more books are off my TBR and hopefully more will follow because it seems like I'm adding them as quickly as I delete them! XD

What have you added or deleted from your TBR lately?
What genre do we definitely need more of?
Let me know in the comments! 
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Graphic Novel Reviews: Saga & Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Title: Saga, Vol. 1
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples 
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Image Comics
Pages: 176
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When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. 

Saga has been on my radar for years. Is there anyone who doesn't know about this book? I wasn't sure what to expect, but I came away feeling like this was a bit too weird for me.

This is the story of two soldiers in love who run from the war together to raise their newborn baby... and it's strange. They're being hunted by multiple people and one of them seems to be a computer screen on a person's body. I don't know guys, my imagination just isn't big enough.

The main characters themselves are very likable and sympathetic. I loved them together and the lengths they went to in order to stay together with their child. The plot was fine, but there was somehow a lot of it while nothing much really happened. The main characters ran, people ran after them. Rinse and repeat. I do have to say, I didn't really get the "sexy" part of the blurb in this volume, apart from a couple nude alien creatures.

My favorite thing about Saga besides the characters was the artwork, which was stunning! Overall, this was an okay read for me. There were parts that I found interesting and I can certainly see why so many people love it, I just don't think I'll be continuing it anytime soon.




Title: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1
Author: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artist: Robert Hack 
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Archie Comics
Pages: 160
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On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family's past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie Comics' latest horror sensation starts here! For TEEN+ readers. Compiles the first six issues of the ongoing comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. 

I picked up Chilling Adventures of Sabrina after watching the first episode of the show and finding it really fascinating. It's easy to see the similarities between the two, but there are definitely quite a few noticeable differences. I won't go into them, but suffice it to say I found the first volume of the comic to be quite a bit more gruesome than the first episode of the Netflix show.

Sabrina is a teenage witch who has been raised by her aunts and must make the decision whether to become a full witch, which is quite the intense process. She also has a boyfriend who she loves, even if he loves her through questionable means. I didn't really get a great feel for Sabrina and her romantic relationship, but I definitely loved her internal struggles as she tried to make a decision.

As I said before, this comic is DARK. It's definitely not what I would have expected, having been a die hard fan of Sabrina the Teenage Witch in the 90s. Madame Satan was terrifying and I can't wait to see what happens with her storyline.

I really enjoyed Sabrina a lot! It wasn't the Sabrina I know and love, but I'm definitely open to loving this one too. My main issue right now is not knowing whether to finish the comic before jumping back into the show! I definitely recommend this if you're a fan of horror or witchy comics.